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US youngster Joe Gyau signs for Borussia Dortmund

Jul 1, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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U.S. international Joe Gyau has signed a two-year deal with Borussia Dortmund, as the Tampa native continues his rise through the Bundesliga.

According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Gyau has signed from Hoffenheim and will initially play for Dortmund’s reserve side to showcase his talents.

Gyau, 21, has played four times for the U.S. U-23 side and moved to Germany back in 2009 from the IMG academy in Florida. He is also the son of former U.S. international Philip Gyau and made his Bundesliga debut for Hoffenheim at the tail-end of the 2013-14 season after spending the entire 2012-13 campaign on loan at 2. Bundesliga side St. Pauli.

At St. Pauli Gyau played 17 times, scoring once, and the speedy winger will now look to impress in Dortmund’s ranks. He will have a fellow American alongside him, as Junior Flores also plays for Dortmund, and switching Hoffenheim for Dortmund is definitely a step up for Gyau. His aim must now be to impress manager Jurgen Klopp and get near the first team rather than settling for a spot in BVB’s second string.

With the long-list of German-American’s plying their trade in the Bundesliga, Gyau follows in the footsteps of the likes of Steve Cherundolo, Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan as U.S. internationals playing in the German leagues.

Gyau has been earmarked for a bright future in the game and the U.S. national team setup will certainly be keeping a close eye on the tricky winger as he hones his skills at one of Europe’s best clubs over the next two years.

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