When Gedion Zelalem committed to the U.S. Soccer program, cheers from every corner of the American soccer community rained down. While his predicted immediate rise to United States men's national team stardom hasn't gone as planned, he's still a very young and very talented player.
His assist for Rangers FC today shows exactly why everyone is still drooling over his massive potential. His deft little backheel touch to send in Rangers' striker Martyn Waghorn for an eventual goal may not have been the most difficult of passes to make, but it shows his creativity and willingness to try things. This goal was one of five Rangers scored in their Scottish FA Cup victory on Sunday over Cowdenbeath.
Zelalem might not be the can't miss prospect that Jurgen Klinsmann once dubbed him as, but with moments like this and repetitive first team minutes, he's well on his way to becoming a very good professional soccer player. Hopefully the USMNT are able to benefit from his natural creativity and undeniable quality in the near future.