United States youth international and former New York Red Bulls Academy fullback/winger Matt Olosunde has been officially announced as a Manchester United player. According to a press release, he signed on January 29th, but he only recently received his international clearance.
He is included in the squad today for the Manchester United U-18s in a match against Brighton & Hove Albion. The Trenton, New Jersey native has been training with the Red Devils since the summer.
Olosunde was recently announced as a member of Duke University's recruiting class, but he obviously will not be attending the North Carolina-based school. In addition to playing with the New York Red Bulls Academy, the fullback and winger was a part of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, 2015 U-17 World Cup squad, and has spent time in camp with the U-20 national team. He began his youth club career training with the Mooch Myernick Academy which was founded in memory of Myernick -- U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame inductee -- with the goal of "using soccer as a vehicle to mentor and provide positive life experiences for the underprivileged children in the city of Trenton."
Olosunde, standing 6'1", is one of the USA's top fullback prospects. A strong tackler, fleet of foot, and capable of holding his own in possession. He should be able to hang, climb the ranks at Manchester United and eventually make his first-team debut in the near future if everything goes according to plan.
The youngster is just the latest is the respectable line of Americans to join United that includes Tim Howard, Jonathan Spector, Jovan Kirovski, and *gulp* Giuseppe Rossi.