With Bobby Wood's transfer to Hamburg and SC Freiburg and RB Leipzig's promotion to the Bundesliga, four new Americans will be entering the German first division next year. Bobby Wood has turned a career year into a multi-million dollar move to the side Bundesliga. Zack Steffen recently earned a promotion to the third string goalkeeper position, making him a part of Freiburg's Bundesliga squad. Terrence Boyd will continue to recover from his injuries and hopefully make an impact with RB Leipzig.
There is a fourth American entering the German first division, one you've probably never heard of. Meet Ken Gipson.
Gipson, 20, is a right fullback who joined RB Leipzig last summer (from VFB Stuttgart) and made his debut with the first team this past spring. The young defender spent the majority of last year with RB's second team, but he has earned 2. Bundesliga minutes.
A German-American dual-national, Gipson was rumored to have American citizenship as he progressed through the youth ranks, and it confirmed on Leipzig's website. A one-time German youth international, Gipson has never represented the U.S. in any capacity or expressed interest in playing for America.
Gipson may not be Bundesliga quality right now, but the U.S. could use depth at the right back position. Ever since Steve Cherundolo ended his career, the national team has lacked an ever steady right back. Although DeAndre Yedlin appears to be making the position his own, the U.S. could always use a right back plying his trade in a top league.