Multiple people are reporting that United States youth international Emmanuel Sabbi is joining UD Las Palmas of La Liga.
Emmanuel Sabbi will officially sign with Las Palmas in LaLiga today. Huge move for the #usynt player.— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) August 23, 2016
U.S. U20 Emmanuel Sabbi, a former 2016 Akron commit, has signed with La Liga side UD Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands.— Will Parchman (@WillParchman) August 23, 2016
Las Palmas is located in the Canary Islands and finished in 11th place last season. They opened the 2016-2017 season on August 22nd with a 4-2 win over Valencia.
Sabbi, an 18-year old forward/attacking midfielder, was committed to attend the University of Akron. He was born in Italy and has been a mainstay with the U.S. U-20 national team.
Why didn't Sabbi join MLS? Was there interest?
@WillParchman MLS teams were interested in Sabbi but he had no desire to play in US— Global Premier Mgmt (@GlobalPremMgmt) August 23, 2016
Best of luck to the newest Yank abroad as he attempts to climb the ladder in La Liga. There isn't a long and storied history of American players in Spain (Oguchi Onyewu played with Malaga, Jozy with Villarreal, and Kasey Keller with Rayo), but perhaps Sabbi and Mukwelle Akale can lead the charge.