After a sensational debut in which he scored an absolute thunderbaby of a shot, Caden Clark caught the attention of just about everyone. However, he had been getting noticed by scouts well before that. Last year when Clark burst onto the scene, Extratime noted that his contract with NYRB included a clause that would send him to RB Leipzig when he turned 18.
It seems like that statement was true as The Athletic is reporting that Clark will indeed head to Germany in 2022. The outlet notes that the deal sending him to the Bundesliga club is somewhere in the $2-3 million value. Clark will have to wait the additional year before moving because he is not yet 18 and does not have an EU passport.
Clark’s case is an interesting one for the notion that not having an EU passport is a major obstacle to development and training for young Americans. It would seem that Clark, as well as Brenden Aaronson for example, managed to develop, get playing time, and eventually move abroad despite having to stay stateside until their 18th birthdays.
For now, fans of MLS will get to enjoy one more season of long-range strikes from the teenager in 2021.