Joe Gyau is moving from Hoffenheim to Borussia Dortmund, according to Steve Goff. The 21-year-old American will now get a crack at one of Germany's best clubs, where he will hope to re-establish his place as one of the United States' best young players.
Gyau was once the top young player in the U.S. system. He was a part of residency and a U-17 star, earning the interest of clubs from around Europe. He finally signed with Hoffenheim, but his career hasn't taken off there as he hoped it would. The club lacked stability and changed managers often, leaving him on the outs or on loan at St. Pauli. He made major strides last year to get into the first team picture, but apparently has had enough with the topsy turvy nature of Hoffenheim.
At Dortmund, Gyau will have to be better than ever to see the field. The club isn't just one of the best in Germany, but also one of the deepest. Just being a regular on the bench requires being consistently good in training and whenever he gets on the field.
On the plus side, one of the better eyes for talent in the world, Jurgen Klopp, sees something in Gyau. That is massively encouraging and not a total surprise considering the way Gyau has looked in youth tournaments. He's clearly fast, quick and has tantalizing skill. It's just a matter of putting it together, and if Gyau plays well, Klopp will not have any hesitation to play him over more senior players.
At this point, it's on Gyau.
The chance is there. The stage is there. If he's as good as Americans once hoped he would be, he's going to get looks and, before long, be on the U.S. senior team.