When talking about the most exciting young American prospects, you are bound to hear the name Emerson Hyndman. The 19-year-old midfielder captained the United States at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in June and has appeared numerous times for Fulham in the Championship. He was also handed his senior U.S. national team debut in September of 2014.
Hyndman joined the Fulham setup as a 15-year-old and worked his way from the academy all the way to the first team. Just as the youngster has broken into the Fulham senior squad, it looks as if he's set to depart the club. The Dallas, Texas native is entering the final year of his contract at Fulham and has many potential suitors according to Goal.com.
Teams from the England, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands have all been in contact with Fulham about Hyndman, but the London club have been reluctant to part ways with the American. It doesn't appear as if Hyndman is in any hurry to sign a new contract either. Fulham are left with two options if he's unwilling to agree to a new deal. Accept a transfer fee for him this summer or wait and lose him on a free transfer next summer.
Fulham are a great club with a rich recent history in the hearts of American soccer fans. However, the Championship is a rough and tumble league full of clubs with one main goal -- to scratch and claw their way to the Premiership. Moving to a league that focuses more on development and technique could be exactly what Hyndman needs in his career.
With so few American players playing meaningful minutes in Europe's top leagues, it's refreshing to see so much interest in the USA's promising midfielder. After impressing at the U-20 World Cup, he'll most likely get the chance to help the U-23's qualify for the 2016 Olympics in October.
Hyndman is still very young and raw, but finding a good club situation could be the launching pad he needs to convince Jurgen Klinsmann to bring him into the USMNT fold as a regular sooner rather than later.