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FC Cincinnati secures transfer for Joe Gyau

The speedster moves to MLS for the first time.

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Joe Gyau is headed to MLS. The 26-year-old winger was acquired by FC Cincinnati at the close of the MLS transfer window last night. He was brought in via permanent transfer from 2. Bundesliga side MSV Duisburg.

Gyau leaves Duisburg after just one season, in which he had 2 goals and an assist in 20 appearances. He has bounced around several clubs in Germany over the course of his career, with injury-riddled stops at 1899 Hoffenheim, FC St. Pauli, Borussia Dortmund, and Sonnenhof Großaspach before last year’s move to Duisburg. With Hoffenheim, St. Pauli, and Dortmund, Gyau had mostly played for on youth and reserve sides, with only 18 senior team appearances before moving to 3. Liga side Sonnenhof Großaspach in 2017. There, he had 6 goals in 46 appearances in a mostly healthy year, which earned him the move to Duisburg.

Joe Gyau recently got back with the United States Men’s National Team, appearing in a 1-0 loss to Jamaica on June 5th. Before that, his last appearance for the USMNT was in 2014, as injuries kept him out of the national team picture for a long time. He made the 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster, but was excluded from the final tournament roster by head coach Gregg Berhalter. Now, he arrives in MLS to a team in its first year in the league looking to get out of the cellar of the Eastern Conference.

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