BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Over the weekend Molde FK clinched their first ever Norwegian title and thereby earned a spot in next year's Champions League.
In recent years the Norwegian champion has begun the Champions League in the second qualifying round usually beginning in July.
American Josh Gatt was a big part of Molde's success this year playing significant time at both right wing and right back. He was one of the fastest players in the league and he scored a couple of notable highlight reel goals.
After joining the club in January, the Michigan native improved rapidly in 2011 as he thrived under head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Gatt was injured two weeks ago with a pulled hamstring and his estimated time of recovery was one to two months.
Gatt turned professional in 2010 after leaving his youth club Derby County Wolves to sign with Altach in Austria's second division. His time at Altach was shortlived and he moved onto Molde in the January transfer window.
Gatt has never been capped by the US national team and has seen only limited time with the US youth national teams in the past.
In December of 2010, Gatt played with the US U20 team and in one friendly against Canada, he scored two goals and picked up three assists in a 5-0 win. In May of 2010, he participated with the U-20s again in two friendlies against the French U20 team.
Molde also had American U20 left back Sean Cunningham on the roster however he was mostly limited to Cup matches with the first team. Next year it is likely that he takes a bigger role at Molde.
Molde will now look to bring their attractive brand of attacking soccer onto the big stage in Europe next year with two Americans on the roster.