GYAU IN HOFFENHEIM'S 18
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, January 20, 2012
American winger Joe Gyau will be on Hoffenheim's gameday roster for the first time in his career tomorrow when Hoffenheim host Hannover

Gyau, 19, has been a standout player for US youth national teams in the past but now his career could see another milestone as he has the opportunity to make his Bundesliga debut.

Sources have confirmed to YA that Gyau will be on the bench for Hoffenheim.

Gyau will be the third American on Hoffenheim's first team as he will join US national team midfielders Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson.

In addition to Hoffenheim, Gyau is expected to be a big part of the US U-23 team this cycle that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in March
richard
Saturday January 21, 2012 2:17 pm
gyau has been a rising star and its not going to stop. He will be on MNT by the end of 2012. He was on same team as Agudelo who was on bench when gyau was starting for U17's . He did the right thing and went to Europe and learned how to play the right way, paying his dues. Now Agudelo took the easy route and now looking at going backwards(compared to gyau) to Europe's lower division to learn how to play. Thanks why Schuler from NC is doing the right thing, get out of here as fast as you can to shoot for the stars.
Mojofc
Saturday January 21, 2012 9:15 am
Gyau in the 18. Starting on the bench along with Fabian Johnson. Danny Williams in the starting 11.
Alex
Friday January 20, 2012 5:05 pm
I think we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves. Let the kid get settled in with his team and see how or even if he plays at the top level. It is good to have a depth of players with Euro experience though.
Jordan
Friday January 20, 2012 4:49 pm
You have to be CRAZY to expect Gyau to even be included in the roster for the Italy match. He hasnt even played in a professional game yet. Temper your expectations a bit. Hes got talent but hold off for a while
Red
Friday January 20, 2012 2:12 pm
This is great news, the lad had a ton of talent. When he hits his prime, he is going to be an electrifying player.
Dave
Friday January 20, 2012 1:27 pm
Award -
I agree. I'd love to see Gyau succeed as a LM freeing up Johnson as a Left Back. If Hoffenheim uses them that way they will have great chemistry and experice with one another.
I wouldn't move Donovan up top, but rather move him to the Right Mid position, and use Boyd/Agudelo/Bunbury/Wooten up top (Whoever does the best in the Olympics), with Dempsey in the hole under them.
This gives us Donovan & Chandler making runs on the right side and Johnson & Shea/Gyau making runs down the Left (Lichaj as Backups for Chandler and/or Johnson); with 2 powerful forwards capable of taking on the defense or hold up play to allow others to contribute (Dempsey trailing the forwards).
That would only leave us to find replacements/back-ups for the center back position.
2tone
Friday January 20, 2012 11:20 am
Well, well, well. This is really good news. If Gyau can stay in the 18 and get some meaningful minutes could we possibly see him included in Klinsmann's roster against Italy. Gyau at RW, Shea at LW, and pair Donovan with Altidore up top. All I know is that Gyau has been getting praise from the Hoffenheim coaching staff, and has the ability to be a creative force for club and country. I am hopeful that F.Johnson will continue to play at LB for hoffenheim, so Klinsamann will give him a shot at LB for the Nats. If that were to happen then we would finally see Chandler moved back to his original RB spot.
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