KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Ulysses Llanez will spend the season in the Dutch Eredivisie as it was announced on Tuesday that the forward has moved to Heerenveen on loan from Wolfsburg.
The 19-year-old follows former Heerenveen players Michael Bradley and Robbie Rogers as he becomes the third American to sign for the team.
Llanez path to the professional ranks started with the Los Angeles Galaxy academy teams and he was eventually promoted to the reserves as they played in the second tier USL Championship. In April 2019, he would head to Germany, signing with Wolfsburg.
The forward would make an immediate impression with the Under-19 team as he went to score 11 goals in 15 games. This earned him a promotion to Wolfsburg's first team last season. However, he was not able to make his debut as the team was still battling for a European place.
With intense competition at the forward spot for the Wolves, management thought it would be a good idea for Llanez to get some first team experience under his belt by going out on loan.
For Heerenveen, they see the temporary signing of Llanez as a good fit for them as he possesses qualities that will be beneficial to the team.
"Ulysses is an agile, fast winger who is strong in one-on-one duels. He has a good action and can score a goal. He gives us more options on the flanks. We are pleased that we were able to add a great talent like Ulysses to our selection," said Heerenveen's technical manager Gerry Hamstra.
Llanez will get his first chance to see action on Sept. 19 when Heerenveen take on Fortuna Sittard.