CHAD WINGER - Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Mainz 05 defender Neven Subotic has inked an contact extension after breaking into the Mardi Gras boys first team.

"He signed a new deal that will last until 2011," Mainz official Tobais Sparwasser confirmed to YA. "For him to be just 18-years old and having already played two matches this year and one last year is a great accomplishment."

Subotic has flourished under Die Nullfünfer head coach Jürgen Klopp since joining in the summer of 2006, and after refusing overtures from MLS, the highly-rated boss has predicted a solid future for the 6' 3" defender.

"He is a great talent, he took a big leap in the last year," Klopp told YA. "He is coming closer and closer to permanently staying in the first team."

"He will have an excellent career in professional soccer."

Subotic made his Mainz debut in the final game of the season last year against Bayern Munich, and after two games this season, the American is ranked as the third best defender in the 2 Bundesliga behind countryman Gregg Berhalter and Greuther Fürth's Timo Achenbach by the notoriously strict Kicker magazine rankings.

Prior to joining Mainz, Subotic attended the Bradenton Academy and represented the United States at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru.

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