JON VAN WAGENEN - Friday, August 27, 2010
Julian Stahler, a youth standout from New York has come to an agreement to join the academy for Gothenburg Superettan club Örgryte.
Stahler came to Sweden to trial with Malmö FF through an agency that deals mostly with bringing Scandinavians to American universities.
While he was in Sweden, Örgyrte invited him down for a trial that was extended by the flight restrictions arising from the eruption of the Icelandic volcano.
"If it wasn't for the ash cloud, I wouldn't have gotten to practice with the pro team," Stahler told Yanks Abroad.
"Stahler is a talented offensive player in good shape and with an impressive passing game" in Örgyrte youth coach Tomas Östlund's description, "he still needs to develop a little physically, but he is burning with desire."
"He has the skills to play the '10' but we are also using him as a forward/winger in our 4-3-3 and 4-5-1," Östlund noted.
Östlund's assessment was that Stahler should be able to play with the A-team within his 18 month contract.
Stahler was born in 1992, and turned 18 in Sweden. He noted that the youngest players on the A-team were born in '91 and hopes that he can follow join the ranks sometime next season.
"I was going go to college, but then I chose to go to Europe, something, I've always wanted to do since I was a kid," the youngster said. "I like it better, training is more serious, less political. Here the best players play, it doesn't matter if you're the coach's son or whatever."
In his first week since announcing a contract with the club, Stahler has started for the U19 team and made two substitute appearances, causing scoring chances with the U21, the highest of the reserve teams.