POLAK CONSIDERING EUROPEAN OPTIONS
United States Under-20 player Tyler Polak says that he is considering several playing options overseas in the German Bundesliga.
Polak is currently with Thomas Rongen's U-20 squad at the Dallas Cup where he and his teammates will line up Sunday evening versus the Mexico Under-20 squad.
The native of Lincoln, Nebraska is already a veteran of international play having been part of Wilmer Cabrera's Under-17 squad at the U-17 World Cup in Nigeria last fall.
The defender currently plays with club CSA legacy but hopes to be making the leap across the pond soon where he says he has already tried out for two clubs familiar to many American soccer fans.
"I've been trying out for a couple clubs overseas," Polak told YA at the Dallas Cup. "I've been at Borussia Mochengladbach and also Hannover 96. I'm going to continue doing try-outs over there until I find the right one"
The 17 year old is fully aware that US national team stalwart Steve Cherundolo is firmly entrenched on the Hannover back line, but adds that he would still embrace the opportunity to fill those large shoes.
"It'd be pretty hard to top [Cherundolo]," Polak chuckled. "But it'd also be fun to try."
The buzz heading into Sunday's match-up versus 'El Tri' has already been built up in the Dallas area this week as a capacity crowd is expected at Pizza Hut Park in nearby Frisco.
It will be a special encounter for Polak who has never played against Mexico and admits that he will have some nerves going against the long-time CONCACAF rivals.
"I'm really excited," he continued. "I've never played Mexico while on a national team. I'll be a little nervous but it should be really fun. I know most of the guys on our team and I think we have some good chemistry so I feel like we are settling in and should do well.
Following the Mexico match, the US will then take on the Vancouver Whitecaps who boast a US youth national player of their own in Joseph Gyau.
Gyau currently plays for Bundesliga club Hoffenheim's youth squad so Polak is all too aware of the challenge Gyau will pose on the field.
"It'll be fun playing against him. I haven't played against him in a while but it should be pretty good. He's a good player," concluded Polak.
Following Monday's match versus Vancouver, Polak and the US U-20 team will round out Super Group action versus the Eintracht Frankfurt U-20 team on Wednesday.