Joshua Gatt, who made his international debut for the U.S. national team against Russia earlier today, has been considered one of the most highly rated young Americans for a few years now. Though just 21, Gatt has already won the Norwegian Tippeligaen title with his club, Molde, for the second time in two years after beating Honefoss, 1-0, last Sunday.
“You never get tired or winning championships,” Gatt told The New York Times in an interview. “I have been so fortunate to win two now in my young career. It is really hard to put into words. Last year was great because Molde had never won a championship in their 100-year history. However, this one was better for one reason: it’s really tough to defend a championship. Last year, we snuck up on some teams. This year, everyone was gunning for us. We always got our opponents’ best effort.”
After winning two titles at a young age in a league that is not one of Europe’s elite, speculation naturally lingers over a promising player like Gatt. However, earlier this year, the Michigan native signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with Molde until 2015. Gatt says he is open to any interesting opportunities that may come along, but says he still has a lot to learn under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.