[AMERICANS ABROAD] American Christian Albelo's Hoffenheim clinched the under-15 title in Germany's Regionalliga Süd
with three games to play thanks to a 3-2 win at Wehen Wiesbaden on Saturday.
Both of Albelo's parents are in the military, and the family moved to Germany last year when his mother received a job offer.
He started out at a small club, TSV Amicitia Viernheim, but moved to Hoffenheim after a scout watched him.
Hoffenheim has taken a particular interest in young Americans.
It signed Joseph Gyau and Charles Renken out of the U.S. U-17 residency program, and midfielder Russell Canouse joined Hoffenheim in 2012 from the U-17 residency program when his father moved to Germany for work.
Philadelphia Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer, who is still only 18, joined Hoffenheim on loan this year.