Meet Arsenal's 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem
[VIDEO PICK: Magic Feet] Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger promised his usually thrifty Gunners were going to open the checkbook this summer, which
hasn’t happened, but 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem's breakthrough performances on the club's preseason tour has provided reason for optimism.
Zelalem, who played for
Germany’s U-16 team, is of Ethiopian descent, but he also trained with the U.S. U-15 national team after in 2006 moving to Washington, D.C., where he played with the Olney Rangers. His coach,
Matt Pilkington, brought Gedion to the attention of Arsenal’s North American scout, Danny Karbassiyoon, which is how he got to London.
With a quiet
soccer summer in Europe, the attention on Zelalem has exploded on the midfielder after just three games in Asia. Comparisons to Cesc Fabregas and Michael Laudrup have
already cropped up, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be on the first team this fall, when Arsenal begins its quest for fourth place in the EPL once more.
He displays great poise,
technical ability and his vision on through balls is incredible at any age, which is the focus of this video. All these passes came in 135 minutes of play …
|Recent Soccer America Daily Jones and Vanney are pivotal figures for midweek matches Sept. 3, 12:04 a.m. |
[MLS PREVIEW: Week 26] Two vital Eastern Conference games and a seemingly cushy road date for ... Czech Republic-USA Gameday Guide Sept. 2, 11:41 p.m.
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY] The USA kicks off a new era when it faces the Czech Republic Wednesday ... Four international friendlies to watch Sept. 2, 10:25 p.m.
[DATEBOOK] FIFA has scrapped the August friendly, but international action returns early in September with games ... Top scorer Gallardo joins residency program Sept. 2, 9:16 p.m.
[USA UNDER-17 MEN] There are plenty of changes in the U.S. under-17 residency program as nine ... Trio joins team at Buenos Aires training camp Sept. 2, 8:58 p.m.
[USA UNDER-20 MEN] U.S. under-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos brought in Columbus Crew ... Scorpions unveil plans for Toyota Field expansion Sept. 2, 8:33 p.m.
[MLS EXPANSION] The NASL's San Antonio Scorpions released plans for doubling the capacity of Toyota Field, ... Keane nutmegs and scores with sweet chip Sept. 2, 8:14 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] Robbie Keane nutmegged a defender then chipped the goalkeeper ... What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann Sept. 2, 7:55 p.m.
"Canada, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, whoever plays in MLS, the foreign guys, they all go. But ... What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann Sept. 2, 7:53 p.m.
"That he's made some statements that he's not content, sees it differently, that's legitimate and that's ... Regional championship kicks off in Washington Sept. 2, 7:35 p.m.
[COPA CENTROAMERICANA] Such is the drawing power of Central American teams that Uncaf, the governing body ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives