Kainoa Bailey seals deal with Bayer Leverkusen
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Kainoa Bailey has played for the Academy teams of two MLS clubs -- D.C. United and Real Salt Lake -- but the 18-year-old is
pursuing a pro career in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen.
The Nevada product’s signing became official when he turned 18 on Aug. 2 and he’ll start out with Bayer
Leverkusen’s U-23 team, which competes in the Regionalliga, Germany’s fourth division. (The reserve teams of Bundesliga clubs have age restrictions in Germany’s lower divisions.)
Bailey was steered to Germany by former U.S. national team star Brent Goulet, who coached Bailey in 2012 at the now-defunct Nashville Metros of PDL. Goulet, who scored for the
USA at the 1988 Olympics and six times in qualifying, played more than a decade in Germany and began his coaching career with eight seasons as assistant and head coach of SV Elversberg.
“Leverkusen is a good fit because they've dealt with Americans before such as Frankie Hejduk, Claudio Reyna and Landon Donovan,” says
Goulet. “[Bayer GM] Michael Reschke said that they've learned from the past and will do everything in their power to make sure that Kainoa will have the best possible chance to
excel at Bayer Leverkusen. ...
“Kainoa is very young and hungry -- and also very, very fast and talented. With the proper guidance in their youth system he will learn the game
tactically and structurally, which in turn will help him play to these strengths.”
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily U.S. U-20s sweep group play with win over Tigres April 16, 10:51 p.m. |
[DALLAS CUP] The U.S. under-20 national team beat Tigres of Mexico, 1-0, and moved into the ... Red Bulls finally get off the schneid April 16, 10:23 p.m.
[MLS: Week 7] After seven games, the New York Red Bulls, the 2013 Supporters' Shield champions, ... Dutch Lions ink Cruyff grandson April 16, 9 p.m.
[USL PRO TRANSACTIONS] The Dayton Dutch Lions have Matheus (Brazilian defender Matheus Diovany Pechim Dos Santos), ... The 10 richest American soccer owners April 16, 8:36 p.m.
[MAKING A LIST] Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, announced as the owner ... Howard's Everton suffers costly setback April 16, 7:01 p.m.
[AMERICANS ABROAD] The bid of Tim Howard's Everton to finish in the top four of the ... Atlanta introduced as 22nd franchise April 16, 5:54 p.m.
[MLS EXPANSION] MLS introduced Atlanta as its latest expansion team, owned by Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank, ... Sonia becomes third Spaniard to join Flash April 16, 5:16 p.m.
[NWSL TRANSACTIONS] Sonia became the third Spaniard to join Western New York, joining Vicky Losada, Week ... Fernandez stymies Energy with late penalty save April 16, 4:55 p.m.
[USL PRO: Week 5] Raul Fernandez saved Michael Thomas' penalty kick in the 90th minute to ... What They're Saying April 16, 4:49 p.m.
"All I can say about my departure is we no longer agreed to the strategy. I ... Perfectly placed volley into own goal April 16, 4:27 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] You may have noticed, we relish a good own goal. Today's ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives