Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Gedion Zelalem debuts for Arsenal
January 24th, 2014 5PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  youth boys

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] Gedion Zelalem, a product of the Olney Boys & Girls Club program in Maryland, made his debut for Arsenal, two days before his 17th birthday, in the Gunners' 4-0 win over Coventry City in the English FA Cup match on Friday.

The Ethiopian-born Zelalem came on in the 70th minute.

"It was a good opportunity to give Gedion a chance to play," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "He wants the ball, he is not fazed by the occasion"

Zelalem has been hailed as one of the best prospects to come through the Arsenal youth system in many years.



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.

Zelalem showed flashes of his great skill on Arsenal's summer tour of Asia, and he has played this fall for Arsenal's U-21 team.


2 comments
  1. BJ Genovese
    commented on: January 25, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.
    I watched this game specifically to watch this player. Great great player... but it seems like only great players with dual citizenship can take this game to the top levels. Otherwise you have to be specially selected to the US national team by a select few people. This enables you to get a work visa in the EPL at least.

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: January 25, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
    Yes, one of the benefits of having a Euro spouse, if your progeny have the chops to take advantage of it. In all fairness to JK, he has given way more opportunities to a much larger pool of players than previous USMNT coaches. Not clear on the English FA requirement, but I believe you must be capped to be eligible for a transfer-- unless you're Juan Agudelo in which case, sorry No.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Pachuca's Marco Garces    
"We keep scouting the U.S. and send scouts every so often and one of them came ...
id2 National Selection picked for Argentina trip    
The id2 National Selection roster for the international tour to Argentina Feb. 28-March 10 features 18 ...
RSL will build stadium for USL PRO Monarchs    
Lots of MLS clubs have built soccer-specific stadiums. Real Salt Lake is taking things one step ...
Chile-USA: Three storylines to follow    
Nine veterans of the 2014 World Cup have been summoned by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as ...
Chile longshots begin Copa America prep    
For the USA, the game against Chile Wednesday in Rancagua will the first match of the ...
What They're Saying: Phil Neville    
"I'd be first over there and I'd probably look to two-foot him or take him out ...
Video Pick: Artist and maverick, Riquelme retires    
Juan Riquelme announced the end of his fascinating career on Sunday, at age 36. The Argentine ...
Hope Solo's U.S. future remains up in air    
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati hopes women's national team star Hope Solo makes progress during her ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati     
"Sure. ... We've asked her to do a number of things, and she's going to have ...
MLS Trade Central: Red Bulls land Felipe    
The New York Red Bulls made their first major player acquisition since new sporting director Ali ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives