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Hyndman is youngest U.S. debutant in England
by Paul Kennedy, August 9th, 2014 7:49PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, england


[AMERICANS ABROAD] Emerson Hyndman, the 18-year-old grandson of former FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, became the latest in a long line of Americans to play for Fulham as he made his pro debut, starting on the left side of midfield in the Cottagers' 2-1 loss at Ipswich Town. He is the youngest American to move to England and make his pro league debut.

Fulham's veteran German manager, Felix Magath, has completely overhauled the Cottagers since their relegation from the Premier League, and Hyndman was one of five academy players to start along with five new signings and captain Scott Parker. Magath said he had no qualms about using his youngsters, three of whom made their pro debuts: Jesse Joronen, Cameron Burgess and Hyndman.

“You will see the young players will improve,” he said. “I hope next week in the home game [against Millwall] we have the chance to let the young players go and you will see they will make a good game, and why shouldn’t we win? Everybody wants young players and now I give young players the chance to play and develop and I feel fine, and the players feel fine and are glad, and so we will go on.”

Hyndman moved from Dallas to join the Fulham academy program in 2011. He is the youngest American to move to England and make his pro league debut. Jonathan Spector was one month older when he debuted for Manchester United in 2004. Johann Smith was 19 when he debuted for Bolton Wanderers, and Jozy Altidore was 20 when he first played for Hull City.

He follows in the footsteps of Americans Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Johnson, Kasey Keller, Eddie Lewis and Brian McBride, who all played at Fulham. All were picked to represent the USA at one or more World Cups.

Austria, Bundesliga
Conor O'Brien (did not dress), Wiener Neustadt, 2-2 vs. Austria Vienna

Belgium, Pro League
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht, vs. Charleroi

England, League Championship
Emerson Hyndman (90 minutes), Fulham, 1-2 at Ipswich Town
Eric Lichaj (sub: 4 minutes), Nott. Forest, 2-0 vs. Blackpool
Will Packwood (did not dress), Birmingham City, 0-2 at Middlesbrough
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers, 0-3 at Watford
Jonathan Spector (did not dress), Birmingham City, 0-2 at Middlesbrough
Zak Whitbread (on bench), Derby County, 1-0 vs. Rotherham
Danny Williams (did not dress), Reading, 2-2 at Wigan Athletic

France, Ligue 1
Alejandro Bedoya (90 minutes), Nantes, 1-0 Lens

Germany, Bundesliga 2
Terrence Boyd, Red Bull Leipzig, at 1860 Munich
Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt, vs. Darmstadt
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich, vs. Red Bull Leipzig
Andrew Wooten, Sandhausen, vs. Kaiserslautern

Mexico, Liga MX
Paul Arriola (did not dress), Tijuana, 0-0 at Morelia
Joe Corona (sub: 6 minutes), Tijuana, 0-0 at Morelia
Greg Garza (90 minutes), Tijuana, 0-0 at Morelia
Alejandro Guido (did not dress), Tijuana, 0-0 at Morelia
Alonso Hernandez (did not dress), Monterrey, 1-2 at Veracruz
Ventura Alvarado
(sub: 9 minutes), Club America, 2-0 at Tigres
Gabriel Farfan (did not dress), Chiapas, 3-2 vs. Leon
Herculez Gomez (did not dress), Tigres, 0-2 vs. Club America
Michael Orozco (57 minutes, 1 red card), Puebla, 0-1 at Cruz Azul
Jose Torres (90 minutes), Tigres, 0-2 vs. Club America
Edgar Castillo, Atlas, at UNAM

Netherlands, Eredivisie
Rubio Rubin (did not dress), FC Utrecht, 0-2 at PEC
Aron Johannsson (did not dress), AZ, 3-0 at Heracles

Norway, Tippeligaen
Jeb Brovsky (on bench), Stromsgodset, 0-1 at Odd
Mix Diskerud, Rosenborg, vs. Start
Josh Gatt, Molde, vs. Stabaek
Ethan Horvath, Molde, vs. Stabaek
Andrew Jacobson, Stabaek, at Molde
Michael Stephens, Stabaek, at Molde
Zarek Valentin, Bodo/Glimt, at Sogndal

Serbia, Super Liga
Freddy Adu (did not play), Jagodina, 1-1 vs. Mladost Lucani

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