Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
MLS Moves: Loons sign Gatt after long European stay
by Ridge Mahoney, February 16th, 2017 1:45AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  minnesota united fc, mls


As direct with his words as he can be with his play, winger Josh Gatt is crystal clear about what he’ll bring to Minnesota United in its first MLS season.

“Fast,” said Gatt, a native of Michigan who battled through several injury-marred seasons with Norwegian club Molde prior to being released last year. “Aggressive. Attacking. Risky. When I was a kid, my coach always told my parents that I was a high risk, high reward type player. I’m not the type of person who will take it in my own box and try to go up the field alone. I’m a player who, if I see an opening, I’ll take it.”

Gatt, 25, took his first opening nearly nine years ago to join SC Rheindorf Altach in Austria, and moved to Molde in 2011. His play while helping Molde win back-to-back titles earned him his first U.S. cap in November, 2012, against Russia. In 75 games for the two clubs he scored 15 goals and logged 15 assists.

Plagued by knee injuries the past two years, he’s been unable to regain a place in the first team and rumors of his possible return to MLS started a while ago.

“Josh has been on the American soccer radar for years,” said sporting director Manny Lagos. “He’s a young player, who left for Europe to build his career. He’s had some really good moments, and a couple of tough injuries. But I think this situation lines up perfectly, in regards to where Josh is as a player, and what we’re doing as a club.”

He has played a variety of positions but is best known as a right wing and as he said, he’ll add an element highly prized by most coaches and MNUFC boss Adrian Heath in particular.

“The main thing is that he brings us some excellent pace in wide areas,” said Heath. “I think he’s little bit different than what we already have at the club. He’s going to be another body in there that can get wide and behind them. It gives us another alternative.”

Gatt admits adjusting to a new league with an expansion team as well as coming off injury-plagued seasons won’t be easy, but at least he knows the territory.

“I’ve played my whole career as a pro in Europe,” said Gatt. “To come back home, it’s a nice revamp. It’s nice to be able to do what I love in a setting I’ve grown up in. Playing overseas is different in every way.

“Playing here, there’s a simplicity to it. Knowing what I know about the states: language, culture, geography … It’s not hard to adapt.”

No comments yet.

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



Recent Soccer America Daily
By the Numbers: USA ties Hexagonal records with 6-0 win    
The USA tied a record for the most goals in a game and largest margin of ...
What They're Saying: Christian Pulisic    
"Clint's an easy guy to play with. He's strong, he's technical, he makes good runs and ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"Christian is just a natural. The game is easy for him. He's got exceptional skill, vision, ...
Hexagonal: USA gets result it wanted in Port of Spain    
Mexico moved into first place in the Hexagonal with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica, but ...
USA-Honduras: Takeaways from a rare Hexagonal romp    
Well, that was as impressive as it was important. One of the biggest games in the ...
Video Pick: How Clint Dempsey completed his hat trick    
Clint Dempsey, who was sidelined from national team play since last June after being diagnosed with ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"We didn't have anyone else." -- U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena on why he started ...
USA-Honduras World Cup Qualifier Player Ratings     
The USA got very good to excellent performances from its entire squad as it got back ...
WCQ: Atlanta's Martinez injured in Venezuela match    
Josef Martinez, who has set MLS by storm with five goals in his first three games ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I am surprised. What surprises me is we don't seem -- in the last five or ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives