U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann will soon have another Premier League employee in his player pool.
Midfielder Emerson Hyndman, who rejected an offer to stay with Fulham and was out of contract, has signed a four-year deal with Bournemouth, which finished 16th in its first Premier League season to retain that status.
Hyndman, 20, is a former captain of the U.S. U-20 team and also played for the U-23s in their futile bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympic soccer tournament. He debuted with the senior team in September, 2014, and earned his second cap last month against Puerto Rico.
The grandson of former SMU and FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman grew up in the Dallas area and joined the Fulham youth academy in 2011. He played 45 games for Fulham’s U-21s and last season for the senior team made 17 appearances and scored one goal.
He joins former Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, who signed a deal with Chelsea in January, and defender DeAndre Yedlin (on loan to Sunderland from Tottenham) as young U.S. national-team players on Premier League clubs.
Bournemouth will pay compensation to Fulham because of Hyndman’s age and its role in his development. The Cherries start preseason training early next month.
“We've moved swiftly in the window to secure Emerson’s signature and we are delighted to have finalized the deal to bring such a promising young talent to AFC Bournemouth,” said the club’s chief executive Niall Blake on the team’s Web site.