Canouse, who played youth ball at PA Classics and the Red Bulls before at age 15 joining Hoffenheim’s youth program in 2011, made only one Bundesliga appearance but has played more than 50 third division games for Hoffenheim II and captained Hoffenheim’s U-19s to the German national championship in 2014.
“To leave your home at a young age like Russell Canouse to improve yourself demonstrates extraordinary ambition and character,” said VfL Bochum sports director Christian Hochstätter. “He’s athletically robust and has very good technique. Russell Canouse can fill various midfield roles.”
Canouse captained the USA during qualifying for the 2015 U-20 World Cup but missed the championship because of an injury suffered on the eve of the tournament.
VfL Bochum, which finished fifth the second division last season, last played in the top tier in 2010.
Americans on the move in Europe:
Russell Canouse Hoffenheim (GER D1) to Bochum (GER D2), loan
Emerson Hyndman Fulham (ENG D2) to Bournemouth (ENG D1)
Jerome Kiesewetter VfB Stuttgart II (GER D3) to Fortuna Duesseldorf (GER D2)
Robert Kristo Spezia (ITA D2) to Osnabrueck (GER D3)
Mario Rodriguez Borussia M'Gladbach II (GER D4) to Chemitzer FC (GER D3)
*On loan from Dynamo Dresden (GER D2).