U.S. Abroad: 'New Pirlo' Hyndman is off to Rangers

A day after playing in his first game for Bournemouth in more than three months, 20-year-old midfielder Emerson Hyndman  flew to Glasgow, where he is expected to join Rangers for the rest of its first season back in the Scottish Premier League.

Hyndman, who made his U.S. debut at the age of 18, joined Bournemouth from Fulham as a free agent over the summer. He was injured in preseason and never dressed for an EPL game.

His two other appearances for the Cherries before Sunday's shock 3-0 loss at third-tier Millwall in the FA Cup came in the League Cup.

Hyndman should see playing time as Rangers, second in its first season back in the Scottish Premier League, looks to reinforce its midfield. It is also expected to sign Spaniard Jon Toral on loan from Arsenal.

Hyndman, the grandson of former FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, joined Fulham's academy in 2011 at the age of 15. German Felix Magath gave Hyndman his pro debut in 2014.

The Scottish Sun dug up some old quotes from Magath, touting Hyndman as "the new Andrea Pirlo."

“I have never seen a player of his age play like he does -- he passes like an old professional," Magath said in 2014. "I’m sure he will be a good player. His role could be similar to the one that Andrea Pirlo plays, responsible for the forward play of the team from deep.”

Hyndman has hoped regular playing time will get him back in the national team picture under new coach Bruce Arena.

3 comments about "U.S. Abroad: 'New Pirlo' Hyndman is off to Rangers".
  1. P R, January 9, 2017 at 12:05 p.m.

    Sooo, care to mention if this is a loan or a transfer? I've heard of burying the lead, but it seems like the lead was completely left out. In searching the web, other sites report that it is in fact a loan. And now, saying Rangers are "also expected to sign Spaniard Jon Toral on loan from Arsenal" does not automatically imply that Hyndman's deal is a loan as well. I miss the good old days of journalism, with editors, and accuracy, etc.

  2. R2 Dad replied, January 9, 2017 at 12:39 p.m.

    Caveat emptor. Free news is free.

  3. frank schoon, January 9, 2017 at 2:40 p.m.

    I have no clue why anyone would a send a player to play in Scotland whose nickname is "Pirlo" because of his passing prowess. Anybody that knows anything about soccer should understand to not a player with so a called "pirlo" type of ability to Scotland. It is like sending a scottish player to play in Brazil. Playing in Scotland will not help his passing expertise for the game there does not allow it. Similarly ,the real Pirlo has problems playing in the MLS...I wonder why?....This kid should have gone to Holland, or to a country where his abilities can be better refined in a more sophisticated style of play!!!

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