A quarter century later, Americans return to Stade Briochin

In the early 1990s when there was no professional outdoor soccer to speak of in the United States and opportunities where rare abroad, former N.C. State stars Dario Brose and Henry Gutierrez  moved to French amateur club Stade Briochin and helped it reach the professional ranks, climbing to the second division in 1993.

Ryan Spaulding

A quarter century later, two more Americans, both teenagers, have moved to Stade Briochin, back in the lower ranks of French soccer.

Ryan Spaulding, who played two seasons at UNC Charlotte, and Declan Brose -- Dario's son -- joined Stade Briochin, now in National 2, the fourth tier of French soccer.

Because of the American past at Stade Briochin, Spaulding and Brose, both 19, have attracted a lot of attention.

Spaulding debuted Saturday for Stade Briochin in its 3-1 league win over Boulogne-Billancourt, setting up the third goal when he was taken down for a penalty kick. He was also on the bench Tuesday for its 1-0 loss to Lens in the round of 32 of the French Cup before 6,500 fans at the Stade Fred Aubert.

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