U.S. Abroad: Duisburg wants Joe Gyau to take next step

Joe Gyau, whose career in Germany was sidetracked by a knee injury suffered in October 2014, continues his comeback with a move to German second division club Duisburg.

The move to Duisburg, which finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the 2. Bundesliga, comes after the 25-year-old winger spent a season and a half at third division club Sonnenhof Grossaspach.

"Joe is a very fast, straight-wing winger," said Duisburg sports director Ivo Grlic. "He knows the 2. Bundesliga and is a really good age. We want him to take the next step and make our offensive game even more unpredictable."

Gyau, the son of former U.S. international Phillip Gyau, was 22 when he suffered a knee injury playing for the USA against Ecuador in Landon Donovan's farewell game.

It was Gyau's second straight start for the USA after debuting for Borussia Dortmund, which he had joined from Hoffenheim earlier in the summer.
Charles Renken and Gyau had left the U.S. U-17 residency program in 2009 to sign with Hoffenheim for which Gyau played two first-team games in 2014.

Gyau, whose grandfather, NASL star Nana, played for Ghana, required meniscus surgery on his left knee, then suffered cartilage damage in training after playing for Borussia Dortmund II in training. He missed all of the 2015-16 season and moved from Borussia Dortmund II to Sonnenhof Grossaspach in January 2017.

Gyau scored five goals -- including this long-range effort -- and added five assists in 30 games for Sonnenhof Grossaspach in 2017-18. He was highest rated American among those who played regularly in Germany's top three levels.
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