is the latest U.S. youth international to enter the Schalke 04 program
Rotundo signed with the German club and will begin out with its B-Jugend team in the U-17
Bundesliga. He signed on Thursday, his 16th birthday, the first day he was eligible to sign with a German club, holding a French passport.
Rotundo, a midfielder, grew up in the San Diego
area and played for Surf Soccer.
He played for the U.S. U-17s at their last camp in February before play was shut down. Other players on the team based in Europe include Kaile
(Lille) in France, Aethan Yohannes
(AZ) in the Netherlands and Devan Tanton
(UE Cornella) and Federico Oliva
(Atletico Madrid) in Spain.
Other players who
have gone through the Schalke 04 youth system include Weston McKennie
(a starter on the first team), Haji Wright
(who played last season for Dutch club VVV Venlo), Nicholas
(whose contract was renewed after spending last season with Schalke's second team) and Matthew Hoppe
(who spent his first season with Schalke on its U-19s).