Konrad de la Fuente
was named to Barcelona's matchday squad for Saturday's UEFA Champions League match its against Napoli after injuries and suspensions left the Spanish squad scrambling to
fill its bench.
The 19-year-old winger will become the first American ever to be named in a Barcelona first-team squad. He was one of nine Barca
"B" players called up because of injuries to Samuel Umtiti
and Ousmane Dembele
and suspensions to Arturo Vidal
and Sergio Busquets
Konrad, who started for the
USA at the 2019 U-20 World Cup and is eligible for the 2021 U-20 World Cup, recently signed a new contract with Barcelona that will keep him at the Catalan club through the 2021-22 season with an
option for two additional years. He has a release clause of 50 million euros ($57.5 million). It will rise to 100 million euros ($115 million) if he is promoted to the Barca first team.
Earlier in the year, there was speculation that he would leave Barcelona for another team in Europe, so his call-up marks a dramatic change in fortunes. He split time in 2019-20 with Barcelona "B" in
the Spanish third division and Barcelona's U-19s. He scored twice in the recent Spanish third division playoffs, helping Barca "B" to within one win of advancing to the second division.
"It has always been my dream to play for the first team," de la Fuente said in a statement after extending his stay at Barcelona, "and that is why I want to stay here -- to try to achieve
Barca and Napoli played to a 1-1 tie in the first played in Naples in February before European soccer was shut down.