Uly Llanez, the 19-year-old winger who scored the winning goal in his U.S. senior debut in January, has joined Dutch club Heerenveen for the 2020-21 Eredivisie season.
Llanez, a product of the LA Galaxy academy, signed with Wolfsburg after he
turned 18 in 2019 but was ineligible to play in Germany until the fall.
He began his first season on Wolfsburg's U-19s but was excused from winter training to join the USA at its January camp in Florida. Llanez scored the winning goal for the USA from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win over Costa Rica before returning to Wolfsburg, where he resumed play with the U-19s, scoring 11 goals in 16 games.
During the pandemic shutdown, though, Wolfsburg promoted Llanez to the first team. He dressed for two Bundesliga games but did not play. Wolfsburg listed Llanez as a member of Wolfsburg II -- its fourth-tier team -- for the 2020-21 season.
Heerenveen is the club at which Michael Bradley started out in 2006. It was a regular on the European scene, competing in the UEFA Cup, until 2012, but has been a mid-table team in recent years.
After finishing 10th in the shortened 2019-20 season, Heerenveen was forced to sell Nigerian winger Chidera Ejuke, its star player, to CSKA Moscow for $12 million.
Heerenveen started the new season with a 2-0 win over Willem II in which it started a pair of 18-year-olds, Couhaib Driouech and Arjen van der Heide, both making their first Eredivisie starts.
Llanez is one of several attackers Heerenveen has brought in from Germany along with Oliver Batista Meier (on loan from Bayern Munich) and Henk Veerman (back after two seasons at St. Pauli).