Great technical passer that lack ambitious passes with a weak frame and low ability to cover ground. After spending 2019 with Sporting Kansas City, reports link the German-born American midfielder to … But he was getting first team minutes 5 or so years ago as a 17 year old in domestic cup matches and making the bench for PL games occasionally. You say that, but this is a player already registered for Arsenal's first team squad. The midfielder has signed a contract for the duration of the 2019 season, but which has options for 2020 and 2021. A lot of young players don't have verified accounts. Arsene Wenger and most Arsenal fans were very high on him years back. Is there anyone on Reddit who hasn't played against Gedion Zelalem at school? The worry I've had with him all along has been how tiny and frail he looks. As an Arsenal and Sporting KC fan I am stoked to have him coming. Happens all the time. Zelalem picking the US team would pose major work permit issues toward playing in England. Really cool to see this kid making it. FIFA nationality is not the same as real life nationality. flying back to the states for the holiday to pick up his new US passport. Arsenal deal set and done, USMNT spot for the future next please. I haven't been following him this year, so have missed out on a lot. This community is for supporters of any and all levels of soccer in the United States & Canada, with an emphasis on Major League Soccer. The MLS is competitive, but the quality is still many levels below the PL. To be honest I don't really care because we don't know where he ends up and there are also some huge talents in the German academies. Also needs to learn to put the laces through it when shooting. We weren't sure if he'd be there when we played his team, but he was! 2013 - 2019: Gedion joined Arsenal as a 16 year-old in 2013 and spent six seasons with the Premier League club. The subreddit dedicated to Rangers FC, Scotland's most successful football club and world-record holders for most domestic titles won. Sporting KC Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes said, “Gedion is a talented player and we are excited to welcome him to the club. With the right coach and the right system, Gedion still has plenty of room for growth. He is best known for being a Soccer Player. Sporting Kansas City have announced the signing of Gedion Zelalem from Arsenal. This kid had so much potential until his Injury, Rangers loan, and Arsene Wenger retirement. I bet he is just playing with emoticons or stickers or something. https://www.transfermarkt.com/gedion-zelalem/profil/spieler/228370 Imho I feel that your injuries hampered your progress with us. I've been saying if he gets a goal or 2, the confidence could sky rocket & it's very possible he starts banging them in. News, results and discussion about the beautiful game. Freddy Adu is a fair point however, Freddy Adu did not has Arsene Wenger as a coach. Crazy that my bud knows him and now he's playing for Arsenal. Yeah. PV will make sure he gets on the pitch for approximately 20 minutes this season. The kid's setbacks have been so unfortunate. He's that good. I am sure Arsene will continue to loan him out for another season or two at the least. I doubt most of Ireland and Scotland's players have passports for their respective countries. I played against him for years in NCSL (Washington DC soccer league). Zelalem either potentially blocks Busio from PT, or the other way around, don’t make no sense. Hope you can all provide some insight! Gedion Zelalem signed for New York City FC on January 11, 2020. I don't actually get what you mean with stay with the US, isn't he a U16 or U17 nationalteam player for Germany atm? Pretty sure this guys cousin goes to my school, small freaking world. The subreddit exclusively for the discussion of national United States soccer teams. How about seeing if the kid is any good before all the clambering? I'm excited for the former without jumping over to the latter. ReddIt. Here's a photo of Brek Shea, Freddy Adu and Juan Agudelo all hanging out at the Cheesecake factory. I hope he can integrate and get some game time for a team that should fair pretty well in the MLS this season. A good point of comparison to Zelalem might be Carl Jenkinson - similarly too old to be a prospect and people thought his Arsenal career was over after a disastrous loan at Birmingham + injuries. Is he developing well? Pretty sure he was in the German national youth team when we signed him. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Good to hear that he is good on the ball. I think it all might change with Frank De Boer this time around, we will see. This is the subreddit for any and all levels of soccer in the United States & Canada, with an emphasis on Major League Soccer. Explain? New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. He trains with the Arsenal first team and the Premier League doesn't have a winter break, so I'm not sure he'd just leave in the middle of the season to go back to the States, especially considering all of Arsenal's injuries. The 22 year old has been unlucky with injury, sustaining a serious knee problem which certainly hampered his progress. Even Agudelo had his work permit turned down. My favourite barbecue place is in Kansas City, so he’s got that to look forward to. There are countless numbers of the next prodigy who doesn't eventually make it. Men's, women's, and youth are all discussed here. He left. Gedion Zelalem’s age is 23. More importantly, if the USMNT can convince him to commit, it would be huge (no disrespect to Ethiopia or Germany). Let the kid be a kid and see if he is good enough for club before all this constant "will he play for Germany/US/Ethiopia" noise. I need to stop thinking that having the same owner as Arsenal will help the Rapids. He'd need to get quite a few US appearances under his belt before his work permit was granted. Still only 22, plenty of potential, same age as Lletget when he came over to LAG after no time at West Ham. News, results and discussion about the beautiful game. He doesn't play youngsters until about that age, or until they have had significant experience on the U-21 team. Zelalem made his debut in 2014 during an FA Cup win over Coventry City. The football subreddit. The football subreddit. How do you think he would've fit in with the Rapids? MLS is not a bad league at all. I hope it's true, Edit 2: grant wahl confirms zelalem isn't on Twitter https://twitter.com/grantwahl/status/547527102892105728, Ehh Petke's account isn't verified (not sure why) and we still believe that. Zelalem will be turning 23 in a few weeks and still has a little ways before he hits his athletic peak. I live close to Atlanta and we were blessed with a lot of South American players and Tito as our Boss. Yep. There's also the case of him playing with 5 other Germans, and being in Europe that might affect it. If he puts his head down and works really hard, he could be the next Fran Merida or Denilson. Would love your thoughts, please comment. You pretty much nailed my opinion of him. #Patience, Edit: I'm not saying it's not him, I'm just pointing out that the account isn't verified. Had huge hopes for the lad, sad how it turned out. Gedion Zelalem was born on the 26th of January, 1997. Smiter of those that ought to be smote. Particularly on the attacking side of the game. I think there's a difference between being excited that an dynamic young prospect for one of the biggest clubs in the world might chose to play for the USA and thinking he's going to become the savior of the USMNT. Theres always talk about the "next big thing", its human nature to hope that the future will be bright, even though we all know thats not the case. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Yes, Gedion Zelalem remains on track for #usmnt eligibility. We played very attractive attacking football and won the league last season. I find it strange after the Rowe deal. A couple winters ago, I was at the futsal nationals in Kansas City. I try to watch their games. TRANSFER TRACKER: Report Gedion Zelalem may be in line for a fresh start in MLS. In addition to injuries Zelalem simply plays a position where we had a ton of depth over the past few seasons - for example even to break into the squad now, he would have to beat Torreira, Ramsey, Xhaka, Guendouzi, El Neny, and Willock. Damn, I must have just missed age wise, I didn't realize he played in NCSL. He wouldn't need a work permit if he holds dual citizenship, even if he picks USA. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. For one, he’s still young. A former Germany and United States youth international, Gedion signed from Sporting KC after spells with Arsenal and Rangers. Sporting KC Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes said, “Gedion is a talented player and we are excited to welcome him to the club. Freddy Adu did not have Ozil on the training grounds at at 16. I did meg him though(!) Our US friends need only remember Freddy Adu. He never really stood out, but that's kind of his game - keep the ball, make his teammates look better. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, https://twitter.com/grantwahl/status/547527102892105728, Here's a photo of Brek Shea, Freddy Adu and Juan Agudelo. I hope he does well but the cynic in me saw this – as with signing of far Eastern players – as a marketing exercise to build US interest in Arsenal. His reluctance to shoot gets right on my tits. Press J to jump to the feed. Arsene Wenger's retirement had nothing to do with it. It was a similar situation that has kept Joel Campbell from playing for Arsenal. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. But seriously, it could mean he's finally getting his US passport, Goff said he was on track to get it before he turned 18, and his birthday is January 26 so there's not much time. Hi, dropping in from the Arsenal subreddit to ask your opinion on how he has been playing. Shooting confidence will come with time, I think. Any bad habits? The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Fan of Arsenal, Robert Pires and most everything to do with rum and whiskey. News, results and discussion about the beautiful game. Talked about months ago. I think many young technical players have the "bulk up" requirement, so not too worried about that. The football subreddit. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. As long as he works hard he will have a great career. One thing I dislike is that the author has arrogantly ruled out Ethopia for the U.S.A. before he's even been granted citizenship. “We look forward to his integration into the squad as the team competes in multiple competitions throughout the season.”.

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