Gyau on trial with St. Pauli

Gyau on trial with St. Pauli

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Gyau on trial with St. Pauli

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Joe Gyau's quest for first-team playing time may involve a drop down to the 2. Bundesliga.

According to second-division German side St. Pauli, Gyau trained with the club Tuesday ahead of a potential move from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. It is unclear whether that move would be a loan or permanent, but either way it would provide Gyau for a chance at first-team minutes that he is not receiving at Hoffenheim.

A loan would make the most sense considering Gyau's potential, something that Hoffenheim would be unlikely to try and cash in on this early in his career. Gyau just signed a three-year deal with the club in April.

A winger known for his blistering pace, the 19-year-old Gyau made his first-team debut with Hoffenheim in a German Cup match in February but otherwise played for the club's reserve team last season. He did not make the matchday roster for Hoffenheim's season-opening loss to Borussia Monchengladbach and faces a struggle for regular playing time at the top-flight club that also employs U.S. internationals Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams.

St. Pauli, which just missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga last season, has just two points from three games so far this season and has scored just one goal. Should Gyau make the move, he would join fellow U.S. youth prospects John Anthony Brooks, Alfredo Morales and Andrew Wooten in Germany's second tier.

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