U.S. Youth National Teams

U.S. U-17 star Flores signs with Dortmund

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U.S. Under-17 men's national team attacking midfielder Junior Flores is one of the top prospects in the American pipeline, and German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund are convinced he could be one for the future.

Dortmund has signed the 16-year-old Flores to a professional contract, the Orlando Sentinel's Paul Tenorio reported on Twitter on Thursday evening. The professional portion of the contract will take effect in March of 2014, when he turns 18 (by FIFA rule, players can't sign binding professional contracts outside of their home nation until they turn 18).

Flores signed a four-year deal with the club and he is expected to train with Dortmund periodically between now and until he turns 18. According to the Washington Post, Flores also signed a two-year deal with Nike, which kicks in immediately.

Flores had a breakout showing with the U.S. Under-17 team last winter and that drew reported interest from clubs across the globe, including Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. Flores had also received interest from MLS, but what it offered was substantially lower than what Dortmund was willing to give him.

Born in Los Angeles to Salvadoran parents, Flores is eligible to play for El Salvador or the United States at the international level but, to this point, he has committed to playing for the Americans.

What do you think about this move? Like the idea of another U.S. youth prospect developing in Germany? Disappointed MLS didn't sign him?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Mike r

    Aguduelo has not done anything except for two games for the US like 2 yrs ago. He is exhibit a on MLS not being able to develop talen. Gil is just ok by MLS standards as it stands


  • Thatpageguy

    I think it is way to early to write off Gil. RSL has an excellent team and Gil started tonight in an important game against the Galaxy.


  • Thatpageguy

    How do you define home grown and star? Dempsey was home grown and is pretty close to a star in the EPL and Donovan is the all time leader in goals for the nats and definitely home grown.


  • Thatpageguy

    This is great news. While it is no guarantee, Dortmund has become one of the top 10 or so teams in Europe now and joining their youth system can only improve his development by exposing him to some of the top youth competition around.


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