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By DAN KARELL
Former U.S. youth international Joseph Gyau has completed a move to the second team of one of Germany’s giant clubs.
Borussia Dortmund announced early Monday morning that Gyau has signed for Borussia Dortmund II, the Bundesliga club’s reserve and Under-23 team that plays in the German third division. Dortmund II’s upcoming season begins on July 25.
According to reports out of Germany, Gyau played Sunday for Dortmund II in their first friendly match ahead of the upcoming season. Dortmund II won the match against local club Lüner SV by a 2-0 scoreline.
The 21-year-old winger has been with Hoffenheim since 2009, when he signed after finishing his time with the U.S. Soccer residency program. Gyau, however, only made three league appearances since joining the club and spent the 2012/2013 season on loan with FC St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga.
Last season, Gyau started 26 of 27 games for Hoffenheim’s reserves. He scored seven times, but never made a game-day squad for the first team.
An interesting twist to this story is that Dortmund’s reserve team’s head coach is David Wagner, a German-American who played eight times for the U.S. Men’s National Team between 1996 and 1998. Wagner also coached Terrence Boyd when he was at Dortmund II.
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