The American influence at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim continues to grow.
According to Fox Soccer, 16-year-old U.S. youth national team midfielder Russell Canouse signed a professional deal with the Bundesliga side and will join the club's U-19 side this coming season after spending one year in the club's youth academy. He emerged as a standout defensive midfielder for Hoffenheim's U-17 team, earning academy Player of the Year honors.
Canouse, a Pennsylvania native, was most recently a part of the U.S. Under-18 men's national team that participated in the Lisbon International Tournament. He joins Daniel Williams, Fabian Johnson and Joe Gyau as U.S. internationals under pro deals at Hoffenheim.
"Russell is one of our top prospects in the academy. He has adjusted quickly to our environment and requirements," Alexander Rosen, Hoffenheim's academy director, told Fox Soccer. "He has a true professional attitude on and off the field and he has a bright future if he continues to work hard."
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