Another U.S. youth international is making a big leap overseas, as midfielder James Murphy has joined English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
Murphy has signed a three-year contract with the English club, the player confirmed to SBI on Thursday. The team is expected to announce the deal in the coming days.
The 18-year-old has been involved with the U.S. national team since 2010, as a member of the Under-14 side. Murphy has continued to climb the U.S. Soccer ladder, most recently playing in October 2015 for the U-20s at the Four Nations Tournament in Germany.
Murphy is a native of New Jersey, playing for academy side Players Development Academy (PDA) since the age of eight. Murphy later went on trial with the Union in 2015, although didn’t sign a contract at the time.
Sheffield Wednesday finished sixth in the Championship last season, although the team nearly made the jump to the Premier League during their promotion playoff run. The Owls fell, 1-0, to Hull City in the playoff final.