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McKinze Gaines signs with Darmstadt

One of the top American prospects in Germany has found a new home.

McKinze Gaines signed with 2.Bundesliga side Darmstadt on Thursday from Wolfsburg on a deal that lasts until June 2020.

“I hope to improve myself every day and to learn a lot from a great coach as Torsten Frings,” Gaines said.

“We are very pleased that we could win such a talented player for us. (Gaines) is an extremely fast player, who has left a lasting impression on us in the past Bundesliga season of the junior team,” Frings said

Gaines, who played 22 games with Wolfsburg’s U19 team last season, adds to the American presence in the squad that already features Terrence Boyd.

Darmstadt was relegated from the Bundesliga last season after two years in the top flight. The club is trying to get back into the first division by bolstering its squad in preparation for the 2.Bundesliga campaign.


  1. Gaines debuted today (Friday) and went the full 90 against 8th division side Modau. He scored a goal and assisted on at least one other (google translated the German story so hard to tell) Boyd also played the entire match and scored 5 goals in an 8-0 victory for Darmstadt.

  2. Never seen him play but seems like a good move to get first team mins sooner rather than wait around in the reserves. With mckinnie and Wright now on the verge of first team mins along with CP22 of course and Wood seems to be a possible core for the US and let’s not forget Perez and Hyndman. Hope all continue progressing, it’s fun to watch.


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