Gedion Zelalem looks likely to become the next young American player to join Major League Soccer.
According to the Washington Post, Sporting KC has struck a deal with English Premier League side Arsenal for the 22-year-old. Zelalem will arrive in KC on Sunday to attend the team’s match against the Philadelphia Union, according to the report.
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Zelalem has seen his professional career stall at Arsenal since signing in 2014. He’s made only seven appearances for Arsenal’s U-23 side this season scoring one goal. Between 2015-17′ Zelalem was loaned out to Scottish outfit Rangers and Dutch side VVV Venlo, making a combined 30 appearances between both clubs.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Zelalem played for Germany’s U-15, U-16, and U-17 MNT’s before making a switch to the U.S. Since the move, he’s made 15 appearances between the U.S. U-20 and U-23 MNT’s.
A move to Sporting KC would give the team another option in midfield as they prepare for their second match of the MLS season.