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Youngest player of any nationality to score in the DFB Pokal, which has

Been contested since 1935. He was also within a day or 2 of Nuri Sahin, when Sahin became the youngest to score a Bundesliga goal. If Gio scores at all before the end of the league season, he’ll be the youngest foreigner to do so, and second youngest of any nationality to score in the BL. It’s no easy feat as you have to get the passport just to play before you’re 18 (Gio / Portugal and Pulisic / Croatia), which makes it even more remarkable that 2 Americans are among the youngest when there are countless Germans and Euros who could’ve done it. There’s talk about the Bundesliga relaxing their 17 year old age minimum, which would nearly ensure that Moukoko would set a new record, although there are doubts about how old he actually is. If they did fudge his age it was a mistake as he’s been lighting up the Dortmund youth ranks (Understatement of the year — see YouTube) since he was 13. But for the age limit, he’s absolutely ready for first team action.

Gio’s goal was amazing, but so was his overall play yesterday. He set up Reus on a platter and his one touch interplay was sublime. That he is being worked into a world-class 5 man BVB attack rotation that includes Reus, Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and Haaland (holy crap is he good) a couple months after his 17th birthday just proves that he is seen by the club as a prodigy. Reus is out for several weeks so Gio might get some PT in the BL and / or vs PSG, which would be incredible.

The main problem with the USMNT the last few years, beyond crappy coaching, was that after the Donovan, Beasley, Dempsey generation aged out, we had practically nothing between them and the young guys. What a waste of 12+ years. Holy crap will we be good when Pulisic, Adams, Dest, McKennie, Reyna, Sargent, Vassilev, etc mature, particularly if there is complementary talent in the 12-17 year old ranks.

[Post edited by Quintel at 02/05/2020 1:08PM]

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Posted: 02/05/2020 at 11:19AM


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