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Pro Prospects: Summer Moves

Article Written by J.R. Eskilson
Published: July 13, 2016

U.S. players are making moves this summer. As TopDrawerSoccer previously reported, Carolina Rapids goalkeeper Gabe Rosario joined Reading FC earlier this month on a two-year scholarship. Rosario’s father, Bobby, tells TDS that Gabe now has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Britain. 

Rosario will play with Reading’s U18 team in 2016/2017. Reading finished seventh in the U18 Premier League Table last season. Rosario was one of 14 players to sign a scholarship with the club during the offseason. He projects to be one of the feature keepers with the team this season. 

“His goal is to obviously secure a professional contract but he would also like to work his way back into the youth national team program either with England or USA,” Bobby Rosario told TDS about his son’s plans.

Terp Traveling

Maryland midfielder Amar Sejdic is training with Swansea City this week, USAProspects reported on Twitter. Sejdic had an outstanding debut season with Maryland and looks to be a key piece of the team moving forward. 

The talented midfielder played for Real Salt Lake AZ before heading to Maryland, but prior to his time at Casa Grande, he was a member of Vitesse U19 for a season. 


Bayern Munich youngster Timothy Tillman scored against Chelsea in a friendly between the U19 teams. Tillman scored the lone goal for Munich in the 1-1 draw. Tillman, born in 1999, is a German-American who has yet to represent the U.S. at any youth national team level.

Gaines Goals 

McKinze Gaines scored in his debut with the Wolfsburg U19 team last week. Gaines came on at halftime and scored the opening goal in the 68th minute in a 4-2 win against  Männer-Oberligist Lichtenberg 47. It was the first game of the preseason for Wolfsburg. 

Ayo, Ayo, Ayo

U.S. U17 Men’s National Team forward Ayo Akinola scored twice for Toronto FC II in a 4-2 win over Harrisburg City Islanders on Sunday. They were the first two professional goals of Akinola’s career. Akinola started and played 68 minutes in the win.

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