Pro Prospects: Updates on recent moves

by J.R. Eskilson
August 10, 2016
Pro Prospects: Updates on recent moves

U.S. youth national team midfielder Ethan Lotenero moved from Boavista to CF Belenenses in Portugal during this offseason. 

Lotenero, 18 years old, is originally from Southern California. He played for CF Pachuca’s Academy prior to his arrival in Portugal in 2013. After two years with Boavista, Lotenero is joining Belenenses, which is located in Lisbon. Belenenses finished ninth in the league last season. They open up the 2016-2017 campaign this weekend against Benfica. 

Lotenero is expected to compete for the right back spot with the club’s reserve team this season. Lotenero, who also played for CZ Elite and LA Galaxy Academy in the past, was last called into the U.S. youth national team setup in 2013. Born in 1998, he is eligible for the 2017 U20 World Cup cycle squad. 

Immediate Impact

James Murphy signed his first professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday in July. Murphy, one of the standouts of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, previously played for Players Development Academy (PDA) in New Jersey. Murphy, who is a center midfielder, was named to the Development Academy Team of the Season in 2015. 

He was most recently part of the U.S. U20 Men’s National Team in October for the Four-Nations Tournament in Germany. 

On Tuesday, he made his professional debut with Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-2 extra time loss against Cambridge United in the League Cup. Fellow U20 MNT midfielder Luca de la Torre also made his professional debut for Fulham in a 3-2 win against Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup. De la Torre started and played 88 minutes in the win. 

Tim’s Way

U.S. U17 MNT forward Timothy Weah finished in a tie for the Golden Boot at the Otten Cup, a prestigeous U19 tournament in the Netherlands. Weah had three goals in four games for PSG at the competition. The French club finished the event in seventh place with a 2-2 record after wins over Chivas and Red Bull Brazil. PSG lost to RSC Anderlecht and FC Barcelona. 

Weah scored two goals in the seventh place game against Chivas, which led PSG to the 2-1 win. Former Chivas USA star Ivan Gutierrez also had a good tournament with two goals from the four games. Gutierrez scored Chivas’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach and also scored the lone goal in a 1-1 draw against PSV. 

Brooks to Third

Liverpool U19 claimed third place at the 2016 Ruhr Cup in Germany last week. U.S. U20 Men’s National Team forward Brooks Lennon scored the second goal in the 2-0 win over Schalke in the third place game. Lennon and Liverpool lost to Manchester City in the semifinal of the tournament. City went on to win the competition in commanding fashion with a 5-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the final. U.S. YNT goalkeeper Will Pulisic played for Borussia Dortmund in the tournament. 

Dev. Academy Ties

Nathaniel Adamolekun and Roberto Hernandez spent last week training with FC Groningen in the Netherlands. Adamolekun, a forward from Orlando City’s Academy, spent Aug. 4-8 training with Groningen. The striker has played with the Jamaica U20 squad. Hernandez spent a week training with the club’s U23 side. He has played with Peru’s youth national teams in the past.