American Joseph Gyau, a fleet-footed winger whose career was derailed for two years by knee problems, will continue his resurgence next season at Duisburg, a German second-division club.
The move from third-tier Sonnenhof, first reported by the Insider two weeks ago, became official Thursday. He signed a two-year contract. There was no transfer fee.
Gyau, 25, scored five goals in 30 appearances this season for Sonnenhof, his home for 18 months.
As the Duisburg move was being finalized this week, he wrote of Sonnenhof on Instagram: “They took a chance and believed in me when a lot of people said I was done. I regained form and confidence this season. I wish you all nothing but the best in the future going forward.”
Gyau is from Silver Spring, Md., and has spent his entire career in Germany, first with Hoffenheim, then St. Pauli on loan and Borussia Dortmund. He got into three Bundesliga matches in 2014: two with Hoffenheim in the spring and one with Dortmund in the fall. In October of that year, starting against Ecuador in his second U.S. national team appearance, he suffered a knee injury that, even after surgery, grew worse and threatened to end his career.
Duisburg was tied for the fourth-most points in 2. Bundesliga this season but, through goal differential, finished seventh.
“Joe is a very fast winger,” sports director Ivica Grlic said. “We want him to take the next step and make our offensive game even more unpredictable.”
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