No longer is it a big deal with American teenagers zip off to Europe to sign pro deals at age 18 or 19; the European soccer map is dotted with these Yankee hopefuls.
But perhaps Parker Walsh deserves special mention. According to this MLSSoccer.com report, the Karlsruher reservist “has a half dozen suitors in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia eager to bring him in for preseason trials.”
Walsh went to high school in Virginia and had signed to play college soccer at UVA, but decided two years back to pass up his senior year in high school and move overseas.
By the way, he’s a left back. How ironic. The problem child of U.S. Soccer for so darn long, there now seem to be promising young left back candidates falling out of German trees.