The United States men’s national team record with left backs is not ideal. One of its top hopes to flip the script has just found a new home.
Chris Gloster is moving from Hannover 96 to PSV Eindhoven, trading the second team of a 2.Bundesliga side for the U-21 outfit of one of the Dutch powers.
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Gloster, 19, joins fellow American youth national teamer Richie Ledesma and also proffers plenty of shade to the clubs back home. From PSV.nl:
“I have chosen to continue my career in Europe because the clubs give more opportunities to the younger players, whereas in the USA they look for experienced and physically strong players. Age is not an issue in Europe. When you are a good player, it does not matter how young you are.”
Gloster debuted in USL at age 16 for the New York Red Bulls II and headed to Hannover in 2018.
He played 16 teams for Hannover 96’s second team, recording three assists and raising his profile at the U-20 World Cup. He played five times for the U-20s on the opposite side of Sergino Dest, who is oddly enough a right back at Ajax.
Dest, 18, made his Eredivisie debut this weekend, playing 36 minutes off the bench (He can also play left back).
The path for Gloster will take a bit more work, as Czech international Michal Sadilek has played nearly every minute of PSV’s season at left back. Sadilek is just 20, young like Valencia loanee Toni Lato and summer purchase Oliver Boscagli, formerly of OGC Nice, who are also above Gloster on the depth chart.