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Celtic signs USMNT prospects Gutman and Perez

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American defenders Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez have signed 3+-year contracts with Celtic.

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Gutman was immediately loaned Thursday to Nashville of the second-tier United Soccer League Championship for the 2019 season. Celtic says Perez also will be loaned to a U.S. club.

Gutman is a 22-year-old who was a senior at Indiana and won the Hermann Trophy as the top men’s college soccer player last year. He was a member of the Chicago Fire’s youth academy and trained with Rangers, Celtic’s Glasgow rival.

Perez is a 19-year-old right back who was a sophomore at North Carolina State. He played for the U.S. at last year’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

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USMNT, Celtic’s Tim Weah scores another debut goal (video)

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) U.S. men’s national team forward Tim Weah made it two goals in his first two games for Celtic by scoring after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 4-0 win over St. Mirren in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday.

Weah, the son of former AC Milan star George Weah, ran onto a through-ball and slotted home a first-time finish for Celtic’s fourth goal in the 86th minute.

The 18-year-old Weah scored on his debut for Celtic on Saturday in the Scottish Cup.

He is on loan at the Glasgow club from Paris Saint-Germain.

Celtic leads the Scottish league by one point.

Ian Harkes signs with Dundee United in Scotland

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Midfielder Ian Harkes, a son of former U.S. captain John Harkes, has left D.C. United to sign a two-year contract with Dundee United of Scotland’s second-tier League Championship.

The 23-year-old won the 2016 Hermann Trophy as the top U.S. college player while at Wake Forest and spent the last two seasons with D.C. in Major League Soccer. He scored two goals with two assists.

D.C. declined his 2019 option.

Ian Harke’s grandfather was born near Dundee United’s Tannadice Park. Dundee United announced the deal Wednesday.

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Neymar heaps praise on USMNT’s Weah ahead of Celtic loan

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Even with the caveat that they are teammates, Neymar has issued some strong words in support of new Celtic loanee Timothy Weah.

“He has everything to go and be one of the top attacking players in Europe,” Neymar said.

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The American teenager couldn’t quite break into the PSG strike corps, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Edinson Cavani chewing up minutes and the precious few remaining sprinkled between 19-year-old Moussa Diaby (2G-5A in 536 minutes) and 21-year-old Christopher Nkunku (1G-1A in 487 minutes, mostly in midfield).

There’s zero shame in that, and Neymar is tipping Weah to not just play well in Glasgow, but to star for the Scottish leaders. From The Scottish Daily Record:

“He has the talent, we know that, but also he has a great attitude. From the first day I have met him he has wanted to learn off the players who have already won the major trophies, from the players who have already achieved big things in the game.

“He is a fun guy to be around – but also he is very humble and that is what you want to see from a young player. It’s what a coach wants to see because it means they want to learn.”

Neymar went on to say Weah has the same demeanor the Brazilian possessed as a 18-year-old.

Weah has a goal in eight caps for the USMNT, and two goals in six senior appearances for PSG.

Transfers: Atlanta adds Watford teen; Harkes heads to Scotland

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When Atlanta United CEO Darren Eales tweeted that the Five Stripes were about to announce a DP signing, few figured he meant initials.

No, Pity Martinez was not announced on Tuesday, but Atlanta did unveil an intriguing signing in his own right.

Dion Pereira, 19, made a pair of Premier League appearances for Watford at the end of the 2016-17 season, and Atlanta is betting that a move across the Atlantic will transform him into its next prized young asset.

The Watford-born forward scored 13 goals in PL2 last season.


Going the other way, from MLS to Scotland, is DC United and Wake Forest product Ian Harkes.

The son of longtime USMNT captain John, Ian Harkes is 23 and played 37 times with four goals and two assists for the Black-and-Red last season.

Harkes is headed to Dundee United, who sits third in the Scottish Championship and is just three points back of table-leading Ross County.