GIL, MCINERNEY WITH EURO OPTIONS
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
In the weeks since the end of the United States' run at the Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria, rumors have circulated about the professional prospects of Luis Gil and Jack McInerney, two of the American's best players on the team.

A verfied source close to both players has confirmed to YA that Luis Gil, 15, is being courted by Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, two unidentified Ligue 1 teams, and MLS, among others. Right now, Gil and his family are trying to determine what the best option for him is in terms of playing time and quality coaching.

Gil is also in the process of acquiring a Mexican passport which would allow him possibly acquire a Spanish one in the future - the only method available for an under 18 years old could sign in Europe. Before anyone jumps to conclusions, the same source told me that Gil has no interest in the possibility of ever using his one-time international switch with FIFA to play for anyone other than the US.

McInerney is also weighing options from MLS, Dutch team Vitesse Arnhem - where he trialed back in August - and other European teams. While the 17-year old forward from Georgia does not have EU passport options and will not turn 18 until August 2010, we're told that we could see a deal with a European team reached before his 18th birthday - la Preston Zimmerman when he signed with Hamburg in January 2006.

Speaking of Zimmerman...the Washington native has still had no luck finding a team since walking out on SV Kapfenberg last April. Holstein Kiel - a 3 Bundesliga team, for the record - handed the American a trial in the past ten days, but like fellow thrid-flighters Jahn Regensburg in July, no contract was forthcoming.
Brian
Tuesday December 8, 2009 4:09 am
"Before anyone jumps to conclusions, the same source told me that Gil has no interest in the possibility of ever using his one-time international switch with FIFA to play for anyone other than the US."

Good to see his heart is in the right place.
Dennis Mueller
Wednesday December 2, 2009 11:20 am
One thing to keep in mind is that young men are social animals and not all of them do well when displaced form friends and family. That argues that not every US native will do well if transplanted to a country that does not share his language, culture, etc. It is likely that english speaking countries would minimize the isolation they might feel, further it points out the need for the host team to provide some careful care and oversight of the young men, beyond the soccer field, if nothing else, to protect their investment. The emotional maturity of the player may matter as much as soccer talent in making the step abroad successful.
Terry.R
Thursday November 26, 2009 3:18 am
Ben, you took the works right out of my mouth. That is the EXACT same thing I was saying to myself as I was reading the article.
Mark
Wednesday November 25, 2009 2:05 pm
Gil I think is ready. McInerney, I'm not sure. The issue with MLS is the quality of the coach. Sigi Schmidt, Bruce Arena, Stevie Nicol, Dominic Kinnear and Preki are very good coaches that can develop top talent. New York is a disaster. Schellas Hyndman, not so good.

However, Michael Bradley did well in the Netherlands after some MLS, and Charlie Davies was very well coached in Sweden with no MLS, but some college experience. Because of their age, maybe MLS for a year or two, followed by a transfer to Europe would be reasonable. The age issue is a very serious one, and a major impediment to developing young American players.
Ben
Wednesday November 25, 2009 1:43 pm
As much as it pains me, a Man U fan, to say it, I hope Gil goes with Arsenal. Arsene Wenger and his youth coaches do a tremendous job of creating dynmaic attacking midfielders. If we could get Gil to even come close to a Fabregas that would amazing for our national team
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