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 - à 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.