DAVID SMITH - Friday, June 17, 2016
Emerson Hyndman will join English Premier League team Bournemouth during the summer, making the jump to England's top flight after leaving Fulham on a free transfer.
Dallas-born Hyndman's move from London to the south-coast club was first reported by ESPN and English outlet The Sun on Friday morning, and later confirmed by both Fulham and Bournemouth.
"AFC Bournemouth have made their first new signing of the summer, bringing in midfielder Emerson Hyndman on a free transfer," Bournemouth officially announced.
"The 20-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Vitality Stadium after his contract expired with Championship side Fulham."
While technically leaving the London-based club on a free transfer, Hyndman's time in their youth academy as a teen does mean that Fulham will nevertheless receive a small fee.
"Compensation has been agreed between the two clubs due to the USA international's age," Fulham's website confirmed.
Ever since the American youngster refused to sign a contract extension with Fulham, the future destination of the promising midfielder has been a source of speculation, not only for the Yank-centric media but also for English-based outlets.
While rumored interest by several European powerhouses was perhaps unfounded, the move to the south coast does put the Texan directly in line to showcase his heralded talents on the biggest stage in domestic league play.
In their first season after being promoted from the English League Championship, Bournemouth did well to survive their inaugural season in the top-flight, finishing in 16th place - five points above the relegation places - and securing their spot in the financially lucrative 2016-17 season.
Hyndman first joined Fulham as a 15 year-old in 2011 and gradually rose through the ranks to earn a spot on their first-team roster. After refusing to sign a contract extension with the struggling Championship side, his place on the field was always in flux, although he did a fine job to force his way onto the field during the final state of the season.
A long-time member of US youth squads, the Texan has slowly made strides into the senior team, making his debut in 2014 against the Czech Republic, and earning two caps overall.
Bournemouth will begin their second-ever Premier League season in mid-August at home against Manchester United.