KENYA BROWN - Saturday, July 25, 2020
McKinze Gaines will be heading back to Germany's 2. Bundesliga as it was announced that he has signed with Hannover from SG Sonnenhof-Großaspach.
The Texas-born winger is set to train with the Under-23 team before the first team returns for preseason training for the upcoming season.
Gaines made the move to Germany in 2016 when signed with VfL Wolfsburg and joined their Under-19 team. However, he would have a brief stay with the German Bundesliga team and he moved down a division to join up with Darmstadt. Following two seasons with them, which included a loan spell in the 3. Liga with FSV Zwickau, he made another move, this time to Sonnenhof-Großaspach.
The 22-year-old would see more playing time in the 3. Liga as he made 24 appearances for the team and scored three goals. Despite his best efforts on the field, Großaspach was relegated at the end of the season, leaving Gaines an opportunity to find pastures new.
Hannover was quick to snap up the young man and seemed rather pleased with the new addition to their squad.
"We are happy that we were able to win a player from the third division for us. With the higher-class experience we hope that he will support and challenge the younger ones," said Hannover academy director Michael Tarnat.
Gaines becomes the latest American player to join the ranks at Hannover. Steve Cherundolo is the most notable of the group as he spent his entire 16-year professional career with the team. Clint Mathis, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Wood, Conor Casey, Sal Zizzo, Sebastian Soto, and Chris Gloster also spent time at Hannover.