The father-and-son video sessions -- tutorials, if you will -- could come at any time.
After breakfast, before practice, during a family gathering. In his Silver Spring, Md., living room, Phillip Gyau showed his young boy Joseph tapes of some of the world's greatest strikers. Maradona. Pele. Ronaldo. This is how you play the game, Phillip told Joseph, over and over and over again. Attack, attack, attack; use your speed and dribbling skills to overwhelm defenders; never stop coming at them. "Those players have power, speed and skill," Joseph Gyau said. "They are so creative. I especially like watching Ronaldo and was always like, 'Yeah, I want to be like that one day'.'' Gyau, now 16, is a long way from Ronaldo's stratosphere. Still, Ronaldo himself might smile if he saw Gyau's magic on the pitch. His game is a lot of things: Big, electric and most of all fearless, with just a little bit of Brazilian flair. Gyau (pronounced "Jow") plays striker for the U.S. national U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla. For now, anyway. He and his father, who played for the U.S. national team from 1989-91, say he will leave for Germany after next summer's U-17 World Cup in Nigeria to play for one of Bayern Munich's youth teams. Gyau had a successful two-week trial with Bayern Munich last summer and has also drawn interest from Stuttgart and, in England, Chelsea and Manchester United. "The first time I saw Joseph was four years ago [at Youth Professional Training 'Residence Program in Lancaster, Pa.] when I was still working for Manchester United. I let them know about him right away, about his sheer raw ability," said Mick Priest, now a youth assistant coach with Oldham Athletic in England's League One. "In my time at [Manchester United's] academy, he was as good as any player. Honestly."