In the Gyau's hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland, Joseph is carrying on the family legacy. An electrifying burst of speed and power, the 5"6", 130-lb. winger has received interest from a who's-who list of European clubs, and this summer alone has spent time training with Chelsea, Stuttgart, and Bayern Munich.
"When we went to Europe it was amazing," said Phillip, who accompanied his son on all of the club visits. "Top class - they all treated Joseph so well. It's a great experience for any young American.
In fact, an agreement was already in place to bring Joseph to Stuttgart, but the German federation turned down the move, ruling that 14 was to young for such a drastic change. Bayern Munich stepped up almost immediately to express their interest, and Joseph will make the move to their Academy in April of 2008.
It's an experience that hasn't been available to many Americans; but that may be changing. Joseph garnered attention from those clubs while attending the Youth Professional Training (YPT) program in Middletown, DE. YPT founder John Fisher, brings the world's best trainers to give his kids the best chance of developing their talents.
Before we went to YPT, I wasn't even thinking about sending Joseph to Europe," Philip says. "John Fisher started telling us to take a look at it."
"Joseph could be the first player to stick in Europe," says Fisher, who has worked hard to help Joseph attract attention from overseas. "He's a great example of what can be possible for U.S. players."
The speedy winger/forward - who was drawing comparisons to Freddy Adu before his twelfth birthday - is back in the States after his busy summer, and is training hard for a trip to Bradenton, FL for Residency.
"I just wanted to make sure he had all the tools to be a good player," Philip says. So far, he's succeeding undeniably. "So far we've been lucky enough," says his father, "he's done well everywhere we've gone."
He'll be in a Munich kit soon enough, and there will be many more places to go.
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