There might be one other USMNT participant in Europa League motion subsequent season, as Konrad de la Fuente has left boyhood membership Barcelona for a brand new membership
De la Fuente, who turns 20 in mid-July and earned his first USMNT cap in November, has been bought to Ligue 1 facet Marseille for slightly below $3.6 million after becoming a member of Barca’s famed La Masia academy at age 11.
Barca will maintain onto a portion of his future sell-on rights, the Catalan membership introduced on Tuesday. The determine doesn’t fairly hit the rumored price of $6 million, however Barca gained’t thoughts the concept of creating that up on the again finish.
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De la Fuente had Ronald Koeman as his boss and a legion of legendary Barcelona attackers in entrance of him to taking part in below Jorge Sampaoli, one of many extra celebrated tacticians within the recreation.
Major a left winger, De la Fuente joins highly-rated Brazilian teen Luis Henrique as younger gamers in a proficient however veteran Marseille assault corps; Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin, Arkadiusz Milik, Dario Benedetto, and Valere Germain are below contract at OM, with solely two below the age of Milik and Thauvin.
Whereas he leaves a La Liga that boasts USMNT expertise Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, he’ll be part of a Ligue 1 with an American amongst the reigning champs in Lille’s Timothy Weah.
De la Fuente and Dest grew to become the primary American teammates to look on a Champions League pitch for a similar workforce when Dest scored in a 4-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in November, however is but to make his La Liga debut.
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USMNT teen De La Fuente leaves Barcelona for Marseille initially appeared on NBCSports.com