Borussia Mönchengladbach’s American defender Joe Scally has spoken of the encouragement he’s obtained from compatriot and buddy Gio Reyna for his transfer to the Bundesliga.
Scally, 18, landed in Germany in the beginning of 2021 from New York Metropolis FC – over a yr after his switch to Gladbach had been introduced. The delay allowed the right-back time to realize first-team expertise in Main League Soccer. “That basically helped me,” he mentioned at Borussia’s pre-season coaching camp. “It was good preparation for the Bundesliga when it comes to physicality, velocity and play, even when the extent here’s a lot greater.”
The Lake Grove, New York native has been at his new dwelling for seven months now and settling into life with Gladbach’s reserves – enjoying 15 occasions within the fourth-tier Regionalliga West in 2020/21 – however he’s now focusing on a spot within the Foals’ first workforce.
“After all, I need to play as many video games as attainable and be capable of assist the workforce,” mentioned Scally, who additionally defined that he’s been warned by Reyna of what to anticipate of the step-up.
“Gio instructed me that the Bundesliga is a tough league, however he additionally instructed me I shouldn’t have any issues with it. It made me actually joyful to listen to that. It helps me,” he mentioned of his buddy and companion within the NYCFC academy and USA youth groups, however now league rival at Borussia Dortmund.
Born solely a month aside and subsequently enjoying collectively in the identical age teams, Reyna is definitely a super position mannequin for Scally. The son of former Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg midfielder Claudio Reyna, the now eight-time USMNT worldwide made his transatlantic transfer to BVB in 2019 and rapidly made the leap as much as the senior workforce, changing into the youngest American to ever seem within the Bundesliga at 17 years and 66 days.
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The 18-year-old has thus far made 64 appearances for Dortmund and now additionally claimed his first piece of silverware in black and yellow with final season’s DFB Cup. That’s one thing Scally is aiming to emulate, stating that his massive purpose for the long run is “to win a title”.
That quest for honours with Gladbach begins underneath new coach Adi Hütter when the Foals tackle Kaiserslautern within the first spherical of the cup on Monday, 9 August. The five-time German champions then kick off the brand new Bundesliga season with the official opening sport towards holders Bayern Munich at Borussia-Park on Friday, 13 August.