Kenan Hot is heading for training stints in Europe as one of the brightest young players in American youth soccer heads off to experience one of the biggest leagues in the world.
A source says that Hot has a training stint with Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach this week. In addition, the source said that there is interest from a half-dozen other teams in Europe including several other teams in Germany. As of now, however, for this trip the sole plan is to train with Mönchengladbach. In addition to the Bundesliga clubs showing interest, the source said a Belgian side could potentially have interest in Hot training there as well later in the spring or the summer.
Hot is a member of the U17 United States national team and has committed to play his college soccer at Duke.
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And while they aren’t trials, Hot clearly will be on display for a number of top European sides at a time when Americans in Europe are seen as a good value and a hot commodity.
The source also confirmed that Hot has officially left the New York Red Bulls Academy. It is conceivable that MLS clubs in addition to possible European suitors could enter the fray as well and potentially sign the American youth international.
The Red Bull Academy has seen talented youth internationals leave their system before for Europe without having played for the senior squad. Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham, EFL Championship), Chris Gloster (PSV, Eredivisie) and Timothy Weah (Lille, Ligue 1) are prospects currently in Europe who spent time in the Red Bulls Academy but didn’t sign with the MLS club.
It is a good time for Hot to trial in Europe and showcase his ability to top clubs, in particular in Germany. The recent success of Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Gio Reyna among others are a testament to the assimilation and acclimation of young American talent into one of the best leagues in the world.
This past offseason, New York City FC defender Joe Scally transferred to Borussia Mönchengladbach, becoming the first Homegrown player developed and sold by the Bronx club.
Hot is the cousin of Sacir Hot, a former New York Red Bulls player who was a standout defender with the U20 United States national team. Sacir is currently head coach of northern New Jersey based club FC Motown, who play in the USL.