Former Marin FC player Brady Scott, who only turned 18 in June, penned a three-year deal with Cologne in July, having turned down an opportunity at the University of Virginia.
Second-choice keeper behind Klinsmann at the U20 World Cup, Scott was brought in to bolster the Billy Goats’ reserves, but found himself travelling with the first team squad to their training camp in Austria following an injury to Thomas Kessler.
The teenager is convinced that Germany – a hotbed of goalkeeping talent – will be the ideal place for him to keep progressing, while playing for Cologne, a club renowned for developing young talent, should afford him opportunities that he might not have found elsewhere.
“My football goals for the first season with Cologne are to get as many games as possible and to improve as much as possible,” Scott said. “Within the next few years, I’ll do my best to earn a spot on the first team. I’m hoping to still be able to be a part of the US national team programme and represent my country.”