Joshua "Josh" Gatt at SC Rheindorf Altach (Austria)

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by trekker, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. RonaldD

    RonaldD Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Looks like Gatt made his second start in 2-0 defeat to Lustenau - played full 90. Anyone find highlights? How did he do?
     
  2. thewizard

    thewizard New Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. RonaldD

    RonaldD Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Any links to highlights? Thanks
     
  4. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    The club should have them ... but they don't seem to.

    or maybe I can't navigate in German.

    http://www.scra.at/nc/aktuelles/details/archiv/2010/10/22/article/11//drei-punkte-1/

     
  5. Hobo

    Hobo Member+

    Apr 29, 2007
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  6. thewizard

    thewizard New Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    Does anyone know exactly what position he's been playing for Altach?
     
  8. arsenalfc08

    arsenalfc08 Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    ohio
    I want to say he plays on the wing but I'm not really sure.
     
  9. RonaldD

    RonaldD Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Wing & Striker I believe. Nice goal!
     
  10. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    off highlights, it looked like a solid 3rd tier football.
     
  11. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
  12. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    Which wing?
     
  13. RonaldD

    RonaldD Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Third Tier or not, it is much better than the college ball he would be playing.
     
  14. Smithsoccer1721

    Smithsoccer1721 Member+

    Feb 16, 2007
    Middle of the Table
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not to start the whole college vs pro discussion but I would be careful in making that statement.
     
  15. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    It's kind of like the MLS thing - Euro ball is more tactical but the higher end NCAA is arguably more athletic and, due its subs rules, a lot faster.
     
  16. soccer13time

    soccer13time New Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Wow! Here is a kid that left home and a college career to follow his dream and play in Europe and you downgrade his playing environment. I say way to go kid! Time will tell how this all works out but no one should be knocking you for taking your shot!
     
  17. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Acknowledging that the standard of play in the Austrian second division isn't all that high doesn't mean that Gatt is being denigrated.
     
  18. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    It's a newbie thing.

    To say that the Austrian 2nd division is 3rd tier is probably too generous.

    It's probably on the new Bundesliga III level, which is 4th or 5th, if you count the best of the best, aka world's richest clubs, as the top tier.
     
  19. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    Here's a post that was made earlier in this thread by a German poster:

    "Mmmh, second tier in Austria is close to Amateur soccer."

    And commenting on the quality of play in that league doesn't automatically equate to slamming Gatt.
     
  20. Smithsoccer1721

    Smithsoccer1721 Member+

    Feb 16, 2007
    Middle of the Table
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There is nothing wrong about going to Europe an playing. Regardless of what people equate his level to he is playing in a professional environment year round. There is something to be said about that.
     
  21. soccer13time

    soccer13time New Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Newbie or not, defining the league he plays in as "Tier this/that" is really not, in my opinion, showing the young man any respect. He is playing professionally in Europe. He is 18 years old. Like I said, time will tell where he ends up but as of now, I am impressed that he took this path and wish him nothing but success.
     
  22. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is the proper way to show him respect to pretend that the Austrian Erste Liga is a top-notch league?

    I completely agree. Gatt is a teenager in a pro environment and he's getting first-team playing time. He's on the right track. There's nothing contradictory about saying that and also understanding what the Austrian second division is.
     
  23. arsenalfc08

    arsenalfc08 Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    ohio
    Not really sure what the big deal is, its been discussed before. These types of comments come up in various threads. When you track as many YA's as we do on this forum its not uncommon.

    If Gatt can play well then he should be picked up by a German team according to German posters. It seems to be where Austrian players go. Now that doesn't mean he'll be in a much better enviornment league wise. Most German teams loan players out to the second team or another team in the same type of division I think its about the 4th tier IIRC.

    I don't think anyone is slamming Gatt, they are just pointing out the level of the league, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
     
  24. Lascho

    Lascho Member+

    Sep 1, 2008
    Hannover, Germany
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Agreed. We're talking about a stepping stone for a very young player. He's getting playing time there, he's adjusting to Europe, and he's visible for other teams; he just shouldn't be there anymore in 4 years.
     
  25. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    Or to put it another way, there's probably more 'talent', if we were to define that as guys who'll make solidly into six figures playing football at some point, in the ACC, but it's less refined.
     

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