16 year old Saint Louisian Brandon Manzonelli signs with Spain's Villa Real.

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  1. soccertom

    soccertom New Member

    Jun 2, 1999
    16 year old Saint Louisian Brandon Manzonelli of the U17 Scott Gallagher Soccer Club & Lafayette High School signed a 3 year professional contract with Spain's Villa Real of the Spanish Premier Division. Brandon will start off playing on the U17 Academy team and work his way up from there. He scored the 2nd goal on a 3-0 win for Villa in his first game with the club this past weekend. Brandon will live in the Villa Real Academy in Villa Real, Spain and attend a British Private School in Caxton near Valencia, Spain.

    Here is a link to the story,

  2. 2-0 Baby

    2-0 Baby New Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How/when did Villarreal discover him?
  3. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Fulham Football Club
    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So what else do we know about this kid, other than the fact he's right handed?
  4. Al Trost 76

    Al Trost 76 New Member

    Dec 11, 2005
    Sedona, AZ
    Well done and good luck Brandon!
  5. onefineesq

    onefineesq Member+

    Sep 16, 2003
    Laurel, MD
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  6. ugaaccountant

    ugaaccountant New Member

    Oct 26, 2003
    First US player with a Pro contract in Spain?
  7. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Is it a pro-contract?

    Or an Academy + Pro option?

    If he's 16, he can't sign a pro deal yet without having a Euro citizenship.

    Then again, maybe with a name like Manzonelli, he does have it or can get it later.

    PS. It's Villareal, not Villa Real. And they do have some players to learn from.
  8. Bleacherbutt

    Bleacherbutt New Member

    May 1, 2001
    Rochester, NY
    No, that's probably Kasey Keller.
  9. banbaseball

    banbaseball Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    East of the Bay
    kasey keller played @ rayo
    tab played en liga secundo
  10. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    FC Dallas
    How about Kasey Keller or Ante Razov? I don't know who was, but definitely not this kid.
  11. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Tab Ramos had to have been first, with Real Betis, then in 2nd Division.

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    I'm guessing he's a 90 or 89.

    Does he want to play for USA?

    Are we positive he is a US citizen?

    Has he been involved in State or Regional ODP? Youth Nats at any level?
  13. Rob Base

    Rob Base Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    'Burque, NM
    Damn, every time I turn around there's news about a new American teenager signing with a big club in Europe.

    Good week!
  14. ugaaccountant

    ugaaccountant New Member

    Oct 26, 2003
    Man, we need you guys on the threads where people whine that none of our guys ever play in spain/italy. It is quite encouraging to get a guy in this team, 2 guys in portugal, at least 1 in italy, etc. all developing through the normal euro channels. At least 1 will hopefully emerge as an impact player for us.
  15. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    The years are clouding my memory, but I think Peter Vermes also played in the Spanish second division, though I forget which team.

    Regardless, this is great news regarding this Manzonelli kid.

    Tom (or anyone else), do you know what year this kid is? I'm assuking he's a 90, but he could be a late 89, too. Regardless, gotta wonder why he's not un the U17 national team pool.
  16. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  17. Sinko

    Sinko New Member

    Dec 28, 1999
    xalapa ver mx
    Harrisburg City Isl.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Villareal is located in the city of Castellon, capital of the Province of Castellon, which is the northern most province of the Comunitat Valenciana. It's almost halfway between Valencia and Barcelona, and home to the golfer, Sergio Garcia.
    Ramos and Vermes both played for Figueres, located about an hour north of Barcelona (and home of the Dali Museum). Tab went to Betis after Figueres. :)
  18. robchap628

    robchap628 New Member

    Aug 28, 2004
    It has to be an Acadmey contract until he turns 18. What I'm wondering is that once he turns 18 will he be able to sign a pro contract with Villareal or some other side in Spain(if good enough) or would he have to have a certain amount of national team caps in order to do so?
  19. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Razov and Keller
  20. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    Tab Ramos was way before either.
  21. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1. If he's not an EU citizen, he becomes a free agent at age 18. Villareal is taking a real chance.
    2. Only Britain cares about caps. Spain cares about whether a team wants a player.
  22. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Spain has a 3-player non-Euro limit but will naturalize the Latin American players after two years.

    At this point, Villareal has Riquelme, Forlan, Arruabarrena, Barbosa, Franco, Peña, Rodriguez, Somosa, Senna, Sorin and Viera who are not Spanish or EU born.

    Brazilian born Senna is a Spanish citizen and has played for Spain in this WC.

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    I think it would be ok to assume that this kid has a Euro passport.
  24. DaPrince84

    DaPrince84 Member+

    Aug 22, 2001
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    it acutlly wouldnt if he signed a youth contract... u can sign for youth teams w/o a Euro passport

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    Considering these connections he had with that UEFA Matrix Academy and his trials at Blackburn and Manchester United and his obvious last name, I would put 10-20 $ on him having a EU passport.

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