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2tone
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Post #1
Friday February 14, 2014 9:50pm

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Koroma is a talented former US U-17 and U-20 FWD on trial with Fluminese in Brasil. Reports are that he is impressing as a LW/LF. He will be apart of the U-23 Fluminese team heading to Orlando City for the Disney Pro Classic.

I had forgot about this kid, but he is very talented. Awesome to see him trialing with such a prestigious Brasilian club and apparently playing well.

Soruce: owhentheyanks.com

What do you guys think? Excited to see him trialing with such a prestigious club? Excited about his prospects going forward with Fluminese and possibly the USMNT for the 2018 WC cycle?

rjw77
Post #2
Friday February 14, 2014 10:56pm

Joined Jul 2013
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This is surprising to me seeing as he couldn't even make the U20 World Cup team. But maybe he has developed since then and I'm all for Americans succeeding, even if they weren't highly touted originally.

However it is really to premature to discuss his potential for the 2018 WC cycle just because he is trialing at a solid club.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #3
Friday February 14, 2014 11:31pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,131
Not making a youth national team has never been a priority for me for young players.

Dempsey was an after thought in the youth programs. And history suggests that most youth national team players never make it to the Senior side.

The few glimpses he got with the U-20 team last cycle were pretty impressive. I think Ramos made a few mistakes with that U-20 team. Not taking a few players that probably should have been taken to the U-20 tournament. He was one of the few bright spots at that France tournament last spring IMO.

But hopefully Koroma has that chip on his shoulder a la Dempsey, and succeeds. The Kid has impressive speed, skills, and strength for a 19 year old. And he seems to be really impressing the coaching staff at Fluminense. Not a small feat to already be included in their U-23 team. Hopefully he does well and gets either offered a contract or impresses other teams in Brasil or MLS teams at the Disney Pro Classic.

stone88
Post #4
Saturday February 15, 2014 5:44am

Joined Aug 2012
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I remember him looking very much like a young Jozy Altidore early on. Seemed decent. Very reliant on his strength and great shot. I think he was passed mainly for other more finesse type of players.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:08pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Update on Koroma:

Fluminense was in talks to signing Koroma, but the deal went cold because of some type of paperwork documentaition problem. Subsequently Flu had to part ways.

After he left Flu another Brasilian side swooped in for him and that side is Internacional.

He was offered a 60 day trail so that the paperwork problem can get fixed. He has already featured in a number of first team games for Internacional in friendly matches playing on both wings and up top as a CF. The Inter coaching staff are raving about him and his quality of movement and his technical skill/speed/size. Inters staff has also stated that his reading and vision of the game is excellent for his age at 19.

It seems Us soccer(Klinsmann and staff) have been monitoring his progress with Internacional and Flu, and are keen to get him in the program really soon.

Another player that should have been on that 2013 US U-20 team. Ramos really flubbed that roster IMO.

Strong possibility we see Koroma making a USMNT debut in the next few months.

hamsamwich
Post #6
Thursday July 31, 2014 12:15am

Joined Oct 2013
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Ive been waiting for this forever. The Koroma is going to make it in Brasil update, and I feel like this is the moment. I'd love for more of our players to go down to South America and give it a go. Especially to Brasil. Pressure, fun, technically gifted players in an offensive environment. The only question is if I can get a Brazilian league game somewhere on tv or if this is going to be stream-only.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #7
Thursday July 31, 2014 1:59am

Joined May 2013
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Original post from hamsamwich

Ive been waiting for this forever. The Koroma is going to make it in Brasil update, and I feel like this is the moment. I'd love for more of our players to go down to South America and give it a go. Especially to Brasil. Pressure, fun, technically gifted players in an offensive environment. The only question is if I can get a Brazilian league game somewhere on tv or if this is going to be stream-only.


I know GolTV airs some Brazilian league games. You could luck up on a random Spanish sports channel but thatd be once in the blue moon.I doubt if he'd get first team minutes right away but I'd be right with you watching him if he does.

hamsamwich
Post #8
Thursday July 31, 2014 2:30am

Joined Oct 2013
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They used to have Brazilian league all the time on old FSC, but yeah I need to pay for GolTV anyway, what with half our team in the Bundesliga. Thank you.

And Koroma, when I've seen him, I was always impressed with his physicality. That's the type of thing that jumps a young kid forward, when he can physically hang with the big boys.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #9
Thursday July 31, 2014 4:30am

Joined Jul 2012
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Internacional is usually a contender in the Brasilian Serie A, and he will get to play with likes of Andres D'Alessandro.

I have always felt that he was a special talent when I saw him play at the U-17 level. It will be interesting to see exactly where Inter see's him positionally, either as a winger or CF.

Exciting times to be a USMNT fan.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #10
Thursday July 31, 2014 6:26am

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,395
Internacional will be a better place for him to grow, first team chances will come sooner I think than would have at Fluminense.

Koroma is a player I have watch for many years, saw him play many times in Dallas Classic League for Solar sc as a u16. Was always like two steps above all the other kids. Even went out and watched him play for SMU last Sep, was still was carrying his team.

Hope he can develop into a quality pro player, should be a big part of the u23/21 Olympic team.

Also wonder if he talked to Robert Kenedy Nunes at Fluminense about playing for the US. Doubt it..


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