Joe Gyau

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Joe Gyau
Gyau, Joseph-Claude StP 12-13 WP.JPG
Gyau with St. Pauli in 2012
Personal information
Full name Joseph-Claude Gyau
Date of birth (1992-09-16) September 16, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Tampa, Florida, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
MSV Duisburg
Number 36
Youth career
2001–2007 Bethesda Roadrunners
2007–2009 IMG Soccer Academy
2009–2011 1899 Hoffenheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 1899 Hoffenheim II 56 (9)
2012–2014 1899 Hoffenheim 2 (0)
2012–2013FC St. Pauli (loan) 15 (0)
2013FC St. Pauli II (loan) 2 (1)
2014–2016 Borussia Dortmund II 13 (2)
2014–2016 Borussia Dortmund 1 (0)
2017–2018 Sonnenhof Großaspach 46 (6)
2018– MSV Duisburg 16 (1)
National team
2007–2009 United States U17 28 (2)
2010–2011 United States U20 4 (4)
2012 United States U23 4 (0)
2014 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 20, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 14, 2017

Joseph-Claude Gyau (born September 16, 1992) is an American soccer player for MSV Duisburg.

Early life[edit]

Born in Tampa, Florida, he grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland,[1] where he played youth soccer for the nearby Bethesda Roadrunners[2] before joining the IMG Soccer Academy in 2009. Gyau is of third-generation pedigree of professional footballers, being the son of former U.S. international Philip Gyau and the grandson of Joseph "Nana" Gyau, a former Ghanaian international.


In August 2012, Gyau was loaned to 2. Bundesliga side FC St. Pauli from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the entire season, with an option for another season.[3] He made his first team debut for Hoffenheim in April 2014, coming on in the final 21 minutes of a 0–0 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.[4] In June 2014, Gyau joined the Under-23 squad of Borussia Dortmund.[5] On September 24, 2014, he made his first team debut for Borussia Dortmund against VfB Stuttgart, coming on in the 74th minute of the match which ended in a 2–2 draw.[6] After being out with injuries for nearly two years, he made his return with Borussia Dortmund II as a substitute on October 29, 2016.[7][8]

In January 2017, Gyau moved to 3. Liga side SG Sonnenhof Großaspach on an 18-month deal.[9]

He will move to MSV Duisburg for the 2018–19 season.[10]


Gyau has been capped for the United States at the U-15, U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels. In March 2012, Gyau was called into the US U-23 team for Olympic qualifying matches.[11] The team did not qualify for that year's Summer Olympics.

In November 2012, Gyau was called up to the United States national team.[12] His first start for the US was on September 3, 2014 against the Czech Republic in a friendly match.[13] Gyau made his second start for the national team on October 10, 2014 in a friendly match against Ecuador. After playing less than 15 minutes, he came off the pitch with a suspected sprained left knee and was replaced by Bobby Wood.[14] On October 12, it was announced that Gyau had torn his lateral meniscus and suffered a bone bruise.[15]


  1. ^ Steven Goff (January 10, 2013). "Silver Spring's Joe Gyau rising up European soccer ranks". Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Joe Gyau Latest on Injury Rehab, Memories of Playing in DMV". DMV Soccer.
  3. ^ "Gyau loaned out to FC St. Pauli". TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. August 30, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Seltzer, Greg (April 26, 2014). "American Exports: John Anthony Brooks gets back on USMNT radar; Joe Gyau makes Bundesliga debut". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Floyd, Thomas (June 30, 2014). "Borussia Dortmund signs U.S. prospect Joe Gyau". Edition: America. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 2 - 2 Stuttgart Match report - 24/09/2014 Bundesliga -".
  7. ^ Joseph, Brendan (October 29, 2016). "Joe Gyau makes return from injury". Stars and Stripes FC. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  8. ^ Stejskal, Sam (September 22, 2016). "Nearly two years since his injury, USA's Joe Gyau nearing match fitness". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  9. ^ "Joseph-Claude Gyau spielt zukünftig für den Dorfklub". Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  10. ^ ""Ein sehr spannender Neuzugang": Joseph-Claude Gyau wird ein Zebra". Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Caleb Porter Names 19 Players to U-23 Men's National Team Training Camp Roster". US Soccer. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Goff, Steven (November 12, 2012). "U.S. roster for Russia friendly". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  13. ^ "U.S. MNT Earns First Victory Against Czech Republic to Open New World Cup Cycle".
  14. ^ "At half: Donovan exits, Diskerud scores, Gyau injured in busy half -".
  15. ^ Gianni Verschueren. "Joe Gyau Injury: Updates on Borussia Dortmund Star's Knee and Return". Bleacher Report.

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