Joe Gyau

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Joe Gyau
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Gyau with St. Pauli in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Joseph-Claude Gyau
Date of birth (1992-09-16) September 16, 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Tampa, Florida, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund II
Number 21
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)
2012–2013 FC St. Pauli (loan) 15 (0)
2013 FC St. Pauli II (loan) 2 (1)
2014– Borussia Dortmund II 10 (2)
2014– Borussia Dortmund 1 (0)
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 December 8, 2014.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 12, 2014

Joseph-Claude "Joe" Gyau (born 16 September 1992) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund II in the German Regionalliga West.

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.


On 30 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] Gyau made his first team debut for Hoffenheim on 26 April 2014 coming on in the final 21 minutes of a 0–0 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.[4] On 30 June 30 2014, Borussia Dortmund announced the completion of a transfer agreement for Gyau to join its Under-23 squad.[5] On 24 September 2014, Gyau 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]


Gyau has been capped for the United States at the U-15, U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels and is currently a member of the U-23 team pool. In March 2012, Gyau was called into the US U-23 Men's Olympic Qualifying team.[7]

On 11 November 2012, he was called up to the United States national team.[8]

Gyau's first start for the US Men's National Team was 3 September 2014 against the Czech Republic in a friendly match.[9]

Gyau made his second start for the national team on 10 October 2014 in a friendly match against Ecuador. After playing less than 15 minutes, Gyau came off the pitch with a suspected sprained left knee and was replaced by Bobby Wood.[10] On October 12, it was announced that Gyau had torn his lateral meniscus and suffered a bone bruise.[11]


  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. ^ "Caleb Porter Names 19 Players to U-23 Men's National Team Training Camp Roster". US Soccer. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Goff, Steven (November 12, 2012). "U.S. roster for Russia friendly". Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "U.S. MNT Earns First Victory Against Czech Republic to Open New World Cup Cycle". 
  10. ^ "At half: Donovan exits, Diskerud scores, Gyau injured in busy half -". 
  11. ^ Gianni Verschueren. "Joe Gyau Injury: Updates on Borussia Dortmund Star's Knee and Return". Bleacher Report.