Joshua Gatt

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Josh Gatt
Personal information
Full name Joshua Alexander Gatt
Date of birth (1991-08-29) August 29, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Plymouth, Michigan, United States
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Minnesota United
Number 45
Youth career
2007–2010 Michigan Wolves
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Rheindorf Altach 15 (4)
2011–2016 Molde 60 (9)
2017– Minnesota United 0 (0)
National team
2010–2011 United States U20 4 (3)
2012–2013 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 29, 2013

Joshua Alexander Gatt (born August 29, 1991) is an American soccer player who plays for Minnesota United in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Plymouth, Michigan, Gatt played varsity for four years at Detroit Catholic Central High School. He also played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the Michigan Wolves, known now as the Crew SC Academy Wolves.

Club career[edit]

Gatt first attracted attention as a Michigan-area youth player when his club competed in a tournament against European academy teams in Switzerland. Through the SuperElite system, the winger was offered trials at 1. FSV Mainz 05 and at SCR Altach and eventually received an offer from the latter club.

Gatt proceeded to sign with SC Rheindorf Altach, leaving behind an opportunity to play at Indiana University. Upon his arrival in Austria in the summer of 2010, he immediately joined the first team,[1]and scored 5 goals in 14 matches.[2] On January 12, 2011 it was announced that Gatt had joined Norwegian side Molde, and was among Ole Gunnar Solskjær's first signings as manager together with Davy Claude Angan and Magnus Wolff Eikrem.[3] He made his debut against Sarpsborg 08 on March 18.[4] He scored his first goal on July 30 against Vålerenga.[citation needed] Josh scored his second goal in as many games on August 4 against Start.[5]

In the first half of the 2012-season, Gatt scored goals against Strømsgodset, Stabæk and Vålerenga. According to himself he also scored a goal against Sandnes Ulf,[6] but the official statistics count that one to Mattias Moström.

On June 29, 2013, during the first half of Molde's home Tippeligaen match against Sarpsborg 08, Gatt seriously injured his knee, ruling him out for the remainder of the season and requiring surgery.[7] Gatt also missed the entire 2014 season. After almost 21 months out injured, Gatt was finally cleared to play again on April 20, 2015.[8] Gatt made his long awaited return for Molde on May 22, 2015, but his lasted only 4 minutes before feeling "....pain and insecurity..." in his knee,[9] resulting in a third operation on the troublesome knee.[10] Over a year later, September 11, 2016, Gatt again made his return for Molde, coming on as a 67th minute substitute for Harmeet Singh.[11]

Gatt left Molde at the end of 2016, going on trial with 1. FC Nürnberg in January 2017,[12] before signing with MLS team Minnesota United on 15 February 2017.[13]

International career[edit]

Gatt was called up to the United States national team on September 2, 2012, but he had to withdraw due a hamstring injury.[14] He made his international debut on November 14, 2012 in a friendly match versus Russia.[15] Gatt was originally named to the 23-man roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but was later ruled out for the tournament after picking up a knee injury in a match on June 29 against Sarpsborg 08 FF.[16]

Style of play[edit]

When Gatt was signed by Molde, Solskjær stated that he had signed an attacking player with a fast pace who can play on the right wing, left wing, and as a striker.[17] Gatt claims to have run a self-timed 100 meters in 11.00 seconds.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match plated September 11, 2016[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rheindorf Altach 2010–11 Erste Liga 15 4 3 2 18 6
Molde 2011 Tippeligaen 22 3 5 2 - 27 5
2012 19 5 3 0 5 0 27 5
2013 12 0 1 1 0 0 13 1
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 60 9 9 3 5 0 74 12
Minnesota United 2017 MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 75 12 12 5 5 0 92 17

International[edit]

United States national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 1 0
Total 2 0

Statistics accurate as of match played January 29, 2013[19]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Molde

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://yanks-abroad.com/get.php?mode=players&id=217
  2. ^ Langerød, Dag (February 10, 2011). "- Pappa var helt imot fotball" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Vestad, Lars Anders (January 12, 2011). "MFKs nye angriper kunne vært sprinter" (in Norwegian). Romsdals Budstikke. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.mfkweb.org/spillerinfo.php?id=121&sesong=2011
  5. ^ http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/the91stminute/2011/08/video-two-goals-in-two-games-for-american-josh-gatt/
  6. ^ Inbjør, Jan H. (July 17, 2012). "Gatt: – Jeg må scored mer" (in Norwegian). Romsdals Budstikke. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Rise, Hans-Olav (July 16, 2013). "Gatt ute resten av sesongen" [Gatt out for the season] (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Joshua Gatt on Twitter". https://twitter.com/. Joshua Gatt. April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ "American Exports: Josh Gatt waiting on second opinion to discover extent of latest knee injury". http://www.mlssoccer.com/. mlssoccer. May 27, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ "Josh Gatt has third surgery, leaves heartfelt Instagram message". http://www.starsandstripesfc.com/. starsandstripesfc. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  11. ^ "Jürgen Klinsmann glad for å se Gatt tilbake fra skade". itromso.no (in Norwegian). iTromso. September 12, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Gatt on Trial". twitter.com (in German). 1. FC Nürnberg Twitter. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Josh Gatt Signs With MNUFC". mnufc.com. Minnesota United FC. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  14. ^ http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2012/09/US-MNT-Roster-Announcement-Quote-Sheet.aspx
  15. ^ http://espnfc.com/us/en/gamecast/356167/gamecast.html?soccernet=true&cc=5901
  16. ^ http://www.soccerbyives.net/2013/07/replaced-gold-roster.html
  17. ^ Kvatningen, Roy (January 12, 2011). "Solskjærs babyer" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Joshua Gatt". Soccerway. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Joshua Gatt". National Football Teams. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 

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