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USMNT hopeful Joe Scally scores first Bundesliga goal for Borussia Monchengladbach

16:58 BST 02/10/2021
Joe Scally Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga 2021-22
The 18-year-old wrapped up victory on the road against Wolfsburg with an assured finish in injury time

Borussia Monchengladbach's United States youth international Joe Scally opened his Bundesliga account on Saturday with a late strike to put his side clear against Wolfsburg. 

Scally, 18, has made a brilliant start to the 2021-22 season, his second in Germany. 

He now looks to have established himself as a fixture in the Gladbach line-up, and big things are expected of the teenage full-back. 

Opening his account 

Saturday's clash was deep into injury time when Scally made his mark. 

Playing on the left, the youngster took advantage of sloppy Wolfsburg passing and broke clean through before converting his chance past goalkeeper Koen Casteels. 

That goal sealed a 3-1 victory for the visitors, who had struck earlier through Breel Embolo and Jonas Hofmann. 

Scally, who played for the club's second-string side in Regionalliga West during the first half of the year after completing his move from New York City FC in January, has now completed 90 minutes in all seven of their Bundesliga matches so far in 2021-22, making a big impression with his performances. 

He was rewarded in August with Gladbach's Player of the Month award and, while he has not received a USMNT call-up yet, the youngster is likely to feature in Gregg Berhalter's plans in the near future if he continues to progress. 

A daunting debut

The Lake Grove, New York native certainly faced a baptism of fire in the Bundesliga. 

His debut came against none other than Bayern Munich, but Scally and Gladbach managed to hold on for a laudable 1-1 draw, the reigning champions' only dropped points in the campaign to date.

"You get the schedule and you see Bayern Munich first game and you're like, 'Oh my God, this is a game I want to play'," he said. "So when I found that I was playing the night before, my family was here, my girlfriend, so they really helped take my mind off the game, calm down my nerves and things like that.

"But when you're out on the field, you're out there, you can't be nervous. Like you're going against Lewandowski, Sane, all these guys that you watch. You know it's something that can make your career and make you known forever."

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