Wolfsburg have signed highly rated US teenagers Bryang Kayo and Kobe Hernandez-Foster ahead of the 2020/21 season, taking the number of Americans on the club’s books to five.
Kayo, who turns 18 on July 27, last played for Orange County SC and has been earmarked to join the Wolves’ reserve side. Hernandez-Foster, who turned 18 on June 26, joins from the Los Angeles Galaxy second team, and will link up initially with Wolfsburg’s U19s.
They will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of compatriots Ulysses Llanez - himself a former LA Galaxy Academy player - and Michael Edwards, who have both established themselves in the reserves since joining the Wolves.
Llanez, who is now a full USMNT international after scoring the only goal of the game in a win over Costa Rica in February this year, was even on the bench as an unused substitute twice in the Bundesliga in 2019/20, on Matchday 28 against Bayer Leverkusen and Matchday 34 against Bayern Munich.
John Brooks, who has 38 international caps for the Stars and Stripes, completes the American contingent at the Volkswagen Arena.
Kayo, who stands at 6’1”, hails from Poolesville, Maryland. The midfielder is of Cameroonian descent and was part of the USA team alongside Hernandez-Foster and Borussia Dortmund attacker Gio Reyna that competed at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil last year.
Los Angeles native Hernandez-Foster, 5’6”, is a left-back who made his professional debut for the Galaxy reserves in September 2018 just two months after his 16th birthday.