Watch USMNT prospect Emerson Hyndman's game-winning assist in Rangers debut
When news emerged that Emerson Hyndman would leave Bournemouth for Scottish stronghold Rangers, there were high hopes it would be a positive move for the United States prospect. The move would hopefully earn him more playing time in a competitive environment and let him show off his quality.
Well, one match into his Rangers stint, it already looks like it's happening. He came off the bench Saturday and notched a lovely game-winning assist to win 2-1 over Motherwell.
Watch him steal the ball and send a perfectly threaded pass below (1:34):
In the 90th minute, Hyndman scooped up the ball and delivered a precise through-ball for Kenny Miller to run onto and finish. It was a thrilling game-winner and a great first match for the midfielder.
Now the hope will be that the 20-year old can continue to get minutes with Rangers and slowly build his case for the USMNT one day. He had made only a handful of appearances for Bournemouth and they were limited to EFL Cup games that didn't really matter. At Rangers, he will be able to fight for a starting spot or at least a solid substitute role with regular minutes.
After this season, he'll head back to Bournemouth where maybe by then he can make a stronger case for some playing time with the Cherries. If he does that, it would be impossible for USMNT coach Bruce Arena to ignore. So, it's still quite early, but a dream debut in Scotland offers a clear upward path now for the youngster.
Ahead of his move to Rangers two weeks ago, Hyndman was not coy about his motivations, telling the Guardian: "I hope to get a break pretty soon, and obviously I want to be part of this US team as quickly as possible." It looks like he's taken at least the first step on the difficult road to get there.
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