A number of MLS youngsters are making use of the winter break to come over to Europe and train with Arsenal, according to reports.
Last week, we covered reports that Colorado Rapids winger Dantouma Toure is training with the Arsenal u18s during his club’s offseason, but it seems he’s not the only one.
MLSSoccer.com report that sources inform them that Rapids forward Darren Yapi is also training with the Arsenal academy, having spent some time with Belgian side Club Brugge as well.
Like Toure, Yapi has spent most of this year on loan with Rapids affiliate club the Colorado Switchbacks, scoring two goals in 182 minutes.
Yapi scored 64 goals in 95 games for the club’s academy before the senior promotion, and is an u17 U.S. international.
For those two, there’s the obvious connection between Arsenal and the Rapids through club owner Stan Kroenke. But interestingly, Arsenal have also welcomed Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty of Toronto FC to their training sessions.
Arsenal Youth report that Marshall-Rutty is training with the Arsenal u18s whilst Toronto FC are on their winter break, and he was on the winning side in the youth team training session.
The 17-year-old is already an MLS regular, making 12 appearances in the competition and providing one assist. He’s played a number of different roles for Toronto, but he generally features on the right-hand side of the pitch, from right-back to right-wing.