En Route: American teenager Seth Moses signs with SCR Altach

Center midfielder follows in the footsteps of rising American star Josh Gatt [pictured below] with same club choice to start career.
Last week, TopDrawerSoccer.com reported that American youngster Seth Moses signed a professional contract with Austrian second division club, SCR Altach. The European club had a look at Moses earlier this summer as part of the SuperElite Tour.

The U.S.F.C. SuperElite Tour is an annual collection of top talent for the United States, which competes in a two week long trip over Europe against various clubs. The squad is led by renowned scout and former professional player Jon Spencer, who also helped Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham land professional contracts in Europe.

“We've worked with SCR Altach previously and they are committed to developing players and putting them on track to become world-class performers,” Spencer told TopDrawersoccer.com about the signing. “If he works hard and stays focused, Moses has a great future in front of him."

Moses was a key contributor to this tour’s team as the starting defensive midfielder. The Baltimore native displayed his athleticism and vision, as he tirelessly won tackles and orchestrated the attack for select team from America this summer and in years past with his storied youth club, Baltimore Bays Chelsea.

"He's a pitbull. He has a passion for the game and takes things personally,” club coach Steve Nicholls told the Baltimore Sun about his former pupil. “The sky is the limit for him. He has a chance to do something big and an opportunity for bigger and better things ahead."

Moses enjoyed a successful youth club career that was capped off by a fifth place finish at the 2011 US Soccer Development Academy Finals Week in July. Despite his success at the club level, Moses has been left in the cold, for the most part, at the youth national team level with only one camp appearance to his name.

The 18-year-old is eligible for the 2013 World Cup cycle with the U-20 team, but will face tough opposition in the crowded midfield position that is highlighted by a handful of other professionals including Birmingham City’s Will Packwood, Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil, and Chicago Fire’s Victor Pineda.

For Moses though, the immediate future turns to developing within his new professional environment.

“I like the [SCR Altach] style of play, and the coach seems really cool,” the teenager told TopDrawersoccer.com. “I feel like I can be a good part of the team."

SCR Altach is currently third in the table and only two point back of league leaders WAC/St.Andrä through seven fixtures.

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