Mael Corboz - part of this season's crop of New York Red Bulls' catch-and-release homegrown prospects - has officially signed with MSV Duisburg in Germany.
The 21-year-old midfielder had landed at Wilmington Hammerheads in USL after his release by RBNY. He is still the team's assist-leader for the season, but trialed with Duisburg earlier this summer and had been reported to be due to remain in Germany with a view to joining his new club after his Hammerheads contract expired in November.
This seemed an unusual arrangement, particularly since Wilmington and Duisburg share ownership. Clearly, the clubs felt the same way. A solution has been found, and Corboz has signed a two-year contract with third division Duisburg.
His new team is currently top of 3. Liga after five games played.
Corboz is one of three RBNY academy graduates who signed contracts with the team in December only to be cut by the club during pre-season. Chris Thorsheim has joined Middelfart (stop your giggling) in the Danish third tier; Scott Thomsen signed with Richmond Kickers in USL. Corboz has now moved to his second team since leaving RBNY.
Duisburg's next game is on September 10, against Werder Bremen II.