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U.S. U20 star Mendez leaves Freiburg for Ajax

After a third straight quarterfinal exit for the United States at the U20 World Cup, Janusz Michallik discusses whether the U.S. should expect more.

U.S. midfielder Alex Mendez, among the top American players at this year's Under-20 World Cup, has transferred to Dutch club Ajax from Germany's Freiburg.

Ajax said on Tuesday the 18-year-old from Los Angeles had agreed to a three-year contract.

Mendez was with the second-tier LA Galaxy II in 2017 and left last October for Freiburg, but did not get into a match.

He scored both goals last Nov. 21 to lead the U.S. over Mexico in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship final and was selected the U.S. Soccer Federation young male player of the year. He had a pair of assists at the Under-20 World Cup, starting four of five matches and missing one because of a suspension for yellow-card accumulation.

Sergino Dest, an 18-year-old defender on this year's U.S. Under-20 team, made his Ajax debut in the Dutch Super Cup win over PSV Eindhoven.

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