MARSEILLE, France (AP) — American forward Conrad de la Fuente has joined Greek club Olympiakos on a season-long loan from Marseille, the teams said Saturday.
The 21-year-old winger struggled with playing time and injuries in France last season, where he finished with one goal and three assists in 23 appearances.
Regular playing time in Greece could give De La Fuente a chance to earn a roster spot for the World Cup with the United States, which begins on November 20.
De La Fuente, who hails from Miami, has made three international appearances, including two in World Cup qualifiers in September. He made his US national team debut in November 2020 in an exhibition match in Wales. He played for the Americans in the 2019 World Junior Championship.
He signed a four-year deal with Marseille last summer after joining from Barcelona, where he played in the Spanish team’s youth system and on 24 November 2020, in a Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv. Started his senior team.
De La Fuente’s only goal for Marseille came on February 24 against Azerbaijan Qarabag in the Europa League. It was his last game of the season due to a knee injury that then-coach Jorge Sampaoli said required surgery.