When Jurgen Klinnsman took over as manager for the United States Men’s National Team, he promised to infuse the skill of the old with the flashing talent of the new. He has kept to his word mixing in young talented players who are not in the MLS, like Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud of Rosenborg BK, Terrance Boyd of Rapid Wien, and Juan Aguedelo of Utrect. Another shining star can be found opposite of Diskerud in the Tippeligaen (Norwegian League), usually on the right side of the pitch, is Michigan’s own Josh Gatt, who took the time to sit down with us to answer a few questions.
Josh accepted the mantle of professional soccer early, going straight from high school to Europe. “Well I always wanted to play pro soccer, and in Europe no less.” said the 22 year old winger, “It was a dream of mine since I was very young. I told my parents when I was 12 years old that I was going to play soccer in Europe. So when I the offers came to go play soccer overseas, I jumped all over the opportunity and never looked back. It was the best decision I ever made.” One would wonder how going straight from high school to the pros would affect a kid. Josh says his time at Novi Catholic Central was “more for the fun of being with my friends and representing my school. I loved being able to play freely and have fun with my fellow classmates.”
But soon after graduation, Josh was off to Austria with SC Rheindorf Altach. While in Austria, Josh made 15 caps for SCR, while scoring four goals, before signing with Molde FK and former Manchester United great, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (now of Cardiff City of the English Premier League).
Since playing for Molde, Josh has won the league twice, and even starting in both a Champions League match, and a Europa League match. His side beat Diskerud’s Rosenburg 4-2 in the Norweigian Cup Final to secure it for the third time in team history.
Gatt’s first cap with the USMNT came in November of 2012 against Russia, and it’s a moment he still looks back on.
When asked for his goal for the rest of the year going forward, Josh replied “My main goal first and foremost is to get selected to the World Cup Roster, no other goals other than that at the moment.”