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Lancaster native makes debut in Germany

Russell Canouse made his Bundesliga debut as a substitute for TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday.

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Russell Canouse became the second player from central Pennsylvania to debut in the Bundesliga when he came on as a substitute in TSG Hoffenheim's match against Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Canouse, who joined the Bundesliga club's youth setup as a 16-year-old in 2011, got the call in the 67th minute. Just six weeks ago, 17-year-old Hershey, Pa. native Christian Pulisic made his Bundesliga debut with Borussia Dortmund.

A former PA Classics midfielder who also spent time with the New York Red Bulls Academy in 2009-10, Canouse started high school at Hempfield High School and graduated from Heidelberg International English School in Germany. He's currently taking online classes from Drexel University, where his dad played soccer.

The 20-year-old made five appearances with the U.S. U20 team in the 2015 CONCACAF Championship in Jamaica, but an injury kept him out of the 2015 U20 World Cup. He played with former Philadelphia Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer with Hoffenheim's U19 team in 2013.