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U.S. U20 star Mendez leaves Freiburg for Ajax

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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.