OFFICIAL: FA Euro New York 2002-born player Henry Hysenagolli, who just recently returned with the club from the Viareggio Cup, has been selected for international duty as he will go on to represent the Albanian Under 19 National Team in scheduled European friendlies against Macedonia on April 23 (away fixture) and April 24 (home fixture). It will be Henry's international debut for "The Eagles", Shqiponjat, as he has been selected in the 21 man roster where over 2,700 players across Albania and the rest of the world trialed for. The senior team currently consists of international stars such as Thomas Strakosha (Lazio), Keidi Bare (Málaga), and Bujar Lika (Grasshoppers Club Zürich). Henry will play under U19 Head Coach Nevil Dede, who is one of the most decorated players in all of Albanian professional football.
"We are very happy and proud of Henry." exclaims Joe Balsamo. "He works hard during training and always conducts himself in a very professional and respectful manner. Off the field, he is always very calm and has natural leadership qualities that coaches look for. It is a great moment and opportunity for him. To represent your country is the highest honor a player can achieve and this is something that I am sure he will keep with him for the rest of his life."
"The club has a strong Albanian presence as well as a terrific relationship with the Federation and Albanian professional clubs. We look to continue to strengthen international relations and hearing the news that Henry was selected to play for the Albanian National Team was a great moment of pride and satisfaction for us." says Executive Director Marco Balsamo. "We have a tremendous group of upcoming young players and Henry fits the mold of what the club seeks in talent perfectly. He is tenacious in his work ethic and we hope this is the first of several future accomplishments that he will achieve. We are confident that he will perform and shine at the highest level."
The club would like to congratulate Henry on the enormous accomplishment and wishes him the best of luck as he goes off on international duty with Albania. Urime Henry!