Clint Dempsey’s got a lot of nerve calling himself Deuce but we wholeheartedly approve. Ollie from Who Ate All The Pies beat us to this piece on Deuce. He’s becoming one of our favorite American players for his game on and off the pitch. Check out his freestyle skills as he flows over an official Setanta beatbox.
“The older I get and the more I play, the more I’m yearning for that highest level I can play at and I think the Premiership would be the best place the play,” he told Sky Sports News.
“If I were to go obviously the language isn’t an issue. There are a lot of Americans there. It would be the easiest place the settle, Germany was difficult.
Wah! Donovan had his chance to play at the highest levels and ran back with his tail between his legs when things got hard. He bitched about playing time even though he was dreadful when he played especially during Champions League. Premiership teams are really on the lookout for players with no heart or commitment.
These days, the number of Americans playing abroad are increasing by the the week and they’re not all going to English-speaking countries. Many are in Germany and Scandinavia as well as other non-English speaking countries. “Phenom” Freddy Adu is about to head off to Benfica in Portugal. Others have fought their way to the top like Jay Demerit who was playing non-league football before working his way up to a starting position with Watford.
If the under-20 World Cup is anything to go by, American soccer definitely has a bright future ahead of it. The players are young, hungry and willing to do what it takes to be the best they can be. Donovan should just gaze with jealousy at Goldenballs and work on putting his crosses into the net (if he ever plays). Leave Europe to the players like Brian McBride, Brad Friedel, Tony Sanneh, Kasey Keller, etc.
Unquestionably, Freddy Adu had a great Under-20 World Cup. He was one of the reasons the US advanced to the quarterfinals along with several other US players like Altidore, Zizzo and Seitz. Does this mean he’s on his way out of purgatory and back on the path to potential European success? It may if Celtic have anything to say about it.
Adu’s agent claims that Celtic representatives are coming to the US to discuss a possible move to Parkhead. European club interest has increased after his performance in the World Cup.
Adu claims that he’s finally playing his proper position and that’s why he blew up in Canada. I won’t speculate on that or whether success at the under-20 level will result in success overseas but I will say that if he has an opportunity to move abroad, he needs to do it now before he turns into a “should have been”. The proper training and competition will allow him and everyone else to see whether he is a wunderkind. We don’t think so but then again he doesn’t have to be a star. No one would call Brian McBride or Brad Friedel superstars but their European experience has made them better players, invaluable members of their respective club teams and better contributors to the USMNT.
There has to be a better name for the senior team. Actually US Soccer should replace the senior team with the under-20 team. There was more heart and creativity than I’ve ever seen at the senior level besides 2002. You watch that, Landycakes?
P.S. There is a rumor that Nigeria international Jay Jay Okocha could be moving to Real Salt Lake. I haven’t seen any confirmation of this but it would be a great pickup for them. If he’s willing to move to Qatar, he’ll move to SLC. Talk about two extremes. No thanks to both places.