Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Pickens departure for England opens door for Cronin
by Ridge Mahoney, January 8th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[U.S. NATIONAL TEAM CAMP] Apparently, Fire keeper Matt Pickens wasn't kidding a few months back when he hinted at trying his luck overseas. Instead of training with the U.S. national team at Home Depot Center, he's on trial with Norwich City, a former English Premier League club now playing in the League Championship.

The Canaries are in 20th place, just above the relegation zone (the bottom four teams go down to Division One in the 24-team division) and are selling keeper Joe Lewis to Peterborough United, although Lewis has not been the starter and returned last month after playing on loan.

Goalkeeping coach Jim Hollman recently left the club, so there are changes afoot in the Norwich nets.

Pickens left the U.S. camp with permission from Coach Bob Bradley. Since he's out of contract with MLS, the Fire could not prevent him from going on trial, and since he has not played for the USA, he would need to either qualify for an EU passport or earn a work permit on appeal to play in England.

Pickens trained with the U.S. team at this time last year for friendlies against Denmark and Mexico but didn't make the game-day rosters.

Bradley named Steve Cronin, the backup to Galaxy keeper Joe Cannon, to replace Pickens. Cannon served as the backup to, respectively, Matt Reis and Tim Howard for the Denmark and Mexico friendlies last year.

Cannon might have been named for this camp himself, but he underwent sports hernia surgery in December. He should be ready to go when the Galaxy opens its preseason camp later this month.

The other keepers in U.S. camp are Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew) and Zach Wells (D.C. United). The USA faces Sweden in a friendly Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center.

Pickens, 25, won the Fire starting job in 2006 and last year compiled a 1.20 goals-allowed average while posting a 9-8-10 record in 27 matches.
Chicago selected him in the 2004 SuperDraft as the 19th overall pick and rather than negotiate a new deal he elected to let his contract expire.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
The Messi files: Eight amazing scoring records    
Lionel Messi holds all the single-season scoring records. Now, he is cleaning up on the all-time ...
Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    
Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale ...
Business Reporter: adidas to open store in Orlando stadium    
MLS sponsor adidas will operate the league's first in-stadium store starting in 2016 with the opening ...
Three takeaways from Manchester City-Bayern Munich     
The Champions League actually includes runners-up and third- and fourth-place finishers, but this Group E game ...
Marshall becomes first three-time top MLS defender    
In his first season with the Seattle Sounders, Chad Marshall has been named the MLS Defender ...
Copa America: Brazil and Colombia will meet again    
Brazil and Colombia, which faced each other in a hotly contested quarterfinal match at the 2014 ...
Referees grab the spotlight in MLS playoffs    
If the goal of a referee is to go unnoticed, the two referees in Sunday's MLS ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"I thought we benefited a little bit [from Stott's decisions]. In most games, I think that ...
U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Girls Interregional rosters    
The five-day U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional began Monday at Spanish River Athletic Park ...
Video Pick: Rimando eyes third straight save award    
Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando will become the first three-time MLS Save of the Year winner ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives