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
Zakuani headed to France to represent DR Congo
November 13th, 2010 3:02AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  seattle sounders

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Seattle Sounders star Steve Zakuani has opted to play the Democratic Republic of Congo, having been put off by the three-year wait to possibly represent the United States, where he has resided since moving from England and enrolling at the University of Akron in 2007.

Zakuani will join his brother Gabriel, a defender for Emglish third division club Peterborough United, for Congo's friendly against Mali on Wednesday night in France.

Zakuani, 22, scored 10 goals during the Sounders' 2010 MLS regular season and added one goal in the playoffs.

"Being selected to represent the DR Congo national team is the highest honor I've received in my young career," said Zakuani. "I am looking forward to testing myself at the international level and helping my national team qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations and the 2014 World Cup.

"It's true that I was eligible for three national teams: England, United States and, of course, Congo DR. I definitely considered playing for the U.S., but the three-year wait for citizenship, without any fast-tracking possibilities, made the decision to represent the nation of my birth a little bit easier. I'm excited about the challenge ahead."

Zakuani was born in Kinshasa and moved to London at the age of 4.

He was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 SuperDraft by the Sounders after starring at Akron for two seasons.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
FC Edmonton puts itself in playoff mix    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] FC Edmonton jumped four teams in the fall standings, moving into third ...
What They're Saying: Alessandro Florenzi    
"It's not every day that an 82-year-old gets to the stadium. ... This goal is for ...
Wright-Phillips closes in on scoring record    
[MLS: Saturday] New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips is within three goals of the MLS record for goals ...
Lopez hat trick completes story-book ending    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] Sacramento Republic FC's magical season continued as Rodrigo Lopez scored a hat trick ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 10 North Carolina came back from two goals down to stun No. 12 ...
What They're Saying: Yaya Toure    
"I've been in Manchester for four years now and I have never demanded a birthday cake." ...
Minnesota downs Scorpions before record crowd    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] Minnesota United FC regained the lead in the NASL fall standings as ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 2 UCLA defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on a goal by German star ...
Harrisburg pulls another upset on the road    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] The eighth-seeded Harrisburg City Islanders, who had ousted regular-season champion Orlando City in ...
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives