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More Americans headed overseas for training
by Ridge Mahoney, November 17th, 2011 12:51AM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Midfielder Kyle Beckerman and several other U.S. national team players are going to stay in Europe a bit longer for offseason training, with Germany the preferred destination.

MLSsoccer.com reported Wednesday that Beckerman, Robbie Rogers, Juan Agudelo and Perry Kitchen would start training camps in Germany this week.

Beckerman told the Real Salt Lake Web site of a pending visit to Kaiserslautern that was arranged by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann:

“Although I'm not sure exactly how long I'll be training, the plan was to train for a few weeks. So far we have been treated very well and I'm looking forward to this new experience.”

A Project-40 signing right out of high school in 2000, Beckerman has played his entire pro career in MLS, with Miami, Colorado, and RSL.

Also set to train with Kaiserslautern, the club where former U.S. international Thomas Dooley rose to prominence, is Crew midfielder Rogers. His MLS contract is about to expire and he’s researching a move back to Europe 4 1/2  years after a nine-month stint in the Netherlands with Heerenveen, where one his teammates was Michael Bradley.

New York striker Agudelo, whose playing time diminished in the second half of the MLS season, has lined up a stay with VfB Stuttgart, the club with which Klinsmann's career pro career took off. He will be accompanied by D.C. United rookie defender Kitchen; he and Agudelo have been in Germany for past 10 days at a U.S. U-23 training camp.

Following his U.S. appearances against France and Slovenia, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea will report for his training stint with Arsenal. Gunners’ coach Arsene Wenger attended the France-USA match last Friday and complimented the play of Shea and several other players.

United keeper Bill Hamid has been working out with English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion; West Brom has called it trial, United says he's there for training only.

Since taking over as head coach, Klinsmann has bemoaned the relatively short MLS season and encouraged players to find ways to get extra work. He has arranged a few of the German visits and with the help of his coaching staff is arranging others.

Unless they are signed to transfer deals, head back to Europe for further training, or go out on loan, these players are expected to attend a U.S. training camp in early January, with the first game of 2012 provisionally scheduled for Jan. 19 against an opponent to be named.



7 comments
  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: November 17, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.
    Reminds me of why I wanted Klinsmann to be the National Team manager. This can only help the progress of the project that is the USMNT. Good Luck Boys!

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: November 17, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
    Nice! Most MLS players are done by November. The season doesn't start up again until spring. That leaves the players a few months to lose their fitness and deteriorate their skills. This isn't baseball where it's OK to show up to spring training 10 pounds overweight and work it off before the season starts. Yes, players need some rest but they don't need all Winter off. Elite European players play 60 games a year with a few weeks off after the summer internationals until the new season starts in August. It's time our players mimic this level of competition.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: November 17, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
    These players should spend several months overseas and develop their individual nuances for the game.

  1. t anthony dorworth
    commented on: November 17, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.
    All these players need to play at the highest level possible. Great work J.K

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: November 17, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
    Obviously JK wants all these guys mentioned not only to be in he pool but in the relevant range on the depth chart. Intersting because Beckerman and Rogers have a lot of haters. Clearly JK sees something in these guys that many fans don't

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: November 17, 2011 at 6:32 p.m.
    As happy as I was that JK finally took over, it was never my thought that he would be the greatest tactician -- it was exactly because of this type of initiative. Our US born and bred coaches would never have attempted something like this and if they did, they would be hard pressed to pull it off because of their lack of contacts. And besides, we already know all there is to be known about the "world's game", right?? Bob?, Bruce?, Alexi?, Harkesi?, Ridge???

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: November 17, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
    BTW -- if any of you are looking for some truly in-depth soccer analysis, you need to go to 3four3.com. The only down side is that these guys have other "lives" which means the new articles may not come fast enough for some of you. However their analysis of any game, college, MLS, or USMNT, is ALWAYS worth the wait.


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