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
Rogers vows to make a mark in England
Yorkshire Evening Post, January 18th, 2012 4:59PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, england, men's national team

MOST COMMENTED

Robbie Rogers, who received his work permit from the British Home Office to play for Leeds United, wants to help Leeds in its bid to earn promotion to the English Premier League.

“I’m here because I want to make a mark in English football and continue to play for the national team," Rogers said before the work permit was approved. "I’m definitely not here to enjoy the weather in Leeds. I want to test myself, prove myself and show that I can help the club out."

After finishing up his 2011 season with the Columbus Crew, Rogers was a free agent, and he signed with Leeds after impressing its manager, Simon Grayson, in training before Christmas. Rogers says he's ready for the challenge of playing abroad and was supported in his decision by U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, whom he has known since his youth in Southern California.

“Jurgen’s a great guy and a great coach," said Rogers. "He’s got so much knowledge of the game and to be involved with his team over the past six months has been quite an experience. I’ll have to work very hard to stay in the national team and prove myself in every game I get called up for, but being at Leeds will push me forward. I had the opportunity to stay in MLS and it would have been very comfortable for me. I’d have been able to stay close to my family, but I’ve grown up watching English and European soccer. I felt that this was the right time to take a chance and challenge myself as a player and a person."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ancelotti: Blatter 'Unable to Keep His Mouth Shut'     
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of being "unable to keep his ...
Report: Spain's Tax Authority Probes Barca, Real Stars     
Marca on Wednesday reported that some of La Liga's highest profile players over the last several ...
Reports: Moyes to Take Over at La Real?    
Spanish media reports claim that former Manchester United coach David Moyes is among the names being ...
Balotelli 'Finally!' Scores for Liverpool     
Mario Balotelli on Tuesday came off the bench to save Liverpool from a League Cup fourth-round ...
Study: Barca Produces the Most Professionals in Europe     
According to new research, La Liga giant Barcelona has produced more professional players in Europe's top ...
Clattenburg Dropped for Breaching Referee Rules    
English referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend's Premier League games for breaking the ...
Mourinho Blasts Fringe Players Following Shrewsbury Win     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho criticized his fringe players for not taking their chance to impress him ...
Blatter on Russia: Soccer and Politics Should Not Mix     
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, in Russia on Monday for the unveiling of the official emblem for ...
Report: Evra Out for a Month     
Juventus defender Patrice Evra will be out for a month with a hamstring strain, the club ...
UEFA Reduces CSKA Stadium Ban     
UEFA on Monday reduced CSKA Moscow's stadium ban over its fans' racist behavior to two games ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives