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AC Milan's Seedorf Comes to America

Four-time UEFA Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf made a stop in New York last week as part of a tour to gather information on the world's game. Having already visited the Middle East and Southern Africa, the AC Milan midfielder arrived in New York ready to "meet the people, talk a little about the reality of football in the States, and the club, myself," Seedorf said while watching the New York Red Bulls train at their Montclair State University training center. "Watching games from Europe is one thing, but being here and really understanding is another way of understanding," he said.

What in the world is Seedorf doing, you might ask? Officially, the Dutchman, who's been noted by many of his teammates for being a somewhat bizarre character, is on a tour of the world to gather information for ON International, a sports management firm where he is the only client. Maybe the firm is looking for more players to represent or places to send future clients. The 31-year-old is still under contract with AC Milan for four more years and says he has no intention of leaving for MLS.

Rather, the player says he's more interested in moving to the U.S. in some other capacity after his career is over. "When I see the World Cup, I see there is a lot of potential out there," Seedorf said. "I think it's only a matter of time before the U.S. can compete at the highest level. But something for sure needs to change. It's been about 10 years that we've heard this and it must improve. I think they want it," he said. "But I'm not here to judge. I'm here to listen and get a better picture."

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