As football grows more and more popular in the United States, more US Men's National Team members are making their way across the pond to train, trial, and hopefully sign with clubs in Europe. Tim Howard and Stuart Holden are just two of the successful examples with others like Brek Shea (currently training at Arsenal) trying to make a splash.
Then comes the news that American midfielder Jeff Larentowicz is training with our mighty Bolton Wanderers. We know what you're asking yourself. Who? Luckily, you've got the Lion of Vienna Suite to tell you what's what.
Owen Coyle has put the big American on a trial period at Bolton with a view of signing him up to strengthen the squad. One thing Bolton is not short on is midfielders but that entire part of our team tends to go missing from time to time. The last American did quite well for us and United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks that Larentowicz can put in a performance on the English stage.
At over six feet tall, Larentowicz has the physical presence and has been a staple in Major League Soccer for the last six seasons with the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids. He has made 175 appearances in that time with 20 goals as well as having had won an MLS Cup in 2010, a US Open Cup in 2007, and four conference championships in his career. He has also been capped twice at the full international level for the United States.
He's capable of pulling some pretty fine goals out of the bag as the video below demonstates. Start it at the 1:49 mark and don't mind the terrible soundtrack. If the price is right, Bolton Wanderers should strongly consider this signing.