Checking in on Robbie Rogers, now for sale at Leeds
Keeping taps on all the U.S. talent in Europe has become increasingly difficult over the last few years as guys have scattered into corners of European soccer that most of us have never heard of.
Now it becomes tougher by the year to keep track with more significant names from the U.S. pool. Even guys who have been, or might one day be, a big deal in the U.S. shirt can sometimes get lost. Case in point: Robbie Rogers.
Over in England, the Premiership isn’t the only English soccer starting up today. The npower Championship, England’s second tier association, launched its season this morning. First up was Leeds United, which is Rogers’ club.
So I was excited to catch a little bit of the Leeds match, to see where the U.S. winger – who scored the first U.S. goal in the Jurgen Klinsmann era about a year ago – was fitting in at Elland Road.
Rogers has always been long on talent but short on ideal production. So getting out of his longtime home in Columbus with Major League Soccer last year and into a different environment was perhaps a gateway into something better.
So, how’s that working out for him? Not sure. He wasn’t in the Leeds lineup today. Not even in the game-day squad.
So I did a little more poking around and learn this: Rogers is for sale, apparently not in the Leeds’ plans this year.
Leeds manager Neil Warnock now says Rogers has joined about half a dozen men (including former MLS attacker Ramon Nunez) on the list of names now up for summer sale as the club seeks to buy a striker.