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Robbie Findley: now a long way from USMNT candidacy

Robbie Findley

None of us ever want to be a “cautionary tale,” personally nor professionally.

Robbie Findley has become just that.

Findley was 25 years old when he left a good situation at Real Salt Lake. It’s hard to blame a young athlete for wanting to elevate his game on stages that rank bigger or better or both.

So he took his scoring boots and fleet feet to Nottingham Forest in England’s second tier. It seemed a reasonable move, but as we know about the best laid plans that can go awry …

An early training ground injury kept Findley out of competitive matches for Forest for the back half of the 2010-11 campaign. He got some minutes toward the front half of 2011-12 but never gained a strong hold on anything consistent, playing-time wise.

His position slipped further this year and, long story short, Findley is not with Forest today.

Today is with Gillingham in England’s fourth tier. Findley is there on a one-month loan assignment. From there? Who knows.

But England’s fourth tier is nowhere near where he wants to be, certainly not a place where Jurgen Klinsmann will go looking for his next showtime striker.