June 15, 2010
By Michael Lewis
Euro teams interested in DeMerit, Findley
JOHANNESBURG -- The United States has played only one game in the World Cup, but already players are spurring interest from Europe.
|Leeds United is interested in Jay DeMerit, according to reliable sources.
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Central defender Jay DeMerit, one of the key performers in Saturday night's 1-1 Group C draw with England, has some feelers from Leeds United in England's Football League Championship (formerly the old Second Division), according to reliable sources.
DeMerit, who shut down England striker Wayne Rooney, plays for Watford in the Championship.
Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley, who started the match, has aroused interest by FIFA-approved agents on the continent, a source said. Findley scored a personal-best 12 goals for last year's MLS Cup champions.
If he does sign with a European team, the speedy Findley will figure to haul in a pretty decent payday, especially compared to his MLS salary. He will earn a base salary of $73,566 and a guaranteed compensation of $88,448 this season, according to the MLS players union.
Don't be surprised if more clubs and agents start coming out of the woodwork, regardless how the team fares.
At Italia '90, the Americans went three and out, but it didn't stop European clubs from signing the likes of Tab Ramos and John Harkes. That helped open the door for Americans to play in Europe on a regular basis that is still being felt today.