Could a second American make the journey from Akron to MLS to a first division side in Europe?
Rumors that Perry Kitchen could find his way to Europe are nothing new, as the hard-nosed DC United midfielder has been connected with a move abroad since a trial offer from Anderlecht in 2011.
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And with his current contract moving towards a conclusion, his agent was in the news this Spring with news of interest from abroad. Throw in his age (23), his first two national team caps, and the chance to test himself in a better league, and there’s a recipe for interest.
So here’s an interesting nugget from Black and Red United:
Loosely translated, Lazio may be kicking the tires on Kitchen. Before we get ahead of ourselves too much, the comment was made on Eurosport France, apparently during the broadcast of Sunday’s D.C. United game with the New York Red Bulls. So we’ve got a comment in French, about an American player who’s garnering interest from an Italian team. Got it?
We do, and Lazio does seem the sort of club who could utilize a well-rounded player like Kitchen. It would be also interesting to see how the Serie A side views him in terms of primary position/responsibility. Granted it would take time for him to make his mark, but playing in front of Stefan De Vrij would be a nice bit of growth.
Michael Bradley (Roma, Chievo) and Alexi Lalas (Padova) are the most notable Americans to play in Serie A.
Should this very early days rumor move to fruition — and surely other clubs would be interested in the player — Kitchen would join DeAndre Yedlin, who moved from the Zips to Seattle to Spurs (now on loan to Sunderland) on a similar career arc. Zarek Valentin also moved from Akron to MLS to Norway.
Nagbe next? We kid, we kid, Portland.