BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, May 21, 2010
After having been on an extended trial at Ipswich, Cody Cropper hopes to start his career in the country where American keepers have flourished.

Cropper arrived at English Championship club Ipswich in early January after receiving an invitation to go on trial.

The invitation came from a contact that Cropper's father had with Tottenham who found that the Tractor Boys were looking for young goalkeepers.

After more than four months at the club, Crooper has enjoyed his experience at Ipswich and he hopes it results in a contract.

"It's really good," Cropper told YA from England. "They have me training with the first team everyday and working with first team coaches like Roy Keane and working with goalkeepers like Brian Murphy who played for Ireland. I just hope that I can get a contract because it would be an amazing place to start my career out."

Despite only being 17, Cropper is free to play in England without UK work permit rules or FIFA restrictions on minors applying because Cropper holds dual citizenship with the UK through his British-born father.

It still remains to be seen if he will be offered a contract but Cropper is optimistic and hopeful.

"I like to think that they like me, but nobody has said anything to me yet," Cropper discussed. "It is one of my top priorities to get a contract. With all the traveling I have done past including all over UK, I need to start to settle down in one spot."

Cropper was born in Atlanta but grew up in Minnesota where he feels he developed most as a player. He spent time with US Soccer's residency program at Bradenton but left. For most of the past two years he has lived and played in England.

"I was at Bradenton for 9 months," Cropper said of his time in Florida. "It put me through the paces a bit. I ended up leaving because I wasn't getting playing time and I had opportunities overseas. I had better opportunities here in England to play. But I could always go back, like I am doing now with the U20 national team."

A few weeks ago, Cropper was named by US U20 head coach Thomas Rongen to the roster for the latest camp that will take place in Holland.

For Cropper, it will be his first time with the U20 team and he will hope to establish himself as a potential option for next year's U20 World Cup team should the US qualify.

The US is deep at the position and Cropper will have to battle fellow netminders University of Maryland's Zac MacMath, UCLA's EJ Edwards, and Porto's Samir Badr for playing opportunities.

Cropper, who is now currently with the team in Holland, is optimistic for his first U20 camp and he thinks the large contingent of European based players will help.

"I just hope that it's a good environment where everybody that is there can show what they've got to offer," Cropper said. "We are the future of American soccer. I think Rongen knows that and wants to bring the best players up and that's why he's selecting from the overseas players this trip."

Cropper is also optimistic for the US team's chances at next year's U20 World Cup in Colombia. He knows several of the players and is impressed with the talent.

Cropper, who is also eligible for the 2013 U20 World Cup, considers it a top priority to make the team next year.

"I think this can be a good team," Cropper optimistically concluded. "With players like Perry Kitchen, who is a great defender, and a great attacker like Jack McInerney. It is one of my top goals to make the team. I think that to get experience to play for your country is a great honor."
Sunday June 20, 2010 5:13 pm
Cody Cropper had a fantastic time in Holland and was brilliant in goal for the under 20 USA teams. He made people sit up and take notice of his performance's in goal. And what a lot more still to come from this young guy of just 17 years 4 months in the future.It can only get better for the USA selectors in the up and coming games possibly The milk cup in Ireland in July 2010 and the friendly next year in Columbia?I think this young guy deserves his chance with the USA teams in the future.He deserves our best wishes and hope he gets included in future team selections.
Sunday May 23, 2010 1:39 pm
He can play for England and actually said in a video on youtube that he wanted to play for England. He said he would consider the USA but he made it sound like England was his first choice. Maybe he has changed his mind? I hope so.
Saturday May 22, 2010 4:20 pm
I wish Cody Cropper all the best in his quest to become one of the USA greats.He has the wisdom and great knowledge of the game of Football. He is also a fantastic Goalkeeper for a lad still so young. I put this down to his will to improve every aspect of his game .He is greatful to be training with some of the best people ever to have played in the game.As Cody stated in his interview he travelled all over the United Kingdom training with the best,Who were only too glad to pass on their skills to a very enthusiastic and talented young man.They could see the potential of Cody and all had no dought that he was going to make it big time in the not too distant future.I have no dought that the English selectors have their eye on him? as he holds a British passport and is eligible to play for England?
Saturday May 22, 2010 10:30 am
It is great to hear kids like this excited about playing for the USA! Of course it sounds like the Bradenton group tried to run him off. Good luck in the UK kid and hope you make the roster!

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