NICK LEYDEN - Monday, August 9, 2010
Kamani Hill's European adventure seems to have come to an end, at least temporarily, after he was released by Vitória de Guimarães.

In his first and only season in Portugal the twice-capped attacker was loaned from Vitória to C.D. Aves of the second division where he emerged as one of the team's primary attacking substitutes late in the season.

After coach Paulo Sérgio left Vitória to take the reins at Sporting Lisbon last year, Hill hoped to have a chance to impress the new coaching staff and secure a roster spot for the upcoming season.

But that opportunity never materialized and he was released before making a single appearance for the Minho team which clearly miffed the former UCLA Bruin.

"When I returned to Vitória de Guimarães after the summer break I was told by the President of the club that the new coach, Manuel Machado, had pre-selected the group of players he wanted to work with and I, obviously, wasn't in that group. Nothing more," Hill recently told YA. "I'm pretty sure he had never seen me play before so it came as a shock to me."

Hill has not wasted time in pursuing a new team, though, as he recently began training with the San Jose Earthquakes in his native California.

The Bay Area product would be happy to remain at home with the Earthquakes, but has not ruled out a return to Europe if the right situation presented itself.

"At the moment I'm trying to figure out the best solution for my future," he concluded. "It's unclear whether it will be in Europe or in the United States yet but I am open to everything and know that the most important thing is to get myself on the field."
Let###s be honest
Monday August 9, 2010 3:52 pm
He needs to stay in MLS if the Quakes offer him any sort of deal. Clearly it is not happening for him in Europe. And he is no longer a baby -- 24, almost 25 (DOB: Dec. 28, 1985, according to Wiki). It is one thing for a guy who has done something in MLS to give Europe a shot. It's quite another for a guy to be there for several years (joined Wolfsburg in 2006) and have only 13 total first-team appearances. OK, you gave it a shot with Wolfsburg, can't blame him for taking that opportunity. But it did not work out. Have to come back home, like Zizzo, unless you have some big $$$ chance like Lee Nguyen. Unfortunately for him and his bank account, Hill is not Vietnamese but rather of Hawaiian-Trini extraction.

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