4th of July: Connections USA II
- 04 July 2013 14:35
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
Our next look at the links between City and the States focuses on players who played in the USA after appearing in the famous sky blue...
Forever etched into the hearts of City fans for his role in the 5-1 demolition of Manchester United in 1989, ‘Bish’ enjoyed two spells with the Blues before heading stateside for stints with Miami Fusion and New Orleans Shell Shockers.
City’s current assistant manager concluded his career in England at Bolton before continuing his goal scoring exploits in America. The Collyhurst-born striker notched up an impressive 63 goals in 84 appearances for Atlanta Chiefs and Fort Lauderdale Strikers before turning his attentions to management.
The City legend sandwiched a year with New York Cosmos in between his two spells at Maine Road where a man of the match performance against Tampa inspired the Cosmos to glory in Soccer Bowl ’78.
The talented Costa Rican striker played a vital role in City’s fight against relegation in 2003/04, effectively securing Premier League safety for the Blues with the winner against Newcastle United. Paulo ended his career in the MLS with a brief tenure with Chicago Fire before hanging up his boots for good in 2007.
After departing City in the 75/76 season, the inimitable forward set about reviving his career in the states with Tampa Bay Rowdies. Rodney made over 100 appearances in the North American Soccer League between 1976 and 1979 before going on to try his hand at management with New York United, Carolina Lightnin’, and the Rowdies.
Other notable players:
- Darren Huckerby – San Jose Earthquakes
- Joe Corrigan – Seattle Sounders
- Terry Cooke – Colorado Rapids
- Willie Donachie – Portland Timbers
- Kaz Deyna – San Diego Sockers
- Jimmy Conway – Portland Timbers
- Ron Futcher – Minnesota Kicks + Boston United
- Danny Allsopp – DC United
- Steve Howey – New England Revolution
- Colin Bell – San Jose Earthquakes
- Asa Hartford – Fort Lauderdale Sun
- Steve Kinsey – Fort Lauderdale Strikers + Miami Freedom + Tampa Bay Rowdies
- Mike Lester – Washington Diplomats
- Bobby McAlinden – LA Aztecs
- Phil Woosnam – Atlanta Chiefs
- Glauber Berti – Columbus Crew
- Nery Castillo – Chicago Fire
- Justin Fashanu – LA Heat
- Keith Macrae – Portland Timbers
- Nicky Reid – Seattle Sounders
- Roy Cheetham – Detroit Cougars
- Mick Hamill – Boston Soccer Club
- Tony Towers – Tampa Bay Rowdies
- Stuart Lee – Portland Timbers + Carolina Lightnin’ + Tampa Bay Rowdies