Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

American Dreamer Carl Right at Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

American Dreamer Carl Right at Home

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Sunderland midfielder Carl Robinson is determined to make a name for himself in America this summer after revealing how he is keen to end his career there.

The Welsh international is preparing to make his first appearance as a fully-fledged Black Cat in Raleigh this evening when Mick McCarthy's team begin their pre-season campaign with a friendly against a USL Carolina All-Star XI.

Robinson, who spent the last two months of last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, is expected to play a key role as the Wearsiders challenge for promotion back to the Premiership.

But the 27-year-old could have easily been plying his trade in the USA in very different circumstances having received some intriguing offers to sign for the New York/New Jersey Metrostars at various points of his career.

"There have been two or three times in my career when I have had the opportunity to go out to New York to play for the Metrostars," said Robinson, who joined Sunderland on a free transfer from Portsmouth last month after being told he had no first-team future at Fratton Park. "There was a real possibility of me going out there before I joined Portsmouth.

"Mo Johnston is the assistant coach of the Metrostars and I have spoken to him on a couple of occasions in regard to coming out and playing in the MLS. Later in my career it could be a good opportunity for me because I would really like to play abroad at some point; I may look at the situation again."

Johnston, the former Rangers, Celtic and Everton striker, spent six successful seasons playing in the MLS with the Kansas City Wizards before joining the Metrostars as number two to coach Bob Bradley.

Yet the Scot's US sojourn came at the end of his career and, with the ambitious Robinson still harbouring international ambitions, McCarthy's summer signing decided the time was not right and opted to remain in the UK. …

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