Quentin Westberg at AJ Auxerre

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Insecticide, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Yes, but he's French born-and-raised who just happens to have one American parent, no? Has he even been to the States? IMO it's doubtful he'd have much interest in coming to the States to play: with his background he'd fancy his chances as a depth keeper in Ligue 2, or starter for a D3 promotion contender. Either way, his wages would surely be higher than in USL/NASL, at least as good as those for an MLS no. 2, and paid for a 52-week year instead of just for the season.

    In addition, lower D2 and nearly all D3 teams would be in relatively small towns, which means that his wages can go a lot further than they would in Tampa or Sacramento because there's fewer ways to spend it than in a big city. If he gets a short-term deal (under 18 months) his accommodation will most probably be in a club/club owner-owned apartment and there'll surely be a club sponsor's car. If he's single, there may even be a restaurant in town where he can get dinner on the house.

    Once you tot it all up, life as a journeyman pro in Europe is usually better than in the US. That's why so many Americans prefer to stay even in the Scandinavian lower leagues rather than come back to the US/Canada.
     
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  2. soccersubjectively

    soccersubjectively BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 17, 2012
    Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. Heist

    Heist Member+

    Jun 15, 2001
    Virginia
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  4. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He has caps for the US U17, U20 & U23 squads, so it's not like he just happened to realize he has an American passport. Yeah, 2nd division soccer in the US probably isn't the best route to a rewarding career, but sometimes, just like Mix, foreign born Americans want to check out the US on more than a short trip. Being a GK is a huge disadvantage as we have an oversupply of those. If only he were a decent striker...
     
  5. soccersubjectively

    soccersubjectively BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 17, 2012
    Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Westberg really opens up about what was happening here although the translation is little rough.

    What's crazy is that you go from the joy of playing in Ligue 2 at the outright dissolution of the team ...
    It's just a continuation of the whole affair. We walk on the head altogether. These people who have deprived us of access to Ligue 2, then the National, are the same people who type in the image that footballers return on what they spend their money or how they behave in public . They give lessons in rhyme. But when it comes time to help a small amateur club, there's nobody. While our only crime is not having built a concrete case to the last word. And what is the official reason for the denial? The stage in which we will evolve does not guarantee the safety of fans who will come to see us play ... It's a joke. When we know that this stage is completed fortnightly by supporters of one of the best rugby clubs in Europe, it makes me chuckle anyway. We had our heads for financial problems for two months before being validated as the contents of the folder was the same. I was on the tribunal, so I did not invent anything. And the court removed all doubts that hung over the case. Because the League had doubts that, huh! There was no real basis in denial.

    Basically, they looked nit every time?

    Yes, and everything was done in succession. When the club came before the DNCG in June, they did not talk about the stage, they just said, " Beware of finances . " And once the story was set finance, they say " Ah, but you did not address the issue of the stadium? "
     
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  6. an1310

    an1310 Member

    Jun 2, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    IIRC, his extended family was from Rhode Island, and he spent a good portion of his childhood here. Here's something from when he was still a prospect.

    http://www.yanks-abroad.com/content.php?mode=news&id=000092

    "I've always wanted to play for the United States and I'm [expletive] proud as hell to put on the U.S. jersey. I love the country and my roots are there."

    I believe you're right -- all things being equal he'd like to stay in France, probably because he now has a family. http://news.yahoo.com/column-france-small-team-makes-big-point-144835420.html
     
  7. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic


    I didn't take the time to google his US YNT record and his comments on being American. Careless of of me. I think the rest of my post stands up, but still: very careless for making such a sweeping statement. My bad.
     
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  9. ebado

    ebado Member

    May 2, 2008
    Westberg is one of my favorite YA stories to follow. Hope he finds a place to play soon.

    Is he worse than Joe Nasco? Asking for a friend.
     
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  10. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    Orlando and NYCFC would be nice landing spots for him
     
  11. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sounds like he is going on trial with the Rapids. He had 3 offers from National teams (3rd Division) he turned them down.
     
  12. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  13. Insecticide

    Insecticide Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  14. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    I guess we should start calling him Quentin NORDberg! Ha ha ha.

    [​IMG]

    (And yes, I'm aware that this opens up the thread to Naked Gun jokes.)
     
  15. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sarpsborg is in Norway's top division. Westberg has never had much success outside of France's third division, so this is perhaps a good opportunity for him.

    Sarpsborg's incumbent GK is a Jamaican, Duwayne Kerr. He's been with Sarpsborg for two years and in Norway for four. Last WCQ cycle he was the primary backup to Donovan Ricketts.
     
  16. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Kerr started the first game. Westberg on the bench
     
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  17. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Westberg at Sarpsborg? @bungadiri

    Or if anyone has a more amusing suggestion...
     
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  18. The Irish Rover

    The Irish Rover Member+

    Aug 1, 2010
    Dublin
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    OK, I'll try!

    Berging the Borgs: Quentin Westberg at Sarpsborg



    On second thoughts. maybe no . . . :thumbsdown:
     
  19. RobtheAggie

    RobtheAggie Member+

    Sep 10, 2001
    Middle Georgia
    Club:
    Rochester Rhinos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Relegation is futile: Quentin Westberg at Sarpsborg
     
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  20. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Same situation for game 2 last weekend and game 3 today.
     
  21. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  22. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  23. Sevens7ar

    Sevens7ar Member

    Apr 17, 2014
    Club:
    Stabaek IF
    No idea why he started, Duwayne Kerr has played the first ten games and done very well as far as I know. He played ok though. Stabæk didn't test him too much but he seemed solid enough. Not enough shots on goal to really prove himself in this match.
     

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