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Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Jamil, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Jamil

    Jamil New Member

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    Some of you might know me, but many prolli don't.

    My name's Jamil Fearrington and i play for FC Kobenhavn in Denmark.
    I cover most positions on the field, but my strengths reside mainly in the central defense or as right back or right winger.
    I'm born in 1986 and have played several national youth team matcehs for the Denmark side, but I have lately been pondering the possibility of playing for the US youth team.
    Somehow i see more prospect and honor in playing for the US side, but I have no idea how to contact the US soccer association??

    I'm not a big name (yet), so I guess US coaches don't know me, but I'm currently at a club at a very high european standard with players who recently attended the world cup (Sweden's Marcus Allbäck and Tobias Linderoth and Ghana's Razak Pimpong), but also other big names as Denmark national Jesper Gronkjaer and Canada's Atiba Hutchinson (plus many other capped players from Denmark, Sweden and Norway) , and I am sure my skills as a player would be profitable to the US side.

    So first off, would someone help me contact US Soccer??

    And second off, I'm not familiar with the rules regarding changing national sides within soccer. I have dual citizinship and I played matches for Denmark at U-18 and U-19 level. Does anyone know if it is at all possible for me to play for the US?

    Regards Jamil Fearrington

    Link: http://www.fck.dk/english/squad/25._jamil_fearrington/
     


  2. sidefootsitter

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    I predict this post will generate a few responses.

    As to answers:
    U.S. Soccer Federation
    1801 S. Prairie Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Phone: (312) 808-1300
    Fax: (312) 808-1301

    http://www.ussoccer.com/contact/index.jsp.html
    or e-mail.

    You can switch your national affiliation once but don't mention Razak Pimpong to anyone in the USSF.
     
  3. Sandon Mibut

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    In regards to switching national teams, you're in the clear, provided you haven't played BOTH for Denmark in a FIFA-sanctioned youth event (for instance, UEFA U18 qualifers) AND haven't played a friendly or qualifier for the senior team.

    If you have played for the Danish youth team in a FIFA-sanctioned event but not the senior team, you're still in the clear because you can switch national teams, once, before you turn 21. And since you were born in 86, obviously you aren't 21 yet.

    If the games you played for Denmark's youth teams were friendlies, then you are good to go as you're still a free agent, as it were, as un-cap tied.

    As for contacting the USSF, odds are you aren't gonna get a cap from the senior team sight-unseen.

    At this point, you're best bet is to try and get a spot on the US U23 national team, that will be competing to qualify for, and hopefully participate in, the 2008 Olympics in China.

    The U23 cycle is for kid's born in 1985 or after, so you are age-eligible for that. Unfortunately, the USSF hasn't named a coach for the U23 team, so I can't tell you whom to contact directly. However, if you contact the USSF and let them know you are interested, I suspect they will pass on your information to the relevant parties and once a coach gets hired - hopefully sooner rather than later - you can get on his watch list.

    The US Soccer website is www.ussoccer.com . Try and click around there and you might be able to find an e-mail for someone to contact. Also, many of the powers-that-be in American soccer surf on BigSoccer so many of them may see this thread and contact you directly.

    I do know that the current U23 pool isn't loaded with center backs so it isn't like there isn't any room on the team for an experienced and talented player. Not saying you're a lock for the Olympics, but if you are good enough to start for a better Danish side, you should have a decent shot.

    And, the US traditionally does a nice job promoting players from its U23 teams to the senior teams. If you look back at past Olympic rosters for the US, most of the players on those teams eventually got capped by the senior team and many became regulars.

    Hope this helps and best of luck. Please keep us posted on your progress.
     
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  5. Parmigiano

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    Jamil, how much playing time are you getting with your club's first team?

    Also, I didn't see your name in the lineup for the Denmark U19 side's recent match against the US at the Milk Cup in N. Ireland. Did you not get called in, or was it a case of wanting to stick with your club to prepare for the new season?

    EDIT: Being an 86, I guess you are too old for that team.
     
  6. Friedel'sAccent

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    Jamil, really interesting to hear your story. Out of curiosity, what's your connection to the US? The website has your nationality listed as Danish, so I'm wondering if you have American parent(s) or if you were born over here...?
     
  7. FirstStar

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    You might also wish to look at this short thread in the US Youth National Teams forum:

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=383860

    It contains a lot of info on contacting the US Olympic Development Program in Europe and some of the posters there are genuine in their assertion that if you e-mail them, they can put you into contact with the right people.

    We'll be following you here and wishing you all the best!
     
  8. Sachin

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    Jamil,

    I see you decided to stay with FCK. Good luck throught the winter. :)

    If you have an agent, you may want him to check with the USSF as well.

    Good luck,

    Sachin
     
  9. Shaydee

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    http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showpost.php?p=7151003&postcount=45
     
  10. Shaster

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    Here is the little Google told me about Jamil:

    Fodboldtal 2. division

    06-08-06: 14:09 | opd. 06-08-06: 17:08

    2. division øst:
    KB-Holbæk......................2-2(1-2)
    0-1 Fazil Keskin (1)
    0-2 Jamil Fearrington (39 selvmål)
    1-2 Jamil Fearrington (41)
    2-2 Jeppe Brandrup (73)

    Sounds like this is a 2nd division game played at 6/8 or 8/6 at 2006?

    Jamil scored two goals in this game. Haven't get his weight and height yet, but just from his picture, maybe he is Gooch's little brother? :p

    Apparently Jamil graduated to the first team now.
     
  11. Shaydee

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  12. Shaster

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    OK, Jamil, give you some basic information about current US team --National Team and possible Olympic Team.

    Even we sucked in Germany, but many believes USA can be a top 5 World Powers in near future--like within 10 years. So the possible National Team coach could be Klinnsman, the previous Germany coach in coming Jan. 2007.

    There are 4 center defenders right now: Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgian), Cory Gibbs (Charlton, England), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England), and Demerit (Watford, England). Also some of them playing in either Denmark and Norway.

    We also have left back Spector (Westham, England, former Manchester United), and Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany).

    In the Olympic Team, Spector may play center defender, and we are thin on it. So with solid time you get in your club, you may become the partner in the center defense.
     
  13. afgrijselijkheid

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    yes, he scored two goals... unfortunately one was for the wrong team

    "selvmål" means "own goal" in danish :D
     
  14. Golazo

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    First ever thread on Yanks Abroad started by a Yank Abroad?
     
  15. sidefootsitter

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    I think Coiner dropped a few notes here and there and there was, of course, the infamous Kraut incident.
     
  16. SCBozeman

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    Don't you remember Melchior Arnold?
    Did Grover Gibson start his own threads or did he just weigh in on others?
     
  17. Al Trost 76

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    I remember Melchior. Dispatches from FC Lucerne, I think. Articulate guy.

    Grover Gibson sure got ran out of here pretty quickly. Not a high moment for BS Yanks Abroad if you ask me. Wasn't it because he thought MLS was mickey mouse compared to lower division Europe? I don't agree, but then again I don't play professional soccer. For that reason folks might have afforded him a bit more respect. Obviously, as a real yank abroad it would have been great to have him posting regularly here--he seemed eager enough.
     
  18. superdave

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    I'll handle this.

    Were your matches for Denmark friendlies? If so, you're a free agent at this juncture.

    If they were not, you have until your 21st birthday to petition FIFA for a change of allegiance if you also held US citizenship at the time. But you can only do this once.

    You don't have to play for the US, you just have to petition for the change by your 21st birthday.

    EDIT: Sandon, dude, imagine you wrote your thesis on feminism in Kentucky coal mines in the 1890s. And someone happens to ask a question about that topic. Wouldn't you be irked if someone else chimed in with the answer before you had your chance. :D
     
  19. Jamil

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    Thank you all for some great responses and info. I saw some questions here and there, so I'll try to answer them all with some more info on me.

    I've been at FC Kobenhavn for 7 years now and I have been practicing with the first team for 6 months or so, but was just officially promoted to the first team the 1st of July this year when I signed a new 3-year contract with the club. I'm not in the first eleven, but I believe that next year will be my big breakthrough. Right now I'm just trying to learn from the experienced players and get my game ready for when i get my chance in the starting line-up. I've played some first team games though in Viasat Cup and the League Cup and several exhibition mathces also. The young players on the team who are not selected for league games, get match practice playing for the reserves in the second division.

    Someone asked about my status with the danish national team right now. Currently the U-20 team is for players born in 1987 or later, so that's not possible, and the U-21 is for players born in 1984 or later, so the squad is filled with players from 84 and 85. I still believe I should be in that crowd, even though I'm younger, but obviously the coach doesn't agree. ;)

    I have a question too... Someone said I look like Gooch's little brother... Who's Gooch??
     
  20. Jamil

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    I played official qualifying games, so I would have to petition FIFA... Thanks for the info.
     
  21. DaPrince84

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    Re: Info on playing for US...

    is one of ur parents an American citizen? or were u born in the US?
     
  22. Jamil

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    My dad is american, but I was born in Denmark.
     
  23. voros

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    I'm not sure that this is _entirely_ correct. I think the rule may be that you need to have been eligible for citizenship at the time. In other words, you weren't a citizen but could have been anytime you asked for it.

    The rules from FIFA seem slightly unclear on that point as they refer to it as 'nationality' I believe which can be interpreted in different ways.

    You would need to ask US Soccer and FIFA about that part if it applies.
     
  24. voros

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    Oguchi Onyewu, US National Team central defender. Plays for Standard Liege in Belgium for the time being.

    [​IMG]
     
  25. voros

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    Okay. Someone mentioned looking up Heath Pearce when you play Nordsjaelland. That's not a bad idea. He's represented us both at the youth and senior levels. So has Danny Califf. He's older but he also plays in Denmark at Aalborg. If you play against either, might want to look them up.

    Here's Califf:

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    And here's Pearce:

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    Just in case you need to pick them out of a crowd. :)
     

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