PARK CITY Real Salt Lake's new acquisition could be just what the doctor ordered.
Kenny Deuchar, a licensed and practicing physician in Scotland, was signed by RSL Tuesday morning. Nicknamed "Dr. Goal," Deuchar has been a prolific scorer in his time with Gretna, a team in the Scottish Premier League. In 90 appearances with the club since 2004, he scored 63 goals, including two in a match Sunday against one of Scotland's most recognized clubs, the Glasgow Rangers. A match that RSL general manager Garth Lagerway attended.
"He was a player we talked to a few weeks ago and new there was a possibility of something," said coach Jason Kreis. "We saw some video and liked what we saw enough that Garth wanted to go over there and see him play. When you go to see a player play against Rangers and he scores twice, it tends to be a bit of an element. I think we are very fortunate to have Kenny Deuchar."
Deuchar, who took time off soccer for a while to practice medicine before missing the sport and returning, was still working one day a week at a hospital in Scotland. At six-foot-three, he is what is labeled a target forward.
"He is a big body. Something that we haven't had here, forever on this team I think," added Kreis. "Tejada (Luis, in 2007) was added with that notion, to have a big body hold the ball up, and that didn't pan out. We needed to have somebody that does something different. We are very happy with the forwards we have right now, but they are all very similar, so to have somebody different is a nice addition."
THE WEIGHT OF A NATION: It seems the trial for Indra Sahdan Daud of Singapore has turned into more than just one individual trying to make a team. His entire country, of which Daud is a team captain for the national team, has been following every report and every move of the man that has become the face of soccer for the nation.
"I think there is a little bit of pressure on me to perform," said Daud. "I know there are a lot of people hoping that I can play well and represent everyone back home."
As Daud has become more familiar with his surroundings and teammates, the hopes that he can catch on with the club have increased.
"There's been good moments and there have been bad moments," said Kreis. "To have someone come across the world and have a one week trial is a little too difficult, so we are happy that he is going to stay on for a couple more weeks so we can truly evaluate him. Watching today, he actually looked a lot sharper than he did the whole time in Florida. We're hopeful now that he is in the same time zone and has the same eating and sleeping schedule as everyone else that we can really give him a look.
ADU, 3 RSL PLAYERS PICKED FOR U-23 TEAM: At Chicago, Freddy Adu, Benny Feilhaber and Jozy Altidore were among 24 players picked Tuesday for the U.S. under-23 team's last training camp before Olympic qualifying next month.37 comments on this story
RSL's goalkeeper Chris Seitz, defender Nathan Sturgis and forward Robbie Findley were also tapped.
Six Europe-based players were selected. Adu plays for Benfica in Portugal and Feilhaber plays for England's Derby. Also picked were Wolfburg defender Kamani Hill, Hannover midfielder Sal Zizzo, Hammarby forward Charlie Davies and Esbjerg goalkeeper Tally Hall. One player is based in Mexico San Luis defender Michael Orozco and the rest come from Major League Soccer.
Ten of the players have appeared for the U.S. national team.They will train in Bradenton, Fla., from Saturday through March 9, when the roster will be cut to 20. The United States is based in Tampa, Fla., for the first round of qualifying from North and Central America and the Caribbean and will play in Group A, facing Cuba on March 11, Panama two days later and Honduras on March 15.
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