By Kevin Koczwara
Robbie Findley had a forgettable season in 2010 for Real Salt Lake. He managed to score just six goals in 36 appearances. English Championship — England’s second-tier professional league — side Nottingham Forest wasn’t deterred from signing the 25-year-old after Findley impressed the team’s staff during a trial. Forest signed the former MLS star to a 2-year contract pending the player’s work permit.
Findley was selected by Major League Soccer expansion side, Portland Timbers, earlier this month during the MLS’s expansion draft in hopes that the speedy forward may forgo interest from European teams and solidify the Timbers as a real threat for the MLS Cup in its first year. Portland knew what it was getting itself into when team executives selected the U.S. Men’s National Team forward, and in all fairness, encouraged the player to explore his options. A move to England has been part of the player’s plans since last season and his inclusion in the U.S.’s World Cup squad this summer only helped Findley get the offers he needed.