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American duo in London

Posted on 31 January 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kasey Keller will encounter a couple of very familiar faces at Fulham on Saturday as the American influence of the Premiership extends.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman has strengthened his hand during the January transfer window with the capture of two of Kasey's USA international teammates, with one set to make his debut on Saturday.

Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride are the duo in question and Kasey feels that both have the capability to make a positive impact on the English game.

Bocanegra is probably the lesser known to English fans, the 24-year-old having arrived from Chicago and capped 16 times by his country. He has featured in Fulham's last two games.

"Carlos is a youngish centre-back who kind of came into the side pretty much two Gold Cups ago which I played in before I broke into the Spurs team," revealed Kasey. "He was stuck out at left back to do us a favour and I saw that he had some ability then.

"Over the last year he has really established himself as one of our centre backs. He is not the tallest, but he is very strong, good in the air - just a good, solid player.

"There is not one thing where you would say he is really fast, really slow or very big - just a good all rounder."

McBride is a more familiar figure, the 31-year-old striker has previously enjoyed short and productive stints with Preston and Everton. The powerful frontman arrived at Fulham last week and Kasey insists that his signing represents no gamble for Coleman.

"None at all, he is great professional person who is going to give you everything he's got. Brian is great in the air and is a quality centre-forward.

"The only surprise for me is that it has taken this long for someone to offer him a longer-term contract, the biggest surprise of all. I am happy for him now.

"It is one of those things that's always been so close to being on the cards and I am just happy that he finally has the chance to come over here and prove himself."

Meanwhile, Kasey reports that he has been impressed by the progress made by Fulham this term.

"They are a very good team," he added. I think a lot of people were questioning after Tigana left what would happen under Chris Coleman. He has really got them playing very well, very together and now they have a couple of my friends there so there is going to be a lot of interest from myself and the people back home."