Q&A with Sporting Kansas City midfielder Craig Rocastle

6 04 2011

Craig Rocastle moved to Major League Soccer last year after a ten-year career in England that spanned a total of 11 clubs.

The 29-year-old, cousin of late Arsenal and England great David, made 25 appearances for the Wizards last season.

How did your move to the MLS and Sporting Kansas City come about?

Just speaking to a variety of people, I had friends in this league previously; most of them aren’t here now. They said to have a look and see how I find it.

The agency that represented me contacted several clubs out here and Kansas City were one of the clubs that showed an interest.

Craig Rocastle has just started his second season in the MLS


How would you sum up your career in England?

Very good. I met some amazing people, played at some amazing clubs, lucky enough to play in front of some big crowds and it was great. But after playing in Europe I wanted to experience more things.

How would you compare the MLS to the leagues in England?

It’s tough to say because it’s an up and coming league, 16 years now in comparison to England which is well established. There are some good players here and some great organisations who have made that step who wouldn’t have done a few years ago.

Would you encourage more English players to move to the MLS?

For sure because it’s moving forward and they are putting a lot of time, effort and money into this league to make it one of the best. Bigger players are starting to come over here. A lot of players won’t experience playing with big players so if you get a chance to do it then do it.

Did you enjoy your first year in the United States?

It was frustrating at the beginning but that was just me adapting to the time zone, the climate and travelling. Apart from not making the play-offs which I believe we should have done it was an enjoyable year with the boys.

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