Cropper signs new 1-year deal with Southampton

Cropper signs new 1-year deal with Southampton

U.S. Soccer

Cropper signs new 1-year deal with Southampton

Cody Cropper

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Upon his arrival at Southampton FC, goalkeeping coach Dave Watson made keeping goalkeeper Cody Cropper one of his top priorities.

The 21-year-old American will be staying with the Saints for another year after signing a new one-year contract with the club.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for me as a player to come in and work hard under the new staff and hopefully earn another contract,” Cropper told the club’s website. “The environment you’re put in is one of a kind. Everybody has been saying that the new building here is five-star and it only looks to be getting better.”

Cropper has been climbing the ladder with both Southampton and the United States national team. He was called into the national team for friendlies against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine and trained with the team ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

As he looks to increase his value to the national team, Cropper could be in line to be the starting goalkeeper for the United States at the Olympics in 2016.

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