Boaz Myhill is a starting goalkeeper for Coca Cola Championship club Hull, and if you have never heard of him don’t fret. You may never hear of him again.
Myhill was born in the United States, California to be exact, and spent just one year in the states before moving to England. After bouncing around English leagues, he has settled at Hull and has developed into a pretty solid prospect at 25 years of age. With eligibility to play for the USA, England and Wales, Myhill had yet to choose a national team set-up.
At least until now.
Myhill will suit up for Wales in its upcoming friendly against Luxemborg on March 26.
Okay, so maybe he was never really in the U.S. national team pool, but it is interesting to see another player born in the USA move on to do some good things abroad. Is he an American Abroad? One year doesn’t really get you the distinction. The same goes for Norwegian defender Brede Hangeland, who was born to a Norwegian oil company employee in Texas before heading back to Norway at a young age. Now Hangeland is with Fulham, which just happen to have
500 five Americans on the team.
The funny thing is I think Myhill’s decision to finally play for Wales had more to do with the goalkeeper situation in England (what with David James showing no signs of slowing down and the likes of Ben Foster and Scott Carson coming up) than it did with the US team, which I doubt Myhill was spending much time thinking about at this point.