By RYAN TOLMICH
Cody Cropper is set to represent the U.S. internationally at the upcoming Toulon Tournament, but the goalkeeper is in need of a new setting on the club level.
Southampton announced Tuesday that the 22-year-old goalkeeper is one of six professional players who will not see their contracts with the club renewed.
Cropper, who signed initially signed with the club in 2012, had signed a one-year extension last summer. Primarily featuring for the club’s youth side, Cropper’s release will allow the goalkeeper to pursue first-team opportunities, a luxury not afforded to him during his time at Southampton.
The goalkeeper also holds UK citizenship, making Cropper a logical signing for European teams, though MLS teams have expressed interest in Cropper as well.
On the international level, the goalkeeper has made appearances on the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 level, while also earning recent call-ups to the U.S. Men’s National Team for friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland.
Cropper is set to start for the U.S. Under-23s at the upcoming Toulon Tournament, which kicks off Wednesday with the U.S. taking on France.
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