Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Another Yank Abroad: DJ Countess

He's a young and very talented goalkeeper. Another Project-40 product, he's been hiding in the Chilean 2nd division and is on the verge of signing with Club Atletico Tigre who will play in the Argentine 1st Division in 2007-08.

Countess had a prolific, though brief, MLS career, setting the MLS record for penalties saved in a season (4) and penalties saved in a game (2). He was Dallas Burn's Defender of the Year in 2003. He left the States early last year, signing for Osters IF in Sweden.

His extensive Wikipedia article also wants us to know that he's an avid humanitarian and began a non-profit organization to fund health care for needy children during his time with Real Salt Lake. (He must have a good agent.)

By the looks of him, he's got fantastic reflexes and good, long distribution a la Chris Seitz. He's only 25, so he's got the better half of his career ahead of him. I think he would rank as an outstandng MLS keeper, just below Brad Guzan and Chris Seitz, just above Troy Perkins, Joe Cannon and Matt Reis. He's definitely on a fast track upward, making him a player to watch for in the future.

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