Hearts of Midlothian manager Robbie Neilson named former DC United midfielder and US Men’s National Team player Perry Kitchen as the team’s new captain. If Kitchen is selected for the Scottish side’s starting XI, he will be the club’s first ever American captain.
Kitchen spent his career in MLS with DC United until he made a move this spring to Hearts. He has appeared in four matches this season and has made a total of 15 appearances for the club. This is not his first captaincy, as he has served as captain for a time with the U-17 U.S. team. As for the senior team, he has four caps and did make the Copa America Centenario roster. While he may be the successor to Kyle Beckerman, his place in the USMNT is far from assured.
Despite being only 24 years old, Neilson has been impressed with his new midfielder’s poise. “I’ve been impressed by Perry’s attitude, desire and, of course, his performances from day one,” the manager said on the team’s website. “He’s a natural and leads by example both on and off the park. He’s also a really good player and will inspire those around him to reach the highest standards.”
Kitchen replaces Alim Ozturk as captain. Last season, Ozturk led the Jambos to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premier League. Currently, Hearts sit second in the table, three points behind Celtic although having played one more game.
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