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Aussie striker Brockie hoping to score in American league

Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the round 24 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium on March 10, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the round 24 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium on March 10, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

STAR Wellington striker Jeremy Brockie is set to follow in the footsteps of Tim Cahill, David Beckham and Thierry Henri and play in America's Major League Soccer competition.

Brockie, who scored 16 goals from 24 games in the last A-League season, will play on loan at Toronto FC which is coached by his former New Zealand All Whites teammate Ryan Nelsen.

Club president Kevin Payne said Brockie had been strongly recommended and could provide the answer to the team's recent poor goal-scoring record.

The 25-year-old, who still has two years to run on his Wellington contract, tweeted that he was excited about the opportunity: "Looking forward to heading over. Can't wait to get started".

Phoenix general manager David Dome said with the next A-League season not kicking off until October, players could not sit around doing nothing.

"The break between seasons in the A-League is too long and the club has been looking for opportunities for some of the players to play in other leagues in an effort to get greater benefit from the break," Dome said.

He also said the club was close to announcing its new coach.

Topics:  america football soccer wellington phoenix


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