Huckerby's American career off to a flying start
PUBLISHED: 07:15 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 10 September 2010
Canaries legend Darren Huckerby says he's relishing his new challenge as part of a mini American Revolution. Huckerby's career in English football came to an end this summer when Norwich boss Glenn Roeder controversially told him his services were no longer required at Carrow Road.
Canaries legend Darren Huckerby says he's relishing his new challenge as part of a mini American Revolution.
Huckerby's career in English football came to an end this summer when Norwich boss Glenn Roeder controversially told him his services were no longer required at Carrow Road.
It was a decision which split City fans like few others have done - many of whom are still mourning his absence as the Canaries new season stutters into life.
Huckerby kept his promise of never playing against Norwich by turning down a number of approaches from other Championship clubs.
Instead, the 32-year-old headed for California - and has been part of a remarkable change of fortune for the San Jose Earthquakes ever since.
Having gone six games without a win, the Earthquakes are now unbeaten in their last four since Huckerby arrived - and are ready to make a late bid for the MLS play-offs.
Huckerby scored his first goal in his second game, grabbed another in a 3-2 win over David Beckham's LA Galaxy - when he set up the winner - and then helped the team to a 4-0 rout of New England on Saturday.
“I am really enjoying it right now,” said Huckerby. “The team has been playing very well the past few games and we are working well together. It is not too often that you can beat a very good side like New England 4-0.
“We've been playing well recently and the team has been defending well all year. We are happy with this win, but we need to keep going.
“I love to attack and I have been playing this way for 16 years and I still have a job, so I guess it's working. I think that my style suits MLS.”
Huckerby's performance at the weekend was described as “electric” by coach Frank Yallop, whose decision to make some major personnel changes last month has paid big dividends.
“I didn't want to talk about players we had, because I felt it was disrespectful to do that,” Yallop said. “But once I got the chance to change it, I changed it.
“If we could have started the season with this group, I think maybe the record would have been a little different.”