What where your first impressions of Munich?
JW: First thing that stands out for me is how the people are immersed with 1860 or Bayern. When 1860 wins you see it on people’s faces and everyone congratulates you. Munich is a fantastic city and completely passionate about the game. It’s a great thing to be a part of and even more when you are winning.
With the new MLS/Bundesliga partnership will more American players get to German professional leagues?
JW: The most difficult challenge is the ability to come over (work permit issues). Then it’s to have the playing qualifications. Coming to Germany, I wanted to give it a shot. The Bundesliga is one of the fantastic leagues of the world. Both the 1st and 2nd divisions have extremely good teams. We don’t get a chance to see much in the U.S.-it’s competitive, high- paced with quality players and teams. And we can’t underestimate both the players here and in America. I think a lot can play in either league.
The partnership will be a great outlet for Americans to come over. It’s just us becoming a little more aware and taking that risk, that leap of faith and stip out of the comfort zone to play in Germany or another country.
What are your impressions of the growth of the MLS during your time there?
There’s going to be much more development for the league. It takes time. Getting a player like Beckham is a step in the right direction. We are growing young talent but you will need more players who are mid-level professionals who have been around for 6,7,8 years. New stadiums, more fans-all that is starting to evolve. The quality is going up, perhaps the league needs more internationals. The has promise and an upside.