US U-20 Cody Cropper Signs with Premiership Club Southampton
Former Ipswich Town FC reserve team player Cody Cropper has signed with Premiership club Southampton. Cropper broke the news on Twitter this morning saying, “Officially put pen to paper at a premiership club!! #privileged #buzzing”
Terms of the deal have not yet been made public but it’s believed to be a 2-year contract.
Cropper’s father Joe, who lives in Athens, Georgia, confirmed the signing this morning saying Cody called him at 4:00 a.m. ET with the good news.
Joe Cropper verified that Cody has been with the Saints since the beginning of the preseason training and have played in numerous U-21 matches. The elder Cropper said his son has been training with both the first team and the reserves.
Cody Cropper, who grew up playing soccer in Minnesota until moving to the US Soccer’s U-17 Bradenton Academy, was released last spring by Paul Jewell, manager of Ipswich Town FC, where Cropper had signed his first pro contract and spent the previous 2 seasons.
Copper made the bench several times last season for the first team and had a chance to solidify his spot last winter with several injuries to the team’s backup keepers. But as the opportunity presented itself, Cropper suffered a bucket tear to his meniscus which led to several months of rehab instead of first team action.
After being released by Ipswich last spring, Cropper trained in Texas with the US U-20 team and then traveled to South America where the team played several matches.
Cropper appeared in two of three matches the US U-20s played in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup, where the team went 1-2-0.