Aurélien Tchouaméni: Meet the French soccer star everyone is talking about
Aurélien Tchouaméni arrived in the U.S. via Paris and has been training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, for the past two years. US Soccer released a statement on Monday in response to a story in The Sun that revealed Tchouaméni’s contract with the club would not be renewed.
Carson is the training facility for the U.S. national, Olympic and world team that Tchouaméni uses when he isn’t in France.
“I would like to say to all my fans out there: I am sorry, but I am sorry also to my teammates, to the team, and to everyone involved in the club. All I can say is that I will never forget you or how much I love your country and soccer. I love it and hope to always continue to be a great player for France,” Tchouaméni wrote in his first message on Twitter in English since his ouster from the club.
Tchouaméni grew up in the French town of Le Mans, which he left at age 17 to go to the American college at Colorado. He moved to the U.S. in 2004 and signed a contract with LA Galaxy in 2006.
The 31-year-old said on Twitter he was returning to France for the first time since he played a friendly with the senior French national team in 2008. The former Paris-St.-Germain midfielder played four years at the club before he moved to the U.S.
It is unclear why the club didn’t reach a deal with Tchouaméni. The club hasn’t announced any future plans in this regard.
The Sun cited a source as saying the club was going to terminate