EPL: Tottenham Link to United States U-17 Star, Marc Pelosi, Grows Stronger

Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIJuly 1, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: A general view of the Tottenham Hotspur crest during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham City at White Hart Lane on May 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Following a strong personal performance for the US side in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, several major European clubs are keeping close tabs on American midfielder Marc Pelosi, including his own favorite club, Tottenham Hotspur.

Among the rumored sides showing interest: Spurs, Liverpool and undisclosed teams from Budesliga.

Pelosi played a key role in bringing the Stars and Stripes through the group stage and into the Round of 16 in the U-17 tournament.  

"I’m just trying to help the team, that’s the most important thing," he told MLSSoccer.com.  “I try to hold and move the ball and when I have a chance, attack and make combos and get into the attack.”

Unfortunately, while serving a red-card suspension in the first round of the knockout stage, his team fell 4-0 to Germany without him on Thursday.  His short stint in the tournament, however, was plenty long enough to catch Europe's eye.

On one hand, one might expect Pelosi to be attracted to an offer from a club like Liverpool, as it is a very well known and popular team within the subculture of American soccer.  

Another likely scenario would seem to be a German side in Bundesliga, given the fact that Pelosi was born in Germany and already carries a German passport.  However, Pelosi's player bio on the US Soccer Federation's Web site lists Tottenham Hotspur as Pelosi's personal favorite club, making them a strong contender in any attempt to acquire the American youngster..

“I’m hoping I can sign with a big club," he was quoted saying. “Or a club that could give me some minutes in Europe, maybe.”  

And Spurs could be the answer to both of those wishes.

In any case, Pelosi has stated that his decision "depends on the offers that are coming in. Going pro is my first priority."

But, if the Spurs end up making any sort of offer, don't expect much hesitation from Pelosi in heading to North London to make his personal dream come true.