BRENT LATHAM - Wednesday, May 13, 2009
New Vitoria SC player Kamani Hill has Portugal, after a tedious process of looking around Europe for the right match.
"I'm excited to play in Portugal," Hill told YA in an exclusive interview. "It's technical soccer and the players have good offensive movement off the ball."
"I feel like there are more options to choose from when I have the ball. I's a very different experience than in Germany where defensive discipline and organization were key."
Hill confirmed that he has signed for three years after a successful two week trial, and will began suiting up for Guimaraes, as the team is known in Portugal, this summer.
"I'm finishing up my life here in Wolfsburg for the next two weeks, then going back to California for a month and starting with the team around July 1st," Hill explained.
The California native says the coach plans on using him as an attacking player on the wings, a position he is familiar with.
"I hope to play out wide, both on the left and right," the former USMNT Under-23 player says. "I think that's where I feel most comfortable and where [coach] Cajuda is looking to play me."
Despite seeing the field only a handful of times in the Bundesliga, Hill says his experience in Germany has served him well as a professional.
"It was a learning experience for me on the pitch as a player," he says. "I learned aspects of the focus and drive that it takes to compete weekly at the top level.
The Guimaraes deal ends a long search for a new club for Hill, who was left out in the cold when German of American descent Felix Magath took over at Wolfsburg. He says the process of searching for a new squad can be complicated for Americans in Europe.
"I also learned on the business side of things that it's very hard for a young American that's not playing to change clubs in Europe without European contacts," he says. "So in all I'm very thankful for the position that I am in now and really want to make the best of it."
Guimaraes, currently in ninth place in the Portuguese honor division, is out of contention for European places, meaning Hill's first shot at game action with his new club will come when the Liga kicks off again at the end of the summer.