BRENT LATHAM - Monday, May 18, 2009
American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi has received his Italian passport, and is now anxious to complete a much awaited deal with Scottish giants Celtic.
"Finally, only 490 days after being drafted," an ecstatic Cervi told YA, after receiving his precious Italian papers.
The giant keeper has been in Italy for a while completing the necessary bureaucratic work to gain the nationality of his great grandparents. He has found it difficult to get on the field amidst so much uncertainty, he says.
"All this waiting is making me impatient, and all I want to do is knock some heads on the pitch," the Oklahoma native says. "I'm just going to a local field and knocking the ball around."
The former Tulsa Golden Hurricane has been bouncing around the world since completing his final season there in the fall of 2007. He has been tied to Old Firm squad Celtic since a trial there late last year, though any transfer depended on his securing European papers.
"Once everything is wrapped up here in Italy, I will head back to Glasgow to finalize that deal," Cervi says of his pending agreement with the Bhoys, bitter crosstown rivals of Maurice Edu and DeMarcus Beasley's Rangers.
Cervi says he hasn't heard from US National Team representatives during his inactivity. He made a whirlwind tour with the senior team last summer, sitting the bench for summer friendlies in Europe, and the ensuing early World Cup qualifying series against Barbados.
"I haven't heard anything but it's always an honor to be called into the squad. At the same time I'm anxious to get started with Celtic to try to earn a spot on the pitch," Cervi says.
The now dual passport holder is already cap-tied to the United States, having played for the Americans in the qualifying tournament for last year's Olympic Games.