This Saturday when Ross County take on Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh the home side will be captained by midfielder Perry Kitchen. In doing so the U.S. international and former D.C. United stalwart- still only 24 years old- will become the first American to captain a Scottish side. It’s an impressive achievement for any player to be named his club’s captain, but even more so for Kitchen, who only joined the club in March. Manager Robbie Neilson was effusive in his praise of Kitchen when he went public with his decision to hand him the captaincy at one of Scotland’s biggest clubs and Kitchen’s hard-nosed and tireless play (which I saw every time D.C. United played the Revolution) have just as quickly made him a fan favorite on Gorgie Road.
I’ll obviously still be supporting County on Saturday, but I wish Kitchen all the best as he leads Hearts through the 2016-2017. Maybe if he can lead the Jambos to a good degree of success this season it will encourage more U.S. players to take a look at club’s in Scotland that aren’t called “Rangers.”