At just 31 years old, retired soccer player Danny Karbassiyoon is to-date the only American player to score a goal for Arsenal Football Club. Yesterday it was announced that Karbassiyoon’s autobiography, “The Arsenal Yankee,” will be released in North America in paperback and on Amazon Kindle.
Danny Karbassiyoon’s incredible journey began when he was spotted by Arsenal Football Club from his Roanoke Virginia soccer club at the age of 18. Arsenal is one of the most easily recognizable soccer clubs in the world; people from every corner of the globe have heard of Arsenal, and it is not without merit. Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in the world, let alone in the Premier League, which makes Karbassiyoon’s story all the more admirable.
A focus of Karbassiyoon’s autobiography is the 90th minute goal he scored as a substitute in his first appearance with the first-team, about a year after signing a full-contract with the club. It has been over 10 years since that goal and yet Karbassiyoon remains the only American to score a goal for Arsenal.
Unfortunately, Karbassiyoon’s career was cut short by multiple injuries, which resulted in his retirement at the age of 22, after only a handful of appearances on the first-team. Despite the early end to his playing career with Arsenal, within months of his retirement Danny Karbassiyoon began working for them as a talent scout in North and Central America, a position for which he was selected by Arséne Wenger.
Danny began that journey in April 2007 after a mere three-week training intense training, and his successes are noteworthy including Joel Campbell, who is currently playing on Arsenal’s first team and Gedion Zelalem, who is on loan with the Rangers helping them to return to the Scottish top flight since 2012.
Wenger himself in fact provides the forward for “The Arsenal Yankee.” In addition to his work with Arsenal, Karbassiyoon also co-founded Fury90.com, a virtual soccer fantasy game. “The Arsenal Yankee” is now available in paperback and Amazon Kindle editions in North America.
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