(NEW YORK) — Robbie Fowler spent the majority of his career in Liverpool — scoring 171 goals in 330 games — which earned him the nickname “God” in his hometown.
“I got the fastest hat-trick in the British Premier League,” Fowler said of his 11 seasons at Anfield Friday while promoting the upcoming Guinness International Champions Cup, which kicks off July 27 at Soldier Field. “It’s a record that I’m proud of. The record is currently 4:33. Without sounding big headed, it’s not about achievements, but I hope it stays the record for a long time.”
When asked about the current state of soccer in the United States, Fowler said, “It’s getting so much stronger. A lot of the kids are playing. I think it helps that there are so many games, it certainly has interest.”
Fowler, 38, said he is a little too old to play soccer now, but would jump on the right opportunity if a coaching position was available.
“Certainly coaching and managing is my next roots,” Fowler said. “If something was to come across over in the states, would I be interested, of course I would be.”
Liverpool will play Manchester City at Yankee Stadium on July 30 in the tournament.
“There’s a lot of excitement all around,” Fowler said of the match up. “Some of the names you think have walked along the hallowed turf of Yankee Stadium is phenomenal.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN