Philadelphia Union winger Danny Cruz has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Ipswich Town after spending a two-week training stint at the club.
Like a number of MLS players in recent years, Cruz has spent part of the winter offseason training in Europe in order to keep up his fitness levels, with the Championship side allowing him the chance to get a brief taste of life in English football.
Big thank u to @Official_ITFC for allowing me to train wththem for a bit. Been a pleasure and I look forward to watching your promotion run!— Danny Cruz (@Dannycruz5) January 16, 2015
The former US Under-20 international clearly left an impression on some of the Town players, too, with Paul Anderson and youngster Adam McDonnell wishing him well as he heads back to the States to begin preparations for the 2015 campaign.
@Dannycruz5 all the best mate. Have a great season and we will keep in touch . Top top guy. See you soon hopefully— Paul Anderson (@P18NDO) January 16, 2015
Cruz, 24, recorded three goals and two assists in 26 regular-season appearances for the Union last season, as the club fell one spot short of a play-off berth following a sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference, despite a late surge under then-caretaker head coach Jim Curtin.
Having since been appointed on a permanent basis after also guiding the team to September's US Open Cup final, where they fell 3-1 to the Seattle Sounders in extra-time, Curtin will be hoping that Cruz and his teammates can build on 2014's promising finish to earn the Union their first post-season appearance in four years.