Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear admits he twice could've been lost to Scottish soccer.
The ex-American international recalled to the Scottish Sun: "When I was in my teens I came over to Scotland and spent three months on trial with St Johnstone.
"Alex Totten was the coach and I travelled back and forward from my relations in Glasgow every day trying to win a contract.
"But it didn't work out and I went to the States and started my club career.
"But when my team in California folded I went back to the UK and went to Bolton on trial for a couple of weeks under Bruce Rioch. The club went to Scotland on pre-season and actually played friendlies at Ross County and St Johnstone.
"So I twice had attempts to make it in Britain that involved Perth and both times it didn't work out.
"I was pretty devastated both times but I went back to the USA, joined Fort Lauderdale Strikers and made my way up the US football pyramid.
"I'm a believer that things happen for a reason. I played for the US national team more than 50 times and I'm enjoying my coaching career.
"On Wednesday of this week I was sitting on my front porch at home just outside Houston in shorts and T-shirt which I doubt would've been possible in Perth!"