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Beaconsfield keeper is trying to follow Beckham to the MSL
A FOOTBALLER from Beaconsfield SYCOB is hoping to land a Major Soccer League deal after sending his prospective employees a highlights package from YouTube.
John Nydell flew out to Tampa on Sunday ahead of a three-week trial that could earn him a full-time contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The Rowdies will play in the MLS next season, with pre-season kicking off next week ahead of their first league match against Carolina RailHawks in April.
Beaconsfield coach James Pritchard said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity so fingers crossed it works out for him.
“He came to me and said he was really sorry, but I told him to go for it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and there is a full-time contract at the end of it.”
Nydell earned his big break by sending the Rowdies a YouTube video of him in action, which he collated himself.
Pritchard said: “He is American anyway and has a few contacts out there.
“But he collated footage from youtube and sent it to them, and they invited him over for a trial.”
Even without him though, Pritchard is confident Beaconsfield can nail down the final play-off spot in the Southern League Central Division.
Bad weather means they haven’t played since January 12, but they have still played more than many teams around them and Pritchard believes that could count in their favour.
He said: “We’re sixth at the moment, one place outside.
“The five sides above us are all very strong and we’re still waiting for the emergence of Slough, but I believe the final play-off place is up for grabs.
“We’ve played more games than other sides but I think that’s an advantage with other teams having to play two or three times a week.
“Our run of games in February is very tough, we play four of the top five, but I’m quite happy with out situation.”
Meanwhile, Pritchard hasn’t released anyone since taking over last autumn and has bolstered the squad with Aaron Couch, Sam Southerden and Miles Jones.
Tomorrow they host Fleet.