FC Cincinnati homegrown goalkeeper Beckham Sunderland has been spending his offseason with the U-19 team of La Liga side Espanyol, Cincinnati introduced Tuesday.
The information carries a component of shock on its own, however the offer itself was initially a shock to Sunderland himself. Throughout an offseason visit to Spain to see his brother Lawson, a midfielder for Spanish fourth division side Sant Andreu, Sunderland obtained an surprising offer to coach with Espanyol’s U-19 side. The 17-year-old said sure immediately, and later obtained permission from Cincinnati to coach.
“It’s been great thus far,” Sunderland said, per the FC Cincinnati web site. “It’s been a tremendous expertise, and I’m studying quite a bit on the field. … In goalkeeper coaching, there’s numerous new methods, methods that I haven’t essentially used earlier than, so it’s been good to experiment with these.”
Although there is no such thing as a end date set for Sunderland’s stint in Spain, the 17-year-old is anticipated to return to Cincinnati forward of the 2021 MLS season. Cincinnati goalkeeper coach Jack Stern believes it is going to be a superb expertise for the goalkeeper earlier than re-joining his team for preseason.
“We wish to expose him to as many conditions as doable,” Stern said. “With somebody that young, we’d prefer to assist in his schooling concerning the recreation and mildew him as we are able to.”
Sunderland was Cincinnati’s first Homegrown signing, and was a part of last season’s squad, however has but to make his MLS debut.