MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, July 20, 2010
After training with Everton FC and taking part in reserve games while on a one-year contract last season, Anton Peterlin is close to signing with League One club Plymouth Argyle.
"I'm just enjoying playing," the California native told Yanks Abroad after the Pilgrims' 1-0 pre-season win over Dutch team NAC Breda, adding "It's an amazing opportunity!"
Peterlin, who went the full 90 minutes in the Netherlands, found himself playing in three different positions during the game.
"[Plymouth coach] Peter Reid asked if I played right back and I told him I had. Then after 15-20 minutes there, I went to right mid. In the second half I went to central mid."
The 23-year-old enjoyed the experience of moving around the field and insisted, "Wherever the teams needs me, I'll play!"
After the game YA spoke to Peter Reid who had nothing but praise for the young American, and felt that the trialist would be a big asset to the team.
"I'm hoping to sign here," Peterlin continued. "It would be great to play League One and get a few caps under my belt. If I get some starts or just getting into the squad would be amazing. Here you have a lot of games, not like the reserves [in Everton] where there isn't a game every month."
Plymouth will remain in the Netherlands this week and are scheduled to take on AZ Alkmaar tomorrow evening, followed by SC Cambuur the following day before flying back to England's West Country.