MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, March 4, 2008
After leaving German team SV Meppen by mutual consent, young American Max Cream has become the newest signing for Shelbourne FC in the Irish First Division.
"We signed him on an amateur contract until July," head coach Dermott Keely told Yanks Abroad. "I signed him late so I used my budget and there was really no money left [which is the reason for the amateur contract]."
"I played him a few times and he looks good in training. I wouldn't have taken him if I didn't think he had a chance with us (for a professional contract)."
"He has a good attitude and looks a strong player."
Cream becomes the second American to join Shelbourne, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Crawford who called Tolka Park home from 2000-2007.
Shelbourne, who have won the league championship 13 times, were relegated to the second flight of Irish soccer in February 2007 after financial issues led to the revocation of their playing license - despite winning the title months prior.
The club kick off their season on Friday when they host Dundalk FC.