DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Former New England Revolution draft pick Tyrel Lacey has signed a contract with Norwegian Premier League outfit Lyn while trialist Nick Webb is also trying to find a home with the team.
The former University of Tulsa keeper has signed with the Norwegian cellar dwellers until 2011, and is expected to immediately compete for the starting position after putting in an impressive performance in last week's exhibition game against Liverpool.
"Tyrel played about 75 minutes of the game against Liverpool," Lyn press officer Joachim Andersen told YA. "He played really well, made a very good impression on us and strengthened our belief that he's a good signing for the team."
In the midst of a horror season which sees them in last place and seven points from safety with only ten games left on the schedule, the Oslo-based club is looking to solidify the goalkeeping position which has seen several players come, go and cycle through with little sense of consistency.
"We have many good keepers but since we are looking to improve that part of our squad he will obviously be one of the main contenders to start," Andersen continued, adding "There are just some details [to work out] with the work permit."
The four-year Tulsa player won multiple accolades in his senior season at the Oklahoma-based college, however chose to forgo MLS after being drafted 55th overall by the New England Revolution, spending most of the last few months undergoing trials around Europe.
In addition, former Vancouver Whitecaps forward Nick Webb is undergoing a trial with the team, however is still awaiting final word on a contract.
"Nick Webb is currently trying out with the team," Andersen confirmed.
"He got to play about 15 minutes in the game [against Liverpool] and made a good impression," he elaborated.
The Washington native played his final collegiate years at Oregon State University before a brief stint with Vancouver in the USL, followed by a short period with the Carolina Giants of the Puerto Rican domestic league.
After a two-week break for Cup and international play, Oslo will head into the final stretch of their season with hopes of pulling off a miraculous escape from relegation, starting with their trip to Sandefjord on Sunday.