Grassroots: Footballer Cahill wants to keep California dreamin’

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A promising footballer is appealing for sponsorship to help fund his dream of starring on the American Major League Soccer (MLS) stage.

Haydn Cahill, 21, has been honing his trade in the States following a successful football trial in 2012.

Since then, the Carcroft forward has gone on to star for colleges in New Jersey and California and has aims of completing his sports masters degree in America as well as competing in the professional MLS which has seen the likes of David Beckham star for LA Galaxy.

In his first year overseas, Cahill earned straight As and finished joint top goalscorer for his team in New Jersey.

His success saw him receive several offers from other college coaches and from that, Cahill transferred to California.

And Cahill - who is working at The Range in Doncaster to fund his football career - is appealing for sponsors to help pay for next year’s tuition fees of £5,000 so he can continue his Californian dream.

The ex-Doncaster College footballer said: “I’ve been earning top grades, training and playing football daily to earn a scholarship to pursue my masters degree.

“However, after being rejected for financial aid everywhere I’ve tried, I had to come back to the UK because I can’t afford my tuition costs.

“I was rejected for financial aid because I haven’t graduated yet. But my dream is still on track and has only just begun.”

He went on: “With the tuition fees paid for, that will help me earn a scholarship which means I can then push for the next level of football and aim for the MLS draft.”

To help Haydn, email: or find him on Twitter @HaydnCahill.