Madrid 13th August 2013 : Joshua Pynadath, an 11-year-old Indian origin footballer from Los Altos Hills, California has won the chance to train at Real Madrid’s prestigious academy for a year, after impressing in a second trial.
He became the first ever American to join the Real Madrid youth academy. His family will move to Spain in August.
Pynadath first attracted the attention of Real Madrid a year ago when scouts saw footage of him playing for his local club team. They contacted him and asked him to have a trial with their youth team. The youngster had his first trial last summer, before the team invited him back for a second trial. Real was so impressed with his play that they asked him to join the academy full time this year.
“I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid,” he stated in a media interaction. “They told me that I was the first American that they have ever accepted into their academy. I told them that I would set a good example.”
Joshua is known for his footwork like Ronaldo, who is his favourite player.
Real Madrid invited him to train in Spain after scouts saw a video of him playing for De Anza Force. Club officials were so impressed with what they saw in the video, submitted by De Anza Force technical director Jeff Baicher, that they invited Joshua to train with the club during Thanksgiving week.
“I was really excited to get the news that Real Madrid was inviting me back for another trial. That meant there could be a real chance for me to make the actual Real Madrid academy team. The second trials are usually when they make the decision on if a player is good enough to join their team. I received another surprise when I found out that Barcelona was interested in taking a look at me as well,” said Joshua