Andy Thomson: Inside the American Dream
Football Careers client Andy Thomson left his native Scotland nine years ago to live the American Dream in the beautiful game.
Andy has worked for top USL clubs San Antonio and Miami FC and returned from a fascinating year out with Australian A League side Central Coast Mariners to continue to grow as a coach in the States.
Now Director of Methodology of MLS Next Academy Kendall Soccer Coalition in Miami, we asked Andy to give our members his views on what it takes to make the leap to America in this exclusive blog.
By Andy Thomson
Make yourself a desired coaching commodity.
When I am asked the all-encompassing question from colleagues who want to take the leap into the ”soccer” world in the United States of America or Canada that’s my key piece of advice now. So what do I mean by that?
Well, let’s look at my own example when I first decided nine years ago that I wanted to take that brave step out of my comfort zone and leave Scotland to further develop myself as a coach. I was a youth coach at St Mirren, I’d worked with the likes of John McGinn in the Academy there and I loved it.
Yet there was a big Planet Football out there that I yearned to experience and I knew that I needed something else to give me a leg-up. So while I was at the Buddies I studied and I earned a Masters in Sports Science and Sports Medicine.
Football was in one part of my life, my studies in the other but I had a long-term plan to bring them back together.
By the time I got to the US, I had a broad spectrum of skills which appealed to Head Coaches who were hiring. There’s football language, medical language and scientific language: if you are fluent in all three, you can help the messages be understood.