Poppies set to pick Cream of LA Galaxy

POPPIES BOSS: Kenny Vaughan

POPPIES BOSS: Kenny Vaughan

First published in Non league football Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

POPPIES boss Kenny Vaughan may give former Los Angeles Galaxy striker Max Cream his first Sydenhams Wessex Premier start at basement boys Cowes Sports tomorrow (3pm).

The 22-year-old has joined the league leaders after leaving American outfit Cleveland City Stars by mutual consent after sustaining an artificial turf-related injury.

Cream, a former professional, made his Poppies debut as a substitute in their 7-1 home triumph over Alton last weekend.

He signed for the league leaders earlier this month after gaining international clearance.

Cream has enjoyed a cosmopolitan career frustratingly trying to break into the top level.

He scored for the Galaxy in a friendly before leaving the club after the management was sacked two months before David Beckham arrived from Real Madrid.

He’s also lined up for Dundee United’s professional under-19 team as well as for Dunfermline in first-team friendlies against Rangers and Hearts.

Cream trained with Werder Bremen, FC Cologne and Borussia Monchengladbach and also appeared for SV Meppen, Shelbourne and Cobh Rangers.

After injury prematurely curtailed a two-year contract with Cleveland signed in February, the striker, who has an American mother and English father, took a break from football and has only just got back into it at semi-pro level with Poppies.

Vaughan said: “Max has been a pro since 16 and we’re delighted to have him on board.

“Max wants to have a year or two living here because he likes the area and has got a bit fed up travelling around the world playing football.

“He hasn’t played for three or four months so I gave him 25 minutes against Alton to ease him in.

“He needs games now to get himself fully fit because he looks the part in training.

“He’s a goalscorer and I’m contemplating starting him on Saturday, although I may just give him another 25 minutes so we don’t risk him picking up any injuries.”

Poppies: (from) Harvell, Arnold, Byrne, Jones, Crutcher, Blake, Roberts (Sanderson 60), Phillipson-Masters, Cream, Saadi, Wrixton, Glenister, Cann.

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