Jamaican icon could turn to USL to kick-off football career
Usain Bolt, the eight-time Olympic sprint champion, could kick-start his goal to becoming a professional footballer by signing for USL outfit Las Vegas Lights FC. However, the Jamaican icon’s salary demands are currently beyond the budget of the second-tier side in the United States. Bolt, heavily linked with turning out for teams in Australia, Germany, Hungary and Turkey, dreams of one day making the line-up for Manchester United – the club he supports – although his first hurdle is joining the professional ranks somewhere.
And even the national team, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, have yet to approach the 31-year-old about trials.
Commercially Bolt is a viable additional for many teams, but on the pitch is a different story as he is unproven in his thirties and would be a gamble for clubs such as Las Vegas Lights – a mediocre side struggling in the Western Conference.
“We have an interest in Usain Bolt, why wouldn’t we?” enthused Bretton Lashbrook, the owner of Las Vegas Lights.
“Any coach in any sport who says they wouldn’t like the opportunity to work with the world’s fastest man at his prime, would just be flat out lying to you.
“He’s trained at some of the best clubs in the world. To come play in Division 2 in the United States actually makes all the sense in the world.
“This guy is an absolute specimen of an athlete and we think he could absolutely succeed at the USL level.”
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