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Toffees land US starlet

Everton hand deal to American midfielder

Last Updated: 02/05/09 11:42am

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Everton have completed a deal for American midfielder Anton Peterlin.

The 22-year-old has been on trial at Goodison Park and has done enough to earn a permanent deal with The Toffees.

Peterlin currently plies his trade for Californian-based Ventura County Fusion - who play in the fourth tier of American football.

Fusion are coached by Englishman Graham Smith and he recommended Peterlin to Everton boss David Moyes.

"I felt he had a chance," said Smith.

"He's a very intelligent young boy. He will go into medicine if he doesn't make it as a soccer player. He has the mental capacity as well as the physical capacity to succeed.

"Moyes put him immediately with the first team and Anton did not look out of place. For eight days, he applied himself tremendously well."

Pleased

Moyes himself admitted Peterlin made a big impact and he is pleased to have signed him.

"Anton really impressed myself and the coaching staff with his attitude and undoubted ability," said Moyes.

"We are therefore delighted to give him the chance to establish a professional career here at Everton."

The player, who recently had trials with MLS side San Jose and Chicago, is understandably ecstatic to have earned himself a move to England.

"It's a cliche to say, but it really is a dream come true," said Peterlin.

"I've always aspired to play at the highest level."

Peterlin, who has an EU passport as one of his parents is Danish, will officially join Everton in July and will be with them when they tour America early that month.

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