by JENNY MONROE
McKinstry who is leaving to
coach with the New York Red
A LISBURN man will take up his dream job in
America next month when he follows in the footsteps of David
Beckham to join a Major League Soccer team.
But Johnny McKinstry, 22, won't be playing
against the likes of Backham's LA Galaxy team, instead he has
been appointed senior coach at the Youth Academy of the New York
Red Bull Soccer team based in New Jersey.
An excited Johnny, who recently graduated
from the University of Northumbria with a degree in sports
science and coaching, said "I sent off my CV to the Major League
Soccer organisation and they got back in touch saying there was
a position with the New York Red Bulls and it all snowballed
Working for a top team is nothing new to
Johnny, who spent time as student helping to coach young players
at Newcastle United and he spent last year coaching in Africa.
He said: "I love coaching and have had an
interest in it since I was a teenager. I was moderate player but
Paul Kirk the Manager of Distillery really got me started in my
coaching career when I met him through work experience."
The former Wallace pupil said his family
thought they would get to spend more time with him once he had
graduated but they an delighted that he has been given such a
"I can't wait to get my visa sorted out an(
head to America. The Red Bulls really loot after their staff and
it will be a fantastic way to start my career."