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Former National youth team midfielder Sean De Silva is currently over the top after securing his first professional contract in the United States.

The former St Mary’s College student, also a past member of the La Foucade Coaching School, signed a one-year contract with Minnesota United of the North American Soccer League last Tuesday. His deal includes the option to extend for another year.

“It’s an amazing feeling to finally become a professional player as it’s all I wanted to become while I was growing up,” said De Silva who completed a degree in Business Administration at College of Charleston where he also excelled with the College’s Soccer team.

“I came here on a two-week trial and then they offered me the deal. I was more than willing to accept it because the club comprises of several experienced players who’ve played in the MLS at some point in their careers and the club itself is well run and has an ambitious owner.

De Silva is eager to make his debut for the club which has former US international and Columbus Crew player Manny Lagos as its head coach.

“The players and staff have been very encouraging and welcomed me with opened arms which was a great sign for me from the start. I’m looking forward to working hard and helping the club achieve its goals and hopefully get the opportunity to play at the international level again.”

De Silva made his senior debut under ex-coach Russell Latapy in a friendly versus Panama in 2009.