Former Gold Coast United midfielder Greer chases great American dream

Once of Gold Coast United, former Australia youth international midfielder Richard Greer is set to trial with Orlando City in the United State's third tier Indonesia   By PADDY HIGGS

As an inaugural player of Gold Coast United, Richard Greer knows all about new beginnings.

Now 24, the former Australia youth international has gone to United States as he chases his.

The midfielder joined now-defunct A-League club United before their debut season, bringing with him high hopes; fans with a good memory may recall Miron Bleiberg comparing Greer's ability over a dead ball to David Beckham.

Osteitis pubis ensured he did not make an appearance at Gold Coast, with Greer spending the ensuing time in the state leagues of Queensland and Victoria.

He is eyeing his own American dream, however, when he joins up with USL Pro club Orlando City SC for their training camp on Friday.

Greer departed Australia on Wednesday, and - having kept fit - is ready to make an impression in the United States.

"It is [a big opportunity]," Greer told  "I've had the setbacks, like Gold Coast, injuries and interest in Asia that fell through… It's a big, big opportunity for me to get myself back playing full-time football again.

"I've spoken to some people that have been to college in America and stuff like that, and they say it's just a little bit beneath - standard-wise - the A-League."

Playing in the third tier of the US' football pyramid, Orlando City won the league in 2012 but bowed out of the play-offs in the semi-finals.

Their ambitions extend far further afield.  Only established in 2010, City averaged crowds of around 7,000 last season and are under the stewardship of former Coventry City assistant manager Adrian Heath.

"They are looking to expand into the MLS.  That's there goal from 2015 - the club is aiming to be in the MLS," said Greer, most recently with Queensland State League Brisbane Olympic.

"They've also just signed an agreement, like a sister club, with Sporting Kansas City.

"… From what reports I've been told, they’ve lost a few of their key players from last season, and their looking to bring four or five players in."

Greer believes his ability from set-pieces remains, and considers himself a deep-lying playmaker.

He has ridden the disappointments of his time at Gold Coast United and a failed move to Vietnam late in 2012.  With two weeks to prove his ability at Orlando, Greer knows what is at stake: "I'm pretty much just taking a risk, really," he said.

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