A FORMER Bangor City youth footballer is making a go of it state side after being selected to represent an All-American Soccer squad.

Adam Pritchard, who once played for The Citizens' under 19's side, says he wanted to "challenge himself" by moving to another country to learn about how football worked abroad, whilst also earning a degree.

Since moving to The States a year-and-a-half ago, the 21-year-old has been selected to represent the All-Region first team twice and will now play for the All-American Team, which is made up of college players from across the whole of the USA.

He is the first player in the history of Iowa Lakes Community College to have achieved this accolade.

Adam says the chance to play in The States came whilst he was playing for Welsh Colleges, when a company called Elit Sports reached out to him. Talking about the prospect of playing for the All-Star team, he said: "It felt really good to be selected for it. I don’t normally feel proud of myself but this was a moment where I did.

"The chance to represent the squad came about as I had been playing during the season where we lost a regional final in golden goal rules for the chance to play nationals.

"Then, I made the All Region first team and was awarded the defensive player of the tournament.

"I'm looking forward to the next step of playing for the All-Star team."

Adam became an academy player for Bangor City at the age of 10, where he eventually progressed to being captain of the Under 16's team.

He then went on to play for the Under 19's team in the Welsh Premier Development League (North), where they were twice crowned champions and won the All-Wales Championship in 2016.

Adam also played for Coleg Menai, when he was selected to play for Wales Colleges for two consecutive years and played in an international tournament in Rome.

He also played for Wales Schoolboys at the age of 17 and is the proud owner of two Welsh caps.

He says he hopes to return to Wales in the future and "play at the highest level he possibly can."