Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric blown away by West Ham United welcome

The 27-year-old American joined the Hammers last Tuesday for a 10-day training stint during the MLS offseason.

Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric says he has been “blown away” by the welcome he has received at West Ham United since arriving in east London for an offseason training stint.

The 27-year-old American, who recently signed a new deal with Houston after enjoying a breakout MLS campaign, began his spell at West Ham last week and will be working with the first-team squad until 17 December.

Dynamo goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers arranged the training stint with some help from manager Owen Coyle, and the Texas native has been relishing the chance to get a brief taste of life at a Premier League club, while also picking up a few tips from Hammers counterparts Adrian and Darren Randolph in the process.

Speaking to the Dynamo’s official website about his time at the Boleyn Ground so far, Deric said: “The class of everyone here has blown me away. I was nervous how I would fit in when I arrived and I have to give credit to the coaches, the players and the trainers; they all have made me feel really welcome.

“Darren Randolph has been very helpful, easing me into the sessions and helping me out. Football is a small world and they have taken care of me. Adrian and Rafa Spiegel have been great to me as well.

“Slaven Bilic is really in control of his team. He sends a clear message to his players and keeps them all together. I arrived after they drew 0-0 at Old Trafford, so the team is in great spirits.”

Deric originally joined the Dynamo as their first-ever Homegrown player in February 2009 but had to wait until 2015 to become a full-time starter after biding his time behind MLS legend Pat Onstad and two-time All-Star Tally Hall, respectively.

The former University of North Carolina product immediately went about showcasing his shot-stopping prowess, however, as he racked up 14 Save of the Week nominations – winning four of them – in his 31 appearances, while also recording seven clean sheets.

Coyle’s side ultimately missed out on a playoff spot in his first year as head coach after a disappointing eight-place finish in the Western Conference, but Deric’s performances were one of the obvious bright spots and even earned him support for a US national team call-up.

“His natural ability is quality,” Goalkeeping coach Rogers told MLSsoccer.com back in October. “So working on the techniques with him I’ve seen a massive improvement with him over the year. If he becomes more consistent, I’ll be honest, he should probably get a look at the national team level. Can he be a foreign international? That I don’t know. That I can’t answer. Do I think he deserves a look at some point? Absolutely.”

Before beginning his training spell, a report from The Sun had suggested that Deric could join West Ham on a permanent basis this winter, but it now looks as though those claims were wide of the mark.

Plenty of MLS players have had offseason stints at English clubs in the past simply to maintain their fitness levels, while even if the Hammers were interested in his signature, it is hard to see how he would be able to secure a work permit without an international cap to his name.

Nevertheless, if the Dynamo stopper returns to Houston to enjoy another stellar season, then it would not be a surprise if European suitors from elsewhere started to come calling.

“I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been [at West Ham], about the game, myself and being a goalkeeper,” Deric added to houstondyamo.com. “I am really excited to bring it back to Houston, as the experience has opened my eyes to the whole realm of being a footballer. Adrian makes everything look easy. Everything is clean and simple, and that’s what it takes to be one of the top goalkeepers in the world.”

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