Today the Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of New Zealand U-20 striker Myer Bevan to WFC2, pending receipt of his Canadian work permit. He is expected to join the team following the completion of the U-20 World Cup which takes place in South Korea this summer. Bevan joins fellow kiwis Francis De Vries and Declan Wynne. Bevan has previously played for semi pro outfit Auckland City FC (New Zealand’s only full time professional team, Wellington Phoenix, play in the Australian league) and for Nike Football Academy. Nike Football Academy is an interesting project which runs a revolving squad of unsigned U-20 players in order to help them find a professional club. Notable graduates from the program include Chicago Fire’s David Accam and Celtic’s Tom Rogic.
Bevan is described by WFC2 head coach Rich Fagan as “a modern striker with good height, balance, pace, and intelligent movement.” These traits were on full display at the OFC U-20 championships in 2016 where Bevan was the top goalscorer and also took home the player of the tournament award. He also scored 25 goals during his time with Nike Football Academy, according to New Zealand Football’s website.
A quick perusal of Bevan’s Youtube highlights shows a player with a knack for opportunistic goals, often seizing on defensive errors and deflections. While he also seems to occasionally drop deeper and take part in the build-up, it looks as though most of his production comes from in and around the six-yard box. Only time will tell if he is able to apply these skills in USL.
Date of Birth: April 23, 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand
Bevan scored twice to lead New Zealand to a 3-1 victory over Honduras at the U-20 World Cup. Highlights below.