Nash Gibson trains with the MyPa
08.08.2022 - 15:01
Nash Gibson at MyPa - MiPK game. Photo: Risto Oksanen / MyPa
Nash Gibson is the son of 90s MyPa legend Neathan Gibson. Neathan Gibson represented MyPa between 1998 and 2000, playing 61 matches and scoring 26 goals. In both seasons, MyPa won the Finnish premier league bronze and Gibson was the team's best scorer.
Nash Gibson will train with MyPa for a few months during his visit to Finland. "It is an honor to be here in Myllykoski because this place means a lot to our family". Gibson followed MyPa's 2–1 win against Mikkelin Pallokissat and praises the team's level.
MyPa head coach Jyrki Saarela welcomes Gibson to the team: "Nash brings a much-needed addition to our goalkeeper situation. Nash trains with the team and if the performances give a reason, he can be between the posts in official games as well. All playing spots have to be earned".
Born in Iowa, USA, Gibson recently graduated from high school in Houston, Texas, and played for Matias Almeyda FC, an academy team in the United Premier Soccer League. Gibson plays as a goalkeeper.
"Soccer has been the biggest part of my childhood and my father as a coach helped a lot to develop into the person and player I am today".
Gibson took part in the team's practice on Friday of last week. "When I arrived at the MyPa house I was welcomed to the locker room like family. I was so excited to train in the same stadium as my father! It shocked me how many people looked up to my father in his time at MyPa. Training felt good and the other goalkeepers help with the language barrier".
MyPa goalkeeper coach Mikko Mäntynen praises Gibson: " Gibson is an athletic goalkeeper who wants to take the next step in his career. Nathan had a good attitude in training and he showed a high level of goalkeeping skills".
Myllykosken Pallo is a Finnish team from the eastern Finland city of Kouvola. The team currently plays in the third division. The team played 24 seasons in the Finnish premier league Veikkausliiga from 1992 to 2015 winning one championship and three Finnish Cups.
Neathan Gibson plays for MyPa at Veikkausliiga game 1998. Photo: Juha Tamminen