Cyrus Mohseni is the latest addition to Vestri’s pre-season as the second division club looks to nail down its goalkeeper options. Cyrus performed well at SoccerViza’s San Diego combine in November, and was shortlisted for opportunities in Scandinavia.
Standing at 6’6’’, Cyrus is a formidable tower in the box on set pieces, but is also quick enough with his feet to play out of the back with his defense.
“I love it out here,” Cyrus told SoccerViza.
“It’s beautiful, it’s great weather, the football is attractive, and we get to train every day. I can’t ask for anything more. I felt like this option was the right timing and the right move, so when the call came I took it right away.”
Taking the trip from Southern California where he was training with LA Galaxy II, Cyrus has taken a crash course in learning the new team culture and what it takes to succeed within it.
“It’s a great level, the guys are very good. We’re having fun in between and after getting our jobs done, which is always nice. Training is business. We work, and then afterwards we hang out and have a good time. The culture is really great.”
Out of high school, Cyrus was offered an opportunity with FC Basel in Switzerland, but being unable to obtain a Swiss work permit stopped it in its tracks, despite doing well in pre-season. From there, it was on to Chivas USA’s U-23s where he began to make a name for himself in Southern California’s professional development circuit. With the collapse of Chivas USA though came the necessity to explore new opportunities, eventually leading Cyrus to SoccerViza.
“I honestly didn’t expect to get anything out of the SoccerViza combine. The first time I heard about it, I had some hopes, but I didn’t trust the system. I’d heard plenty of stories about combines and guys… I’d never done one before though, and I was skeptical, but I decided to do it after speaking to my family and trainers. It turned out to be fantastic, everything that Chris and Joe has done for me has been fantastic. From the support during and after the combine, to eventually ending up here, it’s all been amazing.”
Going from pre-season camps with USL clubs in the United States this off-season, to pre-season in Europe with Vestri, has shown the difference in playing philosophies from country to country.
“It’s a lot more technical here, there’s more movement compares to the U.S. which is much more physical. Here it’s pass and move, pass and move, pass and move. The U.S. is trying to move in that direction, some clubs doing so quicker than others, but you still see more guys colliding with each other, where brute strength wins. Here it’s so much more technical. That’s a huge difference that I’ve noticed so far.”
Cyrus’s first result in pre-season with Vestri was a 5-1 victory over first division club Haukar, in which last season’s league leading scorer and Icelandic U-21 National Team striker Bjorgvinn Stefansson was kept off the board for his 30 minute shift.
You can follow along with Cyrus and his progress on SoccerViza’s social media platforms.