Former Hearts winger Sam Nicholson admits he needs to adjust to searing heat after making Minnesota debut

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Former Hearts winger Sam Nicholson admits he needs to adjust to the stifling heat in America after making his long-awaited debut Minnesota United.

Nicholson finally made his maiden appearance for the MLS club in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to New York Red Bulls after a delay in obtaining his visa.

Despite the 90 degree-heat and the fact that it was the 22 year-old’s first competitive outing in over two months, Minnesota manager Adrian Heath described Nicholson and fellow debutant Michael Boxall’s contribution as ‘terrific’.

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Nicholson played for an hour but admits he will need time to get used to the climate.

He said: “It was really hot for a first game.

“The heat was hard for me. I’m used to always the cold temperature in Scotland, so it was a hard one.

“It wasn’t the result we wanted, but I thought we played well.

“It was a hard one for us to take, especially three-nil. I don’t think the result reflected the performance. But that’s soccer I suppose.”

United manager Heath said: “I thought they were terrific.

“I thought Sam Nicholson showed glimpses of what he’s going to be.

“He can play. He can run with the ball, he can combine.

“But more importantly, I love the commitment of the two fellas because they are so far behind the rest of this group in terms of fitness and just to even feel comfortable with the group.”

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