Thursday, January 20, 2005
MetroStars youngsters Michael Bradley and Jeff Parke will arrive at Heerenveen on Friday for a 10-day training visit.
The MLS youngsters will take in Saturday's contest with Den Bosch at the Abe Lenstra Stadion before displaying their wares for coach Gert Jan Verbeek.
According to press director Lieuwe Brink, the players are not there to win offers now so much as to etch their names onto a list of potential targets for later.
"[This visit] is only for training," he told YA. "It is to see if they can possibly be players for us in the future."
Bradley, son of MetroStars coach Bob Bradley, was tipped to Verbeek by predecessor Foppe de Haan.
Now coach of the Holland Under-19 national side, De Haan was impressed by the midfielder during a recent U.S. victory over Jong Oranje.
Parke - a defender with impressive aerial skills - was the final player picked in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, but ended the campaign with team 3rd-best 27 starts.
Heerenveen officials also had the opportunity to view both players during the Metros' La Manga Cup run in March of 2004, when Parke scored the winner in the final against Norwegian club Viking.
The players are set to end their Frisian visit and return to the States on February 3rd.