Tuesday, November 28, 2006
According to his agent, recent Toronto FC catch Nate Jaqua will head to Europe this weekend to explore three options in three different countries.
The versatile forward was recently acquired from the Chicago Fire in the 2006 MLS Expansion Draft, but a move overseas may be the primary objective for the budding star.
"Nothing has been decided at this stage, so we have to plan as if he won't be playing (in MLS)," Patrick McCabe told YA. "So many people are vying to have him sign for them."
"Nate could spend the next two weeks visiting a dozen clubs, but we have pared it down."
The three clubs are in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, but McCabe would not name them due to the confidentiality concerns of the clubs.
Others beyond the final three have expressed interest, and Jaqua could even sign without conducting a trial.
"He's been scouted extensively, teams have come over to visit him, they've seen extensive video," added McCabe.
Jaqua will travel to Europe at the end of the week to speak with club representatives.
"We'd like to have it all resolved by hopefully the end of the first week in December," McCabe said. "But it all depends on how the trip goes and what kind of experiences he has."
"We're not in a rush, but obviously we're going to feel some pressure at some point from the clubs."
At 6'3", Jaqua could easily be described as a target forward type, had he not also demonstrated his versatility on the right side of midfield at the end of the 2006 MLS season.
The Eugene, Oregon native started 22 of his 28 appearances during the campaign, tallying eight goals and two assists.