CHAD WINGER - Monday, June 18, 2007
Out of contract striker Joe Zewe will report to Chicago as Dave Sarachan and the Fire have offered the former Viborg man a four-day trial.
"The Chicago staff has extended an invitation for trial between Tuesday and Friday," agent Rob Feigenson told YA. "Given that European options won't start coming about until August, it seems to be the right thing to do at the time, here and now."
"Joe is excited to join the side for a week of training. I believe that he has elevated his level considerably from when he graduated from [Penn State.]"
"I hope he can bring his new form back and leave a good impression."
Zewe, who saw limited playing time for Viborg last season, was the subject of winter transfer options in Germany - most notably St. Pauli - before ultimately deciding to remain in Denmark.
However, Zewe, who turns 24 on Friday, took the opportunity to revisit opportunities in Germany before returning to the US and the upcoming stint in Chicago.
"We arranged for Joe to take a series of two or three day looks with teams like Hessen Kassel, Elversberg and newly promoted FSV Frankfurt," Feigenson confirmed, but stopped short of terming the time a trial. "These teams were really just getting an advance look ahead of the trialists that come in at the end of the summer."
"It was a way to separate Joe from the pack upon his return to Europe and we have had two clubs ask for him to return for a week in August."
Zewe played sparingly for Viborg last season, making only four appearances for a total of 128 minutes since joining in July 2006. Previously, the Nittany Lion struck 12 times for Odense club B 1909.