DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Denmark continues to be a popular destination for Americans looking to make the initial jump overseas.
With the country's top two divisions currently in preparation for the start of their domestic league later this month, a trio of Americans are confirmed to be seeking employment.
Two of these are recent Bucknell grads Chris Thorsheim and Mike Lansing, who are set to spend the next few days at First Division club Vejle BK.
Thorsheim had spent the previous week working out at another second-tier club - Næstved BK - however left without a contract offer. The central midfielder was a four-year player at Bucknell University and was initially signed to a homegrown contract by New York Red Bulls in late-December before being waived less than three months later to clear roster space for the upcoming 2016 season.
Lansing is another four-year Bucknell Bison, and had previously trained at Danish Superliga club AC Horsens in the days prior to linking up with Vejle.
The 6'4" keeper is still in the mix to join Horsens, after the team's coach Bo Henriksen confirmed to Danish media outlet bold.dk on Monday that he had performed well enough during his stay to remain in contention for the team's backup keeper spot.
The path of both Thorsheim and Lansing brings to mind another former Bucknell graduate, Conor O'Brien, who made his initial jump to Europe with third-tier Danish team Blokhus FC before eventually rising to the top division.
O'Brien has coincidentally spent the last season at AC Horsens, having helped them to gain promotion to the top-division Superliga, and will likely be one of their key starting pieces in the upcoming season.
Finally, HB Køge has confirmed that former MLS reservist Travis Bowen is one of six players who will be training with the team this week in an effort to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming First Division season.
Bowen, a forward from Los Angeles, most recently played with La Galaxy's reserve team in the third-tier United Soccer League, however left the team following their 2015 season and has been unattached in the time since then.
The 26 year-old has spent the last three seasons playing at the USL level, first in 2013 with Arizona United, and the two most recent seasons with the Galaxy reserves.
Køge has been a destination for Americans in recent years, with current Miami FC defender Brad Rusin playing 33 games for the team between summer-2011 and early-2013, and forward Adam Bedell spending a short 11-game loan spell with the team in the latter half of 2015.