RICH FIDLER - Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Former Houston Dynamo striker Nate Jaqua has spurned offers from Major League Soccer and joined SC Rheindorf Altach of the Austrian Bundesliga.
"I can confirm that Nate signed today for SCR Altach," Patrick McCabe told YA. "At this time the length of contract and its details will remain undisclosed, but will be released in the close future."
Jaqua scored six goals in fifteen appearances for the Dynamo in their 2007 Championship campaign. Prior to joining the Dynamo, the former University of Portland Pilot also played for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire in MLS.
The 6' 3" striker was drafted in the 2003 MLS Super Draft by the Fire and appeared in 92 matches during his career in the windy city, scoring 21 goals.
SC Altach currently sit in eighth place in the ten team Bundesliga, just three points adrift from relegation. They are coached by former striker Manfred Bender, who ended his German career playing for FC Saarbrücken in 2002.
"He has been there training for the past three days and will leave with the team for Turkey on Friday," McCabe stated. "The season returns to play on February 15th, and Nate will be ready to contribute by then."
The 26-year old will join Austrian striker Patrick Mayer, Gambian Modou Jagne, and Brazilian Leonardo da Silva as front line selections. Midfielder Kai Walter Schoppitsch currently leads the team with five goals in 20 appearances.