MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, January 14, 2011
Florida native Nate Weiss is now in Sweden and is looking to latch onto a Swedish team for the second time in his young career.
"I'll be in Sweden for about two weeks," the former Adolfsberg IK man told Yanks Abroad. "I'll be training with three different teams during my stay. In the last month I have been fortunate enough to draw interest in Sweden, Austria, and the US."
The Stetson University alumni spent last season with top flight team FK Jelgava in Latvia where they captured the Latvia Cup and experienced a short stint in the Europa League qualification rounds.
Weiss' Jelgava contract then ran out at the end of the season forcing him to seek employment elsewhere.
"After the season in Latvia I needed a little rest, and now that I'm feeling fresh, I'm starting out the January window training with a few teams in Sweden," he added.
"I got in touch with the former coach of Djurgardens IF, Lasse Eriksson, where I had a trial a few years back and had impressed him enough back then that he decided to set some opportunities up for me now after monitoring my current progression. The first club I will train with is Jonkopping Sodra, which is in the Superettan. I'll also train with one or two teams in Allsvenskan."
Weiss also goes on to clarify that the time he is spending in Sweden is more for training rathern than actual trials.
"I have some more opportunities I must look at first before I decide where I will be fortunate enough to play this coming season," he noted.
The young defender remains optimistic that one day in the near future he will be able to catch the eye of Bob Bradley and join Eugene Starikov as the only Stetson Hatters to be called to the national team in 2011.
"God willing, I will be able to land in a place that will get me the best chance to catch Bob's attention, and hopefully I'll be able to be the second Stetson alum to get in a camp this year," concluded Weiss.