Chicago Fire midfielder Djordje Mihailovic will spend some of the Major League Soccer offseason training with Bundesliga 2 side 1.FC Nürnberg.
“In Djordje Mihailovic, we have an interesting attacking player from the Chicago Fire training with the club for a few days,” an official tweet by the club read on Tuesday. “The five times US national team player is using the MLS break to get a first-hand impression of the club’s surroundings.”
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) November 19, 2019
Mihailovic made his MLS debut at aged 18 in 2017. In his first season at the club, the Homegrown midfielder played 17 games. After tearing his ACL, Mihailovic missed most of the 2018 season.
The 21-year-old, however, made a full recovery and played 27 games and scored three goals last season. A flexible attacking midfielder, Mihailovic has made five appearances with the US men’s national team, scoring his first goal in his first game against Panama back in January.
Mihailovic’s form took a slight dip towards the end of last season. The midfielder, who is one of 14 players still under contract with the Fire, started the last six games of the season from the bench and was not selected for the last three US national team camps. That freed him up to train with the German side this week.
1.FC Nürnberg officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The club were relegated from Bundesliga last season and after matchday 13 sit in 14th-place in the Bundesliga 2 standings. Sources have told Pro Soccer USA Nürnberg are looking to strengthen their squad this winter. Should Mihailovic join Nürnberg, he would become the fourth USMNT player to wear the club’s shirt after Joe Max Morre, Tony Sanneh and Timothy Chandler.
Chicago Fire officials told Pro Soccer USA Mihailovic was given permission to train in Nürnberg, but the player remains under contract in 2020. There are no discussions regarding a transfer to Germany at the moment.