During a call with reporters Monday, Philadelphia Union sporting director Ernst Tanner confirmed the details are in place for forward Cory Burke to go on loan to Austrian side SKN St. Polten.
Burke, who has been out of the United States since May due to a visa issue, has played for Portmore United in Jamaica to keep up match fitness since September.
“I think I found a pretty good solution for him. He is on his way in this moment,” Tanner said. “Everything is not written, but we have an agreement and Cory already has an agreement with the club.”
Tanner has a relationship with St. Polten, where Union players Matthew Real and Anthony Fontana trained for a week during the offseason.
St. Polten manager Alexander Schmidt spent time with Tanner at Red Bull Salzburg.
“I think they have a good situation for him, as he will join a club where the coach is a friend of mine and he knows everything about the player,” Tanner said. “The goal is to give him match practice on the higher level than he has had so far and bring him back in the beginning of May if possible.”
Burke can re-apply for his green card at the end of April, and the goal is to have him back with the Union at match fitness at some point in May.
“Cory, the (Union) and the club in Austria can make the best of the situation,” Tanner said. “He can re-apply for a green card by the end of April, and that’s what we have in mind. Loan him out until then and then bringing him back.”