VANCOUVER, BC — The Vancouver Whitecaps have sent midfielder Simon Colyn on a 10-day training stint with Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven starting on November 23, the MLS club announced Tuesday.
“This is a good opportunity for Simon to receive some additional experience,” said Whitecaps sporting director Axel Schuster in an official statement published by the club. “This will be a different challenge for Simon both on and off the pitch, and ultimately it will help further his development.”
The 17-year-old midfielder joined the Whitecaps FC Academy in 2016 and was signed to a first-team contract in April 2018. Colyn made his MLS debut in Vancouver’s last home game of the 2018 regular season. Featuring in Alphonso Davies’ last game for the club, many expected Colyn to have his breakthrough in 2019. Despite training with the first team, Colyn failed to make a single MLS appearance in 2019.
Colyn then featured at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, where PSV scouted him. FIFA does not allow the transfer of underaged players from North America to Europe, but Colyn, should his training stint be successful, could be transferred as he also holds Dutch citizenship.
ProSoccerUSA can confirm a report by MLSSoccer.com that PSV are looking for a loan-to-buy deal should attacking midfielder impress at training.
PSV are coached by former Netherlands international Mark van Bommel. The 24-times champions are currently in third place in the Eredivisie. Colyn, however, would likely first play for the club’s development side Jong PSV, in the second tier of Dutch soccer, if signed.
Should the Whitecaps opt to sell Colyn, he would become the third homegrown player transferred to a major European side in the last 12 months. The Whitecaps have previously sold Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich and Chituru Odunze to Leicester City.