MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, January 15, 2010
Florida native Nate Weiss has signed on with Latvian Premiership team FK Jelgava as he attempts to get a foothold in European soccer after his short stint with Swedish Division Three team Adolfsberg IK.
"I was actually in Israel in the middle of a contract negotiation with a club when I got the call and so made a decision to go to Latvia," Weiss told YA.
"When I was playing for Longford Town [in Ireland] my Latvian friend and teammate was a very good player that I admired because of his playing style, and he often told me about his excellent coach in Latvia," he continues.
"He told me that this coach could help me develop to get to the highest level in Europe. Because of this, going to Latvia was always in the back of my mind."
When the chance to go to the Baltic nation presented itself, the Stetson University alumni boarded the plane and headed north.
"I've been here just over a week and all the great things that I have heard about the club are more than true," he beams. "Jelgava has been recently promoted to the top division, the club is extremely stable and organized from the ground up and they even have a new state of the art stadium that will be ready in August."
The deciding factor for Weiss however was that, "the coach that I have heard so much about, Dainis Kazakevics is the head coach and so far has really impressed me. I think that I can really get to a higher level playing under him because of the quality of the training sessions."
FK Jelgava, located 25 miles southwest of the capital Riga, competes in the Virslīga League, and the season runs from April until early November.