MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Nate Weiss will be hoping to make the opening day roster for his new club FK Jelgava when the Virslīga League, Latvia's top division, kicks off this coming weekend.
"As far as things here are going, everything is great in terms of [soccer]," the Florida native recently told YA. "We start our season on April 10th against the top team in Latvia, FK Ventspils. I'm not sure if I will be able to take part in the match however, because I am still waiting for my work visa to arrive.
"It may arrive on match day, which happened when I signed in Ireland, so I am still hoping for that.
"I have been approved for the work permit but now just have to wait for the actual processing, which usually takes 10 working days!!" explained Weiss.
"I have already signed all contracts with the club, and I am even registered with the federation, but I cannot compete in any official game until I receive my permit."
The ex-Stetson University man is optimistic about the chances of his team doing well this season even though they were just promoted to the top division.
"Jelgava is not one of the biggest clubs in Latvia at the moment but it is certainly getting there," Weiss said of his new team. "The club opens up their new stadium in August, so they're heading in the right direction."
Weiss also feels that the team is good enough to finish in the top half of the ten-team league.
"I think that we have a very good chance to finish in the top five, which would qualify us for the Baltic league. We are also in the semi-final of the Latvian cup, which if we get to the final, we could qualify for the Europa League," he concluded.
The American will hope to be able to particpate with Jelgava who kick off their return to the top of the Latvian soccer tree at home on Saturday.