BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, January 17, 2011
Americans Stefan Jerome and Drew Yates will be heading to Czech Republic club Sigma Olomouc to begin a 10 day trial the club announced.
Jerome, 18, was previously with Miami FC and was a member of the 2009 US U-17 World Cup team that advanced to the Round of 16 before falling to Italy. The speedy forward from Davie, Florida appeared in seven games for Miami FC and but failed to score. His rights are currently held by Traffic Sports, the Brazilian sports management company.
"Stefan arrived yesterday and will be at Sigm Olomouc for a ten day trial," Traffic Sports director Fernando Clavijo told YA. "He was there in November and the club liked him. They wanted him back in January to see him train with the team during the winter."
Yates, 22, will also be joining Jerome in Olomouc. played last season with FC Tampa Bay in the USSF Division 2 Professional League. From 2006-2009 he played for the University of Maryland where he won a National Championship in 2008. The midfielder was drafted with the 29th pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire but was not offered a contract.
The club announced that the two players would have the chance to play in two or three training games during their trial.
"Stefan Jerome and Drew Yates will join SK Sigma Olomouc from January 17th to 27th to participate in their trainings," Sigma press officer Petr Pelíšek told YA on Monday. "The coach Zdenek Psotka said they would even join the team in some friendly matches. After this training (the term before 27th January) it´s up to the coach to decide which of them will become a new player of this team."
Sigma Olomouc currently sit in third place in the Gambrinus Liga, the top league in the country, with 31 points through 17 games.