American Exports: Louisville defender Berry on Örebro trial

AMSTERDAM — University of Louisville back-liner Austin Berry has arrived in Sweden for a week-long audition with Allsvenskan outfit Örebro SK, MLSsoccer.com has learned.

Originally slated to land on Tuesday, the Cincinnati native is now preparing to show his wares this weekend.

"He's going to take it easy tomorrow to get over the jet lag," ÖSK sporting director Lennart Sjögren told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday evening. "His first training with the team will be on Saturday."

With the club already well into the league season, there won't be any friendly matches offering Berry additional chances to impress manager Sixten Boström.

"There is nothing planned," informed Sjögren. "He will just play in the practice games during training."

The executive says there will be no offer for a summer move, allowing the 22-year-old to return to school for his senior year to complete his NCAA eligibility before the winter transfer market opens next January.

"This is something for later on," Sjögren said. "We like to take a look at good college players. We'll see next season."

Counting former Boston College midfielder Alejandro Bedoya as a vital member of the current Örebro lineup, Sjögren has now made it a habit of revisiting NCAA soccer. University of Virginia forward Brian Span trained with the club earlier this month.

In 2010, Berry earned first team All-America and Big East Defender of the Year honors in helping the Cardinals to a program-best NCAA College Cup runners-up finish. In 51 games with Louisville, the former midfielder has pitched in nine goals and three assists.


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