AMSTERDAM — Free agent US youth international Gregory Garza has begun what will be a segmented trial with storied Norwegian outfit Vålerenga.
Freshly released from a deal with Portuguese second-flighters Estoril, the longtime Sporting CP academy defender is trying to latch on with the Pride of Oslo.
"He arrived yesterday and played the second half in our friendly against Liverpool," Vålerenga press officer Lasse André Vangstein told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday.
Despite playing with other trialists, new acquisitions and players seeking match fitness, Garza drew decent reviews for his play against the EPL giants.
"He played left back," said Vangstein. "He didn't do too badly at all in a very tough situation."
With the Bohemians now headed off to Greece for Thursday's Europa League third round qualifying capper against PAOK, Garza might work out with the reserves until the first team returns. However it works out, Vålerenga are planning to continue inspecting the 19-year-old wingback when they return with no set deadline for making a decision.
"We are always looking for players who can help improve the team," stated Vangstein. "Right now, we are looking for defenders in general."
Garza, who made just two appearances for Estoril last season, has played three matches for the US Under-20's in 2011.