Notre Dame's Joseph Lapira
, the 2006 Soccer America Men's Player of the Year and Hermann Trophy winner, will head to Scotland on the eve of 2007 college
season for a tryout at Premier League club Aberdeen.
According to Aberdeen youth director Len Taylor
, Lapira will arrive Aug. 5 and spend a week
with the Dons. He was recommended by Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark
, a former Aberdeen and Scotland goalie.
Lapira, a rising senior, played the 2006
season with a meniscus tear in his knee -- an injury suffered in Notre Dame's opening game against UAB -- but that didn't stop him from having a breakout season. He led the country in scoring with
22 goals and 50 points
What makes Lapira particularly attractive is that he is eligible for a work permit.
"He graduates at Christmas time," Taylor told
the Aberdeen Evening Press
, "so if we sign him it would be at the end of the year. I believe his mother is a British or Irish citizen, so he will definitely have no problems playing
Taylor also said the Dons might look at two other Irish players, both rising juniors: keeper Andrew Quinn
and left back Jack Traynor
, both of whom would qualify for a British passport and overcome work permit problems.
, son of former U.S. international Gary Etherington
, tried out unsuccessfully at Aberdeen in January 2007 after completing his final year
at Notre Dame. Irish star Greg Dalby
is currently on trial at Scottish leader Celtic.