Report: Union forward Cory Burke linked with move to Austria

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union forward Cory Burke missed plenty of the 2019 MLS season and is now reportedly being monitored from Europe.

Sky Sports Austria has linked Burke with Austrian Bundesliga side SKN St. Polten. The Jamaican forward reportedly could sign a loan deal until the end of the European season, which concludes in May. SKN St. Polten hosted current Union players Matt Real and Anthony Fontana in late 2019 as the pair of MLS players continued their training for the upcoming season.

Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner has ties with SKN St. Polten’s manager Alexander Schmidt as the pair worked together at Red Bull Salzburg from 2017-18. Schmidt served as both the club’s Under-16 and Under-18 head coach while Tanner was in charge of the club’s Academy.

Burke, who came through the Union’s USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel, has not played for the club since April 2019. He missed numerous months of the MLS season due to visa issues and remained in Jamaica for the rest of the calendar year.

In one-and-a-half seasons with the Union, Burke totaled 12 goals in 36 league appearances. Should he remain an MLS player in 2020, he will fight with the likes of Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos, and Andrew Wooten for minutes at the top of Jim Curtin’s 4-4-2 diamond formation.

In September, Burke joined Jamaican club Portmore United FC on loan for the remainder of the 2019 season. He totaled 11 goals in 20 appearances for the club.

The 26-year-old has made 16 appearances for the Reggae Boyz, scoring six goals.

The Union kick off their 2020 MLS schedule at FC Dallas on Feb. 29.

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