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Cory Burke loan to Austria confirmed

Sporting Director Ernst Tanner says Jamaican international will be able to re-apply for a green card in April

Marc Estrada

Philadelphia Union striker Cory Burke is headed to Austria on loan, but Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said on Monday that the plan is for him to return at the end of the Austrian Bundesliga season.

Tanner said an agreement is in place for Burke to join SKN St. Pölten through the beginning of May to get “match practice on a higher level” and “bring him back in the beginning of May if possible.”

Burke, who missed most of last season with visa issues that arose when he returned home to Jamaica to complete the green card process in April, can re-apply for a green card in late April.

“That’s what we are having in mind, loaning him out until then and bringing him back,” Tanner said.

Tanner is friend’s with the Austrian Bundesliga club’s head coach and Anthony Fontana and Matt Real both had training stints there in November.

Burke recently completed a six-month loan with Jamaican club Portmore United, scoring 11 goals in 20 appearances.