With the Austrian Bundesliga set to return on June 2, on loan forward Cory Burke made an appearance for SKN St. Polten in a scrimmage against Lask Linz on Wednesday.
The Austrian club visited the league leaders and the Jamaican showed positive signs despite the game ending in a 0-0 draw. He came on at the half-hour mark and led a dangerous counter-attack seven minutes later.
At half-time, his manager made nine changes keeping Burke and teammate Luan on the pitch, which gave him the chance to be at the heart of another highlight as he hit the outside of the net at the 56th minute. He returned to the bench four minutes later.
Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin said on Wednesday that the staff is monitoring Burke’s progress and said he’s reached out to him via text.
“He has a job to do there right now and I hope he scores some goals, helps the team out,” Curtin said on a video conference call with media on Wednesday. ‘’We’re eager to get him back with us as well. He’s a really talented striker. If you drop him in with the three strikers we already have, you know, that’s a really great group.’’
Burke joined St Polten in February 2020 and his loan was slated to end in June before soccer leagues around the world were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
‘’Obviously Cory is still our player, a player we care about, a goal scorer and an asset to the club, so we’ll keep tabs on him; certain things are under control and certain things that aren’t right now.,’ Curtin said. ‘’It’s a challenging time for everybody but certainly with Cory, we want, when the time is right, for him to come back and help us as well.’’
Burke joined the Union in December 2017, after spending two seasons with the Bethlehem Steel. He last played for the Union in May 2019, missing the remainder of the season after have his visa rescinded while back in Jamaica to process his green card. He was loaned out to Jamaica club Portmore United in September 2019, netting 11 goals in 20 games before heading to Austria on loan.
He has 12 goals in 36 appearances for the Philadelphia Union.