In an attempt to stay fit and get a taste of European experience, Homegrown midfielder Wil Trapp is headed to Holland where he will train with PEC Zwolle of the Dutch Eredivisie. The first club of new Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter's playing career, the arrangement with "The Bluefingers" culminated within the past week or so.
"My agent and Gregg have been talking a lot about trying to get me overseas, just to get my feet wet a little bit, get some experience and learn a few things," Trapp said Thursday. "It just formulated to this recently, I found out two days ago. I'm excited. "
After a busy 2013 in which he helped the United States qualify and play in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey and starting the final 16 matches for the Crew upon his return, the Gahanna native is sacrificing vacation time for the experience with Zwolle. Just over a month removed from his rookie season, Trapp has started to become antsy without regular training sessions.
"To me, I get restless when I'm not playing," Trapp said. "I'm excited for this because I want to see what the level is like over there and hopefully bring some things I learn over there back for my sophomore season."
Aside from the soccer, Trapp is anxious to get a feel for the culture in Europe. After traveling the world for with different levels of the U.S. Youth National Team, the Akron product is ready to take-in a bit of the European experience.
"[I look forward to] the culture, just to see what it's like because I've traveled to Europe, but I've never been sedentary there," he explained.
"I'm excited just to see what it's like to live there and go to training every day."