Whitecaps keep the option of recalling the striker before the roster freeze.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced that they have loaned out striker Corey Hertzog to FC Edmonton for the remainder of the 2013 North American Soccer League fall campaign. Vancouver will retain the option to recall Hertzog before the Major League Soccer Roster Freeze Deadline of September 13, 2013.
Hertzog joined the Whitecaps in January 2013 as a free agent and has made seven MLS regular season appearances this year, scoring one goal and making one assist. The Reading, Pennsylvania native also added a goal on a long distance strike against FC Edmonton in the second leg of this year’s Amway Canadian Championship semifinals. In MLS Reserve League action, Hertzog has scored two goals and added two assists in nine matches.
Hertzog previously played for the New York Red Bulls after being drafted 13th overall in the 2011 MLS Superdraft, after signing a Generation Adidas contract. He made five first team appearances for The Red Bulls before being sent out to the Wilmington Hammerheads on Loan, scoring nine goals in 17 appearances.
From 2008 to 2010, Hertzog had an impressive college career, playing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer for Penn State University. As a member of the Nittany Lions, the Reading, Pennsylvania, native scored 33 goals and recorded 14 assists in 61 matches. In 2010, his junior year, Hertzog led NCAA Division I in goals scored when he connected 20 times and was named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy – annual NCAA award present to the nation’s best college soccer player. In between his collegiate seasons, Hertzog played for Reading United A.C of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, scoring four goals and recording one assist in 12 matches.
“Corey is an exciting young player with a great work rate,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie. “He is at a stage in his development where he needs to receive regular playing minutes and the opportunity at FC Edmonton will provide that for Corey.”