Richmond Kickers winger Nate Robinson will be going on trial for three weeks with Vaasan Palloseura of the Finnish Veikkausliiga, which is the top division of Finnish soccer. VPS is currently third in this season’s Veikkausliiga, with two games left to play after this international break. Should they stay in third place, they will qualify for the first qualifying round of the 2014-2015 Europa League; this would be an amazing leap for a player who was considering going back to his PDL six months ago. VPS would be a good landing place for Robinson, as the team currently has two Americans who made the jump straight from USL Pro. Karsten Smith played for FC New York in its only USL Pro season and the San Antonio Scorpions in NASL before going to Finland; Jordan Seabrook played for the Harrisburg City Islanders before making the jump to a team in a Swedish regional league and then quickly jumping up to VPS.
It is becoming more and more likely that Robinson’s first season will become his only season in the River City, with D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls also offering trials to Robinson. If Robinson does not make the jump overseas, there will be MLS opportunities for him.