American teenagers Zinedine Kroeten and Emmanuel Iwe will have a two-week trial with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, starting 4 November 2018.
Kroeten and Iwe - budding midfielders born in 2000 - were recommended to the club by Chicago-based scout Thomas Gansauge, who made 81 Bundesliga appearances for Hansa Rostock and Arminia Bielefeld between 1996-2000. They will train with either Bremen's U19s or U23s team.
"We've received videos and collected further information," explained Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann. "We often invite overseas players for trials, it's nothing out of the ordinary. We're a long way off signing them."
It is not the first time Bremen have looked stateside for up-and-coming talent. In 2016, the Green-Whites invited Jordan Morris - now of Seattle Sounders - to training, before signing IMG Academy product Josh Sargent on a pro deal in summer 2017. The 18-year-old has since made five international appearances for the USMNT and, after impressing for the Bremen U23s, is poised to be unleashed in the Bundesliga for the first time.
"Josh will definitely speak to them," revealed Bremen's head of scouting and squad planning, Tim Steidten. "It's about whether they have the potential to one day play in the Bundesliga - it doesn't matter if that's in one, two or three years - but first we have to get to know them and decide whether they're best suited to the U19s or U23s. We're looking forward to having them, and then we'll see."
Kroeten and Iwe currently play for high-school teams St Louis Park Boys and King High School respectively.