Commerce City, Colo. - Anton Peterlin, a 25-year-old American midfielder who has played the last three years in England, began a trial with the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday and participated in the full team training session at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
"It was interesting," he told ColoradoRapids.com after his first practice. "You come down from sea level and it's not only dry, but it's also high here. Luckily I'm fit, but its definitely a challenge to come up to this elevation."
The San Franscisco, Cali. native arrived over the weekend from Helsinki, Finland. He had remained in Europe after recently ending a trial at Hearts in Scotland.
Peterlin attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for his freshman year, but then transferred and played his final three years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After school he went on trial at Everton in England and impressed manager David Moyes, who signed Peterlin to a one-year contract in 2009. He played in eight reserve league matches and was released at the end of the contract.
He then signed with League One side Plymouth Argyle in 2010, but after the team went on administration, they were relegated to League Two and Peterlin was released at season's end. He went on trial at Walsall, also of League One, and signed to a one-year deal. After playing 26 matches for Walsall last season, he was released in May.
Peterlin, who considers himself ''mostly a box to box midfielder," is hoping this trial could lead to a new beginning.
"It's been a while since I've competitively," he said. "I just want to be seen again, and hopefully I can do well and get a contract here in Colorado."