MANILA, Philippines – Five years after finishing up his career at VCU, former men's soccer standout Nate Burkey is still playing the game he loves, this time against some of the world's best.

A defensive-minded midfielder during his two years in the Black & Gold, Burkey has impressed the coaching staff of the Philippine National Team, earning a spot during the squad's upcoming two-week training expedition in Germany.

"I'm just trying to give it everything I have and hopefully everything will work out," Burkey said.

Growing up in Alexandria, Virignia, Burkey has ties to the Philippines from his mother, Manilena Payos.

He has been practicing with the squad for the past month and hopes to impress enough to earn a roster spot for the Fifa World Cup Asian Qualifier against Sri Lanka on June 29. Burkey was a midfielder at VCU, but has been positioned as a striker during the team's recent training sessions.

While in Germany, the national team will play four or five exhibitions against elite level German clubs, as well as working on their cohesion and chemistry at the same time.

Burkey played his first two years of college soccer at Louisburg Junior College, before joining the Rams for the 2005 and 2006 campaigns.

He played in 25 games, getting the starting nod in three of those contests, while racking up 15 shots.