Brad Rusin, who had a surprising leap from NASL to Danish Superliga in the summer of 2011, has been sold by HB Køge to the Vancouver Whitecaps according to the Danish 1st Division club’s website. Via Google Translate:
Rusin came to HB Køge from Carolina Rail Hawks in the summer of 2011, and has since played 38 matches in the HBK-shirt. He scored three goals in his one and a half years at the club.
It can not be described in words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to play in HB Køge. I would like to send a big thank you to all my teammates, the dedicated staff of coaches and others around the team, sponsors and last but definitely not least the loyal fans. The experience of the last few years has been fantastic and HB Køge will always be in my heart.
The clubs have agreed not to disclose the transfer fee.
Whitecaps manager Martin Rennie held the same job with the Railhawks when Rusin was there, so there’s an obvious pre-existing relationship. Rusin and HB Køge had a rough 2011-12 in the Superliga, going 4-22-7 (allowing more than 2 goals per match) and finishing 15 points from safety. They’re currently 7th in the 12-team Danish 1st Division (2nd tier).
Following last weekend’s matches, Denmark’s 1st Division (Betsafeligaen) goes into winter hibernation. The league will continue in late March 2013.
As the league reached the winter break, only three points separate first from sixth position, and six points separate the bottom five teams. Denmark has a straight forward two up/two down promotion/relegation system. The season is split into two parts, 19 games and 14 games.
The interest of Over There followers is in two teams: Hjorring and HB Koge.
Hjorring has American defender Mike Jones, who is spending his first season in Denmark, after spells at Sporting KC and NYRB. (Mike was a second round/28th pick overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Sporting KC) Mike is looking to cement a starting job, and for the last two games before the break made it to the starting 18.
HB Koge had two US players, before Shawn Nicklaw declared for Guam, now only employs American defender Brad Rusin. Brad played through PDL to USL (Capt. of Carolina Railhawks) and is now in his second season (three year contract) with HB Koge where, this year he has started nine games, and was in the gameday 18 an additional three times.
So that’s the what, where and who, so how are/will Hjorring and HB Koge fair this season?
As it stands Hjorring are in that bottom five, six points from bottom, but in a three-way tie. During the last five matches, Hjorring has the best record of the cellar dwellers; two wins, two draws, one loss. If they continue their form after the break they should survive.
HB Koge started off the season as favorites for promotion as they were relegated from Superliga last season. After a disastrous start and the firing of their coach on September 3rd, they now have the overall best record in the 1st Division over the last 10 matches with 21 points. Unfortunately six points from the earlier nine matches have put the club in mid-table. It may be too much to ask for a promotional spot this year, six points out of a promotional place. But this is footy and anything can happen.
Look out for Danish 1st Division action between March and May 2013.
If you like folky/rock music, I highly suggest The Lumineers. I have been listening to them most of tonight while setting up this link post. Moving on to the links.
I tweeted this last night, but various sources across the internet have Stoke City and Houston Dynamo agreeing on a $2.7 million price tag for Geoff Cameron. It is now up to MLS to make the final decision on the move.
While it was being reported that Stuart Holden was back in England doing light training with Bolton last week, Owen Coyle told the press today that he has given Holden permission to stay in the United State to continue to slowly get back to full health. Between the added games in the Championship and his past issues with the knee, probably a smart decision to take his time and make sure everything is back before taking the field.
For now, Clint Dempsey is still with Fulham. They start their preseason friendlies this Saturday against Brad Rusin and HB Køge. They will also play Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern during their preseason. Fulham is also suppose to show off their new home kits later this week.
And speaking of the Dempsey-to-Liverpool rumors, which I am not fully buying into, Liverpool’s Director of Communications, Jen Chang, claimed that the image going around on Twitter of Liverpool’s online roster showing Dempsey’s name that was taken down was a photoshop/fake. It is the silly season.
Here is a Google-translated article about Hertha Berlin’s Alfredo Morales and Anthony Brooks. OT also gets a little love in the article.
Also over at Yanks Abroad, Jamie Hill tells us that Fabian Hürzeler has been promoted from Bayern Munich’s U-19 team to their U-23 team that competes in the German Regionalliga.
Greg Seltzer recently did an interview with goalkeeper Josh Wicks. Wicks was not in the lineup today as IFK Mariehamn lost to KuPS 2-1. Canadian-American defender Mason Trafford also scored an own goal for the other team.
As for some other scores from today. Jonathan Borrajo went the full 90 minutes in Ham-Kam’s 2-0 victory over Alta in Norway. And Brad Rusin came off the bench in HB Køge’s 3-1 victory over Esbjerg in the Danish Cup.
HB Køge defender Brad Rusin might return to full training this week after picking up a groin injury recently. HB Køge are currently sitting in last place of the Danish Superliga table with only three points.
Bundesliga Fanatic have their part two of a recent interview with former USMNT player and current assistant coach Thomas Dooley right here. You can also check out part one right here.
You want a video interview with Edson Buddle after scoring two goals this weekend? Well, I have a link for you.
Or maybe you haven’t had your weekly Jurgen Klinsmann fix, so here are three links about Klinsi: here, here and here.
Remember when Gale Agbossoumonde played with the USMNT down in South Africa for a friendly and looked like one of the bright spots for the future? Then his career path got stuck in limbo land then he found an out in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt? Well, he is sort of back in limbo land.
Finally, Brian Sciaretta works his German magic and found another American playing in Germany with Nurnberg’s U-19 team. Antonio Materazzo is an 18-year-old defender who spent time with the New York Red Bulls youth system in recent years.
Today was a busy one. It is always “fun” to finally eat dinner at 9 PM. Anyways, on to some news. . .
Lost in the shuffle while everyone was trying to figure out if Clint Dempsey really has back spasms or not, Steve Cherundolo will be joining Dempsey as another player who will miss the Costa Rica friendly and head straight to Belgium. I have also seen some online chatter that Jozy Altidore’s manager at AZ was not happy with him flying 11 hours for the first friendly only to fly back to Belgium for another a couple days later.
US Soccer put up some photos on Facebook of the first training session right here. A couple of Fabian Johnson, who is in California for training, but can’t play in either game since his one-time switch paperwork hasn’t been finished with FIFA yet.
Adam Serrano has an article up on MLSsoccer.com with Klinsmann’s plan for the offseason for those MLS players in the USMNT player pool.
For those wondering why Eric Lichaj was not called into camp, he has a hip injury that could keep him out for a while.
Fernando Clavijo of Traffic Sports tweeted earlier today that Tony Taylor has been loaned out to Atletico CP, while Gale Agbossoumonde has been loaded out to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Greg Seltzer is hearing that Villyan Bijev will now be going out on loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf despite hanging out at Genk for the past couple weeks and appearing in a couple friendlies/reserve squad matches.
Good news/bad news for Stuart Holden today. Good news: he played 78 minutes in a reserve squad match today. Bad news: Fulham’s reserves won 7-0. The bad news is really not that bad. Good to see him on the field again.
As for a brief OT Report for today. Andrew Wooten went 90 minutes in Kaiserslautern II’s 2-2 draw to Köln II. Terrence Boyd scored three goals in Borussia Dortmund II’s 7-1 victory over Wiedenbrück. Jared Jeffrey went 85 minutes in Mainz II’s 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen II. And Brad Rusin went 90 minutes in HB Køge’s 2-0 victory over HIK in the Danish Cup.
Rusin made a surprising transfer move recently, jumping from the US-Canada 2nd division North American Soccer League Carolina RailHawks to HB Køge of the Danish Superliga. Jumping from the rugged instability of the non-MLS pro soccer to the 12th-ranked league in Europe (even a recently promoted club) is always impressive. North Carolina-based MLSReserves.com now has an interview up with the local hero.
It’s worth noting that Rusin was not completely off the MLS radar. An all-Pac-10 player at powerhouse UCLA (among his teammates: Jonathan Bornstein, Benny Feilhaber, and Kamani Hill) passed on the MLS draft in favor of trials in Norway before later joining the RailHaws, who under recently-appointed Vancouver Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie are the closest thing one can find to a power in non-MLS soccer. He remained on the MLS radar:
MLS Reserves: It was rumored that you were offered a contract by the LA Galaxy. Is this true? If so, why was it turned down?
Brad Rusin: “This is true…unfortunately a couple of their center backs had season ending injuries and Bruce Arena put a call in and asked me if I was interested in signing with the Galaxy. At the end of the day, I wanted more than they could pay me at the time. I set the bar pretty high knowing that if they really wanted me then they would have no problem with it. In my mind, if I am going to stay in the MLS you need to start out with a good salary because it is tougher to jump up in money in the MLS than in Europe. And again, I have always told myself that I wanted to go to Europe and if an MLS team did want me and thought highly of me then why not pay me for what I am worth?? To be honest, this is a part of my motivation to do well….to prove to those teams that I am better than they thought and to make them look back and think they missed their chance on a good player. I want to prove to everyone that I can play here and I belong here and I want to represent for the US as best I can.”
Køge is in last place (0-4-0 with a -8 goal differential) in the young SuperLiga season despite the 24 year-old’s spectacular goal in a loss to Lyngby. He’s certainly one to keep an eye on and is an interesting story of a guy who managed to parlay the obscurity of NASL into a big opportunity abroad.
I am finally in front of a computer after a day of travelling/airports and finally got to see this beauty of a goal by Brad Rusin in just his second game with the club. That said, Rusin and HB Køge walked away with a 3-1 loss.