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Hunter Freeman is repatriating
   December 16, 2010 (8:52 PM) by Howie Michaels

2009-10 OT XI honoree Hunter Freeman will not be appearing on the 2010-11 team. The ex-Virginia Cavalier and Texas native, who made 51 appearances with IK Start in Norway over the past two seasons, has agreed to terms with MLS’s Houston Dynamo. Freeman, who will be 26 on January 8, joins his 4th MLS team, having also played with the Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls, and Toronto FC.

The Dynamo are in rebuilding mode, having missed the postseason for the first time in their existence in 2010. Twenty-four year-old Canadian Andrew Hainault was Houston’s primary right back in 2010, so he would represent Freeman’s main competition for domestic playing time.

If he finds success in MLS, I could easily see Freeman turning into a fringe national team player as he has been fairly good with IK Start.

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Scandinavian League Roundup
   October 19, 2010 (6:21 AM) by Matt Benson

With a few of the Scandinavian leagues coming to a close in the next month, I thought I would give a quick run down on how a few Americans are sitting with the last couple games to be played.

Finnish Veikkausliiga

In Finland, there is one game left for each of the 14 teams.  Daniel Antunez and FC Inter Turku sit in sixth place with 36 points.  Unfortunately, they are four points behind fourth place and unable to get a Europa League First qualifying round spot.

Vaasan Palloseura (Greg Eckhardt and Brian Pope) are in 10th place with 30 points, three points ahead of 13th place and a spot in the relegation playoffs.  While there are teams in 11th and 12th place, their -11 goal differential is worse and could come into play if they lose and some teams below them get wins.

One of those teams slightly behind them is IFK Mariehamn and the American trio of Giuseppe Funicello, Lamar Neagle and Mason Trafford.  They sit in 11th place with 28 points, one point ahead of the relegation playoffs (13th place) and two points ahead of the automatic relegation (14th place).

So the Veikkausliiga is coming down to the last game of the season.

Norwegian Eliteserien

Next we head to Norway’s top-flight league, which has three games left in the season for the 16 teams.

IK Start (Clarence Goodson and the now injured Hunter Freeman) currently sit in eighth place with 38 points.  They are safe from relegation and probably mathematically eliminated from third place (Europa League First qualifying round spot).

Mikkel Diskerud and Erik Benjaminsen are in 11th place at Stabæk with 36 points.  They are safe from relegation.

Over at Hønefoss (Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen) are in 14th place (relegation playoffs), five points ahead of 15th place (automatic relegation), but six points behind 13th place and safety.  If they get stuck in the relegation playoffs, they will be in a four-team playoff with the teams that finished between third to fifth in the Adeccoligaen.

Norwegian Adeccoligaen

In Norway’s first division, there are four or five games left for the 15 teams.

Joseph Bendik and Sogndal are in first place with 52 points, seven points ahead of second place.  In the Adeccoligaen, the top two teams get promoted automatically, so they have a good shot at promotion with four games left to be played.

Colin Burns and Sarpsborg 08 are in third place with 41 points.  Like mentioned above, teams third through fifth are put in the promotion/relegation playoffs.  Fourth place is at 40 points, while fifth and sixth place are at 34 points.

Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen are in 11th place with 28 points, only three points ahead of the relegation zone, so their last five games are very important.

Swedish Allsvenskan

Over in Sweden, there are three to four games left for the 16 teams in the top-flight league.

USMNTer Alejandro Bedoya has his Örebro SK side in third place with 45 points.  They are 13 points behind second place, but only two points ahead of fourth place.   If they can hold onto third place, they will get a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK are in 12th place with 32 points, but are only four points ahead of the relegation playoffs spot (14th place).  So they have some work to do in their last three games to stay safe this season.

Swedish Superettan

A pair of Americans play at Ljungskile BK  (Nick Noble and Michael Thomas).  They are in fifth place with 44 points, but with only one game left to be played, they are five points shy of making the promotion playoffs, so they will be in the Superettan in 2011.

League of Ireland Premier Division

Two games are left in Ireland and Ryan Guy has his St Patrick’s Athletic squad in fifth place, three points behind third place and a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

League of Ireland First Division

Down in the first division, goalkeeper Chris Konopka and Waterford United are currently in third place (promotion playoffs), two points ahead of fourth place and nothing with two games left in the season.

Russian Premier League

Finally, we head over to Russia where Eugene Starikov (on loan from FC Zenit Saint Petersburg) and FC Tom Tomsk are in 10th place out of the 16 teams with 27 points.  There are still five to eight games left, depending on the team, so there is still a lot of soccer left to be played in Russia.

So there you have it.  Hopefully you are all caught up to speed on the leagues that are coming to a close in October and November.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brian Pope, Chris Konopka, Clarence Goodson, Colin Burns, Daniel Antunez, Erik Benjaminsen, Eugene Starikov, Graham Dugoni, Greg Eckhardt, Hunter Freeman, Joe Funicello, Joseph Bendik, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Lamar Neagle, Mason Trafford, Michael Thomas, Mix Diskerud, Nick Noble, Ryan Guy, Ryan Miller, Steve Clark
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Hunter Freeman injures his knee
   October 18, 2010 (4:03 PM) by Matt Benson

I noticed that Hunter Freeman, usually a lock in IK Start’s starting lineup, did not play this weekend and now I know why thanks to Greg Seltzer over at

The former MLS defender was injured in a collision during training last week and missed the team’s weekend draw at Kongsvinger.

“At first, he didn’t know anything was wrong, but it got worse,” Start press officer Roy Emanuelson told “He had some water on the knee. He’s in training, but not with the guys on the pitch yet.”

The club will set a full practice return date later in the week but is unsure whether he will be back by the time it closes the season by hosting FK Haugesund on Nov. 7.

“We have three games left,” Emanuelson said. “Hopefully, he can be back for the last one.”

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Poll Time: Which player do you want to see capped by the USMNT?
   October 7, 2010 (6:25 PM) by Matt Benson

With the US likely giving three players (Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea, Eric Lichaj) their first cap with the USMNT either on Saturday or Tuesday, which uncapped player (looking at European-based players only) would you like to see Bob Bradley give a chance in the near future?

If you choose other, let us know who you think in the comments.

Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, Conor Doyle, Danny Williams, Gale Agbossoumonde, Hunter Freeman, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team

Tuesday Night Links
   September 14, 2010 (10:24 PM) by Matt Benson

» Feilhaber pushing for top-flight return []

» Edu, Rangers hold Man. Utd []

» Diskerud discusses Stabaek season [Yanks Abroad]

» Freeman gunning for shot at USMNT [Yanks Abroad]

Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Hunter Freeman, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud
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IK Start vs. Aalesund Highlights
   July 18, 2010 (2:57 PM) by Matt Benson

IK Start beat Aalesund 1-0 this weekend with Hunter Freeman assisting Clarence Goodson for the lone goal in the game.

Categories: Clarence Goodson, Highlights, Hunter Freeman
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IK Start vs. Sandefjord Highlights
   July 10, 2010 (8:17 PM) by Matt Benson

Both Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson went the distance in IK Start’s 2-1 victory over Sandefjord with Goodson scoring IK Start’s first goal of the game.