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American goalkeepers are taking over Sweden
   March 8, 2011 (7:15 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Matt Pyzdrowski is not the only American goalkeeper to make the move to Sweden in the last week.  Brian Edwards is set to sign with Swedish Superettan club Degerfors IF tomorrow.

The 26-year-old Wake Forest product received the contract offer after trialing with the club once an opening at goalkeeper became available.  According to one member, there is a funny reason why there was a job opening at goalie.

The reason that Degerfors need a new goalkeeper is pretty amusing. They had a good keeper last season who suddenly at the start of this preseason mysteriously takes three weeks off. The press then finds out that the reason is that he is a contestant on the swedish version of “The Bachelorette” which he didn’t tell the club about. Degerfors then makes negative statements in the press about his participation and shortly thereafter the keeper announces his retirement from football due to lack of motivation.

I really hope that story is true because it is too funny.

Edwards was taken in the second round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC.  He appeared in nine games for Toronto FC over two seasons before having short stints with the Charlotte Eagles (USL Second Division) and San Jose Earthquakes in 2010.

As for Degerfors IF, they finished in 10th place (out of 16 teams) in last year’s Superettan.  They have been Allsvenskan (Swedish first division) runners-up twice (1940–41 and 1963) and have won the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) once in 1991-92.

Sven-Göran Eriksson’s first career head coaching job was at Degerfors IF in 1977 and he helped them win promotion to Division 2 in 1978.

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2 Responses to “American goalkeepers are taking over Sweden”

  1. Linus says:

    The story is true with a few modifications. No one has confirmed that the vaccation he took were accepted or not by the club. Most people (and newpapers) say that he just took off while other sources mean that he got a vaccation from his club.

    Degerfors afterward stated that they would never have approved his involvement in the programme because he missed several weeks of training and also because it makes the club look bad.

    Anyhow, it’s a great story!

  2. Matt says:

    Thanks for the update Linus.

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