Americans Abroad: Goodson on the move; Holden shines at Bolton
Clarence Goodson is taking his talents to the western outskirts of Copenhagen.
After three years in Norway with IK Start, Goodson signed a three-year deal with Denmark-based Brondby IF last week, giving the 28-year-old center back a greater chance to experience elite European competition for the first time next summer.
Start finished midtable in the Norwegian Tippeligaen after wrapping up its 2010 campaign with a 3-3 draw with Haugesund over the weekend. Brondby, a traditional power in Denmark, currently sits in third place in the Danish Superliga as the team nears the midway point of its season. The top two finishers in the Superliga are entered into UEFA Champions League qualifying, and the third- and fourth-place teams clinch spots in the UEFA Europa League.
Goodson will have a little less than two months off before accompanying his new team after the Superliga transfer window opens in January. At that point, Brondby will be in its midseason break with a game against each of the 11 other Superliga teams remaining on its schedule.
The Virginia native has some other traveling to do before he officially joins his new teammates, though.
According to his soon-to-be-former club's website, Goodson will be part of Bob Bradley's roster for the U.S.' friendly against South Africa in Cape Town on Nov. 17. Goodson, who was on the U.S. ' World Cup roster but did not feature in the tournament, was also a part of the U.S.' three post-World Cup friendlies. He appeared as a substitute against Brazil, did not make it off the bench against Poland and started against Colombia.
Here's how Goodson and the rest of the Americans playing abroad fared over the past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):
Carlos Bocanegra, D, St. Etienne -- Not in the 18 (due to injury) for St. Etienne's 2-1 loss to Lorient on Saturday. If the initial timetable for Bocanegra's return from injury is accurate, he should be back in the lineup next week.
Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek IF -- Started, played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 1-0 loss to Molde in their season finale on Sunday. Stabaek finished in 12th place out of 16 teams but secured a spot in Norway's top flight for next season.
Hunter Freeman, D, IK Start -- Not in the 18 for Start's 3-3 draw with Haugesund in their season finale on Sunday. Start finished in eighth place in the league table.