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Troy Perkins is kind of like me…

…except he got to meet the King.  Other than that, two peas in a pod.

Both of us lived in Washington, DC.  Both of us own DC United gear.  Both of us moved to Oslo this year.  Both of us are American

Actually, that might be about it.

Troy got called in to the United States National Team and its official blog caught up with him for an interesting interview.  My favorite parts below the jump…

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Cup er cup

Literally, the Norwegian saying is “cup is cup.”  In a more figurative sense, anything can happen in a cup game.  And for Stabæk, anything did. 

The same Stabæk team that finished 24 points ahead of Vålerenga and beat Vålerenga 6-2 a few weeks ago got beat by Vålerenga 4-1 yesterday in the Norwegian Cup Final. 

Sometimes a team gets a few lucky breaks and the game goes their way.  This wasn’t one of those games.

Vålerenga thoroughly dominated the game.  Striker Mohammed Abdellaoue had a fantastic game, terrorizing the Stabæk defense, and finishing with 2 goals and an assist.  Goalkeeper Troy Perkins also had excellent game, stopping almost all of the few chances Stabæk mustered.

Congratulations to Vålerenga!  That was easily the best game I had seen them play all year.

Stabæk wins the league

Last night Stabæk finished off a fine season, beating Vålerenga 6-2.  Among other facts:

  • The win clinched their first Tippeligaen title.
  • The win was the last match ever in Nadderud Stadion.  Stabæk is moving to the new 15,000 seat Telenor Arena next year.
  • They even scored a goal directly off a corner kick.  I’m sure Vålerenga’s keeper, Troy Perkins, isn’t thrilled with his play on that one.
  • They were only promoted to the Tippeliga in 2005, marking a rapid ascent to the top.
  • The two teams will meet again in two weeks in the Norwegian Cup final.  Stabæk will be heavily favored to win that match and take the double.
  • The season technically isn’t over yet, but next week’s match against Tromsø doesn’t matter at all for Stabæk.  Around the league, 4 teams are fighting for 3rd (and a spot in the UEFA Cup Europa League).  Most interestingly, Aalesund and HamKan are struggling to see which one will be auto-relegated and which will be in the relegation playoff. 

Perhaps I should have picked Stabæk as my team.  I think the faction in their logo effectively ruled that out though.  Who needs math at a soccer match?

Yes, I know it’s really a date, but it looks like a fraction.

My favorite Norwegian soccer team is…

…reply hazy, try later.

In all seriousness, I love soccer.  It might be my favorite sport.  Therefore, I figure that I should probably pick a Norwegian team to support.  Here’s my totally scientific analysis:

  • The team has to play in the Tippeliga I’m a huge soccer fan, but I don’t feel the need to attach myself to a 3rd division team with no shot of ever promoting.

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