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Stabaek: 'In Bob we trust'
January 3rd, 2014 3:27PM

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[SEEN AROUND TOWN: This Week] Bob Bradley's signing as the head coach of Stabaek was big news in Norway. He made the front page of the daily Budstikka.



COBI IN ROSE PARADE. Yes, that was Cobi Jones you saw in the 125th Rose Parade on New Year's Day. AYSO had a float in partnership with the city of Torrance, where the youth soccer organization was founded, to mark the kickoff of its 50th anniversary.

Besides Jones, the all-time leader in caps for the U.S. national team with 164 appearances, the float included family with four generations of AYSO participants and a Southern California family that won a contest to take part in the parade. The Futboleros, a group of soccer entertainers, performed tricks alongside the float.



REGALO DE NAVIDAD. Panamanian keeper Jaime Penedo, who joined the LA Galaxy in 2013, and his wife Angie Penedo welcomed their first child, Jaime Matias Penedo Malca two days before Christmas.



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  1. Paul Pacent
    commented on: January 7, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.
    But he is not the only American ever to coach in Europe. In fact, he will not be the only American coaching in Europe currently. Here are five other Yanks at the helm in the Old World. Dennis Lukens, current, FC Krystal Kherson (Ukraine) – Lukens, who was previously Head Coach of the Bay Area Seals (USL "A" League), Boston Storm (USISL), U-23 National Team St. Lucia and was assistant coach of the MISL's California Cougars, has been in charge of Krystal since September 2012. The club, based in the Black Sea port city of Kherson, plays in the the Ukrainian second division and Lukens took them from Last place (14th) to 7th place in his first 9 weeks. David Wagner, current, Borussia Dortmund II (Germany) – Along with his former Schalke teammate Thomas Dooley, Wagner was one of the original German-Americans to join the US national team, earning eight caps between 1996 and 1998. He was hired in 2011 to helm Borussia Dortmund II, the reserve team of the Bundesliga powerhouse. They are currently in ninth place in the 3.Liga, Germany's third division. READ: Bradley: Americans still "fighting for respect" in European soccer Gregg Berhalter, 2011-13, Hammarby (Sweden) – The current Columbus Crew head coach and sporting director made a splash when he signed with Hammarby in December 2011, becoming the most prominent American head coach in Europe at the time. He spent two years trying to get the Swedish second-division side promoted. After a fourth-place finish in year one, the club sacked him midway through his second year, citing "not enough dividends in the offense." Joe Enochs, 2011, Osnabruck (Germany) – For two glorious, stress-filled weeks, the former Sacramento State midfielder was interim manager for the club he represented more than 350 times as they fought – and survived – a relegation battle from the 2.Bundesliga, Germany's second division. Brent Goulet, 2004-08, SV Elversberg (Germany) – An ex-US international who once helped tiny Tennish Borussia Berlin reach the 2.Bundesliga in the early 1990s, Goulet later took the reins at Elversberg, where he had played at the end of his career, when the club was in the third tier of German soccer. Tim Hankinson, 1991, UMF Tindastoll (Iceland) -- Years before he managed the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the Colorado Rapids in MLS, Hankinson spent one season in the Icelandic 2nd division. He brought in former US international Kevin Grimes -- currently the head coach at Cal -- but it didn't help an already struggling side: Tindastoll were relegated after going 1-16-1 and finishing in last place.


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