2. U.S. ABROAD: Action resumes in Norway

Americans return to action this weekend in Norway when league play resumes after a four-week break. Norway is the home to a growing number of American players -- including U.S. internationals Nat Borchers, Robbie Russell, Brian West, Ramiro Corrales and Adin Brown -- and U.S. collegians who spurned offers from MLS to play in Norway -- Canadians Olivier Occean and Rob Friend and Englishman Chris Joyce. Here's a look at Norwegian soccer's Americans.

Tippeligaen-First Level
Nat Borchers, Odd Grenland-tied for 3rd.
Career: Joined Odd Grenland in January on a transfer fee of about $300,000 from MLS's Colorado Rapids. 2006 season: Started last 10 games after missing opener.
Robbie Russell,  Rosenborg-tied for 3rd
Career: Moved to Norway after starring at Duke University. Joined Rosenborg from Sogndal in 2004. 2006 season: Has not played.
Brian Waltrip, Sandefjord-tied for 3rd.
Career: Starred at University of South Florida and played at clubs in Finland and Portugal before making move to Norway. Played for second level Mandalskameratene before joining Sandefjord in 2005. 2006 season: Has not played.
Brian West, Fredrikstad-tied for 8th.
Career: Spent six seasons in MLS with the Columbus Crew. Had an oustanding first season with Fredrikstad in 2004. 2006 season: Scored one goal in seven games.
Ramiro Corrales, Ham-Kam-11th
Career: Debuted as a teenager in 1996 for the San Jose Clash and returned to San Jose for the Quakes' championship seasons in 2001 and 2003. Left San Jose for Ham Kan after 2004 season. 2006 season: Scored one goal in 10 games.

Adeccoligaen-Second Level
Adin Brown, Aalesund-1st
Career: Once considered one of American soccer's outstanding goalie prospects. Moved to Aalesund in 2004, but the club was relegated in 2005. 2006 season: Man of the match in Aalesund's final game before the summer break, helping it retake first place with a 3-1 victory over Stromsgodset

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