His Norway adventure over, Andrew Jacobson eager to begin new journey with New York City FC

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His Norway adventure over, Andrew Jacobson eager to begin new journey with New York City FC


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His successful loan stint at Norway’s Stabaek is over. So, too, is his brief European vacation with his wife, Kelly.

Jacobson has spent the last four months in Norway, competing for Stabaek in the Tippeligaen under the direction of former US national team coach Bob Bradley.

“I think Bob is a fantastic coach. He really explains what he thinks you can do to improve your game in a very clear way,” Jacobson said. “After that, he is persistent in pushing you to improve on those things every day. I really think I improved my positioning and awareness so much while I was there.”

Helping the transition to a new league and a new county was former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens.

“It was really nice having Mikey there. He kind of showed me around the city and gave me a good feel for Oslo,” Jacobson said. “It was also nice to come in and see how well he was playing. It gave me a lot of confidence to get there and see another American playing so well.”

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With the exception of a one-game ban for yellow card accumulation, Jacobson started every minute of every game at Stabaek. He played as a holding midfielder and a box-to-box and attacking midfield, as well.

Jacobson even struck for a goal in a 3-2 win away at IK Start in September, firing a shot from 22 yards into the top corner to break a 1-1 tie in the 72nd minute.

“I won the ball at midfield and had an opportunity to break. Our forward pulled wide to force the defender into a decision,” Jacobson said. “That gave me a little space at the top of the box, and I was able to strike the ball cleanly.”

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Published: January 12, 2014