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List of Americans Abroad

Arena is hired by Red Bulls to revive flagging fortunes.

Whitbread signs two-year contract with Millwall.

West Ham acquires Spector from Man. U. on $926,000 transfer.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 München.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 München.

DeMerit goal sparks Watford past Leeds 3-0 to join Premier League.

DeMerit, Lewis meet with life in Premier League at stake.

McBride voted Fulham's best player; Convey, Hahnemann rated best at their positions.

Stewart returns to NAC Breda to become technical director.

Berhalter, Cottbus clinch promotion with 3-1 win over München.

Everton gains Howard, making loan deal with Manchester United.

DeMerit stands out; Watford advances to promotion final.

Gibbs signs with Charlton; Lewis, Leeds United advance in promotion quest.

Lewis free kick gives Leeds 1-1 draw with North End in playoff opener.

Friedel, Rovers are heading to Europe after 1-0 decision over Chelsea.

Hahnemann, Convey help Reading close season with record.

Americans Abroad

Russell signs to be second American at Denmark's Viborg FF.

Robbie Russell
Robbie Rusell (above) joins Joe Zewe as Americans on Viborg FF of Denmark's Superligaen.
-- Rosenborg web site photo --
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Monday, July 17, 2006) -- Defender Robbie Russell became the second American in less than a week to sign with Viborg FF of Denmark's top-flight Superligaen

Russell, who turned 27 yesterday, signed a 30-month contract. He moves from Norway's Rosenborg, which obtained an unspecified fee for the transfer.

On Thursday, Viborg signed striker Joe Zewe, who played last season with Odense B1909 in Denmark.

After a four-year career at Duke University, Russell, a Amherst, Mass., native, was drafted in the second round (22nd overall) by Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy in January 2001, but chose to sign with Sogndal of Norway's second division.

After three-and-one-half years, Russell moved to Rosenborg of Norway's first division, the Tippeligaen. He got off to a good start with his new club, but his success was eventually derailed by injuries and he saw little action in 2005-06.

At Duke, Russell started 73 of his 75 matches, totaling 12 goals and 21 assists.

Joe Zewe
Joe Zewe (left), playing for Penn State in 2003, takes on Misael Pedraza of St. Bonaventure in an NCAA game.
-- Penn State web site photo --
Zewe, 23, is a Pittsburgh native who completed his four-year career at Penn State in 2004. He started 29 of his 83 college games, registering 11 goals and 13 assists. One of those goals came on a breakaway in the 2002 Big Ten final, giving the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead en route to a 2-1 triumph over Michigan in the conference tournament final.

Both Russell and Zewe are slated to play on the right side for Viborg.

In Norway, American midfielder Brian Waltrip made his season's debut for Sandefjord, playing the first 71 minutes and initiating the sequence that led to the decisive tally in a 5-2 victory over Molde in the first-tier Tippeligaen.

Waltrip, 28, signed in August 2005 with Sandejford, which finished second in the Adeccoligaen (second division) and was promoted. Waltrip appeared in eight games before the season ended in October, but has been sidelined this year by injury

Waltrip, who played college ball at South Florida from 1996-99, was a fifth-round (54th overall) draft pick by MLS's now-defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny, but chose to play in Finland and Portugal before moving to Mandalskameratene in the Adeccoligaen

Sandefjord is in seventh place of the 14-team Tippeligaen at 5-5-3 with 18 points.

American attacker Brian West replaced Tarik El Younoussi in the 54th minute, but Fredrikstad could not overcome a first-half deficit in a 1-0 loss at Rosenborg.

Fredrikstad is in 12th place at 3-6-4 with 13 points after falling to third-place Rosenborg (6-2-4, 22 points).

American midfielder Ramiro Corrales played 90 minutes for Ham-Kam (4-6-3, 15) in a dreary 4-0 setback to Stabaek (4-2-7, 19).

In the second division, American goalkeeper Adin Brown recorded the clean sheet for first-place Aalesund (10-2-2, 32) which routed host Kongsvinger 5-0.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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