Pickens training with Stabaek

Matt Pickens


Bob Bradley figured to test the MLS market for player talent once he took over Norwegian side Stabaek, and now he has an MLS Cup winner training for a spot on his team.

Former Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens is training with Stabaek. Sources have confirmed to SBI that Pickens could join the club on loan from the Rapids, who still hold his rights. Colorado recently signed former Atlanta Silverbacks goalkeeper Joe Nasco to be the back-up to returning starter Clint Irwin, who took the starting job from Pickens when Pickens suffered a broken arm early in the 2013 season.

Pickens isn’t the first American to head to Stabaek for a trial. Former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens also took a trip to Norway in search of a contract, while Bradley is believed to be eying other American players for potential moves to his new club.

What do you think of this development? See Stabaek being a good option for Pickens? Think he could still start for some teams in MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to Pickens training with Stabaek

  1. Udo says:


  2. blah says:

    Where does the linked article say anything about a loan? Why did you foreclose the possibility of the Rapids selling him outright? Just a hunch? Sloppy “reporting”?

  3. Green76 says:

    I like Pickens and hope this works out well for all involved.

  4. steven Gerrard 100 goals for LIVERPOOL says:

    he makes 250 USD as of now. that’s too expensive for Stabaek. He might have to settle for 100-150 at that club. in fact just a guess but I doubt any norwegian GK makes 250 K.

    • Bente says:

      Rosenborg’s goalkeeper makes way more than 250K annually. In 2012 he made approximately the double. But Stabæk is on a tight budget and already has two goalies, so it is stranges they’re even testing Pickens.

  5. El Paso tx says:

    Freddy adu?