Friday, November 26, 2004
In a somewhat surprising move, just days after reports of a trial offer from Mexican side Dorados, ex-San Jose midfielder Ramiro Corrales will be making the long journey from California to become the latest American on a Norwegian club's payroll, joining Ham Kam with a 3 year deal.
Corrales has earned four caps with the US National Team, the most recent coming against Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, in what could be at best be described as a mediocre performance.
Despite that, the southeastern Norwegian club has made the shock swoop, and inked the 27 year old Californian after having been watched by Ham Kam for nearly a year.
"We saw him at La Manga over the winter and we have followed him through 10 or 12 games in MLS," Ham Kam Sports Director Truls Haakonsen told YA.
"We know he can play left back and left midfield, but it is as a central midfielder we have picked him up," Haakonsen added. "That gives us a little flexibility."
Corrales previously played for MetroStars before becoming MLS champion in 2003 with the Earthquakes, and this past season he scored three goals and added one assist.
Ham Kam was promoted to the Eliteserien at the end of the 2003 season and finished 2004 fifth, one spot shy of a Royal League and UEFA Cup berth.