Friday, January 15, 2010
Goalkeeper Matthew Allen will not be returning to Sandefjord for the 2010 Eliteserien after opting to return to the United States to earn his college degree.

Allen spent two years in Norway where he spent one season at 1. Division club Bryne before signing with Eliteserien club Sandefjord for the 2009 season.

Playing time was hard to come at both stops for the former Creighton University standout who was riddled with injuries while at Bryne and then served as a reserve goalkeeper all of last season at Sandefjord.

The netminder had signed a two year contract last year and could have returned to the southern Norwegian club this season, but felt that finishing up his education at the Omaha, Nebraska school was a bigger priority.

"I could have returned for the second year of my contract in Sandefjord, but have chosen to come back to America," Allen recently told YA. "I am currently back to school at Creighton and will finish up in May."

Allen starred with the Bluejays for four seasons where he also garnered third-team All-American honors for the Missouri Valley Conference school before getting selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the third round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.

However the Omaha native decided to spurn an offer by the Galaxy and signed a contract with Bryne that same year.

While his playing career appears to be on hold indefinitely, Allen quickly adds that a return to professional soccer is entirely possible given his age.

"As for soccer, I am done for the time being, but not sure what the future will hold in May and beyond. [I'm] still only 23 so if I wanted to pursue soccer more once I had my degree, the option is still there. But as for now, I'm just focusing on school until May," he concluded.

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