BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Despite being a club in a financial tailspin, Stabaek will be heading to the Europa League on fair play.
In the beginning of the year Stabaek was hit with a financial crisis and was forced to sell almost all of its top players. Through seven games in the Norwegian season, the club has been forced to play mostly young players or players there on loan.
Stabaek is widely expected to be relegated out of the Eliteserien and this year and so far they have struggled. Through seven games they remain winless with just one draw.
The club has two Americans on their roster in US U20 central defender Sean Cunningham and veteran US international Ricardo Clark. Mikkel Diskerud is signed with Stabaek but is on loan to Gent in Belgium.
Finland, Norway and the Netherlands were all awarded an extra Europa League qualifying spot. Stabaek finished last year in fourth place in the fair play standings and the three teams ahead of them already secured a spot in the Europa League.
So as a result, Stabaek have punched their ticket to Europa League qualifying.