Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Fresh off his switch to Helmond Sport of the Eerste Divisie in 2009, Wisconsin native Charles Kazlauskas is proving to be a renaissance man.
The 26-year old American has given the Dutch second division team surprising depth in the midfield, filling in as injuries have surfaced for a club that currently sits in sixth place after eight games.
"Once [the midfielders] are ready to play, I think the coach will move me back to right back," the former FC Nijmegen man told YA. "That is my most comfortable position on the field."
Still, Kazlauskas, who signed with Helmond Sport after a successful five year run with TOP Oss, has had success with the switch to the middle of the field.
"I do have three assists right now, but would also like to score myself when the time is right," he said. "I get closer every game."
Kazlauskas, who once featured for the United States Under-20 National Team, has a history with versatility. In 2004, after returning to NEC Nijmegen from loan, he debuted as a striker and won praise.
Helmond returns to action Tuesday against FC Omniworld in the Dutch Cup before heading back to league play versus FC Emmen on Friday.