JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, January 25, 2010
Jonathan Borrajo appears to be coming close to terms with Swedish Superettan club Ljungskile following a two week trial with the club.
After starring at George Mason University, Borrajo made his way to Sweden this winter to try out for Ljungskile, a team with a tradition of importing American talent.
"Eddie Rock, US based agent, set up the trial with his Swedish based partner Jonas Wirmola." Borrajo told Yanks Abroad. "He has placed several players at Ljungskile, including players like Ryan Miller, who has moved on to the Premier League in Sweden."
Borrajo, who played at GMU between 2005 and 2008, was honored as team MVP and defensive player of the year in 2007 along with several other conference and academic awards. While he played defensive midfield on the rock solid GMU team, he could see himself changing roles as a professional.
"I have played defensive midfield in college, but I see myself as more of an outside back or fullback. I like to get up and down the wing, overlapping and getting into the attack through combination play as much as I can. Playing big diagonal switches across the pitch and crossing balls in from the top of the box are things I like to do too," Borrajo added.
It is a role that could fit well with Ljungskiles style of play, which Borrajo described as "quick and sharp" with a balance of build up and direct play.
Although temperatures in the Göteborg area have been below zero for January, Borrajo seems eager to assimilate, even when the team holds training in a tennis hall.
"Back in the States, we train alot indoors during the off-season, so I am very familiar with indoor style of play," the Clifton, NJ native pointed out. "With the cold, it's just something you have to adjust too, and I think I have been able to adjust just fine. "
While the finance and economics major spoke complementarily of the club, staff and players, he noted, "I have kept busy during my off-season and I do have some options," an indication that he may not bite on a lowball offer from the club.