Thursday, September 9, 2010
Graham Dugoni has joined Norwegian 1. Division club Mjondalen in a deal that will keep the American at the club until the end of the season.
Dugoni hails from Portland, Oregon but played his college soccer at Duke University where he was a starter during his sophomore and junior seasons before an injury cut short his senior season in the fall of 2008.
The defender then returned home to the Pacific Northwest where he linked up with the Portland Timbers Under-23 squad.
Dugoni helped lead the young Timbers to a PDL championship which he parlayed into a trial with Mjondalen.
The Norwegian club currently sits in 14th place in the league standings are are perilously close to relegation.
Mjondalen have given up a league high 39 goals and will be leaning on Dugoni to help shore up the back line.
The club brass are pleased to have the former Blue Devil in the fold and hope he becomes an integral part of the squad for the next several years.
"We signed Mr. Dugoni out [for] the [rest of] season," confirmed Mjondalen Sporting Director Kenneth Karlsen to YA. "He is a player we look forward to seeing in our club. Hopefully both the club and the player will find this project as a good experience. Then we hope that Mr. Dugoni will stay with us for a longer period."
Karlsen went on to add that everyone at the club has also been impressed with Dugoni both on and off the field.
"He is now settled with an apartment and is ready to contribute to the team," Karlsen said of the 23 year old. "We are very careful with which players we bring to the club, not just [soccer]-wise, but it also has to be a good boy, with the right team spirit. We are very satisfied with Mr. Dugoni as a person so far, and hope he will be that good as a player as well."
Dugoni hopes to make his debut with Mjondalen this weekend when they take on Joseph Bendik and Sogndal.