DI VITA JENSEN READY TO TAKE OFF
Norwegian-American and Honefoss midfielder Kenneth Di Vita Jensen is the latest dual citizen to break out and attempt to make a lasting impact both domestically and internationally in Scandinavia.
Di Vita Jensen is currently with Norwegian Eliteserien club Honefoss, the same team that employs goalkeeper and Michigan native Steve Clark.
The 19 year old Di Vita Jensen is the son of an American mother and a Norwegian father but says that he has spent his whole life living in Norway.
"My mother was born in New Jersey and my father is Norwegian," Di Vita Jensen recently told YA. "When I was younger we would go to visit family in the US but not so much recently because I am so busy with soccer."
The attacker has featured for various Norwegian youth national teams including the Under-16 and Under-17 squads where he once played alongside fellow Norwegian-American and Stabaek midfielder Mikkel Diskerud.
Yet Di Vita Jensen goes on to add that it has been a while since he has heard from Norwegian soccer officials and confirms that he would be interested in playing for the US if he were ever contacted by the USSF.
"Yes, I am open to playing for the US," he affirmed. "I would like to try the American team. I really would like to play on the team that gives me the most playing time. I really just want to play for whoever wants me."
The Honefoss man's burning desire to be on the field stems from the numerous injuries he sustained in the last several years which limited his playing time shortly after signing his first professional contract.
"I signed a contract with Honefoss when I turned 16," explained Di Vita Jensen. "The first two years I was injured alot and I didn't get to play. I got healthy but still didn't get any playing time even though I thought I deserved it."
He made just one appearance during the 2008 season while Honefoss was still in the 1. Division, yet in that lone match, Di Vita Jensen was able to find the back of the net in a 2-0 win over a Jay Needham-led Alta squad.
Honefoss then elected to loan the young playmaker out to a fourth division club so he could receive more playing time, a move that Di Vita Jensen concedes helped regain his focus.
"Last year I played at Jevnaker in the 3. Division and played every match and scored the most goals on the team," he added. "I then came back to Honefoss this season and did well in preseason training. The coach said that he would try me in matches so it has been a good step for me."
Honefoss head man Ole Bjørn Sundgot did in fact bring on Di Vita Jensen in the club's first match of the season last weekend in a 2-0 defeat at Tromso.
Sundgot brought on the attacking midfielder in the 70th minute but he was unable to generate any scoring opportunities for the visitors.
Goals have been a problem thus far with Honefoss and Di Vita Jensen maintains that if the club has any chance to remain in the Eliteserien after this year, the team will have to start finding ways to create more offense.
"We only scored one goal this year in preseason so we have to start scoring. That is our number one priority. If not, it's going to be a long and hard year."
"Personally, my goals are to start every match and play as much as possible. I want to score goals, get noticed and always do my best," he concluded.
Di Vita Jensen and Honefoss make their home debut this Sunday when they welcome in defending Norwegian Cup champions Aalesund.