LACEY STUNNED BY LYN BANKRUPTCY
American goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey is still in shock from the news of his club's bankruptcy after Oslo-based FC Lyn announced that it would be closing its doors.
Lacey had signed on in August of last year after a successful trial that included a friendly versus English giants Liverpool.
The former University of Tulsa standout played in five matches for Lyn, then in the Eliteserien, before a torn meniscus in his knee prematurely ended his season for the relegation-bound club.
Lacey regained his place in net in Lyn's first match this season in the 1. Division only to reaggravate his knee forcing him to the sidelines.
Coming out of the Norwegian midsummer break, Lacey had expected to rejoin the club but that came to a screeching halt after learning of the club's impending fold.
"I was surprised and shocked," Lacey recently told YA. "The players had all come back from midsummer break and the news came out in the media on Monday that bankruptcy might happen if the club couldn't get $1 million US dollars in funding."
Lacey adds that, not only the team, but all employees of the club were informed today by club officials that the money was not secured and their fate was sealed.
"We met the board and the team directors and we were all told that officially, as of today, FC Lyn was done," he noted.
The club from the Norwegian capital had been battling financial issues for the last several years including this past winter when only an eleventh hour lifeline from a Norwegian business allowed the team to start the 1. Division season.
Now with Lyn closing its doors, Lacey has already started mapping out his plan for the immediate future.
Once he irons out the legal issues involving his contract with the club, he has his sights set on finding a team in the UK where he can get himself back up to speed.
"The timing is actually OK since I'm just now recovered from my knee," he divulged. "I'm planning to go to England for a couple weeks and hopefully train with some clubs there to get back in shape. After that, I'll work with my agent and see if I can find a team in the Eliteserien that may be interested in me."
Despite the chaos of the last several days, the native of Jenks, Oklahoma says that he can still extract alot of positives in the ten months he spent at Lyn.
"I really enjoy Oslo and my fiancee who's been over here a couple times really likes it too," concluded Lacey. "I'll look back on this as a positive experience and something that I enjoyed. I got to play with an Eliteserien team so there is alot of good in that too. It's just a real shame that a club that's been around over 100 years will have all of that history go by the wayside."