Clark signs loan deal with Stabaek

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At long last, it appears that Ricardo Clark has an opportunity for consistent playing time.

Clark's parent club Eintracht Frankurt and Norwegian club Stabaek agreed to terms on a deal that will have the U.S. national team midfielder on loan until July 31. According to reports out of Norway, Clark passed a physical, which was the final hurdle in completing the deal.

Clark had been on trial with Stabaek over the last few days as he sought freedom from his situation at Eintracht Frankfurt, where he has only played in one game all season. Barring an extension or full transfer, he will not get the chance to team with U.S. U-23 midfielder Mikkel Diskerud during the loan, as Diskerud is on loan to Belgian side KAA Gent until July 31 as well (at which point the club has an option to purchase his contract).

Nevertheless, Clark will have a month to regain match fitness before Stabaek's Tippeligaen season kicks off March 25 against Aalesund, and he will have four months to play in competitive matches with his new club before the loan expires.

It remains to be seen where Clark plays on the field for Stabaek. He played at centerback in the club's friendly with Valencia's reserve team on Wednesday and has drawn praise from the club's technical staff for his versatility.

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What do you think of this development? Do you think Clark can play a factor in World Cup qualifying this summer?

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17 Responses to Clark signs loan deal with Stabaek

  1. Freddie F. says:

    Aren’t they having financial issues? I’m guessing Clark is a pretty low cost loan then.

  2. Brain Guy says:

    Yes. They couldn’t even pay the rent on their stadium, and had to move to a smaller one. Not excatly a stepping stone for Clark, but at least he’ll get playing time.

  3. BFBS says:

    So he signed with the Blaa people. Santorum does not approve

  4. MMV says:

    I’m willing to bet Frankfurt will be footing most of his wage billl. Danish clubs reportedly balked at his salary which is reported to be in the neighborhood of 750K.

  5. RedStateJim says:

    please keep politics out of here.

    Hope Clark can shine an move on in the summer.

  6. Johnny Ramone says:

    So, the player Bob Bradley insisted onm playing at the World Cup over all objections is just about good enoughg to barely get a job with a team that is in dire straits and going broke?

    The Legend of Bob lives on.

  7. BeantownFootball says:

    +1

  8. Rory says:

    Right… thank god we have the wisdom of Klinsy playing Kyle Beckerman in midfield instead!

  9. Lt. Obvious says:

    Can we get Clark a jersey that fits? He looks like a little kid playing in his big brothers uniform..

  10. Wispy says:

    No one else thinks it’s funny that a guy named RedState Jim asked for politics to be left off the site?….

    RedState Wispy

  11. Dainja says:

    Man, he’s from the ATL…all we rock is baggy white Teez, shawt!

  12. BrianChing says:

    i like the name, Stayback. maybe he should take it to heart and return to houston

  13. Mike R says:

    Stabaek must have a shortage of choppy midfielders who make stupid fouls and decisions.

  14. Vic says:

    He was a STARTER in the Bundesliga before he got injured months before the World Cup. Clark has been a solid contributor to the US Nats for many years, however he didn’t regain his form by the time the World Cup started. It was Bradley’s fault for playing him.

  15. GW says:

    Clark is making somewhere in the range of 750-500 k per year to play soccer.

    I’ll bet everyone who posts here would do just about anything for a chance to to do that.

    If that was for making “stupid fouls and decisions” where do I sign up?

  16. GW says:

    They loaned him, they did not release him.

    They have a much higher opinion of him than you do.

    Which means if he does well, there is always a chance he gets back. The manager could get fired, half the starters could go down.

    Europe is very competitive and mostly what Rico needs is a break.

    After all, if you are being honest, none of you thought Adu would called back to the Gold Cup.

  17. Johnny Ramone says:

    Thnak you, Vic. I’m glad somebody sees it clearly. You do realize, of course, that knocking Bob is seen as criminal in some corners of US Soccer.