American Exports: Køge expect big things out of Rusin
AMSTERDAM — The technical director for promoted Danish side HB Køge says the club is expecting big things out of new back-line recruit Brad Rusin.
The 6-foot-4-inch center back joined up from the NASL's Carolina RailHawks last week. Rusin, 24, inked a three-year pact with the Swans and was issued shirt No. 15.
Last season, Køge had the third-best defensive record as runners-up in the second flight, conceding 35 times in 30 games. With them stepping up a class, Rusin will immediately be asked to fight for a starting role.
"He's strong, he's fast and he's a leader," Køge executive Per Rud told MLSsoccer.com by phone. "And he likes to play football. His style is very continental. We are very happy to have him on our team."
The director is not blowing smoke over the club's excitement to land Rusin, who they first spotted last summer.
"He was in a Chicago team that was playing friendlies on a tour," recalled Rud. "We saw him for two weeks and we liked him very much. We finally were able to sign him after being interested in him for more than a year."
Rusin, who had an unsuccessful trial with Norwegian outfit IK Start in 2008, joined the RailHawks the following spring. In all, he worked 54 matches for Carolina, helping them to the USSF D-2 final last season. Prior to this season, the Indiana native was named team captain.
Køge will kick off the new SAS Liga season with a trip to AC Horsens on Sunday afternoon.