Former New England Revolution goalkeeper Adin Brown returned to training with his ex-club last week, standing off to the side and observing his former teammates while in town on summer break.
Brown signed with Norwegian club Aalesunds FK, who also has former Revolution midfielder Paulo Dos Santos on their books, after spending three seasons with New England.
"It is great to see them," said Brown. "They have had a core group of guys for the past three years. It is tough not to be a part of it, but it was time to leave. I'm glad I made the move. It was a dream move, but I'm just happy for these guys."
Injuries blighted Brown's 2004 campaign, with a series of maladies, most notably concussions, relegating him to the sidelines for most of the season. Brown notes that he has yet to conquer the concussion problems.
"There are still lingering effects [from the concussions]," said Brown. "I'm getting a lot of comments from the fans because I'm still wearing the helmet. They are pretty mean."
Brown's injuries paved the way for Matt Reis to claim the No. 1 shirt for Steve Nicol's side.
"He's a good 'keeper," said Brown. "Matt's served his time [as a backup]. His call-up to the national team was well deserved. He's a great 'keeper and a good guy."
While Brown is happy with the move to Norway, Aalesunds have struggled to open the Tippeliga season. After being promoted last season, the club faces the prospect of relegation if prospects do not improve.
"We're struggling in second to last place," said Brown. "We have been unlucky so far and results aren't going our way and we have trouble scoring goals."
Ironically for Brown, his former side has surged to prominence this season.
"In three years, we could not buy a result," said Brown. "This year, they are having good results, good luck, and good defense."
Keeping track of his former teammates is difficult on the west coast of Norway, but Brown has kept track of his former teammates.
"I see some highlights of games in Norway," said Brown. "It's fun to watch Clint [Dempsey] play. [Steve] Ralston is great too. I'm impressed with the rookie [Michael] Parkhurst's vision and his field sense."
Kyle McCarthy is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.