Friday, March 15, 2013

Where's Charlie Campbell Now? Part 2

If you missed Part One of our “Where is Charlie Campbell now?” report about the former Orlando City midfielder, there’s still time to catch up HERE


We left off with Campbell about to take on Swedish giants Elfsborg. The cup match started off quite well for the second division club with Ljungskile SK putting the first one into the back of the net. A 1-0 lead didn’t last long for Campbell and his side as an own goal and a deflection goal put Allsvenskan up 2-1. Although the boys in green had the better of the play, they went into the half down by one. With the true class of a UEFA Champions League club coming out in the second half, things would not continue well for the Superettan side. Despite some quality play and a few chances on goal by Ljungskile, IF Elfsborg put three more into the net to end the Swedish Cup match 5-1. 

This past Sunday the former City Beautiful winger and his squad took on GAIS in a preseason friendly. Having finished 16th in the Swedish top division last season, they will join Ljungskile SK in the second division for 2013. Due to some suspect refereeing and a sloppy goal given up late in the first half, his side fell 2-1. GAIS look the favorites to win the league as they kept some quality pieces after relegation. 

Preseason rolls on and is one of the longest Mr. Campbell has ever participated in. He started January 4th, yet the first league game isn’t until April 6th. Who do they play for their season opener you ask? Another league favorite, Hammarby IF. If that names is familiar, it should. Former LA Galaxy and United States international, Gregg Berhalter, began managing the Stockholm club last year. Similar to Ljungskile SK, they have a couple Americans in their squad as well. A very good friend of Campbell, former youth club teammate and ex-Chicago Fire man Baggio Husidic, makes his way through the Hammarby midfield. 

As Ljungskile SK continue their journey in Europe with the Swedish Cup finishing up on Saturday and a trip to Turkey next week, wish them luck as you now know where former (but always a part of) Orlando City midfielder Charlie Campbell now resides. 

Photo Credit: Charlie Campbell himself 

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