Emil Ekblom signs with Bob Bradley’s club in Norway
Syracuse sophomore Emil Ekblom has left school early to sign with the Bob Bradley-coached Norwegian Premier League club Stabæk.
The Bekkestua, Norway native led the Orange in scoring last season for the second straight year with eight goals and three assists after scoring 10 goals and assisting on three in his freshman season.
Ekblom joins junior goalkeeper Alex Bono in early departures for the Orange after they posted an impressive 16-4-1 record and finished the season ranked No. 10 in the final coaches poll. Senior defender Tyler Hilliard is transferring to Duke for his final year of eligibility. Bono signed a Generation adidas deal with Major League Soccer and was drafted in the first round by Toronto FC.
Bradley, the former head coach of the U.S. and Egypt men’s national teams, is entering his second season at Stabæk after finishing ninth in Norway’s top flight last year. He’s the first American to coach in a top flight league in Europe.
Ekblom will join former Duke midfielder and American Cole Grossman and former Dartmouth midfielder Craig Henderson (New Zealand) as players with college experience on the team.
Ekblom has already made his presence known for his new club, posting a hat trick in a preseason match.