February 13, 2013
BACK TO NORWAY
Ex-Red Bull Borrajo joins Mjøndalen IF
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Jonathan Borrajo has returned to Norway to play for a Second Division club.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
Former Red Bulls defender Jonathan Borrajo has signed a contract with Norwegian club Mjøndalen IF, making a return to the country where he played the 2010-11 season with HamKam.
Last season, his first in Major League Soccer, the 25-year-old right back made one appearance and seemed to acquit himself rather well along the backline in his lone league match. But opportunities to play were few and far between and with new management brought in at the tail end of last season, Borrajo’s days with the club were numbered.
In a video posted on the team website, Borrajo hailed his new team’s improved facilities as a reason why he wanted to come in and give the club a look. Currently playing in the Adeccoligaen, Norway’s answer to the second division, Mjøndalen IF finished in 10th place last season but is eyeing promotion.
Borrajo said he thought a trip to the top flight was a possibility.
“I think whenever they bring in foreign players, I think the managers of the club are aiming for something higher,” Borrajo said in the video on Mjøndalen IF’s website. “I’ve only been here one week but I think the style of football that we’ve been playing and if we keep progressing and doing well, why not? We could have a shot. At least fight to be in the top two spots.”
Despite his limited play with the Red Bulls, the Clifton, N.J. native could be a nice fit in Norway. In training last year he showed to be a speedy and agile player with a good touch and an even better work ethic.
The video also included a segment in which Borrajo talked about his former captain at the Red Bulls, Thierry Henry. Borrajo called Henry “an unbelievable guy.”
The possibility of getting a call-up to the U.S. National Team at some point were Borrajo to play well and the club get promoted, was also a topic of the video.
“If I do well here, hopefully people will be listening back home,” Borrajo said.