Jorgen Skjelvik settling in with the Galaxy as the club gears up for new season
CARSON – Jorgen Skjelvik is a long way from home, but he’s fitting in just comfortably on the Galaxy defensive backline.
Skjelvik, 26, spent the past five years at Rosenborg in Norway.
Looking for a new challenge, he decided to head the U.S., joining the Galaxy this season and was signed on a free transfer last month.
“I’ve adjusted to the weather, time difference,” he said. “I’ve been to the U.S. before this is my first time to L.A.
“I didn’t much about MLS, it doesn’t have the best reputation in Norway, but it is starting to turn now and you can see the league is picking up and there are more Scandinavian players in MLS now.”
Skjelvik said he had several offers in Europe before coming to the U.S.
“The Galaxy showed a lot of interest, I had a meeting with (coach) Sigi (Schmid) and (technical director) Jovan (Kirovski), it was a good meeting,” he said. “I wanted to try something new. I’ve been playing in Scandinavia for that many years and in Europe with Rosenborg, so I just wanted to try something completely new.
“The Galaxy has been the biggest club here and everybody knows about it around the world because of the star players that have been here, so it felt like a good move.”
Skjelvik went 30 minutes in last week’s preseason opener against Real Salt Lake. In Saturday’s home preseason opener he played the first 45 minutes in the Galaxy’s 3-0 win over New York City FC at StubHub Center.
“We were looking for a center back with pace, somebody that’s good with playing the ball out of the back,” Schmid said. “He got recommended to us and we followed up, flew over to watch him play, met with him, watched him play again and came to a decision.”
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