Danish soccer club AaB signs Danny Califf
Bethesda, Maryland -- MLS All-League and U.S. International defender Danny Califf has agreed to join Denmark Superliga club AaB (Aalborg BK) when the Danish season recommences in January 2006. Club Director Lynge Jacobsen announced the signing of Califf at a press conference this afternoon.
"Danny is a class player with a first-class attitude. He has all the potential to be a great success in the Danish League," said Jacobsen.
Califf is expected to immediately enter the starting lineup in place of Canadian international Marco Reda, whose contract just expired. Midway through the 2005/06 season, AaB sits in fifth place in the Danish league, with 27 points. The club is also participating in the Royal League (a competition for the top clubs in Scandinavia).
Aalborg, located in northern Denmark, is the country's fourth largest city with 120,000 people. AaB was founded in 1885. The club was the first Danish team to ever participate in the prestigious Champions League. It has won the Danish league twice, in 1995 and 1999, as well as won the Danish cup in 1966 and 1970. It participated in the UEFA Cup in 2004/05. The club is coached by Swede Erik Hamrén.
"I am really excited about joining Aalborg," said Califf. "I have had a wonderful six years in MLS, but this is a new chapter in my career. I am looking to go to Europe, make an impression, and enjoy what I expect to be a tremendous experience, both professionally and personally."
"This is a great move for Danny," commented his agent Dan Segal of SportsNet, LLC. "He will immediately be a key player for a club that has historically been at or near the top of the Danish league and has regularly qualified for European competitions."
The 25-year-old joins Aalborg in a free transfer after six years in Major League Soccer. Califf was recently named to the league's Best XI team after a superlative year with the San Jose Earthquakes. He spent the previous five seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, during which time he won three championships, the 2002 MLS Cup, 2001 U.S. Open Cup and 2000 F.C. Championship. In his first year he was finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year. In total, Califf has played in 123 MLS matches, scoring 7 goals and notching 4 assists.
Califf has also been a perennial member of the US national team program. He has 13 full international appearances, most recently in October's final US national team World Cup qualifier. He has participated in the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup and has one international goal. Califf was also a starter on the 2000 US Olympic team in Sydney and on the 1997 U-17 national team and 1999 U-20 national team that participated in FIFA's World Championships.