Borchers deal all but done
Odd Grenland president Lasse Hansen says the club are putting finishing touches on the acquisition of Colorado Rapids defender Nat Borchers. "It is now just formalities," he told YA. After a bit of a transfer haggle with MLS, the 12-time Norwegian Cup kings apparently named the right price earlier this week. "We have reached an agreement on all fees with agents and MLS,"he stated. "I already consider him our player, and I think both parties are comfortable." Hansen revealed that Borchers, a Rapids regular since his arrival in 2003, has returned to the States to get organized for the move to Norway. "He went back on Wednesday to pack his things and move out," said the executive. "We expect he will be back in Norway in about 10 days." Borchers originally went undrafted, but was able to rise to MLS through the Rapids' Boulder Pro Development League side. The Tuscon native worked 87 contests during three seasons in Colorado, and made his U.S. national team debut in a March 2005 victory over Colombia. Odd finished ninth in the Tippeliga last season, but held the top flight's poorest defensive record, allowing 51 goals in 26 games. The Skien outfit, who have earned a UEFA Cup place twice in the last six years, open the new league campaign with an April 9th trip to face defending champions Vålerenga.