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Weaver to leave Sounders for Norway

The Seattle Sounders announced that reigning United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division Rookie of the Year and regular season scoring leader, Cam Weaver, has been transferred to FK Haugesund of the Norwegian 1st Division.

FK Haugesund acquired the services of Weaver for cash (upon gaining clearance from the Norwegian Football Federation), and additional compensation after Weaver has notched 40 starts and a guaranteed percentage of future sale of the former Sounder.

"I want to thank Brian Schmetzer and the Sounders for letting me pursue a dream of taking my game to Europe," said Weaver. "I learned a lot this past year, had great teammates and will look forward to building on my success."

"We will certainly miss Cam and his goal scoring abilities but this is another great example of the Sounders being able to identify and develop local talent," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "He deserved a chance to play at a higher level and Haugesund was first in line. I think Cam has a great soccer future and we wish him well."

"I'm happy Cam will continue to develop his game in Europe; in fact, I hope that development leads to a spot on the U.S. national team one day," said Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer. "Of course we'll miss his services on the field next year, but one of the strong points of our team has always been the development of young talent -- we want to see Cam take that next step in his career."

Weaver finished the year tied for the league lead in goals and points with 1994 World Cup MVP Romario -- 18 goals, 39 points -- despite being the last player to make the squad for the defending champion Sounders.

A member of the Seattle University National Championship winning team in 2004, Weaver scored 17 goals and recorded seven assists in his two college seasons with the Redhawks.