FC Dallas D Gbandi headed to Norway

FRISCO, Texas (Ticker) - FC Dallas announced Friday that the team has finalized the transfer of defender Chris Gbandi to FK Haugesund of the Norwegian Second Division.

Per team and league policy, terms of the transfer were not disclosed.

Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, Gbandi played in 111 games with Dallas in six seasons, including 100 starts. He scored three goals and recorded eight assists, and leaves as one of only 14 players in team history to appear in over 100 regular-season games.

“We’re proud that Chris was able to develop as a professional here in Dallas,” FC Dallas general manager Michael Hitchcock said. “We want to thank him for his service to our club, both on and off the field, and wish him all the best in Norway.”

Gbandi came to the MLS after a successful career at the University of Connecticut, where he won the Hermann Trophy in 2000 and was a finalist in 1999 and 2001.

“We thank Chris for his effort and commitment to FC Dallas over the course of his career,” Dallas coach Steve Morrow said. “We believe this is the right move for Chris at this stage of his life and we wish the very best for him in the future.”

Updated Friday, Feb 8, 2008