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Norwegian Forward Mads Stokkelien Signs With Cosmos

The New York Cosmos announced today that Norwegian forward Mads Stokkelien has signed a contract to join the club for the 2014 North American Soccer League campaign.

“It’s amazing for me to be here,” Stokkelien said. “I’m so excited to be a part of the New York Cosmos organization and I hope to be an important piece of a winning team.”

Stokkelien, 23, is a former youth international who was a regular with the Norwegian U-18, U-19 and U-21 national teams. Most recently, he helped lead his club, Stabæk, to a second-place finish and promotion to Norway’s first division, the Tippeligaen. He finished tied for second in 2013 in the Golden Boot race in the Adeccoligaen (Norway’s second division), scoring 17 goals in 30 appearances, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in every match.

“Mads is an exciting young player who gives us more options offensively,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He can operate as a target forward and has proven he’s a good finisher.”

Stokkelien, a native of Kristiansand, Norway, began his professional career in 2008 with IK Start when he was 18 years old. He went on to score 15 goals in 68 appearances over a four-year span with Start, before moving to Stabæk. He totaled 18 goals across 48 matches the past two seasons at Stabæk.