Lene Mykjåland to Lace Up for the Washington Freedom

Kat GalsimCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2009

The Washington Freedom have agreed to terms with Norwegian striker Lene Mykjåland.

Mykjåland, who played with Washington Freedom defender Becky Sauerbrunn for the Norwegian club Røa a couple of months ago, is expected to join the team for preseason training in March.

The official signing is still pending approval from the Women's Professional Soccer league (WPS).

Mykjåland participated in a video chat with the Freedom recently and revealed how much she is looking forward to playing in the WPS.

"It's the best league in the world. Just to get the opportunity to play in a league with such great players, I'm really grateful for that. Also, I'm really looking forward to [having] a lot more spectators in the game. In Norway, we have 200 people in the game."

A forward for the Norwegian Women's National Team, Mykjåland has played against several WPS players at the Women's World Cup in 2007 and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Norway handed USA's only loss in 2008 when the Norwegian women defeated the American women 2-0 at the Olympics. Norway and USA are known to have an extended rivalry in women's soccer.

Known for her offensive and technical abilities, Mykjåland hopes to handle the high level of play in the American league by bringing her style to DC.

"I like to have the ball in my feet and be creative. So hopefully I can bring some creativity to the offensive game," Mykjåland shares in the video chat.

As for what Mykjåland is hoping to do in DC; "I'm kind of hoping for a dinner visit with Barack and Michelle [Obama]."

See Lene Mykjåland play with the Washington Freedom for the first time in the season opener against the Boston Breakers at the Maryland SoccerPlex on April 10, 2010. Visit the Freedom website for more info.

PHOTO CREDIT: dagbladet.no