Dec. 6, 2007
Following a successful career in the green and gold, San Francisco defender Chris Rodd inked a three-year contract to play for Bryne Fotballklubb, a Norwegian professional team, beginning in January.
"It's a dream come true," Rodd said. "I was fortunate to have things happen this way. To get seen during my college days and to be signed by Bryne is amazing."
According to Rodd, professional scouts watched him play this past season in contest's versus Santa Clara, UCLA and Stanford. With the data collected, Bryne General Manager Frode Olsen felt it also important to attend the Dons' final matches of the season on Nov. 16 and 18 versus Loyola Marymount and San Diego. An official contract was announced one day after USF's season ended. Rodd is reported to have signed a deal worth an annual six-figure salary.
Rodd looks to make an impact right away with his new club. "(Bryne) has two center-backs in their 30s right now and they have a new coach who's going to change the team's style of play," Rodd said of his possible role for Bryne.
After transferring from William and Mary prior to his junior year, Rodd played in all 38 USF matches earning 2007 All-West Coast Conference first team and 2006 WCC second team selections, while playing tremendous defense. In his first season with the Dons, Rodd assisted USF in recording a stingy 0.88 goals against average. This past year, he scored one goal, a game winner, in USF's 2-1 overtime victory over Stanford on September 16.
Rodd was a critical member of San Ramon Valley's North Coast Section 3A championship team in 2002 and he earned a scholarship to William and Mary in 2003.