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Randers FC winger Jonas Kamper to train with Sounders

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Randers FC's sporting director confirmed that Kamper will be in Seattle to get a feel for the club, ahead of a potential move to MLS

Kamper in his Bundesliga days
Kamper in his Bundesliga days
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According to the Randers FC team website, winger Jonas Kamper will arrive in Seattle soon to train with the Sounders. Primarily a right midfielder, 31 year-old Kamper has spend time with Brøndby in the Danish Superliga, Arminia Biedefeld in the German Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga, and Randers FC in the Danish Superliga, his current team. According to his club, Kamper's contract expires this summer.

Kamper also featured for Denmark's youth national teams, receiving a total of 93 caps from the U16 to the U21 levels, scoring a total of 13 goals in those appearances. Despite that, he only has a single cap with the senior national team. His 39 caps with Denmark's U21's set a new record.

In his club career, Kamper has a total of 294 league appearances, scoring 39 goals and recording 47 assists.

He won one top flight league title (2004/05 Superliga) and two domestic cups (2002/03 and 2004/05 Danish Cup), in addition to a Danish Supercup (2002/03), a Danish League Cup (2006/07), and Royal League title (2006/07). The Royal League was a short-lived competition between the top teams from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

After spending his first four seasons with the highly successful Brøndby in the Superliga, Kamper joined Arminia Biedefeld in the midst of its longest stint in the top flight Bundesliga since the early 1980s. In his first season with the club, the team finished 12th (it's best finish since the 1983/84 season), thanks in part to Kampers 6 goals and 6 assists in 29 appearances, totaling 1,680 minutes.

Although Arminia Biedefeld was eventually relegated to 2.Bundesliga (and eventually 3.Liga after Kamper left), Kamper managed to put up decent numbers in the top flight Bundesliga: 10 goals and 13 assists in 80 appearances, totaling 4,062 minutes. He averaged a goal or assist in every two 90 minute matches in one of the top 3 or 4 leagues in the world while playing for a team that was mid-table at best, and that's probably being generous.

After Biedefeld was relegated to the 2.Bundesliga, he didn't see much playing time in his final season there under a new manager and was released when his contract expired after the end of the season. He returned to the Superliga with Randers FC ahead of the 2010/11 season.

Although Kamper put up decent numbers (7 goals, 2 assists in 1,555 minutes) in his first season back in the Superliga, Randers FC was relegated to the First Division, although it immediately won promotion back to the Superliga in the following season. In each Randers FC's first two seasons back in the Superliga, Kamper played more minutes than he had in any of the preceding 8 seasons, helping the team finish in the top 3 in its first season back and netting a career high 8 assists last season.

Currently, he seems to be a rotational option for Randers FC, with 4 starts and 7 substitute appearances in league play. His club is currently on its winter break but will resume training next week. This is probably part of the reason the club was amenable to allowing him to travel to Seattle for a few days.

Career Stats

Season Team League Goals League Assists Cup Goals Cup Assists
2002/03 Brøndby IF 1 7 ? ?
2003/04 Brøndby IF 7 6 ? ?
2004/05 Brøndby IF 4 2 ? ?
2005/06 Brøndby IF 1 0 1+ ?
2006/07 Arminia Bielefeld 6 6 0 0
2007/08 Arminia Bielefeld 3 5 1 2
2008/09 Arminia Bielefeld 1 2 0 0
2009/10 Arminia Bielefeld 2* 0 0 0
2010/11 Randers FC 7 2 0 1
2011/12 Randers FC 2 4 0 0
2012/13 Randers FC 3 4 0 0
2013/14 Randers FC 2 8 0 0
2014/15 Randers FC 0 1 1 3
Total 39 47 3+ 6+

*Scored 2 goals with Arminia Bielefeld II in NRW Liga (5th level)