Over the weekend, former Fire forward Chris Rolfe made his first start for Alborg BK in their 2-0 win over AGF Arhus in the Danish SuperLiga. Playing 77 minutes, Rolfe assisted on the first goal, sending in the corner kick that teammate Lasse Nielsen headed in after 24 minutes. Chris sent us this blog yesterday, updating us on Danish life and reminiscing about Chicago.
Blogging... this seems foreign to me.
First of all, congratulations to everyone who supported
the Chicago Fire Foundation at the Luncheon this year with its record
setting turn-out and then continued by setting a home opening attendance record
at Toyota Park the other night! It’s impressive how much support is given
to the organization, in general, on and off the field.
The day that I arrived in Aalborg, it began to snow and basically didn’t stop until March. We spent the first ten days training in our gym and the next two months training on turf in below freezing temperatures. There were a few days that I came off of the field looking like Martin Short (minus the creepy smile but including the pale skin) in “The Santa Clause 3”.
The days started off with very little daylight but everyday we’re getting more and more minutes of sun. The culture here hasn’t been too hard to adjust to, as it seems to be pretty similar to the way things are back home. The language is difficult, but everyone that I’ve spoken to has been fluent in English. Familiar sights here include McDonald’s, 7/11, Burger King, Domino’s, Ikea, Aldi and Shell gas stations. Despite not being a big fan of McDonald’s in any aspect, I had to try their quarter pounder and fries meal. I have to admit, the Danish version doesn’t taste as good and is twice as expensive as the American version (yes, twice as expensive as the Ohio Street McD’s and the ones at O’Hare).
The club has been great so far. I’ve been treated very professionally and they were extremely helpful and timely in getting me situated. I made some good friends on the team including Marcus Tracy (left in photo), who is our other American player. Marcus and I introduced March Madness to some of our teammates and created the most diverse NCAA pool I’ve ever been a part of. Of course, the Americans finished #1 and #2...
I’ve been able to keep in touch with a number of people from the Fire organization and some fans through my website (chrisrolfe.com -- shameless plug), and it’s been bittersweet. I missed not being a part of pre-season, seeing everyone on the first day after a long off-season, meeting new teammates and participating in two-a-days in hot weather (or at least somewhere warmer than 32 degrees). I miss eating “hockey pucks” and rice for every team meal, throwing duct tape at C.J., spending pre-games in the training room with Leon and Kirt, beating D.C. United and talking to Ben Burton after games. And now I miss watching the games or highlights and knowing that I can’t help my friends win. However, I am very happy with where I am right now and have already started making similar bonds and memories with my teammates and the club in Aalborg. I’m fortunate to have landed at another great club.
To the players and supporters - don’t forget that the Crew started last season winless in their first 7 games and finished with the Supporter’s Shield. It’s a long season. See you all again in the summer!