It appears as if Ricardo Clark's trial with Stabaek went well because the United States midfielder has joined them for the season on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt in a deal that includes an option for the Norwegian club to buy Clark at the end of the loan. Stabaek's season starts on March 25 and his loan is through July 31, meaning Clark will get an entire season in Norway to try and impress.
The loan will give Clark an opportunity to get some playing time, which he desperately needs. Clark has played just once for Eintracht this season, way back in August. He hasn't played since and has only made the bench three times since, which shows exactly where he stands without he club and it isn't pretty.
With a couple of days of training already under his belt as part of the trial and then another month before the season starts, Clark should not have a problem getting fit before Stabaek's season starts. The club is looking to turn things around after they fell off from three straight seasons in the top three of the league and finished 12th in 2010 and 10th in 2011.
Once Clark gets settled with Stabaek he can work on staying in the picture for Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. team. He scored the winning goal against Venezuela in January and was selected by Klinsmann when the full team was available too so he is clearly in the German's plans to some degree, but the competition in the center of the midfield is fierce and Clark needs to be playing to give himself a chance.