Tice returns to ‘second home’ for new soccer season

South Surrey soccer player heads to Norway to continue pro career

South Surrey soccer player Robbie Tice poses for his official team photo with Leknes FK

South Surrey soccer player Robbie Tice poses for his official team photo with Leknes FK

It’s been quite a summer for Robbie Tice.

In mid-July, the 25-year-old South Surrey soccer player got married and, after a quick honeymoon in Hawaii, returned home to the Peninsula for just one day before heading back to Norway with his new bride, Laura, in tow, after signing to play for Norwegian fourth-division club Leknes FK.

It’s been three years since the well-travelled Tice last played in Norway. The former Peace Arch Soccer Club (now Coastal FC) player has spent the last two seasons plying his trade stateside on the United Soccer League’s player-development circuit, first with Florida’s Ocala Stampede (in 2013) and last year with the Washington Crossfire, based out of Seattle.

But rather than continue in the U.S., Tice decided earlier this summer to head back overseas, where he’s played with a variety of clubs – in a number of countries – since he was a teenager.

Through the years, Tice has suited up for teams – often on a trial basis – in Scotland, Germany, Austria and Iceland. He last played in Norway in 2012.

“It’s good to be back here… Norway has become like a second home to me the last couple years, and I always enjoy my time here,” Tice told Peace Arch News via email last week.

“I’m thrilled to have the chance to play here again, and to share this adventure with my wife.”

His reintroduction into Norwegian soccer came earlier this month – and in one of the biggest games of the season for his new side.

On Aug. 8, Leknes squared off against archival FK Lofoten, in a battle between the two top teams in the standings. To make the game even more intense, Leknes hadn’t beaten Lofoten in more than five seasons in league play.

With a goal in the 90th minute of play, Leknes edged their rivals 2-1, to inch to within two points of first place. Tice, a midfielder, called it “a massive game.”