Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sporting KC looks to DP Bieler to boost attack
by Paul Kennedy, December 18th, 2012 7:30PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  argentina, mls, sporting kansas city

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Eastern Conference champion Sporting Kansas City continued its aggressive pursuit of talent by signing 28-year-old Argentine Claudio Bieler, who becomes the first Designated Player signed by an MLS club in the offseason. Sporting KC is banking on Bieler sticking around longer than the club's previous three DP signings.

Bieler, who was introduced on Tuesday in a press conference held at Livestrong Sporting Park, comes from Ecuador's LDU Quito, where he scored 57 goals in 110 league games over the last five seasons.

Sporting KC repeated as the Eastern Conference champion, but scoring remained a problem for the team. It scored only 42 goals in 34 regular-season games and fell to the Houston Dynamo, 2-1, on aggregate in the conference semifinals. The top scorer, Kei Kamara, had only 11 goals.

"He's proven over the years that he's a very consistent goal scorer," Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. "We think he's got a lot of good qualities that can fit into our team. Everything from his commitment to being a team player, to his work ethic out on the field, to a guy that lives and breathes for club that he plays for. We're excited that we're able to finally secure him and add a player of his caliber to our organization."

Sporting KC has also signed Benny Feilhaber to boost its midfield, which will suffer the loss of Roger Espinoza, who was just granted a British work permit, paving the way for him to sign with Wigan Athletic.

Sporting KC's other DP signings were Argentine Claudio Lopez (2008), Mexican Omar Bravo (2011) and Brazilian Jeferson (2011). Lopez stayed two seasons in Kansas City but accepted a non-DP salary to remain with the club for the second season. Bravo and Jeferson did not return for the 2012 seasons.

MLS TRANSACTIONS:
Tuesday:
-- FC DALLAS signed Brazilian forward Pipico (ex-Vasco da Gama) as free agent.
-- SPORTING KC acquired Argentine forward Claudio Bieler from LDU Quito for an undisclosed transfer fee.
-- PORTLAND acquired Mobi Fehr (ex-FC Basel) through a weighted lottery.
Monday:
-- NEW YORK signed Brazilian midfielder Juninho (ex-Vasco da Gama) as free agent.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Man United humbles Galaxy 7-0 before 86,432 fans    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Manchester United showed it had no problem adapting to the system of new Dutch ...
Plans for Kansas City soccer village unveiled    
[U.S. SOCCER] Kansas City, Kan., is home to a state-of-the-art soccer stadium in Sporting Park. Now, ...
Earthquakes break out of slump in big way    
[MLS: Week 20] The San Jose Earthquakes snapped their five-game winless streak with a 5-1 win ...
NBA All-Star interrupts Real Madrid practice    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Summer soccer in the USA means big clubs from around the ...
Thorns quiet after early Morgan goal    
[NWSL: Week 16] The Portland Thorns FC scored 14 goals in their previous three games but ...
Champions Shield goes to Manchester City    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Sporting Kansas City lost for the first time in four games against English Premier ...
Scorpions jump into lead with third win    
[NASL: Fall Week 3] The San Antonio Scorpions moved on top in the NASL with a ...
Cuevas is happy to be back in Charleston    
[USL PRO: Week 19] Jose Cuevas, who had spent the last two seasons with the Charleston ...
What They're Saying: Brad Friedel    
"As a player, the odds are diminishing by the hour. It wasn't something that was planned ...
Tatu's Sting, Eclipse Select and Surf crowned    
[ECNL] Former indoor star Tatu coached the Dallas Sting to the U-17 Champions League title at ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives