Thomas Enevoldsen Off to Hot Start in USL

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Thomas Enevoldsen, Orange County SC’s technically adept attacking striker who has previously logged matches in Europa League and Champions League matches on the wing and up top for AaB Aalborg, is off to a hot start in his arrival to the United States. He has logged four goals and one assist in the first four matches of his inaugural campaign for Orange County SC, including a hat trick versus Tulsa Roughnecks on Saturday. He also tallied the game’s only goal in OCSC’s win over Oklahoma City FC earlier in the week. Enevoldsen joined the California club in mid-February 2018 and brings years of European experience with him, having played for clubs in the top leagues of Denmark, Belgium and Holland. Only 30 years old, Enevoldsen was previously a part of the Aalborg side that won the Danish Superliga and later advanced to group stage matches of Champions League competition in 2008/2009. He also featured in the 2010 World Cup for the Danish National Team.

Danish NT Midfielder, Martin Vingaard, Joins Tampa Bay on 2.5-Year Contract

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vingaarddkntMartin Vingaard, a traditional two-way box-to-box central midfielder from Denmark, has agreed to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies on a free transfer in August 2016 on a 2.5 year contract. Vingaard has been capped by the Danish National team on 9 occasions and has previously played for FC Nordsjaelland and FC Copenhagen in the Danish Superleague. During his time with FC Copenhagen, Vingaard played 140 matches, registered 22 goals and 25 assists, won 2 Danish Cups and 4 Danish Championships. He was also named as a finalist for Danish footballer of the year in 2010.

31 years old, Vingaard brings with him big competition experience and leadership having played in 37 Champions League and European League matches and he has also recently served as captain of his side at FC Nordsjaelland prior to moving to the United States. He has played with the Danish National Team program at the U19, U21 and full senior national team level registering his first and only international goal on the senior level against Poland in 2008.

Vingaard will join Joe Cole in the midfield for the Rowdies during the summer transfer window and will embark on a new career challenge in the United States. As a player, Vingaard is widely recognized for his savvy midfield management, smooth technical ability and an exciting attacking vision.

Real Betis/Egypt International Defender joins Columbus on Loan

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imageAmro Tarek, a left footed defender currently registered with Real Betis in Spain’s La Liga, has joined Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer on a free loan for 2016. Tarek, 23, has featured for the Egyptian U20 National Team and has previously played for reserve teams in Germany (Wolfsburg and Freiburg) and more recently played for El Gouna of the Egyptian Premier Leauge prior to his arrival in Sevilla.

The Egypt senior national side has recently called on Tarek to join the player pool for 2016. He holds dual nationality in the United States and Egypt and per public records will be the first Egyptian player in Major League Soccer. At 6’2″, Tarek is a hard tackling defensive player that can play as a center back or a left defender. He will join the Crew on a free loan for 12 months.

Marvelous Markus Neumayr Transfers to Luzern

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mnluzernMarkus Neumayr has transferred to FC Luzern of the Swiss Super League on a deal that will keep him at the club through June 2017. Neumayr is a former German Youth National Team player at all levels and a product of the Manchester United academy having captained the Reserve Team during the 2005-2006 season when Man U won the English Premier League Reserve Championship.

Neumayr has more recently served as Captain of FC Vaduz and has registered more 21 goals and 30 assists as an attacking central midfielder since arriving at the club in July 2013. Neumayr joins German manager Markus Babbel in his side’s push to grab a spot in European play for next season. As of Neumayr’s transfer, the club sits in fourth spot of the Super League table and will continue on into the semi-final round of the Swiss Cup.

Ivory Coast International joins Dundee Utd.

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guydemel2Ivory Coast International and former West Ham defender, Guy Demel, has signed a short-term contact with Dundee United of the Scottish Premier League through the end of the current season (2016). Demel previously featured as a right defender and as a central defender for the Ivory Coast National Team (2010 World Cup and multiple African Nations Cups. He has 35 official caps for the Les Elephants. He will be signed by Dundee United to play as a defensive central midfielder where he began his career in France and earned a transfer to Arsenal at the age of 19. He played multiple seasons in the German Bundesliga with Dortmund and Hamburg where he featured as both a midfielder and a defender and registered in multiple European cups.

Latvian Captain, Gorkss, Signs at Dukla Prague

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kg921Latvia National Team Captain and former Reading defensive stalwart, Kaspars Gorkss, has completed a free transfer to Dukla Prague of the top flight in the Czech Republic. The central defender is widely known to be a hard nosed tackler with an unrivaled work ethic on the pitch. A legend in Latvia, Gorkss has also had a documentary recently released highlighting his ascendancy at Queens Park Rangers and Reading within the English football leagues.

Thomas Dooley Named Head Coach of Philippines NT

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dooley32014Former USA National Team Captain and German 1 Bundesliga veteran, Thomas Dooley, was named the new Head Coach of the Philippines National Team for 2014. He takes over for the Azkals ahead of the AFC Challenge Cup taking place in the Maldives in May, and is being brought on to push the national side towards qualification for the Asian Cup

Dooley had previously been an assistant for the USA U20 NT and holds a UEFA “A” License from the German Football Federation (DFB). Dooley featured in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup as a player for the USA and featured 81 times for the side overall. He was also inducted to the USA Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010 and had earned a number of accolades throughout his career in Europe with FC Kaiserslautern and Schalke 04 where he won a German Bundesliga Championship and a European Championship respectively. He was also an important member of the Major League Soccer during its early stages where he was also named to the leagues Best XI and MLS All-Star team on a number of occasions.

Frankfurt Legend Transfers to MLS

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375908_m1w850v44224_oka2008130342Oka Nikolov, the long-time fan favorite and prominent figure at Eintracht Frankfurt, has completed a move to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (pending receipt of a work visa). Nikolov, 39, has spent over 19 years with the same club and has featured in over 400 1st and 2nd German Bundesliga matches for the club. He started all ten of the club’s final 2012/2013 matches helping Frankfurt to a Europa League qualification.

Upon embarking upon this new career challenge, Nikolov stated: “Eintracht are my one and only. I had an absolutely incredible time with this fantastic team and I would like to thank both the club and the fans. However, throughout my career an opportunity to move to America and expand my horizons was always a dream of mine and one which I hope to fulfill now.”

He now joins the MLS outfit officially upon the opening of the summer transfer window on July 9, 2013.

Nikolov Leads Frankfurt to Europa League Spot

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on099The “Eternal” Oka marshaled the back line of Eintracht Frankfurt’s defense for the last ten matches of the 1 Bundesliga campaign leading the team to qualify for the Europa League competition in 2013/2014. A fan favorite, Nikolov has been playing with the club for over 19 years and recently extended his stay with the club for another term through June 2014. In this most recent stretch, Nikolov earned Man of the Match honors for his roll in preserving a 2-0 shutout over league rival Schalke. He also saved three penalties, including one against European Champions, Bayern Munich. Nikolov has played in over 400 German 1 and 2 Bundesliga matches and continues to add to the  legend within the Frankfurt ultras. Earlier this year he was voted by the fans as the top goal keeper in Eintracht Frankfurt history. Nikolov has also featured five times for the Macedonia National Team.

Hassli Joins FCDallas in 2013

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vsportlandForward, Eric Hassli, joined FC Dallas today after a trade was agreed upon with his former club, Toronto FC. A quiet individual off the field, Hassli is a fierce competitor and a committed team player who bleeds for his badge. He registered 5 goals and 5 assists in 2012 while fighting through injuries. And he was also a finalist for FIFA’s Puskas Goal of the Year in 2012 following his powerful volley in the Amway Canadian Championship final while playing for Vancouver against Toronto FC (prior to joining the Ontario club later in the year). The recent trade to Dallas for the exciting French goal scorer involved Toronto FC receiving future considerations in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Hassli departs Toronto thankful for his time with the club. He shares his wishes for success to former teammates and management at Toronto FC and to the club supporters that join the players in fighting for the shirt every week. He now looks forward to his next career challenge and is excited to join his new club for preseason. He remains focused on contributing to FC Dallas’ success on the field in 2013 and is eager to prove himself and earn the support of his teammates, managers and passionate fan base of his new MLS club:

“I’m thankful for my time in Toronto, I wish them all the best for 2013, I’m now excited to join my new teammates in Dallas for the preseason and focus on contributing to the club success this year!!!!”