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NASL’s Rayo OKC nabs Greece national teamer Georgios Samaras

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Rayo OKC’s newest signing might be its biggest pickup yet.

Georgios Samaras, 31, is coming to the NASL with the expansion side, having scored nine goals in 81 caps for the Greek national team — including the game-winning goal against Ivory Coast in the 2014 World Cup — and played club ball with Celtic, Man City, West Brom and Heerenveen.

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His last two stops have been rough, with just two goals in 19 appearances between the Premier League’s Baggies and Al-Hilal of the Saudi League.

Can he shake it off and find the form that saw him score 74 goals for Celtic between 2007-14? His size and style should have zero problem transitioning to the North American game.

And how far off is the NASL from the Scottish Premiership? These will be stories to monitor moving forward, especially given the influx of internationally-known names in the NASL.

Rayo OKC is striving to make an impact as the NASL duels with the USL in the Oklahoma City market. Owned by Rayo Vallecano of La Liga, the club has signed ex-MLS players Robbie Findley and Michel, and also has Ghana veteran Derek Boateng and Honduras midfielder Marvin Chavez.