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Rapids add longtime Bundesliga winger Aigner from 1860 Munich (highlights)

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The Colorado Rapids are hoping for an injection of offense from veteran Bundesliga right winger Stefan Aigner.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old has played 274 games between the first and second tiers of German soccer, with 25 goals and 25 assists in Bundesliga play and a further 31 and 25 in the second tier.

Most recently with 2.Bundesliga side 1860 Munich for a third time, he’s played most of his career between Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Aigner has the resume to succeed and perhaps star in MLS, especially if he wasn’t slowed too much by a knee injury last season (He returned and produced at the 2.Bundesliga level).

Here’s what Rapids interim general manager Padraig Smith said:

“We’re excited to add a player of Stefan’s caliber to our roster for the next three-and-a-half years,” said Smith. “As an organization we are committed to fielding a forward-thinking side and bringing in Stefan – a technical and versatile player who can excel in multiple attacking roles – will help us achieve that vision.”

Relegated 1860 Munich fails to pay for 3rd-division license

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MUNICH (AP) Former Bundesliga team 1860 Munich faces demotion to Germany’s fourth or even fifth tier after failing to meet a deadline for a third-division license.

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1860 was due to make a payment reportedly between 5-10 million euros ($5.6-11.2 million) to the German soccer federation for the license by Friday afternoon, but financial backer Hasan Ismaik said through his company HAM that he wasn’t prepared to pay it because 1860 “refuses to make necessary changes to solve the many issues facing the club.”

Ismaik, a Jordanian billionaire who owns 60 percent of 1860, was the club’s only hope of meeting the payment deadline.

1860 was relegated from Germany’s second division in a playoff on Tuesday.

Ismaik says he will continue to support the club at the fourth or fifth level.

1860 Munich relegated to 3rd division amid fan trouble

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MUNICH (AP) Former Bundesliga champion 1860 Munich was relegated from Germany’s second division on Tuesday in a game that was held up for 15 minutes toward the end because of violence from its angry fans.

1860 lost the second leg of its relegation/promotion playoff 2-0 at home to Bavarian rival Jahn Regensburg, a team that finished third in the third division and secured second-tier football at the Munich-based club’s expense with a 3-1 win on aggregate.

Jahn gained promotion at the first attempt, one season after promotion from the fourth tier.

Kolja Pusch and Marc Lais scored the goals in the first half for Jahn, but the game was overshadowed by the scenes that unfolded 10 minutes before full-time, when 1860 fans began throwing objects including seats onto the pitch and riot police lined up to prevent the situation escalating.

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“We’re fed up,” the home side’s fans shouted.

Play was suspended for some 15 minutes, though more objects were thrown onto the pitch after it resumed.

1860, which won the Bundesliga in 1966 and had played in the top flight as recently as 2004, returned to the third level for the first time in 24 years.

The club is backed by Jordanian investor Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, who hired former Porto coach Vitor Pereira last December and promised to lead the side to the top levels of European football.

Only Stuttgart and Hannover, which both secured their return to the Bundesliga, had squads that cost more than 1860’s in the second division.

PHOTOS: 1860 Munich release incredible Oktoberfest-inspired Lederhosen uniforms

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Wow. These are extremely striking uniforms.

For the second year running — remember these beauties from last season? — 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich have gone all out by releasing a special Lederhosen-inspired kit. With fake golden buttons, a traditional green shirt and those outrageous faux leather shorts, it’s all a bit mad.

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The second-tier club announced via a statement on its website that the “Weisentrikot” uniforms will be worn by their players on Sep. 19 during their home game against FC Kaiserslautern, which is also the same day the Oktoberfest festivities begin in Munich.

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Take a look at the snaps of the snazzy outfit below. Those shorts are just absolutely tremendous and you can browse through all of 1860’s Lederhosen-inspired attire right here. I highly recommend you do just that.

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Bobby Wood leaves USMNT camp to seal loan deal at 2. Bundesliga side

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Fresh off a tough showing in the USMNT’s 3-2 loss to Chile last week, Bobby Wood will look to break out of his slump at a new club.

The 22-year-old Hawaiian is leaving 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich for a lateral loan move to league rivals Erzgebirge Aue In order to complete the move, he’s left the USMNT camp where he’s been preparing for Sunday’s match against Panama.

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There is no word on whether he’ll return, or stay with his new club. Erzgebirge is in last place in 2. Bundesliga, three slots behind Wood’s parent club.

Wood hasn’t scored in 7 apperances for 1860 this season, nor in his 4 matches for the USMNT. He failed to score in 23 matches last season after a breakout campaign in 2012-13 where he scored thrice for the First Team and 8 times for 1860 Munich II.