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Swedish court gives three years’ jail to Ostersund chairman

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HARNOSAND, Sweden — A Swedish court has sentenced the man regarded as the mastermind behind the rise of Swedish soccer team Ostersund to three years in prison for serious financial crimes.

The Angermanland Court said on Tuesday that Daniel Kindberg was guilty of funneling millions of kronor in taxpayer money into the club in a scheme that involved two other men and three companies, one being the Ostersund municipality’s housing corporation for which Kindberg was chief executive.

When Kindberg was club chairman, Ostersund rose from the amateur ranks in 2011 to Sweden’s top league in 2015, and won the Swedish Cup in 2017.

Ostersund qualified for the Europa League, where it advanced to the knockout stage before losing to Arsenal despite winning the second leg 2-1 at Emirates Stadium.

WATCH: USMNT vet Diskerud nets first Goteborg goal

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Mix Diskerud scored his first goal in 13 months, burying a 15-yard chance for new club Goteborg at Sirius on Sunday.

Goteborg is one of four teams with four points through two match days in Sweden’s Allsvenskan.

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Diskerud arrives to the party after a break down the right-wing came with a cross to the back post, and guides his shot back through traffic and into goal.

Report: Diskerud off to Sweden to rebuild career

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Mix Diskerud’s found a place to stay in shape and the market window, and it is not in Major League Soccer.

Bought out last week by New York City FC, the USMNT midfielder saw his playing rights still controlled by MLS.

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He’ll reportedly dance off to Goteborg in Sweden on a short-term loan, according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle:

The source said the loan, if completed, would provide “minor salary relief only” to Diskerud’s former club, New York City FC, which would still be responsible for paying the bulk of the player’s wages.

With 38 caps and six goals at age 26, Diskerud is plenty experienced and should find regular playing time under Jörgen Lennartsson, his former manager at Stabaek.

It’s low risk for the mid, who could become a staple for the Swedish side which has been in the UEFA Europa League in each of the last four seasons.

WATCH: Malmo player throws corner flag like javelin into opposing fans

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Call it “How To Get a Match Abandoned 101”.

Malmo winger Tobias Sana, twice-capped by Sweden and formerly of Ajax, went directly into soccer infamy Wednesday when he tossed a corner flag, point-first into a crowd of opposing supporters. Reports claim a firework was tossed at him.

Yes, fans of Goteborg essentially had a javelin tossed at them.

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It seems no one was hurt, but it’s an absolutely inexcusable event regardless of what befell Sana (Yes, somehow even the firework). Whether he was the victim of any kind of vile taunts, he’s neither in the Avengers nor the alter ego of Hawkeye.

Incredibly dangerous stuff here, and even more shame deserves to fall on the fans who incited the moment.

Chicago adds Designated Player striker from Swedish powers AIK

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Chicago missed out on Jermaine Jones in the summer and vowed to bring in some firepower this offseason.

And now they have their first Designated Player slot filled with a man who can add goals to the Fire’s repertoire.

Kennedy Igboananike, 25, is coming to Major League Soccer from Allsvenskan powers AIK. The Nigerian-born Swedish player had an offseason last year, scoring just 6 goals in 31 appearances, but has numbers on his resume. He scored a goal every other game the previous year.

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The question is whether the style of play will translate to MLS. After all, Allsvenskan is arguably a lesser league.

Nonetheless, from MLSSoccer.com:

“Kennedy is a dynamic goal scorer with a track record of producing,” Fire head coach Frank Yallop said in a club statement. “He’s young and exciting, a player with incredible pace, and we look forward to adding him to our roster to bolster our attack.”

A product of Dynamos Football Academy in Nigeria, Igboananike made his professional debut with Djurgårdens of the Swedish Allsvenskan on June 19, 2007. The next year proved to be Igboananike’s breakout season, when he transferred to lower-division club Vasalunds and scored a league-high 18 goals, garnering the Division 1 golden boot in 2008.

It’s a risk, to be sure. Put plainly: AIK teammate Celso Borges of the Costa Rican national team scored four times in 18 games last season. How big of a signing would he be considered if he came to MLS?

Only four teams scored fewer goals than the Fire last season, and they certainly need an injection in offense. But will Igboananike be an answer, or even part of the answer?