Kaiserslautern: Coach did not have heart attack during game

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DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) Kaiserslautern says its coach did not have a heart attack during the team’s second-division match at Darmstadt.

The club says further cardiac examinations will take place on Thursday to determine the exact cause of Jeff Strasser’s problems at halftime.

Medical personnel attended the scene Wednesday in the changing rooms and the 43-year-old Strasser was brought to a hospital in Darmstadt. The game, scoreless at the time, did not restart for the second half.

The stadium announcer asked 17,400 fans in attendance to wait for 10 minutes before saying the game was called off because of a “medical emergency.”

Kaiserslautern is last in the second division with 12 points and needed a win to boost its hopes of escaping relegation.

Kaiserslautern match called off after manager becomes ill

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DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) Kaiserslautern’s game at Darmstadt in the German second division was called off Wednesday after the visiting side’s coach suddenly became ill during the second half and was taken to a hospital.

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German media reported that Kaiserslautern coach Jeff Strasser had suffered a heart attack.

Kaiserslautern gave details no details of Strasser’s condition, confirming only that he had been taken to a hospital.

In a Tweet, Darmstadt said: “Though we love football so much, there are so many more important things in life.”

The match was scoreless when it was called off.

DC brings U.S. U-20 Canouse home from Bundesliga

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DC United may be bringing a pair of Americans home to Major League Soccer.

Reports Wednesday linked the Black-and-Red with USMNT midfielder Paul Arriola, late of Club Tijuana in Liga MX. Arriola has 11 caps with two goals for the Yanks.

The 22-year-old midfielder is going to cost DC a club record $3 million, according to the Washington Post, and the Eastern Conference club is also going to have to ship money to LA Galaxy, holders of Arriola’s MLS rights.

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Meanwhile, DC announced the addition of another 22-year-old midfielder in Hoffenheim’s Russell Canouse. The Pennsylvania native leaves Germany with one Bundesliga appearances and 20 in Germany’s second tier after going on loan to Vfl Bochum, where he scored one goal in 905 minutes.

From DCUnited.com:

“Russell is a dominant holding midfielder with great talent and vision, especially as a young player,” Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, said. “We’re pleased to acquire such a accomplished 22-year-old with years of European experience. He is a strong, physical presence who has an acute ability to dictate play.”

As good as these two are, the best international resume belongs to a third pickup for struggling United. Coach Ben Olsen can now deploy Hungarian international Zoltan Stieber.

Stieber, 28, has 21 caps and three goals for Hungary, including a goal against Austria at EURO 2016. A left wing and striker, Stieber comes from 2.Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern. He posted two goals and five assists for the side. He’s also played for Hamburg, Mainz, and Yeovil Town.

All this as well as the jettisoning of Lamar Neagle, Sebastian Le Toux, and Bobby Boswell. DC is going to look very different this weekend in a bid to improve on the league’s worst record.

New York City FC adds Finland mid with 42 caps at age 25

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Alexander Ring will get to see if his dreams of living in New York City were worth the fuss.

New York City FC announced the signing of the 41-times capped Finland international on Wednesday, giving the club an experienced player in his prime.

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Ring, 25, comes from Kaiserslautern in 2.Bundesliga, where he played box-to-box central mid in addition to defensive mid and right mid. The NYCFC web site says he can play as an attack-minded center mid as well.

The selling point for Ring was bringing his family to live in the Big Apple.

From New York City FC’s official web site:

“I think you can see the passion when I play. I’m really looking forward to coming to New York. I’ve already got all the stats about the fanbase and how good that is – with 30,000 spectators on average and I can’t wait to play at the Yankee Stadium – it’s an iconic stadium.

“I don’t want to say too much because I want people to make their own picture of me themselves but I think I’m an honest player who gives everything and plays with confidence.”

The move fits with NYCFC’s oft-discussed youth movement. The entire roster is under 30 with the exceptions of Andrea Pirlo, Frederic Brillant and David Villa.

WATCH: 2.Bundesliga player provides us with preposterous missed sitter

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Philipp Hofmann did a whole lot right here. The Kaiserslautern man didn’t quit on the play, busted his rear end to get past his mark and set himself up for a tap-in goal from less than his body’s length away from goal.

That’s where it went horribly wrong.

The 21-year-old striker, who has scored four goals in six appearances for Germany’s U-21 side, was set to push home his second goal of the season for his new team, only he didn’t. Hofmann popped the ball over the goal from super close range and the slow motion shots don’t help us decipher what he was thinking, either.

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Before we get to the video, here’s a list of things we think Hofmann could’ve done and still scored:

1) dribble it into the goal

2) pass it into the goal with his left foot

3) pass it into the goal with his right foot

4) score with a diving header

5) bellyflop onto the ball with forward force

Instead, this: