Zoltán Stieber

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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.

Hamburg remain in Bundesliga thanks to playoff draw

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Hamburger SV sure love to spin out a good storyline. One of the founding members of the Bundesliga in 1962, HSV has spent 50 consecutive seasons in the top flight – the longest of any German club. But after a topsy-turvy season, it seemed like they were about to be relegated for the first time.

Instead, Hamburg saved themselves. After a goalless draw at home, HSV traveled to take on Greuther Fürth for the second leg of the Bundesliga playoff. The visitors were the better side in the first half, and, somewhat surprisingly, it took them less than fifteen minutes to find the goal.

After Pierre-Michel Lasogga put his shot just wide, Fürth goalkeeper Wolfgang Hesl used his leg to keep out a shot from Hakan Çalhanoğlu. Rafael van der Vaart put in the resulting corner, curling it beautifully for Lasogga to head in.

Hamburg’s momentum was upset around the half-hour mark, when Johan Djourou came off the worse in a collision with Ilir Azemi. The former Arsenal player ended up stretchered off with his neck in a brace.

Fürth came back into it in the second half, and by the hour mark they’d found their equalizer. Zoltán Stieber put his pass through Petr Jiráček, with Stephan Fürstner getting on the end to knock home.

But that wouldn’t be enough for Fürth: the away goals rule was in effect, and with a draw, HSV would win. The hosts pressed harder, and very nearly found promotion. But Jaroslav Drobný, in goal instead of René Adler, managed to keep his wits about him. The Czech made two great saves in injury time, keeping Hamburg level – and keeping them in the Bundesliga.

After spending the majority of the season fighting the drop, and very nearly losing out in the playoffs, surely Hamburg have realized their weaknesses. It’ll be a busy summer for HSV, one in which plenty of rebuilding will need to be done. But fans of German football will hope that Hamburg’s struggles will subside next season.