Thursday, January 26, 2012

Leeds snap up striker

Leeds United have signed MLS star Robbie Rogers on an 18-month contract from Columbus Crew.

The 24-year agreed personal terms on January 10 but had to wait for his work permit to be approved before he could become officially part of the squad at Elland Road.

Rogers was given a taste of football in England in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Newcastle last week but was unable to feature for the reserves because not all of his paperwork had been completed.

Leeds currently sit ninth in the Championship, one point outside the play-offs. On Tuesday they take on sixth place Birminghamb and could leapfrog them in the table with a win against Chris Hughton’s side, who are favourites in the live soccer betting. Rogers is expected to be on the bench for the first time in a competitive game in England.

Rogers started his professional career at Dutch side Heerenveen, but didn’t appear for the first team in the two years at the club. The American did play for the reserve team though, and won the reserve league championship during his spell with the side.

Following an unsuccessful spell in Holland, Rogers returned to America to sign for Colombus Crew where he has spent the last four years and established himself as one of the best defenders in the league.

In 2008 Rogers was nominated in the MLS Best XI players of the season as he helped his side win the MLS Cup and MLS Supporters Shield double. He has played on 18 occasions for his national side, scoring two goals in those games. Rogers was one of a number of soccer betting tips  recommended by United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann to Leeds boss Simon Grayson

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