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Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom retires

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Stockholm (AFP) – Kim Kallstrom, who won 131 caps for Sweden, announced on Friday that he was hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

The left-sided midfielder had returned to one of his first clubs, Djurgardens, in Stockholm, on a two-year deal before the recently completed Swedish season.

Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom retires

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Stockholm (AFP) – Kim Kallstrom, who won 131 caps for Sweden, announced on Friday that he was hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

The left-sided midfielder had returned to one of his first clubs, Djurgardens, in Stockholm, on a two-year deal before the recently completed Swedish season.

D.C. United

Djurgardens defender Elliot Kack says D.C. United was interested in him

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We might be catching the last gasp of a dying rumor

A report from Sweden claimed that D.C. United had at one point expressed interest in defender Elliot Kack, who plays for Djurgardens in the Swedish Allsvenskan. The report closes by saying that D.C. has moved on to other options, so this rumor may have already played itself out from start to finish.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Saturday provides another fresh start for Charlie Davies, one which he hopes is just the beginning of the turning point that launches him back to his form of old.

A week after signing with Randers FC in Denmark, Davies, who has drawn the No. 8 jersey, has been named to the 21-man squad that will travel to Sonderjyske for the club's season-opening game in the Danish Superliga and could very well make his debut.

Brooklyn Swedish

Gene Olaff: 1920-2017

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National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97.

Happy birthday Gene Olaff

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National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who turns 93.

Sweden

Allsvenskan: Djurgarden Celebrate Signing Off With Win By Staging Mass Snowball Fight With Fans (Video)

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Over the weekend, Swedish side Djurgarden finished off their Allsvenskan league campaignwith a 240-miletrip north to frost-bitten Sundsvall.

Despite having almost nothing to play for, the visitors managed to pull off a thumping 5-2 victory to cement their place in mid-table and decided to celebrate accordingly.

38-goal Kenyan international wants Arsenal but signs for Swedish side

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Arsenal have just signed two young Nigerian youth international players, so it is obvious that Arsene Wenger has got scouts watching African players at the moment. Now it seems the best young player in Kenya, is also desperate to be given a chance to prove himself at the Emirates and last year he sent a [.

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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj are to get their first starts of the Premiership campaign with Aston Villa, now might be the best time to do so.

The Villans are in last place in the Premier League standings and changes could be coming in order to help them avoid a third straight defeat at the start of the year.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Fresh off of winning the Belgian Super Cup, Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht have set their sights towards their next mission: defending their Pro League title.

Kljestan and Anderlecht will kick off their quest for a 32nd league title this Saturday when they visit Kortrijk.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Nordsjaelland are one step away from becoming champions of Denmark, and Michael Parkhurst is a big reason for that.

Playing left back, Parkhurst delivered the assist on the winning goal in Nordsjaelland's 1-0 victory over Brondby. The win placed Nordsjaelland in first place in Denmark with one game left in the season.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Herculez Gomez may not have had a chance to help Santos Laguna in the first leg of the Clausura Liguilla final, but the short turnaround before the second game could provide him a prime opportunity to help push the club to a championship.

Major League Soccer

Agbossoumonde set for RailHawks loan

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U.S. Under-23 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde is set to finalize a loan move to the NASL's Carolina RailHawks today, sources told SBI.

The 20-year-old Agbossoumonde has been on a constant quest for consistent playing time for the better part of the last three years, having stints with Sporting Braga in Portugal, Djurgardens IF in Sweden and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany yield few first-team minutes.

Union schedule to be released today, Kai re-signs with Indys, more news

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Philadelphia Union

MLS is scheduled to release the 2012 schedule today at 2pm. We'll post the Union schedule as soon as it is available.

Who will the Union play in their home opener? After using some logic based on what schedule details are already known (the Union open the season at Portland on March 12, play in Chicago on March 24, play in Toronto on May 26 and September 15 while playing host to Toronto on July 7), The Goalkeeper writes, "I would not be surprised if it is against the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo or David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy.

UNC’s Martinez Signs GA Deal, Schuler To Sweden

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Enzo Martinez has signed with MLS. (Photo via UNC Athletics)

The Generation adidas class for 2012 is nearly complete. UNC midfielder Enzo Martinez has signed his GA deal with the league but his former Tar Heel teammate Billy Schuler declined his offer from the league to go to Europe.

Reports out of Sweden say that Hammarby IF (yes, Greg Berhalter's new club) is close to signing the Tar Heel to a deal.

The Rest

Bethlehem Steel FC in Scandinavia, 1919

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Featured image: Courtesy of Dan Morrison and bethlehemsteelsoccer.org

Against the expectation of many in the US, the United States Football Association's first international tour in Scandinavia in the summer of 1916 had been a great success. The cash-strapped USFA had come out of the trip in the black—the Swedish FA had paid for the tour thanks to the backing of a leading Swedish newspaper—and the team had performed well to garner a 3–1–2 record despite having been put together only days before departure to Europe without the benefit of tryouts.