Sporting KC adds Argentine forward Bieler

Sporting KC adds Argentine forward Bieler
December 18, 2012, 2:58 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Sporting Kansas City has introduced Argentine forward Claudio Bieler as a designated player, adding a talented goal-scorer from Ecuador's Serie A to its roster.

The 28-year-old Bieler was acquired by the MLS club from LDU Quito for an undisclosed transfer fee after scoring 57 goals in 110 games in Ecuador's top professional league.

Nicknamed ``El Taca,'' Bieler had 20 goals in 34 games this past season.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said after losing in the MLS Cup playoffs that he would seek to add a talented striker this offseason. Vermes said Tuesday that Bieler had proven to be a ``very consistent goal scorer.''

The designated player rule allows MLS clubs to acquire high-salary players and have only a portion of their salary count against the club's budget. Sporting KC has had three designated players: Claudio Lopez in 2008 and Omar Bravo and Jeferson in 2011.