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Bayer Leverkusen would love to sign American soccer star

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Bayer Leverkusen Chief Executive Officer Michael Schade says his club would be interested in signing an American soccer player who could help his team score goals and market the club in the United States.

In an interview with US journalists on Monday, the chairman said:

“If I could have a wish, I would like to get a player that really could play in the first team from America and from China because that would open new markets.

“If a player from the United States — let me say a [striker] — would come here and score every week, it would be a dream come true.”

Schade was speaking to journalists in Leverkusen to discuss the Bundesliga’s international expansion as well as Bayer’s upcoming tournament (the Florida Cup) in the United States scheduled for this January.

In the past, Bayer Leverkusen have featured several American soccer players including Landon Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Thomas Dooley, Jermaine Jones and Claudio Reyna.

David Yelldell, who is currently Leverkusen’s third goalkeeper, is the only US international with the team at the moment. Yelldell earned his one US Men’s National Team cap in 2011.

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