Sporting KC Signs Claudio Bieler as New DP

Argentinian forward comes to Kansas City ahead of 2013 season.
by Brandon Arendt   |   Wednesday, December 19, 2012

State of SKC - column on Sporting KC (SKC) & the Kansas City soccer scene.

The holidays have come early for many Sporting Kansas City fans this year.

A new ‘gift’ in the form of Argentinean striker, Claudio Bieler, has arrived and will be ready to be unwrapped in the 2013 MLS Season.

“Kansas City has followed me for the last few years and know how important winning is to me,” said Bieler. “It was a little hard to leave, as the fans at my old team wanted what I did, championships. Now I am excited to be here in KC and want to earn all of the hearts of the fans or ‘hincha’ like they call it in Ecuador. I am here and determined to win.”

Bieler arrives in Kansas City on a transfer from LDU de Quito of the Ecuadorian Serie A. While playing with LDU de Quito, Bieler appeared in 46 matches while racking up 22 goals. Bieler, 28, is young compared to the average age of a DP in MLS (just under 31).

With a goal to appearance ratio of about a goal for every other game, Bieler could very well be the answer to the question that has plagued Sporting Kansas City in both of their last two MLS Eastern Conference Final match ups – goal scoring.

Sporting KC failed to reach the MLS Cup in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, falling to eventual MLS runner-up Houston Dynamo.

In both seasons, Sporting lost on aggregate after wasting a slew of chances in front of the net. After stumbling while on the cusp of glory twice in a row, head coach Peter Vermes clearly wanted to make a move for a goal scorer.

 “He’s proven over the years that he’s a very consistent goal scorer,” Vermes said on Bieler. “We think he’s got a lot of good qualities that can fit into our team. Everything from his commitment to being a team player, to his work ethic out on the field, to a guy that lives and breathes for club that he plays for. We’re excited that we’re able to finally secure him and add a player of his caliber to our organization.”

Bieler has also received praise from former Argentina National Team Manager and soccer legend Diego Maradona. Maradona called up Claudio Bieler in preparation for a friendly against Jamaica. However, Bieler was forced to withdraw due to an apparent injury.

All that remains to be seen is how well Bieler will blend in with the 4-3-3 that Vermes plays. Will Bieler be the answer to Sporting's woes? Or will he be another DP flop?

Brandon ARENDT

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Milwaukee Tech
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Swansea City
Brandon is a Milwaukee native and the current Sporting Kansas City columnist for Soccer Newsday. He is an avid gamer, unabashed beer snob and has what can best be described as an "unhealthy" addiction to soccer.
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