Evening Ticker: Dream debut for Aguero, San Jose signs new striker on loan and more

Evening Ticker: Dream debut for Aguero, San Jose signs new striker on loan and more

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Evening Ticker: Dream debut for Aguero, San Jose signs new striker on loan and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Sergio Aguero is already beginning to look good for his money.

Despite reportedly not being 100% fit, Aguero came in as a second-half substitute for Manchester City and notched two goals and an assist in a 4-0 rout of Swansea.

Aguero replaced Nigel de Jong three minutes after the hosts were put 1-0 thanks to Edin Dzeko in the 57th, and it took only eight minutes to mark his debut with a goal — a cool finish following a low Micah Richards cross at the far post. 

But the Argentine star wasn't finished as he thumped home his second of the evening from long-distance to give Swansea keeper Michael Vorm no chance at keeping out the effort as it crashed safely into the far post.

Just minutes prior, Aguero grabbed an assist when he craftily latched on to a through ball, brought it back off the goal line and teed up David Silva, who made no mistake from 10 yards out.

Speculation had been made immediately following Aguero's arrival in Manchester as to whether the young striker was worth the money, but the Argentine phenom responded with a resounding "yes" in his first taste of the EPL.

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EARTHQUAKES INK STRIKER ZURA

The San Jose Earthquakes has signed Ecuadorian forward Edmundo Zura from El Nacional on loan until December.  Should the club be impressed with Zura's form, it can sign him permanently when the loan deal expires at the end of the year.

The 28-year-old has so far enjoyed a 10-year career at a professional level, but has been hopping clubs the last few years before settling in MLS.

The striker has 11 caps for the Ecuadorian National Team, finding the back of the net once in 2007 against Sweden.

Zura will add some depth up front for Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenart and Alan Gordon in the club's quest to lock down a playoff spot.

U20 WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS SET

Four heavy-hitting youth national teams comprise the remaining four contenders for the U20 World Cup in Mexico, France, Brazil and Portugal.

The Brazilians advanced at the expense of Spain after topping the Europeans 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout, having been held to a 1-1 draw in regulation and 2-2 extra time.  

France ousted Nigeria 3-2 in extra time, thanks to a brace from Alexandre Lacazette (including the game-winner) and one from Gueida Fofana after the two sides couldn't be separated from a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Portugal was the third team to seen its future undecided by regular time and was forced into a penalty shootout with Argentina to determine the victor.  The Europeans topped the South Americans 5-4 and booked their place in the next stage of the competition.

Mexico, the only semi-finalist to have won outright in 90 minutes, showed hosts Colombia the exit with a 3-1 victory with second-half double from substitute Edson Rivera sealing the deal for Mexico.

The semifinal matches will take place (Brazil v Mexico, France v Portugal) on the 17th and the final two contenders determined.

FABREGAS PRESENTED TO MEDIA, TRAINS WITH BARCA

Fabregas was presented to the media Monday in a Barcelona shirt (VIDEO) for the first time in eight years since leaving the club as a teenager.

After completing his big £35 million move from Arsenal, the Spaniard has declared his joy at the switch, claiming he'd waiting "days, months and years" for this chance.

Fabregas participated in his first training session with the club later on Monday and could be thrust immediately into action this weekend against Malaga in Spain's Primera Liga.

MONTAÑO LOANED OUT TO MONTREAL

Seattle Sounders winger Miguel Montaño has been loaned out NASL club Montreal Impact starting immediately and lasting the duration of the 2011 season.

The 20-year-old Colombian was in the midst of his second season with Seattle, making two league appearances and notching a start in the US Open Cup.

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Think Aguero can keep this form up?  What do you think about the latest San Jose addition?  Who do you like to win the U20 World Cup?  

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