MLS Ticker: Rapids sign Brazilian, Crew acquire Arrieta and more

MLS Ticker: Rapids sign Brazilian, Crew acquire Arrieta and more

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MLS Ticker: Rapids sign Brazilian, Crew acquire Arrieta and more

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The Colorado Rapids already-strong front line just got deeper and more talented.

Colorado bolstered its forward corps Thursday, signing 33-year-old Brazilian striker Luis Eduardo "Edu" Schmidt to complement a group that includes Omar Cummings, Quincy Amarikwa, Andre Akpan and Conor Casey, who is close to returning from a long-term Achilles injury.

Edu, who received a cap with the Brazil national team in 2000 and scored two goals for his nation's squad at that summer's Olympics in Sydney, has played for Brazilian sides Sao Paulo Futebol Clube, Internacional and Vitoria, as well as La Liga clubs Celta de Vigo and Real Betis.

Terms of the deal for the striker, who also boasts experience in the UEFA Champions League, were not disclosed.

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CREW SIGN COSTA RICAN ARRIETA

The Columbus Crew's offense has been subpar to start the 2012 season, but a reinforcement is on his way. The Crew announced Thursday they have signed 28-year-old forward Jairo Arrieta, who will be available to Columbus once the summer transfer window opens on June 27. Arrieta joins the Crew from Costa Rican first division club Deportivo Saprissa, where he has scored 45 times in the last five seasons with Saprissa. Arrieta has been capped by Costa Rica's national team three times, all of which have come since December 2011.

FIRE LAND BRAZILIAN MIDFIELDER DE LIMA

The Chicago Fire added another piece to their midfield on Thursday, acquiring Brazilian midfielder Alex Monteiro De Lima on a free transfer from Swiss club FC Wohlen. De Lima appeared for the Fire earlier this year as a trialist, but he has now agreed to terms with the club. The 23-year-old will be available for selection once the summer transfer window opens on June 27.

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