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Evening Ticker: Hill signs with Portuguese club, Reading loses and Sala is sidelined

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Kamani Hill has found a new home.

Hill has signed with Vitoria de Guimaraes after a two week trial with the Portuguese First Division club. The California native has agreed to a deal with the team but he cannot officially join the side until July, when his contract with German club VfL Wolfsburg expires.

"He will have to wait to play for us," team representative Carla Freitas told "He will only play for Vitoria next season. Right now, he has returned to Germany, and he'll be back in Portugal in July."

Vitoria de Guimaraes currently sits in ninth place of the Portuguese league and finished third during the 2007-2008 season.

Here are some other stories to close out your Tuesday:

Hahnemann and Reading fall to Burnley

Heading into their second leg of the promotion playoffs against Burnley and down 1-0 on aggregate, goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and Reading missed out on reaching the final of the Coca-Cola Championship playoffs as they lost 2-0 on Tuesday.

Reading surrendered two splendid second-half goals and lost the series 3-0 on aggregate. Burnley will take on Sheffield United on May 25th at Wembley Stadium to determine who will be the final team from the Championship to get promoted to the English Premier League for the 2009-2010 season.

Sala sidelined with knee injury

FC Dallas will be without goalkeeper Dario Sala for 4-6 weeks after an MRI showed he had bone bruises in his left knee.

Sala, who has only played twice this season due to a combination of discomfort in his knee and suspension, made his most recent appearance in a loss to Chivas USA on April 25th. Sala received a red card in the 25th minute of the 2-0 defeat.

Ray Burse will fill in as FC Dallas' goalkeeper during Sala's absence.


What do you think of these stories? Do you see Hill becoming a fixture with Vitoria SC? Will FC Dallas miss Sala at all? Where do you see Hahnemann playing next season?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. IMO the portuguese league has taken over the dutch league in term of prestige and player development…good move by Hill

  2. Hill should link up very nicely with Nuno Assis at Guimaraes…Always great to see American players playing in the Portuguese Liga…Forca Hill!

  3. I’ve got some news! Adu is heading back to Portugal (according to his agent) and Seattle has decided to raise the ticket cap by 4,000. So instead of averaging 29,000 we can average 33,000.

    Adu heading back to Benfica isn’t really news. It was a LOAN to Monaco, so he was always going back to Portugal.

    I’m happy for Hill. A 3 year deal is really good considering he hasn’t played for a while.

  4. I’ve got some news! Adu is heading back to Portugal (according to his agent) and Seattle has decided to raise the ticket cap by 4,000. So instead of averaging 29,000 we can average 33,000.

  5. More young blood getting European development. Step by ever so painfully slow step our young players are getting the chances to develop in Europe that isn’t available for them here.

  6. No reason to play Lambo right now Alex. Burse has looked great in goal. I wish they’d cut Sala, if possible. They could use that salary on a defender.

  7. sounds like an FCD blog. They are already missing Sala. Will continue to miss him until the defense can help stop someone. Maybe Hahnemann can help out.

  8. @Ted

    I’m all for veteran leadership, but I think US Soccer as a whole (Nats and MLS) put a little too much stock in it. Don’t get me wrong..when you have two comparably skilled players, I’ll take the veteran every time.

  9. Alex: Because Schellas Hyndman has “good ol’ boy” syndrome worse than Bruce Arena.

    Easily the worst coach in MLS.

  10. Why don’t they give lambo a shot, or any of the other young guys they can’t do any worst then what they are doing now, it could be the spark they need.


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