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Iranian forward signs with U.S. league, to play for San Jose

March 9, 2000, SAN JOSE, California (AP) - Former Asian Player of the Year Khodadad Azizi has signed a multi-year deal with U.S. Major League Soccer and the San Jose Earthquakes, which hope to have the Iranian forward in camp within a week.

The 28-year-old Azizi, the 1996 Asian Player of the Year, has 33 caps for Iran , including matches at the 1998 World Cup and 1996 Asian Cup, where Iran finished in third place after beating Kuwait on penalties.

Azizi had played the last 2 1-2 seasons with FC Cologne in Germany but had fallen out of favor with the club, which has dropped to the second division.

The announcement on Wednesday of his signing, which had been delayed because of claims on Azizi by a Turkish club, will give the Earthquakes a second scoring striker beside Salvadoran Ronald Cerritos.

MLS vice president of operations and player relations Ivan Gazidis said Iranian national team coach Mansour Pourhaidari has given the U.S. league assurances he will not call Azizi for Iran's Asian Cup qualifying tournament in Damascus, Syria, and Tehran set for March 31-April 11.

"I think that is an extraordinary act of cooperation," Gazidis said.

The MLS season begins March 18 with San Jose's first game scheduled for March 25 at Columbus.

"We hope to have him probably within week," said Gazidis, who added the U.S. government already has approved Azizi's work visa.

"We're just waiting for the mail. He's in Dubai, and as soon as we have his papers stamped, we'll get him here."

Azizi's most notable accomplishment was scoring two late second-half goals against Australia in World Cup qualifying, giving Iran a 2-2 draw and sending it to France 98, Iran 's first appearance in the World Cup finals in 20 years.


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