U.S. striker joins Armenia’s national soccer team

Published: Monday August 09, 2010

Yura Movsisyan poses with his Armenia jersey. Photolur

Yerevan - Armenia's national football team has took on 23-year-old Yura Movsisyan in what is likely to become a significant addition to its offensive line.

Movsisyan is currently playing for Randers, in Denmark's top league, where he scored 8 goals since joining the team in early 2010.

He previously left a mark in the American Major League Soccer (MLS) with Kansas City Wizards and Real Salt Lake, scoring 5 and 15 goals for the respective teams during incomplete four seasons.

Born in Baku in 1987 Movsisyan and his family were forced to relocate amid anti-Armenian violence there and eventually settled in Los Angeles area.

He played for Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College before he was drafted into MLS in 2006.

Armenia readying for Euro qualifiers 

International football federation (FIFA) currently ranks Armenia 96th out of 202 national teams worldwide.

In most recent friendly games Armenia outplayed 87th ranked Uzbekistan and this week lost to 64th ranked Iran, 1-3.

The friendly games come ahead of European Cup qualifiers that begin in September, in which Armenia will compete in Group B with Russia, Slovakia, Ireland, Macedonia and Andorra. Top two teams of the group will advance to the 2012 Cup that will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

Armenia's schedule next month includes a home game with Ireland on September 3 and an away game with Macedonia on September 9.

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