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A.J. Soares Starts and Scores in Stabaek Friendly

Reports from multiple sources indicate that A.J. Soares started and scored for Stabaek in a preseason friendly on Wednesday. It was a header.

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The A.J. Soares saga is certainly an interesting one as the multiple sources report that the former New England Revolution player started and scored for Stabaek in a friendly against Strømmen on Wednesday.

After arriving in Norway on Sunday, Soares practiced with Stabaek on Monday. Soares' participation was called a training stint by head coach Bob Bradley, who said that the defender would soon be trialing elsewhere.

Intrigue was raised on Wednesday when Bradley reportedly named Soares as a starting center back for a preseason tuneup. Soares then scored soon after the opening whistle, with sources stating that it was a header. The goal was the difference at halftime.

Stabaek's website has no information on this match, but Strommen lists it as a friendly and has some manner of coverage on its own website.

Soares' future is unknown at this point, though it appears that he still harbors European ambitions despite the stalling of his rumored move to Serie A's Hellas Verona. Soares is currently a free agent as his contract with the Revs expired at the end of 2014. The Revolution maintain Soares' MLS rights as they made him a bona fide offer.