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The Daily Dirt: An American star for Bayer Leverkusen?

'It would be a dream come true' for Bayer.

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Could an American be one of the biggest stars in the Bundesliga? If Bayer Leverkusen had its way, it would have an a player from the States serving as the face of the club. The idea is that a big star from America would introduce the German club to an entirely new market of fans.

"If I could have a wish, I would like to get a player that really could play in the first team from America and from China because that would open new markets," Bayer chairman Michael Schade. "If a player from the United States — let me say a [striker] — would come here and score every week, it would be a dream come true."

Now all this country needs to produce a player talented enough to be a major star in Bundesliga.

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