SMITH ON VERGE OF GOLD COAST DEAL
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
After finishing fourth last season in the A-League, Australia's top league, Gold Coast United are on the verge of adding American forward Alex Smith.

While the deal is not complete just yet, the club did say that they have agreed to terms with Smith and only mere formalities remain.

"I can't confirm that we've signed him yet," Gold Coast United Press Officer Neil Favager told YA on Tuesday. "But I can confirm that we've agreed to terms but we haven't completed the formalities and paperwork just yet. It's an ongoing process but we're very confident."

Smith, 25, was born in Windsor, England but moved the United States when he was just one year old.

He played NCAA soccer initially with Centenary College of Louisiana and then transferred to Southern Methodist Unitersity in 2004 where he scored 13 goals in 19 games for the Mustangs.

In 2005 Smith signed a one year contact with FC Dallas of MLS but did not make an appearance with the club.

In 2010 Smith moved to Australia to play in the NSW Super League, the second league in Australian soccer. In his first year with Fraser Park he was named the league's player of the year.

After most recently playing for Sydney Olympic also in the NSW Super League, Smith will now join Gold Coast United for his first A-League season scheduled to begin in August.
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