Zenit striker Starikov joins U.S. training camp

CHICAGO Fri Jan 7, 2011 12:37pm EST

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eugene Starikov, a striker with Zenit St. Petersburg, has been added to the U.S. national team training camp, the club said on Friday.

Starikov, 22, spent the last half of the 2010 season on loan with Russian Premier League club Tom Tomsk, scoring one goal in nine appearances.

Starikov, known as Yevgeni Starikov in Russia, was born in Odessa, Ukraine, but grew up in Florida before leaving in 2009 to join Zenit, the 2008 UEFA Cup champions.

The U.S. team is in Carson, California, preparing for an exhibition game against fellow FIFA World Cup finalist Chile on January 22.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Frank Pingue)

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