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State pro notes: Caban, Bell return to Sweden ahead of 2017 season

03/01/2017, 5:45pm CST
David Caban

After making his professional debut last year in Sweden, David Caban (Kenosha Tremper/UW) is headed back the country to continue his playing career.

The 24-year-old Caban recently signed with IFK Åmål of the Division 3 Västra Svealand. He's the second state native and former Badgers player on the fifth-division side's roster, joining his former college teammate Carl Schneider (Madison La Follette/UW).

Caban and Schneider also played together on the Bridges FC team that toured Europe last summer and both earned pro contracts. Caban joined fourth-division Ånge IF, which ended up being relegated from the Division 2 Norrland, while Schneider helped IFK Åmål win the sixth-tier Division 4 Bohuslän/Dalsland and earn promotion.

Caban, who has earned four caps with the Puerto Rican national team over the past year, made 13 appearances (all starts) in all competitions with Ånge last season after joining the team in July. IFK Åmål kicks off its season Friday in the Dalslands Sparbanks Cup competition, and its league opener is April 14.

In a Twitter direct message, Caban wrote that he hopes to go on trial with upper-division Swedish clubs or possibly a second-division club in Spain during IFK Åmål's midseason break or after the season.

On Twitter: @david_caban

  • Midfielder Laurie Bell (UW-Milwaukee) also is back in Sweden, returning to Karlslunds IF HFK for a second season. Bell, 24, was the club's player of the year in 2016 after scoring 10 goals in 24 appearances (all starts) in the fourth-tier Division 2 Södra Svealand. In January and February, he made 13 appearances for non-league sides Macclesfield Town and Hyde United in his native England. In a video interview posted on the club website, Bell said his top goals for the upcoming season are to help Karlslunds earn promotion to the third division and getting an opportunity with a larger club in Sweden. (Watch interview) Karlslunds begins 2017-18 Swedish Cup qualifying March 14 and opens play in the Division 2 Norra Svealand on April 9. On Twitter: @LBellBell

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