Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for Kinshasa-born Blaise Nkufo, the new striker for the Seattle Sounders club in Major League Soccer.  The 35-year-old Nkufo has played professional soccer all over the world, but he surely will have great memories of at least one match here in the United States.  You might say Blaise got off to a blazing start with the Sounders, as he scored his first three MLS goals in a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Before coming here to the USA, Nkufo played seven years for the Dutch club Twente, where he was the team’s leading scorer, with 114 goals in 223 appearances.  Blaise has also played for clubs in Qatar, Germany and Switzerland.  Nkufo emigrated to Switzerland with his family when he was a young boy and became a Swiss citizen at age 20.  The tall striker played in all three of Switzerland’s first round matches at this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

In the following YouTube video, Blaise talks about joining the Seattle Sounders.

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