Former Hearts striker Jankauskas signs with New England

New England Revolution have signed Lithuanian striker Edgaras Jankauskas. Jankauskas, 34, has more than 18 seasons of experience in the European professional leagues.

New England Revolution have signed Lithuanian striker Edgaras Jankauskas.

Jankauskas, 34, has more than 18 seasons of experience in the European professional leagues.

After beginning his career with Žalgiris Vilnius in Lithuania in 1991, he moved to Russian clubs CSKA Moscow (1996) and Torpedo (1997). He then transferred to Belgium’s FC Bruges, where he played two seasons and scored 16 goals in 52 appearances while helping the club win the Belgian League in 1997-98.

His transfer fee from Bruges to Spain’s Real Sociedad in 2000 set the record for a Lithuanian player, and he scored 19 goals in 56 appearances before being loaned to Benfica in 2002.

His eight-goal, 12 appearance stint with Benfica preceded his signing with FC Porto, where he was a member of the club that won the Portuguese league and cup double in 2002-03, and the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League. He made 64 appearances and scored 19 goals under manager Jose Mourinho at Porto.

He also has playing experience in France (OGC Nice, 2005) and Scotland (Hearts, 2005-07 on loan from FBK Kaunas). Most recently, he has played with AEK Larnaca (Cyprus), Belenenses (Portugal) and Skonto (Latvia).

Jankauskas has represented Lithuania 54 times, scoring 10 goals for his country. Six of his goals have come in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, three each in the 2002 and 2006 cycles. He is a five-time footballer of the year in Lithuania (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004).

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