Freddy Adu might have been out of the American soccer spotlight in recent months, but make no mistake he is still a big name around the world. Just ask his new club Kuopion Palloseura.
AMSTERDAM – As the weather starts to warm, the various races and chases get hotter for American players over in Europe.
As usual, we're here to give you the rundown on what American Exports have left to play for as spring quickly approaches. Several players recovering from serious injury and others awaiting club debuts are listed, since the awaited results will affect them next season.
Tim Howard is the last American remaining in UEFA cup play, and as such is the one chasing the biggest prize.
American Exports: Tim Howard is last American standing in Europe after leading Everton to Europa win
AMSTERDAM – Tim Howard stands as the last American alive in the 2014-15 European campaign after backstopping Everton into the Europa League sweet 16 with a 3-1 (7-2 aggregate) victory over second-leg visitors Young Boys Bern on Thursday night.
Howard required just one save and a pair of cross captures to complete the job as the Toffees matched their deepest continental cup run since reaching the same round of the 2008 UEFA Cup.
AMSTERDAM – Having sat out their last three Eredivisie contests with an ankle injury, AZ Alkmaat hitman Aron Jóhannsson returned to team training on Monday with hopes of being ready for Saturday's visit from Willem II.
The US forward suffered an ankle sprain shortly after striking a famous lone-goal winner away to derby rivals and champs Ajax on Feb. 5.
AMSTERDAM – Tippeligaen battlers Viking have inked free-agent defender AJ Soares to a deal that ties him to the club until the summer of 2016.
Bob Bradley talks Stabaek, Timbers and life as a Yank abroad: "We've all had to fight like crazy for respect"
PORTLAND, Ore. – As Bob Bradley ran Stabaek through drills in the fading winter light Saturday afternoon at Providence Park, rather notable spectators began finding their way into the stands.
AMSTERDAM – Bolton ace Tim Ream will miss Tuesday's trip to visit Championship title chasers Middlesbrough with a sore back, but is slated for a return to full training later in the week.
The reigning Wanderers Player of the Year collided hard with the post during the first half of Saturday's loss to Nottingham Forest. Sunday night scans came back negative, but Tuesday's match comes a little too soon.
American Exports: Jonathan Spector goes distance in England, Julian Green scores for Hamburg Under-23s
AMSTERDAM – Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City were pegged back late by 10-man Championship leaders Middlesbrough in a 1-1 home draw on Wednesday night.
Working his fourth successive game in central defense, the American almost opened the scoring when his six-yard shot from a 32nd-minute corner kick scramble was blocked near the line. On the night, Spector paced the hosts with five clearances while adding a cross block and a pass interception.
AMSTERDAM – While Germany's Bundesliga system has long been a second home to American players looking to advance their careers, FC Nürnberg Under-19 boss Pellegrino Matarazzo is now on course to help blaze an American coaching trail in Europe.
DeAndre Yedlin might not be contributing to Tottenham's cause just yet, but manager Mauricio Pochettino has eased concerns over the youngster's future at the club.