It's official: Sebastian Giovinco, Andrea Pirlo called up for Italian national team UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers

It's official: Giovinco, Pirlo called up for Italy

The early reports are true. Italian men's national team coach Antonio Conte has called up two current MLS players, Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco and New York City FC's Andrea Pirlo.

Conte named both players to his 28-man squad for an upcoming pair of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches. The first finds the Azzurri facing Malta in Florence on September 3, the second facing Bulgaria in Palermo on September 6.

Running list of MLS international call-ups for September FIFA dates

Running list of MLS international call-ups for September FIFA dates

Alvaro Saborio

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With a FIFA window for international friendlies, World Cup and Euro qualifiers set for early September, here’s a running list of MLS players called up to their national teams. The list will be updated as squads are announced:

Belgium – vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (9/3), at Cyprus (9/6)
Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact)

American Exports: Ethan Horvath's Molde drawn into rugged foursome as Yanks learn Europa League groups

Exports: Europa League Yanks learn group placements at UEFA draw

AMSTERDAM – Ethan Horvath and Molde FK are set for some advanced education after drawing a firm Europa League group-stage challenge that will include two matches each against European brand names Ajax, Celtic and Fenerbahçe.

American Exports: Ethan Horvath headed to Europa League group stage with Molde

Exports: Horvath, Molde headed to Europa League group stage

Molde FK goalkeeper Ethan Horvath

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AMSTERDAM – Ethan Horvath and Molde FK are on their way to the Europa League group phase, squeaking into the final 48 by a virtue of a single away goal following a 3-1 second leg loss at Standard Liège on Thursday night.

American Exports: Ethan Horvath notches four saves in Molde FK's Europa League playoff-round victory

Exports: Horvath makes four saves in Europa League playoff win

AMSTERDAM – Ethan Horvath notched four saves as Molde FK put one leg in the books in the UEFA Europa League group phase by blanking playoff-round guests Standard Liège 2-0 on Thursday night.

The young American was fortunate enough to be bailed out by a line clearance just after the break, but Horvath eventually preserved the clean sheet on his own in the last minute of play, robbing Julien De Sart on a break-in.

American Exports: Tim Ream signs 4-year contract with Fulham after transferring from Bolton

Exports: Ream transfers to Fulham, signs four-year deal

The future of former Red Bulls defender and US International Tim Ream rests with a club many Americans have previously represented.

Fulham announced on Thursday that it has signed Ream to a 4-year deal with an option for a fifth following his transfer from Bolton Wanderers. The fee for the 27-year-old Ream was not disclosed. 

American Exports: Cody Cropper's MK Dons, Danny Williams' Reading winners in Capital One Cup action

Exports: Copper's MK Dons, Williams' Reading winners in Capital One Cup

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AMSTERDAM – A pair of American netminders posted debut victories for their new clubs on Tuesday night, with MK Dons summer catch Cody Cropper playing his part in a 2-1 comeback win over Capital One Cup first-round guests Leyton Orient.

After being beaten by his own defender on an opening frame own goal, the US Olympic team candidate made big second-half stops on Ollie Palmer and Jay Simpson to keep the hosts with a chance. His new teammates rewarded Cropper with a pair of goals in the final two minutes to flip the result.

American Exports: Stacking up Rubio Rubin's chances to deliver in sophomore season with FC Utrecht

Exports: Stacking up Rubin's chances to deliver in 2nd season at Utrecht

Rubio Rubin with FC Utrecht

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AMSTERDAM – Any time an American attacker heads to the Eredivisie, there are bound to be expectations. When you have a promising rookie year like FC Utrecht's Rubio Rubin did last season, the expectations will rise.

After all, it's the Stanford medical school of passing, the Missouri journalism school of authoring chances and the Northwestern law school of tactics all rolled into one for soccer prospects. If Rubin notched three goals and five assists as an 18-year-old neophyte, what can he do with a year of precious Eredvisie experience under his belt?

Transfer Watch: Swiss veteran Tranquillo Barnetta reportedly drawing interest from Philadelphia Union

Transfer Watch: Swiss international Barnetta linked with Union

Tranquillo Barnetta Transfer Watch

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Free agent winger Tranquillo Barnetta is weighing his options for his next club move, and apparently one of them is an MLS club.

LA Galaxy hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's lopsided friendly loss when facing Barcelona

Galaxy hoping to avoid repeat of last year's lopsided loss to Barcelona

CARSON, Calif. -- The last time the LA Galaxy took the field at the Rose Bowl, they watched Manchester United pummel them in a 7-0 debacle that delighted the vast majority of the nearly 85,000 on hand.

Now they're taking on Barcelona, the consensus choice as the world's best club, in Tuesday night's International Champions Cup friendly at the 93-year-old shrine in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. It's a challenge they're excited about, but also one they don't want ending like last year's match.

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