AMSTERDAM – Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim successfully completed their survival playoff mission on Monday, maintaining their Bundesliga place with a 2-1 victory against second-leg hosts Kaiserslautern, taking the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
The US international started on the wing, but was shifted to left back for the final hour of play. Johnson was perhaps fortunate to get away with a cross striking his arm in the area just prior to intermission.
In the end, Hoffenheim comfortably clinched their place in the top flight for the sixth straight season.
AMSTERDAM – It may sound funny, but Rapid Vienna ace Terrence Boyd admits he'll be more nervous watching former employers Borussia Dortmund battle in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final than he is when he plays.
AMSTERDAM – The agent for Estoril attacker Tony Taylor says the American will not be receiving an extension offer from the season's Portuguese surprise package, but his agent says they are sorting through a handful of opportunities with Liga ZON Sagres rivals.
The 23-year-old, who most often works from right wing, is set to see his contract run out at the end of June. Taylor notched a goal in 13 league outings this term, helping Estoril claim their first-ever Europa League ticket with a fifth-place finish.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England forward Saër Sène will feel the pride rush through his body when Bayern Munich take the field at Wembley Stadium on Saturday (2:45 pm ET, Fox).
Sène may play for the Revolution now, but he learned his trade at Bayern before leaving on a free transfer to join MLS last year.
CARSON, Calif. – Millions of Americans will tune in for Saturday's UEFA Champions League final at Wembley, but Jovan Kirovski will have a singular perspective as he watches German rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
The LA Galaxy's technical director was a young hopeful with Borussia Dortmund when the club won its lone European title 16 years ago. That makes him the only American with a Champions League medal as well as a most interested observer as Die Schwarzgelben have made a somewhat unexpected run to this year's title game.
AMSTERDAM – Fabian Johnson pitched in with a solid left wing shift as Hoffenheim got a leg up in their promotion/relegation opener with a 3-1 decision over visiting Kaiserslautern on Thursday.
The US international showed his dangerous side Thursday night, repeatedly beating defenders on the dribble. In addition to taking part in the capper, Johnson made several runs into the area and drew three dangerous free kicks.
CARSON, Calif. – Bruce Arena has backtracked on his refusal to release Robbie Keane for the friendlies Ireland have scheduled ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands, and it's all about the agreement between U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer on player releases this summer.
According to a Wednesday report on ESPNFC.com, Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden will sign a new one-year contract after agreeing to a new deal with the club.
The report states that Holden, who has made only nine league appearances since a devastating cruciate knee injury in March 2011, will re-sign with the Championship club next month after the upcoming round of US national team games in June.
AMSTERDAM – The agent for AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Jóhannsson has offered some hope to US national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann, saying it's no certainty that his client will suit up internationally for Iceland.
The 22-year-old was set to accept a World Cup qualifying call from Iceland while with AGF Aarhus last October, only to have it canceled by a groin injury. More recently, AZ teammate Jozy Altidore told The Best Soccer Show he thought Jóhannsson was “leaning more towards Iceland.”