AMSTERDAM – Americans are getting set for closing day in several leagues around Europe, with Sacha Kljestan and Belgian champs Anderlecht hosting a title showdown with second place guests Zulte Waregem. All times in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Tim Howard – Everton at Chelsea (Sunday, 11 am)
AMSTERDAM – Sacha Kljestan bagged the opener as Anderlecht moved closer to a Jupiler League title repeat with a 4-2 win at Lokeren on Thursday.
The former Chivas USA man applied a back post finish to a 25th-minute free kick to notch his third goal in nine career meetings against the Tricolores. Kljestan also pitched in with a crucial set-piece clearance well before Lokeren chipped into a four-goal deficit with a pair of late strikes.
AMSTERDAM – Jozy Altidore's fine Eredivisie season was capped on Tuesday by his becoming the first American named to the Dutch league's Team of the Season.
The honors are handed out every spring by De Telegraaf, the country's most-read newspaper.
American Exports: Bursaspor working on permanent transfer for Maurice Edu with Stoke loan set to expire
AMSTERDAM – Turkish outfit Bursaspor have begun an attempt to turn loan midfielder Maurice Edu's move into a full transfer, MLSsoccer.com has learned.
Multiple sources have indicated that the Green Crocodiles have opened talks with Stoke City over the US international. MLSsoccer.com has also learned that Bursaspor have a few rivals for Edu's services around Europe.
AMSTERDAM – Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg continued their productive form on Monday, with the American notching an assist as the home side retained the top spot in the Swedish Allsvenskan with a 5-0 drubbing of Häcken.
Shortly before departing in the 86th minute, the US international set up Álvaro Santos for the Reds' last goal of the night. Bedoya (above) has raced out of the blocks as Helsingborg's new No. 10 this term, ringing up five goals and four assists through the first 11 competitive matches.
AMSTERDAM – The agent for Racing Santander loan defender Carlos Bocanegra says his client is sorting through potential destinations for a summer move, both back home and abroad.
The 33-year-old center back, who still has four games remaining with the Segunda División survivalists, is due to revert back to being a Rangers player at the end of June. However, Bocanegra appears eager to find a new club instead of suiting up in the Scottish third flight until his contract runs out at the end of next season.
AMSTERDAM – Several Americans will be taking part in key club contests across the pond this weekend, with Jermaine Jones and Schalke hoping to secure a Champions League berth for the fall in their final home game of the season. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Geoff Cameron (Stoke), Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel (Spurs) – Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 8:30 am)
AMSTERDAM – Clint Dempsey came to Tottenham Hotspur last summer in search of Champions League soccer, and now he's got two Premier League games to help his club chase it down.
Spurs are bringing up the back of the pack in a three-team race between London rivals for two berths in Europe's showcase club tournament. Dempsey has never appeared in the Champions League, perhaps his penchant for the big goal can play a part in what Tottenham hope will be a rally into the top four.
American Exports: Jozy Altidore thrilled following Cup triumph: "I'm just so happy to win something"
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – Fresh from raising the KNVB Cup with his AZ Alkmaar teammates on Thursday, Jozy Altidore believes the underdogs saved their season by acing the final exam against favored PSV Eindhoven at De Kuip.
The US striker bagged the 14th-minute winner, increasing his career-best strike total and finishing as the tourney's top scorer with eight goals. When asked if winning the cup had turned the frown of their Eredivisie season all the way around, Altidore exulted in the moment.
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – He's already the first American to log a 30-goal season in one of Europe's top flights. Now Jozy Altidore can add a domestic cup triumph to his growing résumé.
Altidore fired the winning goal as AZ Alkmaar claimed their fourth KNVB Cup crown with a 2-1 victory against PSV Eindhoven at De Kuip on Thursday. The strike was his 31st across all competitions for the Dutch club, extending his record for Americans in Europe.