AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones notched an assist on the second-half winner as Schalke claimed the Bundesliga's last Champions League berth with a 2-1 victory at Freiburg on Saturday.
In the 58th minute, the US international breached the right side of the area thanks to a lead pass from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Jones quickly teed up a right-footed shot that appeared to be headed just wide of the far post when Freiburg midfielder Julian Schuster comically bundled into his own net.
AMSTERDAM – As expected, Steve Cherundolo has signed a one-year contract extension with Hannover 96.
Last September, the US right back told MLSsoccer.com that his plan was to continue as "the Mayor of Hannover" until the 2014 World Cup, when he will then seek out an MLS move. Mere days after the 34-year-old set a new club record with 299 Bundesliga appearances, the Reds announced the captain will be back for his 16th season.
AMSTERDAM – Hertha Berlin defensive handyman Alfredo Morales has rejected an extension offer from the promoted club to join 2.Bundesliga middlers FC Ingolstadt.
The 23-year-old Berlin native, who nodded the winner in Hertha's title-clincher this past weekend, says he knew it was time for new scenery.
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)