Canadian Exports: Despite struggles, Julian de Guzman insists he'll stay in Europe

Canadian Exports: Despite struggles, de Guzman insists he'll stay in Europe

Julian de Guzman and Dwayne De Rosario

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EDMONTON, Alberta – On Tuesday night, Julian de Guzman played his first game back on North American soil since leaving MLS for Europe five months ago. But don’t expect him back anytime soon.

Though he’ll likely play a few more games for Canada in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, de Guzman (above right, with Dwayne De Rosario) said this week that his club aspirations still belong in Europe, even if he leaves SSV Jahn Regensburg of the German second division.

American Exports: Fabian Johnson & Hoffenheim survive Bundesliga relegation playoff

Exports: Johnson, H'heim survive Bundesliga relegation playoff

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.

American Exports: Terrence Boyd surprised by ex-club Borussia Dortmund's Champions League run

USA's Boyd surprised by Champions League run of ex-club Borussia Dortmund

Terrence Boyd, Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund

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.

American Exports: US winger Tony Taylor moving on from Estoril; could stay in Portugal

Exports: US winger Taylor moving on from Portuguese club Estoril

Tony Taylor in the 2009 Under-20 World Cup

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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.

New England Revolution striker Saer Sene "very proud" of former club Bayern Munich

Sene "very proud" to see former club Bayern in Champions League final

Saer Sene celebrates a goal

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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.

Bitter taste: Marco Di Vaio still haunted by loss in UEFA Champions League final

Bitter taste: Di Vaio still haunted by loss in UEFA Champions League final

LA Galaxy TD Jovan Kirovski has fond memories of Champions League title with Borussia Dortmund

Galaxy's Kirovski predicts his old club, Dortmund, will beat Bayern in UCL

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.

American Exports: Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim get leg up in Bundesliga promotion-relegation playoff

Exports: Johnson, H'heim get early leg up in Bundesliga survival playoff

Fabian Johnson with Hoffenheim

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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.

Citing MLS agreement with US Soccer, Bruce Arena allows Robbie Keane to join Ireland for friendlies

Arena allows Keane to join Ireland after all, cites MLS-USSF agreement

Ireland striker Robbie Keane

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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.

American Exports: Stuart Holden reportedly to sign new one-year contract to stay at Bolton

Exports: Holden reportedly to sign new one-year deal with Bolton

Stuart Holden in his Bolton return

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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.

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