ISTANBUL – Several American exports have learned their early-round qualifying assignments for the 2013-14 Champions League and Europa League.
Josh Gatt (above) and Norwegian champions Molde FK will open their second qualifying-round tie at Irish champs Sligo Rovers on either July 16 or 17, with the return set for a week later.
He's listed as "unattached" on Canada's CONCACAF Gold Cup roster released Tuesday, but Julian de Guzman looks closer to learning his new home. Reports out of Poland have the former Toronto FC and FC Dallas man in the sights of Wisla Krakow of that country's top flight.
Danny Williams is leaving Germany behind, with recently relegated English Championship club Reading FC snatching up the US international.
ISTANBUL – Estoril free agent attacker Tony Taylor will arrive on Monday for a medical exam with Cypriot bronze medalists AC Omonia.
The 23-year-old will ink a two-year deal with the capital side, who hold an invite to the Europa League second qualifying round, upon completion of the check-up.
"He is very excited," Taylor's agent, Carlos Gonçalves, told MLSsoccer.com. "There are some Portuguese players there that he knows, and even though the league is smaller, it will be good for him to be able to play some games in Europe."
ISTANBUL – Helsingborg playmaker Alejandro Bedoya continued his rampant form on Sunday, striking the 1-1 equalizer at Kalmar in Sweden.
Four minutes past intermission, the US international worked a magnificent give-and-go to breach the home side's area and bag his fifth goal of the young Allsvenskan season. Across all competitions this term, Bedoya is up to seven goals and five assists in 13 appearances.
ISTANBUL – Molde FK winger Josh Gatt enjoyed perhaps his finest outing of the Tippeligaen season thus far, but it wasn't quite enough as the holders were made to rally at the death for a 3-3 share at Vålerenga on Saturday.
The US international was buzzing throughout his full shift, with a 28th-minute assist on the visitors' first equalizer and two other set-ups that went begging for a quality finish. The result lifted Molde one rung to 14th place.
AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans helped their clubs advance to the quarterfinals of Norway's NM Cup on Wednesday, headlined by Josh Gatt scoring Molde FK's second in a 6-0 thrashing of guests Ranheim.
In the 17th minute, the winger wiggled into the area past two defenders, lost the ball and then regained it in time to poke home his first goal of 2013. Gatt's long shot forced the rebound that was put away for Molde's third only 10 minutes later and his cross led to a Ranheim own goal shortly after the break.
AMSTERDAM – Birmingham City handyman Jonathan Spector has spurned some competing Premier League interest to re-sign, inking a two-year deal with the St. Andrews side.
Sources close to the situation told MLSsoccer.com that the 27-year-old made the decision to stay because he feels comfortable at the club as well as to ensure consistent playing time in the season leading up to 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
A look at MLSers in international action around the world on Tuesday:
Australia 4, Jordan 0: New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill led the way for Australia in their home victory over Jordan in early action on Tuesday, logging a full 90 minutes and scoring the second goal of a 4-0 rout at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
AMSTERDAM – The agent for Bolton defender Tim Ream has waved away a UK tabloid report claiming his client is in transfer talks with Championship rivals Middlesbrough.
On Sunday, The Mirror alleged that Boro manager Tony Mowbray was in hot pursuit of the US international. While MLSsoccer.com has learned that Middlesbrough did recently express interest in Ream, the American had already been told that he is in the plans of Bolton boss Dougie Freedman.