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American Exports: Mikkel Diskerud scores in Rosenborg rout

Exports: Diskerud scores in Rosenborg rout
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Mix Diskerud celebrates his first Rosenborg goal

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AMSTERDAM – Rosenborg midfielder Mikkel Diskerud opened his season account on Monday, bagging the home side's second goal in a 4-0 cruise past Brann.

Just past intermission, the US international saw his rebound turned home for the opener. Scant moments later, Diskerud doubled the lead by capping an excellent team move from the slot. The rout lifted Rosenborg into the Tippeligaen penthouse through two rounds.

American Exports: Charles Kazlauskas, Conor O'Brien star in Friday European action

Exports: Kazlauskas, O'Brien star in Friday European action
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Charles Kazlauskas

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AMSTERDAM – A handful of Americans suited up overseas on Friday, with Charles Kazlauskas scoring the opener and earning the penalty kick for Helmond Sport's 2-1 winner against 10-man derby rivals FC Eindhoven.

Kazlauskas (above, in red) buried a back post feed to break the ice in the 50th minute, ringing up his fourth goal of the season. Only two minutes later, he drew a red card foul in the area and Helmond top scorer Emrullah Güvenc deposited the ensuing penalty kick.

Calf injury forces LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane to withdraw from Ireland squad for World Cup qualifier

Galaxy's Keane withdraws from Ireland squad with calf injury
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LA Galaxy fans may want to get used to the teenaged frontline of Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean that Bruce Arena trotted out in Saturday's 1-0 win over Colorado. Because it looks like the man they replaced, Designated Player Robbie Keane, could be on the shelf for a bit.

American Exports: Good news for Birmingham City's Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood

Exports: Good news for Spector, Packwood
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Jonathan Spector of Birmingham City

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AMSTERDAM – Birmingham City midfielder Jonathan Spector's ankle exam has come up negative for ligament damage, meaning he should be available when the Blues return to action with a March 29 Championship visit to Crystal Palace.

The US international was removed just four minutes into Saturday's league win at Middlesbrough after being hacked down by Faris Haroun's rash tackle. The club initially feared the worst, but by Tuesday, Spector was down to nursing some lingering pain and bruising.

Complete list of all MLS players called to national teams across five confederations

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Tim Cahill - Australia

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A total of 38 MLS players from 15 countries have been selected to their respective national teams ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and friendlies this week. Unsurprisingly, most of the players selected are in the CONCACAF region, and most of them are from the United States, though Canada, Honduras and Jamaica each have four MLS representatives.

Although Canada won't be featuring in the qualifiers, they will face Japan in a friendly in Qatar on Friday (noon ET, streamed on Sportsnet.ca).

American Exports: Brad Friedel, Tottenham escape Inter Milan rally, into Europa League quarters

Exports: Friedel, Spurs escape Inter rally, reach Europa quarters
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AMSTERDAM – Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur reached the Europa League quarterfinals despite a 4-1 loss at Inter Milan on Thursday, squeaking through on an extra-time away goal by Emmanuel Adebayor.

The former US star notched 12 saves, including a dazzler on Fredy Guarín near the break and another on Antonio Cassano during the second overtime session. Compatriot Clint Dempsey, however, did not dress for the visitors.

Postcard from Europe: Tabbing up title chasers, cup contenders and relegation scrappers

Postcard from Europe: Title chasers, cup contenders, relegation scrappers
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Postcard from Europe: Terrence Boyd

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AMSTERDAM – With the traditional fall-to-spring leagues and cups rounding the final turn into the European backstretch, it's time to take inventory of everything at stake for Americans working overseas.

Title Chasers

Realistically, that topic heading should be in singular form. Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht are the only club fielding an American that is in good position to hoist league silver.

American Exports: Conor O'Brien, FC Nordsjaelland stay 2nd in Danish race

Exports: O'Brien, Nordsjaelland stay 2nd in Danish race
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Conor O'Brien in FC Nordsjaelland training

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AMSTERDAM – Conor O'Brien and FC Nordsjælland missed the chance go clear in the race for Denmark's second Champions League invite on Monday, settling for a 1-1 draw at FC Midtjylland.

After wasting a fine set-up from the American at the quarter-hour, Uffe Beck hit for his first Wild Tigers goal near the break.

The visitors would concede with 20 minutes left, however, leaving FCN with a two-point advantage over third-place AC Horsens.

American Exports: Geoff Cameron can't help Stoke City snap their slump

Exports: Cameron, Stoke suddenly flirting with danger
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Geoff Cameron with Stoke City

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Geoff Cameron couldn’t help Stoke City hold off Newcastle United’s rally for a 2-1 defeat at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

The former Houston Dynamo man went the full 90 at right back for the Potters, but was helpless as Papiss Demba Cissé scored two minutes into injury time to grab the winner for the home team. Stoke have now lost seven of their last nine Premier League contests and now sit just nine points clear of the drop zone.

Brek Shea was in the 18 but did not feature for Stoke.

American Exports: Timothy Chandler returns to help Nurnberg climb Bundesliga table

Chandler returns as Nürnberg make Europa League case
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Timothy Chandler with Nurnberg

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AMSTERDAM – Timothy Chandler returned from suspension in a winning cause on Friday night, as FC Nürnberg tentatively moved to within five points of the Europa League zone by topping hosts Augsburg 2-1.

The US right-sider slotted into midfield for a lukewarm shift as Der Club ran their unbeaten streak to six games in climbing 10 points clear of the relegation mire. Michael Parkhurst went unused by survival playoff residents Augsburg, who saw a two-game win streak halted.

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