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.
AMSTERDAM – The weekend brings another inviting buffet of European matches involving Americans, including Bursaspor midfield ace Maurice Edu making his first visit to the boiling cauldron that is Fenerbahçe's Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.
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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea – Stoke City at Newcastle (Sunday, 10 am on Fox Soccer 2Go)
AMSTERDAM – Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur put one foot in the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday with a 3-0 victory over guests Inter Milan.
The veteran netminder needed just two saves to post his third win at White Hart Lane during the 2012-13 edition of the tournament. Friedel was at his best to keep the clean sheet with late larceny on the free-running Rodrigo Palacio.
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller has been called into the Scottish national team by head coach Gordon Strachan for World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Serbia later this month.
The Scots host Wales at Hampden Park in Glasgow on March 22 before traveling to Novi Sad, Serbia, for a March 26 match at Karadjordje Stadium on what promises to be a daunting road trip.
AMSTERDAM – Jonathan Spector brought his lunch pail to work on Tuesday, putting in a busy full shift as Birmingham City settled for a 1-1 draw with visiting Blackpool.
Working from central midfield, the US international saw a pair of shots buzz the frame wide and another deflected over. Spector also was forced to shake off a couple of hearty collisions, including a knock of heads with teammate Paul Caddis in the first half.
AMSTERDAM – Despite a top-shelf outing from netminder Brad Guzan, Aston Villa remained in the Premier League bottom three with a 1-0 home loss to Manchester City on Monday.
The Sky Sports Man of the Match rang up six saves, most of them of the highlight-reel variety. Guzan had made four of his stops by the time Ciaran Clark's gaffe facilitated a Carlos Tévez strike on the edge of halftime.
AMSTERDAM – Another weekend brings another tempting menu of European action involving Americans, including Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams staring into the eyes of the charging Bundesliga bull that is Bayern Munich. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea – Stoke City vs. West Ham United (Saturday, 10 am on Fox Soccer 2Go)
AMSTERDAM – Jozy Altidore made a date to play for his first career piece of silverware on Wednesday, bagging a brace and an assist while leading AZ Alkmaar to a 3-0 KNVB Cup semifinal victory at Ajax.
The US striker will now be licking his chops for the May 9 final against PSV Eindhoven in Rotterdam after running his tournament-leading strike total to seven. Ajax chose to go with several squad players in the lineup, and it was a decision well-punished by Altidore.
AMSTERDAM – With three games left in the Jupiler League regular season, Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan is banking on déjà-vu for the country's upcoming championship playoff.
Last season, the Mauves emerged victorious from Belgium's curious title set-up, which halves the points gained by the top six teams through 30 games before they play the decisive 10 in hexagonal format.
AMSTERDAM – John Anthony Brooks worked a tidy 62 minutes with US assistant coach Andreas Herzog present on Monday, helping Hertha Berlin grab the 2.Bundesliga penthouse with a 1-0 victory over visiting FC Kaiserslautern.