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American Exports: Conor O'Brien scores winner for Champions League-bound Nordsjaelland

Exports: O'Brien nets winner for Champions League-bound Nordsjaelland
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Conor O'Brien close up in FC Nordsjaelland training

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AMSTERDAM – The Danish Superliga finished up the season on Monday, with FC Nordsjælland midfielder Conor O'Brien netting the 1-0 winner over Esbjerg.

In the 33rd minute, the Long Island, N.Y., native (above) collected a poor clearance from away netminder Lukas Hradecky and promptly buried his first Wild Tigers goal from distance. The outgoing champs finished a clear second place to clinch their Champions league return.

American Exports: Who made MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Season?

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Exports team of the season

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From the Continent all the way South of the Rio Grande, domestic league seasons are mostly all closing up shop. That means it's time once again for us to fill out our American Exports Team of the Season.

As always, we name the squad based on relative league importance, meaning second-flight aces compete on level footing with their honor-division compatriots. Even so, it was those in the top flight that shined brightest this past campaign.

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Brad Guzan

David Beckham wears captain's armband, adds assist for PSG in likely career finale

David Beckham wears armband, adds assist for PSG in likely career finale
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David Beckham played what is likely the final game of his storied 20-year career on Saturday and did so in the fashion fans have grown accustomed to: by wearing the captain's armband and setting up a goal.

With the home fans chanting his name, the former LA Galaxy star fed Blaise Matuidi in the 31st minute with a picture-perfect cross that the French midfielder put in the back of the net in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 win over Brest at the Parc des Princes.

American Exports: Jermaine Jones, Schalke book Champions League berth

Exports: Jones helps Schalke book Champions League return
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Jermaine Jones celebrates for Schalke

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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.

American Exports: Steve Cherundolo signs one-year extension with Hannover 96

Exports: Cherundolo stays a one-club man, re-ups with Hannover
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Steve Cherundolo with Hannover

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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.

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American Exports: Alfredo Morales turns down Bundesliga-bound Hertha Berlin, inks at Ingolstadt

Exports: Morales turns down Bundesliga-bound Hertha, inks at Ingolstadt
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Alfredo Morales with Hertha Berlin

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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.

American Exports: Champions league spots, a league title on the line as European season nears end

Exports: It all comes down to this for Kljestan, Dempsey, Jones in final weekend
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Sacha Kljestan with Anderlecht

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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.

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Tim Howard – Everton at Chelsea (Sunday, 11 am)

American Exports: Sacha Kljestan nets opener as Anderlecht edge closer to Belgian title

Exports: Kljestan nets as Anderlecht move one win away from title
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Sacha Kljestan celebrates a goal for Anderlecht

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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.

American Exports: Jozy Altidore becomes first American named to Dutch Team of the Season

Exports: Altidore takes home unique honor for performance in Dutch league
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Jozy Altidore with AZ

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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.

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American Exports: Bursaspor working on permanent transfer for Maurice Edu with Stoke loan set to expire

Exports: Turkish club Bursaspor working on permanent transfer for Edu
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Maurice Edu

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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.

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