AMSTERDAM – Though he had interest on the continent, fresh FC Nordsjælland pick-up Conor O'Brien says he has landed in the perfect spot to continue an upward career path.
Clubs from Belgium and the Netherlands were in frame for the winter free agent, who developed into one of the Superliga's finest midfielders during 18 months with mites SønderjyskE. However, he opted to remain in Denmark with the defending champs.
AMSTERDAM – Maurice Edu and Bursaspor suffered a rather unlucky Friday, with US midfielder sent off thanks to a pair of questionable yellow cards in a 2-1 defeat at Gaziantepspor.
The former Toronto FC man was enjoying a solid performance in a tie game when he was whistled for the 77th-minute penalty kick foul that would decide the game. Edu was in disbelief after being booked as part of a danger free kick wall and replays seemed to show that any contact with his hand would have come from a quick carom off a neighboring teammate.
AMSTERDAM – We're here again to help you plot pub raids to catch Americans in European weekend action, which includes Brek Shea's first shot at his Stoke City debut. All times listed in ET.
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AMSTERDAM – Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey moved on to the Europa League sweet 16 on Thursday, thanks to a last-minute Moussa Dembélé strike that earned Tottenham Hotspur a 1-1 second leg draw and 3-2 aggregate victory.
The veteran netminder made two saves, including a second half stunner on Clément Grenier that kept Spurs in position for a rally. Dempsey entered in the 66th minute, quickly going close on a header off a restart.
AMSTERDAM – Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones struck an all-important away goal equalizer on Wednesday night, earning his side a 1-1 share against UEFA Champions League Round of 16 hosts Galatasaray.
Ten minutes after picking up yellow card for dissent that will see him suspended for the return leg, the US midfielder ably finished a fast break for the Miners by firing home Jefferson Farfán's centering feed on the stroke of halftime.
AMSTERDAM – When US international Alejandro Bedoya re-signed with Swedish side Helsingborg last week, some groans may have been audible inside the US soccer bubble. Those disappointed the midfielder could not seal a move to a bigger league needn't fret, though – he's got a plan.
US national team and Aston Villa ‘keeper Brad Guzan is heading back to MLS.
One day, anyway.
"Would I like to return to MLS one day? Yes, definitely. I was only a kid when I first went into MLS and it was still growing," he tells the English media. "To see now from watching the highlights on the internet and TV just how far it has come.
AMSTERDAM – Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey helped Tottenham Hotspur get a leg up on Europa League round-of-32 visitors Lyon on Thursday, with Gareth Bale's goal on the last kick of the game providing the 2-1 winner.
The veteran netminder made three saves in posting his 12th career victory in the tournament, formerly known as the UEFA Cup. Friedel's best work of the night came just past the hour, when he tipped over an Alexandre Lacazette rocket to keep the score tied.