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American Exports: Charlie Davies, Randers one step closer to Danish Cup final

Exports: Davies, Randers close in on Danish Cup final
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Charlie Davies with Randers

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AMSTERDAM – Charlie Davies and Randers FC put one leg in the DBU-Pokalen championship match on Wednesday, posting a 1-0 home win over semifinal foes AC Horsens.

The American worked the last eight minutes of the contest, which was decided by a Nicolai Brock-Madsen strike shortly after intermission.

American Exports: Bradley takes center stage in Rome Derby as Roma rally to draw Lazio

Exports: Bradley helps Roma rally to draw archrivals Lazio
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Roma's Michael Bradley and Lazio's Hernanes

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AMSTERDAM – A handful of Americans took part in Monday night football overseas, with Michael Bradley enjoying a steady outing as AS Roma rallied for a 1-1 home draw with archrivals Lazio.

Again earning his Il Generale nickname, Bradley did much of the midfield dirty work that allowed the hosts to own 61 percent of the ball during the match. The result kept Roma three points shy of their fifth-place nemeses, who hold the last Europa League berth.

American Exports: Brad Guzan lifts Aston Villa out of drop zone with win over Geoff Cameron's Stoke

Exports: Guzan, Villa out of drop zone after win over Cameron's Stoke
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Brad Guzan with the ball

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AMSTERDAM – Several Americans suited up across the pond on Saturday, with Rapid Vienna forward Terrence Boyd bagging his 12th goal of the Austrian Bundesliga season in a 1-1 draw at FC Wacker Innsbruck.

After nodding off the woodwork near the break, the US international pounced on a rebound to open the scoring in the 66th minute. Rapid eventually concede dan equalizer with seven minutes left to extend their win drought to nine games, but the point earned lifted them back into the league's last Europa league slot.

American Exports: Fabian Johnson helps Hoffenheim continue push to escape relegation

Exports: Johnson helps Hoffenheim continue push for survival
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Fabian Johnson with Hoffenheim

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AMSTERDAM – Fabian Johnson helped Hoffenheim get their survival drive turned in the right direction with a 3-0 home victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday.

While Daniel Williams was dropped for the contest by new coach Markus Gisdol, Johnson returned to left back for a clean shift, earning three free kicks on his flank without conceding any. In part thanks to the American's efforts, Hoffenheim posted back-to-back Bundesliga shutouts at home for the first time since October of 2011.

American Exports: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Spurs in tough spot after Europa League quarter first leg

Exports: Friedel, Spurs in tough spot after Europa quarter first leg
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AMSTERDAM – Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur have work to do in the return leg after opening their Europa League quarterfinal tie with a 2-2 rally draw against visiting Swiss champs Basel on Thursday.

The veteran netminder notched fives saves, with the best denying Valentin Stocker a late free-kick winner. Friedel was overrun on the away side's 30th-minute opener and then had to watch a well-placed corner kick header fall agonizingly past his reach only five minutes later, but the hosts managed to clawed back to even by the hour mark.

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).

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