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.
AMSTERDAM – Once again, it's time to count up the scratches and make sense of the scribbles as we clear out the ol' American Exports notepad.
High honor rollers
If Frank Lampard is wavering on interest from the LA Galaxy, the English midfield star may be feeling some pushback from his national team coach.
After Lampard scored England’s winner at Wembley in Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly victory over Brazil, Roy Hodgson suggested that an MLS move might make it harder for him to select the soon-to-be ex-Chelsea man into the national team.
AMSTERDAM – Michael Bradley was a shade off in midfield for AS Roma on Friday, but it was nothing compared to the home side's struggles at the back in a 4-2 defeat against Cagliari.
North American soccer fans have heard it a thousand times from countless different voices, from FIFA boss Sepp Blatter on down: If you want to be a serious league on the world stage, move to a fall-spring schedule like everyone else (by which they actually mean Western Europe, of course).
AMSTERDAM – Tottenham Hotspur ace Clint Dempsey continued his scoring roll on Sunday, but it was in a 2-1 losing cause at FA Cup fourth-round hosts Leeds United.
Having already missed narrowly wide on a pair of chances, the US attacker sliced the home lead in half with a well-taken header on 58 minutes. It was Dempsey's fifth goal in January, and his eighth of the campaign across all competitions.
AMSTERDAM – Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden continued his comeback on Saturday, but it was Tim Howard's Everton who march on to the FA Cup sweet 16 following a last-minute 2-1 winner at the Reebok.
The Everton netminder logged five saves, most notably twin denials of Marcos Alonso on either side of intermission. Howard has lost just once in his last 13 games across all competition.
AMSTERDAM – Fresh Bursaspor loan catch Maurice Edu says he is ready to step into the action as soon as Saturday's Süper Lig visit from Kayserispor.
The 26-year-old will spend the rest of the season with the Green Crocodiles after completing his medical on Thursday. Edu had made just one EPL appearance for Stoke City, who snared him away from Rangers last summer. Despite that stat, the California native says he's ready to play right away.
AMSTERDAM – Anderlecht loan item Andy Najar made a solid 90-minute debut in a 4-2 friendly win over Eredivisie outfit Heracles on Friday.
The D.C. United youngster, who will spend January with the Belgian champs, drew praise from the local press for a full shift on right wing. Meanwhile, US international Sacha Kljestan was given the second half off after helping the Mauves ring up all their goals by intermission.