AMSTERDAM — Four Americans laced them up in Europa League action on Thursday, with Sean Cunningham going the distance and Ricardo Clark just 42 minutes as Stabæk were ousted from the first qualifying round despite a 3-2 home win over Finnish visitors JJK.
Having fallen 2-0 away in the opening leg, the Blue Ones still would have needed two goals to move on from the tie after Bjarte Haugsdal hit the game-winner on 64 minutes. Erik Benjaminsen dressed for Stabæk, but did not appear.
AMSTERDAM – Four Americans made Europa League debuts on Thursday night, with Ricardo Clark and Sean Cunningham on the wrong end of a 2-0 decision in Stabæk's first qualifying-round opener at Finnish side JJK.
Cunningham had a solid night for the Blue Ones, while the low spot of Clark's tepid outing was the giveaway that led to JJK's second goal.
AMSTERDAM — Several American exports learned their opening assignments in Europe on Monday, as UEFA drew the first two qualifying rounds of both the Champions League and Europa League for 2012-13.
Three Americans will enter Champions League play in the second qualifying round, with Josh Gatt (above) and his Molde FK set to host their opener against Latvian champs FK Ventspils. All first-leg matches will be played on July 17 or 18, with the returns scheduled for the following week.
CARSON, Calif. – There was no luck to be found for the Irish at Euro 2012, but a loss (or three straight, rather) for the Boys In Green means a win for the LA Galaxy in the form of a returning Robbie Keane.
The Ireland captain is expected to return to Los Angeles this week and could play a role in Saturday’s match against Vancouver, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday.
CARSON, Calif. — England are just one result away from reaching the knockout rounds of the 2012 European Championship, but the way they have played thus far, the quarterfinals are just the start of something special.
At least, that’s what their former captain thinks.
“Looking at who’s left in the competition, if we can get a good result now against Ukraine and then push forward I don’t see why we can’t go all the way,” Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said.
After watching from afar as Jimmy Conrad and Kick TV cavort around Poland enjoying Euro 2012, I'm pretty much at a loss for words.
Life isn't fair, that much is clear to me now. Of course, that sentiment is also coming from someone who has watched all but one game of the tournament, so I'm sure there isn't going to be much sympathy coming my way.
Comme beaucoup d’entre vous certainement, j’ai les yeux rivés sur l’Euro depuis une semaine et aujourd’hui, je sors du sujet MLS pour partager avec vous deux trouvailles concernant l’équipe des Pays-Bas.
La première charmera tous les parents… et les inspirera peut-être. Ce bambin de deux ans connaît les noms de tous les joueurs de l’équipe ! Si votre enfant sait faire pareil avec votre club de MLS, envoyez-moi la vidéo.
CARSON, Calif. – England’s campaign for the 2012 European Championship may be going on half a world away, but Chivas USA’s English winger Ryan Smith is keeping daily tabs on the Three Lions.
A former England youth international, Smith admits that he reads online versions of the English newspapers daily to check up on the English squad. Currently, the lightly regarded England side is tied for second in Group D after opening the group with a 1-1 draw against France.
There was no luck to be found for Robbie Keane & Co. as Croatia topped Ireland 3-1 in the teams' Euro 2012 opener on Sunday. A Nikica Jelavic strike sandwiched between two goals from Mario Mandzukic were enough to overcome Sean St. Ledger's headed effort for Ireland and send Croatia top of Group C thanks to the 1-1 draw between Spain and Italy in Sunday's early game.
If you're Polish, probably pretty good - and we have the video to prove it:
The rest of the game, probably not so much. Brutal result for the co-hosts.
By the way, Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha was at the game. He probably won't come home with Robert Lewandowski, but given all the talk out of Crewland about a new DP for the summer, maybe he'll figure out a way to smuggle countryman Pawel Brozek back to Ohio?