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After Euro adventure, Toja eager to regain standing in MLS

Revolution newcomer says he kept watch on the league while in Greece, Romania
Toja arrives in NE, eager for MLS return

Juan Toja at Revolution training

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The past four years took Juan Toja to the heights of the UEFA Champions League and the unknown lands of Greece and Romania.

As he explored foreign countries and tested his professional limits, Toja kept an eye on the competition he left behind in MLS. He caught a few games and monitored the comings and goings. It wasn't in his job description with recent employers Aris or Steaua Bucureşti, but he did it anyways.

Canadian Exports: Bright start for Occean at Eintracht

Jackson, Hoilett, Edgar earning significant minutes for English sides
Canadian Exports: Occean's Frankfurt flying high
Canadians Abroad

Junior Hoilett

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It’s still early days, but Olivier Occean’s move to a new club in Germany is looking to be a good one.

Occean has yet to find the back of the net for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, but he’s seen plenty of action as his side leads the German Bundesliga. Occean played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Frankfurt beat Hoffenheim 4-0 to pick up a share of the top spot alongside Bayern Munich after two games.

Three for Thursday: Top Americans in European competition

These US stars have led the way with historic runs in the Champions, Europa League
3 for Thurs.: Americans in Euro competition
Three for Thursday

Dempsey in Europa League final (3 for Thurs)

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The draw is done, and three American players learned their fates in the UEFA Champions League on Thursday morning. While Jermaine Jones, Michael Parkhurst and Sacha Kljestan and their teams will face tough odds to get out of their groups, they can draw inspiration from the fact that many American players have blazed unlikely trails before them helping pull off some improbable results.

Postcard from Europe: Birthday boy Gatt eyes Europe

21-year-old US hopeful, Molde looking for Europa league payday
Postcard: Gatt comes of age
Gatt turns 21

Postcard: Josh Gatt

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AMSTERDAM – While most American young adults have designs on their first legal bar crawl when they turn 21, Molde FK winger Josh Gatt will have a very different wish when he blows out the candles on Wednesday: a Europa League group-stage pass. 

The flank terror and his teammates have brought a 2-0 first-leg lead to the Netherlands for Thursday night's playoff-round decider at Heerenveen. 

American Exports: Edu headed to Stoke to complete move has learned EPL side has stepped up interest in midfielder, Rangers exit imminent
Edu headed to Stoke to complete move

Maurice Edu, "With arrmmmmms wide open"

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AMSTERDAM – Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu is on his way to Stoke City to complete a transfer move, has learned.

Sources indicated to that Edu had been monitored by Stoke for several weeks, moving up their shopping list after a loan deal for Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone fell apart. The Premier League club has made an offer of £300,000 (about $475,000), meeting a release-fee clause negotiated when the the 26-year-old California native accepted a large pay cut before Rangers was dissolved and reformed this past spring.

American Exports: Kljestan goes 90 as Anderlecht fall 2-1

Midfielder goes the distance in first leg of UEFA Champions League playoff
Kljestan goes 90 as Anderlecht fall 2-1

Sacha Kljestan with Anderlecht

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AMSTERDAM – Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht had a tough Wednesday night, dropping the first leg of their Champions League playoff-round tie 2-1 at Cypriot side AEL Limassol.

The US international went the distance in midfield, drawing a save from distance moments before Dosa Júnior opened the scoring in the 34th minute.

A terrific individual effort from Dieumerci Mbokani knotted the game just past the hour, but Rui Miguel hit the AEL winner only 10 minutes later. The scene switches to Brussels for the deciding match on Aug. 29.

Postcard from Europe: Bold predictions for the new season

Five prescient prognostications for Americans in Europe
Future Shock
Exports predictions

Postcard from Europe: Preseason predictions

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AMSTERDAM – The mainstream seasons are kicking off left and right in Europe, which means there's no better time to air a stack of bold (or perhaps crazy) predictions involving American exports.

We'll dispense with the ceremony and get straight to the show, ranked countdown style from least daring to most.

5) Repeat Offenders

American Exports: Gatt is back in training with Molde

The American winger is "not too far away" from return to lineup after hamstring injury
Gatt back in training for Molde

US youth international Josh Gatt of Molde FK

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AMSTERDAM – Recovering Molde FK winger Josh Gatt has resumed training with the Norwegian champs, but the club have not yet set a date for his return to action.

The 20-year-old injured his left hamstring shortly after scoring off the bench in a July 21 win over Tippeligaen visitors Viking.

"He'll be ready when he's ready," Molde physio Leif Arne Lystad told "It's a tricky [injury]. He's started training, so it's not too far away."

American Exports: Altidore's brace the Sunday highlight

AZ draw in season opener vs. Ajax; Kljestan, Anderlecht go top with 3-0 win
Altidore brace highlights weekend action
American Exports

Jozy Altidore scores against PSV

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AMSTERDAM – It was a rather successful Sunday for Americans playing in Europe, highlighted by a two-goal performance from Jozy Altidore as AZ Alkmaar drew 2-2 in their opening day matchup away to Eredivisie champions Ajax.

American Exports preview: Jozy, McBride back in action

Heavy weekend schedule awaits Yanks as European seasons return to full swing
AE preview: Jozy, McBride back in action

Jozy Altidore scores against PSV

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AMSTERDAM – It's that time of year again when the kids head back to school and the weekend schedule for Americans in Europe starts gaining weight.

Like the returning tide, we're back to help set your weekend pub raids. All times in ET.


Ajax vs. AZ Alkmaar (Sunday, 10:30 am on ESPN3)

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