American Exports: Stabaek fall in Europa League opener

Clark struggles as Stabaek tumble to 2-0 loss in first leg of qualifying round
Clark, Cunningham tumble in Europa League

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.

American Exports: Draw set for Champions, Europa League

Gatt, Molde will take on Latvian champs FK Ventspils; handful of others learn fates
Americans learn Champions, Europa League fates

US youth international Josh Gatt of Molde FK

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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.

Ireland's loss is LA's gain as Keane returns from Euros

Forward a possibility for home game against Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday
Keane returns from Euro 2012

Robbie Keane vs Spain

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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.

Euro 2012: Beckham thinks England can "go all the way"

Former England captain thinks his old 'mates can "go all the way"
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Beckham on England

David Beckham: Euro 2012

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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.

15 June 10:25 am

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.

14 June 10:05 am

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.

Goat Notes: Smith backs England for success at Euros

Chivas winger believes native country can succeed despite low expectations
Ryan Smith backs England for Euro success

Ryan Smith - Euro 2012

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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.

Euro 2012: Croatia silence Keane, Ireland with 3-1 victory

Croats ruthless as Keane and Ireland dumped in Euro 2012 opener
Euro 2012: Keane silenced in loss
Keane at Euro 2012

Robbie Keane and Luka Modric - Euro 2012

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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.

08 June 3:40 pm

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?

Starting XI: Top 11 questions heading into the weekend

US take the first step toward Brazil as World Cup qualifying starts
11 questions heading into the weekend
Starting XI

Starting Xi: June 8, US Fans

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The countdown of the 11 most intriguing questions facing MLS clubs, players and coaches heading into the weekend.

Also, remember to cast your vote to decide who will line up across from Chelsea in the MLS All-Star Game.

11) Who, if anyone, “won” this week’s Union-Timbers trade?

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