American Exports: Antunez, Turku draw Twente in EL quals

American left back goes full 90 as Finnish side escapes the Netherlands with a tie, away goal
Antunez, Turku fight to Europa League draw

Daniel Antunez of Inter Turku

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AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans started Europa League second qualifying-round play on Thirsday, with Daniel Antunez and underdogs FC Inter Turku able to escape FC Twente with a 1-1 draw.

American Exports: Gatt, Molde closer to next round of CL

Winger goes full 90 as Molde top Latvian side Ventspils in first leg of second qualifying round
Gatt, Molde score big CL win

Josh Gatt of Molde FK

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AMSTERDAM – Josh Gatt and Norwegian champs Molde FK put one leg in the next round of the Champions League on Wednesday by posting a 3-0 win over second qualifying-round visitors Ventspils.

The young winger was troublesome throughout and drew two first half saves from the away goalkeeper. Despite Molde having several good opportunities to score over the opening 45 minutes, the game went to intermission scoreless.

American Exports: Parkhurst back in Nordsjaelland training

FC Nordsjaelland hope to have defender back in 1-2 weeks after recovering from broken toe
Parkhurst returns to training
American Exports

Michael Parkhurst of FC Nordsjælland

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AMSTERDAM — Ace FC Nordsjælland defender Michael Parkhurst is back in training after finally completing recovery from a broken toe injury suffered last season. The Danish champs are hoping he can return to the lineup by the end of the month.

Having been prescribed additional preseason rest to finish healing properly, the US international missed the Wild Tigers' season-opening win at AC Horsens on Monday.

American Exports: Cunningham, Clark ousted from Europa

Stabaek fall in first qualifying round, but all other Americans move on
Cunningham, Clark out of Europa League

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.

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.

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