Behold: The jerseys for Euro 2012 have been released. And there are many sashes.
AMSTERDAM – Sochaux forward Charlie Davies has beaten a knee knock and is ready to resume fighting for a place in the selection.
The US international was not named in the squad for Saturday's tilt at league leaders Montpellier, but is now back up to speed in full training. Davies looked set for a recall to the first team two weekends ago, but a minor setback forced him to miss their March 18 win over Nice and subsequent loss at Lyon.
AMSTERDAM – It's that time of year again. The flowers are in bloom and there's plenty of glory to chase (or disaster to avoid) for Americans working overseas. So let's get right to the good stuff, shall we?
AMSTERDAM — The four clubs that employ US internationals remaining in the Europa League managed to completely avoid each other in Friday's quarterfinal draw. Instead, three of them lucked into hearty Spanish challenges.
Jozy Altidore's AZ Alkmaar have perhaps the toughest obstacle to the final four: his old La Liga rivals Valencia. The Cheese Farmers, who have lost just once in seven European matches against Spanish opposition, will host the first leg on March 29.
Needless to say, Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League games were exciting.
Perhaps even more so because of the nearly unprecedented attendance. Between the two CCL matches, 71,001 fans showed up. That's an average of 35,500.
By comparison, UEFA's four Champions League games this week averaged 49,776.25. That includes 75,632 fans who packed the Nou Camp in an attendance figure nearly as ridiculous at Barcelona's 7-1 destruction of Bayer Leverkusen.
Second stage qualifying in CONCACAF for the 2014 World Cup got underway in full force on Friday night, and El Salvador came out the big winners.
Portland Timbers defender Steve Purdy put in a full shift in the back line as La Selecta marched into André-Kamperveen Stadion in Suriname and walked out with a 3-1 win to seal their ticket to the third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Robbie Keane may have been thwarted at the final hurdle before the 2010 World Cup, but the LA Galaxy striker and his Republic of Ireland team now have one foot firmly in the 2012 European Championship.
Behind a brace and an assist from their captain, Ireland throttled Joel Lindpere and nine-man Estonia 4-0 on Friday in the first leg of their playoff series in Tallinn.
More than 30 MLS players were in action across four continents during the October FIFA international fixture date. Here’s a look at how they did.
In Europe, Ireland took care of business, beating Andorra 2-0 last Friday and Armenia 2-1 on Tuesday to clinch second place in Group B of Euro 2012 qualifying and a spot in the final qualifying playoffs next month.
AMSTERDAM — It was quite the fruitful Thursday for Americans playing in the Europa League, headlined by a smooth Jozy Altidore opener in AZ Alkmaar's 1-1 draw with Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine.
In the 26th minute, the striker accepted a slip pass from Adam Maher with one touch and lashed a curler home to the far post with the second. Altidore, who saw yellow for a shirt tug moments after his goal, has now hit for four in his last three Europa League outings.
There’s something special about those midweek European nights. Whether it’s an early play-in round in the Europa Cup, or an April semifinal in the Champions League, the cross-border clashes seem to bring the best out of teams all over the continent.
And there’ve been no few Yanks who’ve gotten their taste. Currently, the Europa League is littered with American Exports, with the likes of Jozy Altidore at AZ Alkmaar, Brad Friedel at Tottenham Hotspur, Sacha Kljestan at Anderlecht and several more from nearly all parts of the continent.