American Exports: Hannover, Cherundolo rally in Europa

Dempsey settles for draw in Greece; Bedoya, Helsingborg squander lead
Hannover, Cherundolo rally in Europa League play

Steve Cherundolo with Hannover

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AMSTERDAM – Several Americans took part in Europa League action on Thursday, with Steve Cherundolo captaining Hannover 96 as they defeated Group L guests Levante 2-1 despite going down to 10 men.

Hannover fell behind both a goal and a man when Karim Haggui's penalty foul was converted by Míchel in the 10th minute. Cherundolo allowed the slip pass that set up the spot kick, but got revenge when his 49th-minute cross pinballed around to Didier Ya Konan for the deciding tally.

Sounders Martinez, Johansson called to international duty

Both will miss RSL clash; Martínez may skip Sunday showdown vs. Timbers
Sounders' Martínez, Johansson get int'l calls

Mario Martinez SEAvPOR

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TUKWILA, Wash. — Mario Martínez and Adam Johansson will once again answer their countries’ calls.

Just as they were during the last round of World Cup qualifying, the Seattle Sounders pair have again been called up for upcoming games on Oct. 12 and 16.

Martínez (above) will join Honduras as they prepare to play at Cuba (Oct. 12) and host Panama (Oct. 16). Johansson will join Sweden for their games at Faroe Islands (Oct. 12) and Germany (Oct. 16).

American Exports: Kljestan, Anderlecht fall to Malaga in CL

Mauves crushed by visiting Málaga, who don't dress Onyewu; Jones sits out Schalke win
Exports: Kljestan, Anderlecht lose in Champs League

Sacha Kljestan with Anderlecht

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AMSTERDAM – Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht suffered a rough night at the office on Wednesday, dropping a 3-0 decision to Champions League visitors Málaga.

The former Chivas USA man entered as a halftime sub with his side down one and struggling. Kljestan twice threatened to score in the period, but also facilitated Eliseu's 63rdminute capper with a bad giveaway.

American Exports: Chelsea crush Parkhurst & Co. in UCL

US int'l and Nordsjælland make game of it before defending champs catch fire
Chelsea roll Parkhurst & Co. in Champs League

AMSTERDAM – Michael Parkhurst and Champions League newcomers FC Nordsjælland made a game of it for a good while on Tuesday, but eventually took one on the chin with a 4-0 loss to Group E visitors Chelsea.

Canadian Exports: Hume, Haber make their cases to Hart


Stevenage's Marcus Haber

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With Canadian national team head coach Stephen Hart set to announce his squad for October’s two big World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, this past week was really the last opportunity to make an impression with the big boss.

And for a team with a noted deficiency in the scoring department, Iain Hume and Marcus Haber, who play in England’s League One, certainly didn’t hurt their cases.

American Exports: Johnson scores in big Hoffenheim win

US left back's side climb up the table; 'Dolo, Hannover knock off Nürnberg
Exports: Johnson leads Hoffenheim rout

AMSTERDAM – A hat trick of American exports rang the midweek bell in Europe on Wednesday, with Fabian Johnson scoring for the second straight match to cap Hoffenheim's 3-0 derby triumph at Stuttgart.

Near the hour mark, the left back (above, right) closed the scoring after being released to start a lightning counterattack down the flank. Johnson centered after darting 40 yards on the ball, but eventually stabbed home after two of his teammates had shots saved by the home netminder.

Postcard from Europe: Cherundolo still truckin' at Hannover

Evergreen defender enjoys higher expectations for club, country
Ageless Wonder
Steve Cherundolo

Postcard from Europe: Steve Cherundolo

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AMSTERDAM – If anyone ever needs a poster boy for the "steady as she goes" attitude to races, please look no further than the unofficial mayor of Hannover, US defender Steve Cherundolo.

While some stateside observers began politely presuming the right back would fade from view during the 2014 World Cup cycle, the 33-year-old still holds down right back for the national team more than halfway down the path to Brazil.  

American Exports: Bedoya, Helsingborg cough up points


AMSTERDAM – A handful of Americans suited up for some Monday night football overseas, with Alejandro Bedoya's Helsingborg seeing victory snatched away late in a 1-1 home draw with Malmö FF.

The US midfielder (above, right) went the distance at right midfield, drawing two saves from the away 'keeper. The result leaves the defending champs eight points shy of a Europa League slot with seven matches to play.

American Exports: Ref denies Dempsey first Spurs goal

US star has diving header controversially ruled out for offside in Europa draw
Exports: Dempsey denied first Spurs goal

AMSTERDAM – An extremely close offside flag kept Clint Dempsey from playing the Thursday night goal hero in his first start for Tottenham Hotspur, a 0-0 draw against Europa League group phase opening-night guests Lazio.

Midway through the opening frame, the US star nodded home a Gareth Bale cross, only to have the linesman controversially wave off the goal. Dempsey departed after working a strong 75-minute shift as Spurs moved into a second-place tie in Group J.

Canadian Exports: Occean scores his first Bundesliga goal

Occean scores again; Attakora debut in Finland vs. fellow Canuck Trafford
Canadian Exports: Hutchinson cools off
Canadians Abroad

Atiba Hutchinson in action for PSV

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A little rest did Olivier Occean a whole lot of good.

The Québécois striker was left out of Canada’s recent 2-0 loss to Panama due to injury, but he was back in action last weekend as his club Eintracht Frankfurt kept pace with Bayern Munich atop the German Bundesliga.

On Sunday, Occean scored the club’s second goal – his first career goal in Germany’s top flight – as Frankfurt maintained their perfect start to the new season with a 3-2 win over Hamburger SV.

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