American Exports: Davies shakes off knee injury

Sochaux striker shakes off "small knee knock," ready to fight for a place at club
Davies battles back from minor injury

Charlie Davies

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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.

Postcard from Europe: What's left at stake this season

Hardware, Champions League & more on the line for Yanks
Postcard: Plenty left to settle in Europe
American Exports

Postcard: Brad Friedel

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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?

Title Hunters

American Exports: Europa League draw unkind to Yanks

Cherundolo, Altidore, Jones each land Spanish rivals in quarterfinals
Europa League draw unkind to Yanks

Steve Cherundolo with Hannover

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Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 have landed Atletico Madrid in the Europa League quarterfinals

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.

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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.

Int'l roundup: Purdy, El Salvador advance in CONCACAF

T&T quartet, Haiti duo eliminated; Moreno, Venezuela tie Colombia
Purdy, El Salvador advance

Steve Purdy with El Salvador

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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.

Keane, Ireland rout Estonia 4-0 in Euro playoff 1st leg

Galaxy star has brace, assist; Lindpere goes 29 minutes for Estonia
Keane, Ireland 90 minutes from Euros

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.

International roundup: How MLSers fared on FIFA date

Purdy scores for El Salvador; Keane, Ireland into Euro 2012 playoff
MLS int'l roundup

Steve Purdy with El Salvador

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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.

American Exports: Altidore nets in Europa League draw

Plus: Dempsey dishes out helper for Fulham; Gooch keeps rolling
Altidore nets in Europa League

Jozy Altidore

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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.

Three for Thursday: Yanks have their say in Europe

Dempsey's run to 2010 Europa final among memorable ones featuring Americans
European Nights
Three for Thursday

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.

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