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American Exports: Jermaine Jones, Schalke humbled by Chelsea in Champions League action

Exports: Jones, Schalke humbled by Chelsea in Champions League action
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Jermaine Jones celebrates for Schalke

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AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones returned to the Schalke lineup in a losing cause on Tuesday, as the home side dropped a 3-0 decision to Champions League guests Chelsea.

The US midfielder, who had not started a game for the Miners since late last month, departed the proceedings carrying a yellow card in the 71st minute.

With Schalke still only trailing by one in the 67th minute, poor finishing denied Jones a game-tying assist. The No. 13 shirt dutifully nodded a corner kick across the goalmouth, only to watch Benedickt Höwedes somehow nod wide from the doorstep.

American Exports: Is this the weekend Jozy Altidore breaks Sunderland scoring drought?

Exports: Is this the weekend Jozy breaks his Sunderland goal drought?
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AMSTERDAM – It's back to the day job for Americans stationed overseas this weekend, with Jozy Altidore and Sunderland hoping to break a pair of ducks on their trip to Wales. All times listed in ET.

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Jozy Altidore – Sunderland at Swansea City (Saturday, 10 am on Premier League Extra Time)

Brazil via St. Louis: Vedad Ibisevic leads Bosnia-Herzegovina to first-ever World Cup place

Brazil via St. Louis: Ibisevic leads Bosnia to first-ever World Cup
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Vedad Ibisevic, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Lithuania in Kaunas on Tuesday, a landmark achievement for the tiny nation – and one that can be traced, in some small part, to the US heartland.

The man who scored the decisive goal for the Dragons is Vedad Ibisevic, the 29-year-old striker with rich American ties. During his teenage years, his family emigrated from Bosnia to escape the brutal ethnic conflict that engulfed the region in the 1990s, eventually settling in St. Louis.

Int'l Roundup: Jerry Bengtson scores as Honduras move closer to World Cup berth

Int'l Roundup: Bengtson leads Honduras past Costa Rica, nearer to Brazil
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Jerry Bengtson celebrates a goal with Honduras

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Honduras put the pressure on Mexico and have one foot of their own on the plane to Brazil after a 1-0 home win over Costa Rica on Friday afternoon, with New England revolution striker Jerry Bengtson scoring the decisive goal off a feed from former Sporting KC man Roger Espinoza.

American Exports: Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore face Manchester clubs on Saturday

Exports: Howard, Altidore face Manchester clubs on Saturday
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Tim Howard with Everton

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AMSTERDAM – Most of the big European tilts involving Americans fall on Saturday this weekend, including the Manchester City invasion of unbeaten Everton netminder Tim Howard. All times listed in ET.

American Exports: Danny Williams inches closer to return with Reading

Exports: Injured Williams inches closer to return with Reading
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Daniel WIlliams with Reading

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AMSTERDAM – Reading midfielder Danny Williams is close to returning from a foot injury, but the club is still unsure if he'll be fit in time for Saturday's league trip to Burnley.

The US international has missed three Championship games since taking a kick to his foot during their September 18 win over Leeds United, which saw him set up the lone goal winner deep into stoppage time.

On Thursday, manager Nigel Adkins stated that Williams' availability for Saturday was still questionable.  

American Exports: Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna rally for draw in Europa League action

Exports: Boyd, Rapid rally for key draw in Europa League action
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Terrence Boyd with Rapid Vienna

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AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans suited up for Europa League duty on Thursday, with Terrence Boyd going all 90 as Rapid Vienna rallied from two down to earn a 2-2 share with Group G visitors Dinamo Kyiv.

The young forward, who saw yellow during the match, went nearest to scoring when he flashed a header just wide of frame in the 54th minute. Thanks to their two goals over the final 37 minutes, Rapid stayed in a third-place deadlock with the Ukrainian powers.

American Exports: Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht dealt heavy blow in Champions League

Exports: Kljestan & Co. suffer heavy home loss in Champions League
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AMSTERDAM – Despite a solid showing from Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht went down to a wasteful 3-0 defeat against UEFA Champions League Group C visitors Olympiacos on Wednesday.

The US midfielder was horse-collared in front of goal in the 24th minute, earning his side a chance to cancel their early deficit from the spot. However, teen striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had his soft penalty attempt smothered by Olympiacos netminder Roberto.

American Exports: Jonathan Spector helps steer Birmingham City clear of drop zone

Exports: Spector helps B'ham clear of drop zone; Ream solid for Bolton
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Jonathan Spector with Birmingham City

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AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans laced up for English Championship action on Tuesday, with Jonathan Spector helping Birmingham City stay hot at home with a 4-0 rout of guests Millwall.

The US international (above) went the distance at right back as the Brums posted their third straight multiple-goals victory margin across all competition at St. Andrews. The win also pushed Birmingham clear of the drop zone in 17th place.

Canadian Exports: Is red-hot Tosaint Ricketts the answer for CanMNT's scoring woes?

Canadian Exports: Is hot Ricketts the answer for CanMNT's scoring woes?
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Tosaint Ricketts

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One of the biggest question for the Canadian men’s national team these days is, who will be able to put the ball in the back of the net? Across the pond this past week, a few Canadians made the case that they might be a part of the answer.

Tosaint Ricketts (above) potted his third goal of the season (and third in two weeks) for Bucaspor in their win Monday, while Daniel Haber scored his first goal for Apollon Limassol since joining the Cypriot First Division team this summer.

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