AMSTERDAM – A pair of Americans took part in tight Europa League round-of-32 opening legs on Thursday, with Aron Jóhannsson and AZ Alkmaar escaping with a 1-0 victory over Czech hosts Slovan Liberec.
The US forward went without a shot on goal, but was effective in the link-up game. Thanks to Nick Viergever's last-minute strike, the Cheese Farmers will return home for next week's second leg with a slim advantage.
AMSTERDAM – Kaiserslautern attacker Andrew Wooten will spend the rest of the season on loan to 2.Bundesliga survivalists FSV Frankfurt.
The 24-year-old has appeared in just five matches for the Red Devils on the campaign, forcing him to look elsewhere for playing time. Last season, Wooten notched seven goals and three assists in 28 second-flight loan outings with Sandhausen.
AMSTERDAM – Brad Guzan and Aston Villa were the victims of lightning twin strikes, falling 2-1 to visiting Premier League leaders Arsenal on Monday.
Guzan, who made two saves, could not be faulted on either of the Gunners' goals, which came less than a minute apart late in the first half. Both Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud were able to fire just inside the post from good positions in front of the Villans goal.
AMSTERDAM – A pair of US internationals clocked in on Sunday, with Geoff Cameron among the least of Stoke City's problems in a hard luck 5-3 loss to visiting Liverpool.
The right back was consistently a driving force up his wing, passed accurately and got back to make several plays in his own end. Cameron's crossing did leave something to be desired, however, with his lone pinpoint centering feed ending with a header put wide by Peter Crouch.
And When Jermain Defoe steps onto the field in March, he will be doing so with one clear objective: score goals.
He has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in Premier League history, scoring 123 goals in 379 career EPL games.
AMSTERDAM – Despite near constant tabloid claims to the contrary out of both England and Italy, sources have confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley is not in play for any move away from the Scudetto chasers this month.
In recent weeks, the US midfield general has reportedly been the subject of offers from Premier League sides Cardiff City, Fulham and Southampton. This week, Bradley was also linked with potential moves to Bundesliga power Bayer Leverkusen, his former club Chievo Verona and Genoa.
Sacha Kljestan punctuated a fine performance with his first career Champions League group-stage goal on Tuesday, but it was not enough as an eight-man Anderlecht bravely succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Olympiacos.
AMSTERDAM – All three Americans involved in Europa League action on Thanksgiving Day tasted victory, with Terrence Boyd striking the opener in Rapid Vienna's important 2-1 Group G win over Swiss guests FC Thun.
The US forward (above) was on hand to deposit a misplayed cross in the 17th minute, ringing up his sixth career Europa League goal and 11th of the campaign across all competitions. Boyd also had a header cleared from the line just after intermission.
AMSTERDAM – Tampa-born Bayern Munich prospect Julian Green made his debut for the senior side on Wednesday night, working the final moments of their 3-1 Champions League group stage victory at CSKA Moscow.
The 18-year-old entered the game two minutes from time wearing No. 37. Even with the three added minutes of stoppage time, Green managed but one unsuccessful touch of the ball.
AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones and Schalke will head into the final matchday of the UEFA Champions League with work to do after settling for a 0-0 draw at Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday.
The US midfielder went the distance, picking up a 75th-minute yellow card that will see him miss the Miners' final Group E match at home against Basel. Jones also fired three shots during the contest, though none of them were on target.