AMSTERDAM – It was a busy Wednesday of cup action for Americans playing in Europe, highlighted by Aron Jóhannsson's decisive hat trick in AZ Alkmaar's 4-1 KNVB Cup win over guests Sparta Rotterdam.
Just five minutes in, the forward opened scoring by burying a Roy Beerens flick-on. Jóhannsson conjured a handful of chances to add to his tally after the visitors pulled level, but the game remained tied into extra time.
AMSTERDAM – Several Americans laced up for midweek cup duty on Tuesday, with Brad Friedel backstopping Tottenham Hotspur into the Capital One Cup sweet 16 with a 4-0 cruise past Aston Villa.
AMSTERDAM – Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks is expected to spend at least two weeks on the shelf after suffering elbow and forearm injuries in a 1-1 draw at Freiburg over the weekend, potentially forcing him to miss the US national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers next month.
Brooks left the game after just 20 minutes following a collision with home side midfielder Gelson Fernandes on Saturday. An MRI scan completed on Monday showed Brooks suffered a hyper-extended elbow, as well as a small radius fracture and matching forearm muscle tear.
AMSTERDAM – Most of the Americans playing in Europe will hit the road this weekend, with Everton netminder Tim Howard placing his unbeaten start and 289-minute shutout streak up for wager at West Ham. All times listed in ET.
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AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans got dressed up for opening night of Europa League group-phase play on Thursday, with Aron Jóhannsson and AZ Alkmaar escaping Maccabi Haifa with a slim 1-0 victory.
In a rare occurrence, the US forward was held without a shot in a match where chances were few and far between at either end. The Cheese Farmers won the day thanks to a Joey Gudmondsson goal with 13 minutes to play.
AMSTERDAM – The time has come once again to unveil the best 24 players younger than age 24 in Major League Soccer, which means our European desk is also back with another ranking of the top five Americans stationed overseas.
Making the list became tougher this year, what with the addition of two young dual-citizenship talents to the US national team rotation, Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks and AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Jóhannsson.
According to reports from Italy, D.C. United co-owner Erick Thohir has reached an agreement to take over majority ownership -- reported to be a 70 percent stake -- of famed Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.
The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game was only the beginning for AS Roma.
The Italian club, which is now making the US market a priority, wants an even tighter relationship with Major League Soccer and its clubs.
AMSTERDAM – Reading midfielder Daniel Williams was a stoppage-time hero on Wednesday, setting up the 1-0 winner against visiting Leeds United in English Championship play.
The US international (above) made a proper bid to open the scoring in the 16th minute, with his strike from distance drawing a good save from Whites netminder Paddy Kenny. The game remained scoreless until the seventh minute of added time, when Williams flicked on a Royston Drenthe free kick for Adam Le Fondre to bag the decider.
AMSTERDAM – Several Americans faced tough challenges overseas on Tuesday, with Sacha Kljestan putting in a decent performance as Anderlecht fell 2-0 in their UEFA Champions League group-phase opener at Benfica.