AMSTERDAM – The weekend brings another tempting menu of European top flight action involving Americans, with Aron Jóhannsson and AZ Alkmaar daring to set foot in Feyenoord's intimidating De Kuip Stadion for an Eredivisie bout over third place.
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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Jozy Altidore – Sunderland vs. West Ham United (Saturday, 10 am on Premier League Extra Time)
AMSTERDAM – Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach finished atop Europa League Group A thanks to a 3-0 cruise past visiting FC Zürich on Thursday night.
The US handyman worked the last 12 minutes on the right wing, managing but a few touches before the final whistle. The Foals ended up unbeaten in group play, edging out Villarreal for the top spot by a single point.
The in-the-works friendly between the US national team and Germany is beginning to look a little more official.
American Exports: Sacha Kljestan comes off bench to set up goal in Anderlecht's Champions League win
AMSTERDAM – Sacha Kljestan came on late to help set up the insurance tally as Anderlecht clinched third place in Champions League Group D with a 2-0 home victory over Galatasaray on Wednesday night.
The former Chivas USA ace entered with six minutes remaining, completing 10 of 11 passes as the Mauves ran down the clock. Kljestan's biggest contribution came in the 86th minute, when Galatasaray netminder Fernando Muslera could only parry his free kick as far as the waiting boot of Chancel Mbemba.
AMSTERDAM – Everton star Tim Howard notched his 150th shutout in his European club soccer career on Thursday night, blanking Europa League guests Lille 3-0 to keep his side on top of Group H.
The netminder required just two saves to post his fourth clean sheet in five games across all competitions. Howard's best moment came when he alertly pushed a Ryan Mendes drive over the bar on 21 minutes. Unbeaten through four group matches, Everton can clinch first place and a spot in the knockout stage by winning at Wolfsburg on Nov. 27.
AMSTERDAM – With Sacha Kljestan named as a surprise starter in Tuesday night's thrilling 3-3 rally draw away to Champions League hosts Arsenal, it seemed like a fine time to dust off the ol' stat nerd abacus.
AMSTERDAM – Three clubs with Americans on the payroll found out their UEFA Champions League group-stage pools on Thursday evening, with Julian Green's Bayern Munich drawing scary Group E assignments AS Roma, CSKA Moscow and English Premier League kings Manchester City.
Bayern Munich's stateside preseason tour is off to a successful start.
The defending German champions defeated Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara 1-0 through a goal from Claudio Pizarro in a feisty friendly played at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night. Pizarro nodded home a Franck Ribery corner kick in the 24th minute, and Bayern held on for the win despite conceding some quality looks late in the match played in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,023.
In response to political pressure across the globe from those who want to see FIFA strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup, soccer's international governing body has issued a statement that says the tournament can "achieve a positive change."
AMSTERDAM – Free agent playmaker Freddy Adu is in contract talks with Serbian bronze medalists FK Jagodina and an unnamed Cypriot club.
Following a tweet from Serbian SuperLiga newshound SerbianFooty, a source close to the situation confirmed that the 25-year-old was being courted by the two eastern European suitors. Furthermore, MLSsoccer.com has learned that the admirer from Cyprus is one of the top five First Division finishers from last season and currently alive in Europe.