American Exports: Sacha Kljestan leaves with injury as Anderlecht fall in season opener

Exports: Kljestan leaves with injury as Anderlecht lose season opener

Sacha Kljestan with Anderlecht

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AMSTERDAM – Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan was removed midway through the first half with an injury as the defending Belgian champions started their title defense on Sunday with a 3-2 home defeat to Lokeren.

American Exports: Bryan Gerzicich, Hapoel Tel Aviv advance in Europa League

Exports: Gerzicich goes full 90 as Hapoel Tel Aviv advance in Europa League

Bryan Gerzicich of Hapoel Kiryat Shmona

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AMSTERDAM – Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Tel Aviv are on to the third qualifying round of the Europa League after a 2-2 second-leg draw at Bulgarian side Beroe on Thursday.

The midfielder went the distance, drawing a yellow card in stoppage time, as the visitors completed a 6-3 aggregate win. The Red Demons will start the next round away to Romania's Pandurii Târgu Jiu next Thursday.

American Exports: Hammarby fire Gregg Berhalter as manager, citing team's lack of offense

Exports: Hammarby fire Berhalter as manager, citing lack of offense

Gregg Berhalter with Hammarby

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AMSTERDAM – Swedish second-flight club Hammarby fired manager Gregg Berhalter on Wednesday, naming former midfielder Thomas Dennerby as his replacement.

Despite having the second-best defense in the Superettan, the Stockholm club is currently nine points adrift of the promotion zone at the midway point of the season. 

American Exports: Jozy Altidore notches assist to help Sunderland knock off Spurs in preseason bout

Exports: Altidore delivers assist in preseason win vs. Dempsey, Spurs

Jozy Altidore with Sunderland

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AMSTERDAM – Fresh Sunderland signing Jozy Altidore notched an assist in his club debut on Wednesday, a come-from-behind 3-1 Premier League Asia Trophy semifinal victory over Tottenham in Hong Kong.

American Exports: Conor O'Brien, Nordsjaelland drop Danish Superliga season opener

Exports: O'Brien, Nordsjælland drop Danish Superliga season opener

Conor O'Brien in FC Nordsjaelland training

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AMSTERDAM – Despite a strong outing from Conor O'Brien, FC Nordsjælland dropped their Superliga season opener with a 4-0 defeat at Esbjerg on Monday.

The New York native lined up in the holding midfield slot, ringing up nine pass interceptions. Unfortunately, each of the first two Esbjerg goals came directly after the visitors had wasted a scoring chance created by O'Brien at the other end.

Canadian Exports: Julian de Guzman joining Skoda Xanthi of Greek Super League

Canadian Exports: De Guzman moving to Skoda Xanthi of Greece

Julian de Guzman and Dwayne De Rosario

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Former Toronto FC and FC Dallas midfielder Julian de Guzman has joined Skoda Xanthi FC, the Greek Super League club announced on its website on Monday.

With the move, de Guzman will move to a fifth country after playing in Germany, Spain, Canada and the United States. The Canadian national team veteran was most recently with SSV Jahn Regensburg in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga.

De Guzman had joined Regensburg right at the deadline of the January transfer window and became a free agent when the team was relegated.

American Exports: Sacha Kljestan leads Anderlecht to Belgian Supercup triumph

Exports: Kljestan leads Anderlecht to Belgian Supercup triumph

Sasha Kljestan

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AMSTERDAM – Sacha Kljestan became the first American to pick up a prize on the new season for the second year in a row after helping Anderlecht post a 1-0 Belgian Supercup victory over Genk on Sunday.

Playing in their friendly confines, the league champions got all the offense they would need with Massimo Bruno's strike on the edge of halftime. Kljestan picked up the "MLS assist" on the play by combining with forward Cyriac Gohi Bi to set up the young winger's winner.

American Exports: Alfredo Morales sent off in nightmare debut for Ingolstadt

Exports: Morales sent off in nightmare debut for Ingolstadt

Alfredo Morales of FC Ingolstadt

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AMSTERDAM – It was an Ingolstadt debut to forget for Alfredo Morales on Friday, with the US international (above) seeing red near the end of a 2-1 home defeat to Erzgebirge Aue.

The American's troubles actually started in the 25th minute, when his weak back pass facilitated Jakub Sylvestr's icebreaker. Morales nearly atoned with an assist near the hour mark, only to have his cross nodded agonizingly wide by FCI striker Manuel Schäffler.

American Exports: Conor O'Brien, Terrence Boyd learn road to Champions, Europa League

Exports: Americans abroad learn route to Champions, Europa League group stages

Conor O'Brien close up in FC Nordsjaelland training

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AMSTERDAM – Several Americans were paying close attention to Friday's UEFA draw for the third qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League, which saw Conor O'Brien and FC Nordsjælland pitted against Russian powers FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the marquee competition.

American Exports: One-time New York Red Bulls target Babajide Ogunbiyi rejoins promoted Viborg

Exports: One-time Red Bulls target Ogunbiyi rejoins promoted Viborg

AMSTERDAM – One day before their new season begins, promoted Danish Superliga side Viborg have reacquired defender Babajide Ogunbiyi from Hjørring.

The 26-year-old New York native worked 63 contests for the Greens between 2010-2012, when a knee injury cut his time there short. On Friday, he returned for a fee reported to be near $100,000, inking a two-year-deal.

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