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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AMSTERDAM – Summer signing Bryan Gerzicich made a winning Hapoel Tel Aviv debut as the visitors got a leg up on Europa League second qualifying-round foes Beroe with a 4-1 away-leg rout on Thursday.
The Los Angeles native cleanly worked all 90 minutes from the right defensive midfield slot as the Red Demons comfortably put one foot in the next round.
AMSTERDAM – The sale of US striker Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar to Premier League side Sunderland has been completed, a development first revealed by the Eredivisie club then confirmed by the EPL side's official website.
We all knew this was going to be one of the biggest moves of the silly season. We just didn't think it would be an NBA reporter going on-record first.
ESPN's Marc Stein, who moonlights for ESPNFC when he's not covering the NBA, tweeted on Friday that AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie and Sunderland of the English Premier League are on course to agree to terms on a deal to transfer US international striker Jozy Altidore:
AMSTERDAM – The transfer scene around AZ Alkmaar goal monster Jozy Altidore is heating up, MLSsoccer.com has learned, with one mystery English Premier League side in deep talks over the US striker.
In all, the 23-year-old has interest from two clubs in the English top flight, two in Serie A and at least two in the Bundesliga. Oft-linked Sunderland are, in fact, one of the two Premier League admirers – but not necessarily the team to have progressed in negotiations.