Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Lithuania in Kaunas on Tuesday, a landmark achievement for the tiny nation – and one that can be traced, in some small part, to the US heartland.
The man who scored the decisive goal for the Dragons is Vedad Ibisevic, the 29-year-old striker with rich American ties. During his teenage years, his family emigrated from Bosnia to escape the brutal ethnic conflict that engulfed the region in the 1990s, eventually settling in St. Louis.
Honduras put the pressure on Mexico and have one foot of their own on the plane to Brazil after a 1-0 home win over Costa Rica on Friday afternoon, with New England revolution striker Jerry Bengtson scoring the decisive goal off a feed from former Sporting KC man Roger Espinoza.
AMSTERDAM – Most of the big European tilts involving Americans fall on Saturday this weekend, including the Manchester City invasion of unbeaten Everton netminder Tim Howard. All times listed in ET.
AMSTERDAM – Reading midfielder Danny Williams is close to returning from a foot injury, but the club is still unsure if he'll be fit in time for Saturday's league trip to Burnley.
The US international has missed three Championship games since taking a kick to his foot during their September 18 win over Leeds United, which saw him set up the lone goal winner deep into stoppage time.
On Thursday, manager Nigel Adkins stated that Williams' availability for Saturday was still questionable.
AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans suited up for Europa League duty on Thursday, with Terrence Boyd going all 90 as Rapid Vienna rallied from two down to earn a 2-2 share with Group G visitors Dinamo Kyiv.
The young forward, who saw yellow during the match, went nearest to scoring when he flashed a header just wide of frame in the 54th minute. Thanks to their two goals over the final 37 minutes, Rapid stayed in a third-place deadlock with the Ukrainian powers.
AMSTERDAM – Despite a solid showing from Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht went down to a wasteful 3-0 defeat against UEFA Champions League Group C visitors Olympiacos on Wednesday.
The US midfielder was horse-collared in front of goal in the 24th minute, earning his side a chance to cancel their early deficit from the spot. However, teen striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had his soft penalty attempt smothered by Olympiacos netminder Roberto.
AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans laced up for English Championship action on Tuesday, with Jonathan Spector helping Birmingham City stay hot at home with a 4-0 rout of guests Millwall.
The US international (above) went the distance at right back as the Brums posted their third straight multiple-goals victory margin across all competition at St. Andrews. The win also pushed Birmingham clear of the drop zone in 17th place.
One of the biggest question for the Canadian men’s national team these days is, who will be able to put the ball in the back of the net? Across the pond this past week, a few Canadians made the case that they might be a part of the answer.
Tosaint Ricketts (above) potted his third goal of the season (and third in two weeks) for Bucaspor in their win Monday, while Daniel Haber scored his first goal for Apollon Limassol since joining the Cypriot First Division team this summer.
AMSTERDAM – A pair of Americans tasted sweet victory in some European-style Monday night football, with Tim Howard and Everton remaining the lone EPL unbeaten with a 3-2 win over visiting Newcastle.
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.