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.
AMSTERDAM – Aron Jóhannsson got back on the scoresheet on Sunday, firing the penalty-kick opener that would be all AZ Alkmaar needed to see off Go Ahead Eagles in a 3-0 win at AFAS-Stadion.
Less than four minutes in, the US forward drew a good save with an audacious curling lob from about 30 yards to the right. At the half-hour mark, Jóhannsson was tripped up after wiggling into the area from the left flank before coolly making it a perfect three-for-three from the spot on the young season.
AMSTERDAM – Several Americans fresh from punching the US national team's World Cup ticket return to club life overseas this weekend, with Tim Howard gambling his 199-minute EPL shutout streak against visiting Chelsea.
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AMSTERDAM – With another quick slate of 2014 World Cup qualifying matches out of the way, we go down on the farm for a report on American prospects playing in European reserve teams that could enter the US national team conversation when the 2018 edition rolls around.
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Selección de San Marino anota su primer gol… ¡en 5 años!, pero si quieres jugar en Wembley, debes ser sanmarinense
Una de las selecciones más débiles del mundo es la de San Marino, la cual para los que no lo sepan o tengan flojera de googlear, está ubicada en Europa por lo que juega en las eliminatorias de la UEFA.
AMSTERDAM – The next round of the UEFA Champions League was drawn on Thursday evening, with both Schalke's Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan of Anderlecht learning their group stage assignments.
Jones (pictured at right) and the Miners are in Group E full of familiar foes. Their main competition, 2012 winners Chelsea, also faced pool mates Basel and Steaua Bucharest on their way to last year's Europa League crown.
AMSTERDAM – Aron Jóhannsson continued his perfect scoring record on the young campaign, striking the winner in AZ Alkmaar's 3-1 victory at Europa League playoff-round foes Atromitos on Thursday.
With his side up one in the 74th minute, the newest US forward got loose in the right channel to breach the Greek hosts' area. Working calmly on the dribble, Jóhannsson fooled the last defender off his feet with a shoulder dip before picking his spot to beat the goalkeeper.
AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones and Schalke still have it all to do in the away leg after settling for a 1-1 share with Champions League playoff-round guests PAOK on Wednesday.
During his full shift, the US midfielder was most involved in spotlight action over the back half of the opening period. Jones spent a long stretch helping to drive the attack, even if it most often ended in frustration.