AMSTERDAM – Hannover 96 captain Steve Cherundolo underwent a second minor cleanup knee surgery on Tuesday, which both player and club are hoping will add only minimal time to a recovery period that was previously expected to conclude by the end of August.
AMSTERDAM – Another Premier League season will arrive ready to be written this weekend, so we're here to give the rundown on what to expect for our boys playing in England.
THE KEY COGS
Let's begin with the big-name arrival, Sunderland's Jozy Altidore (above). Though he has the most to prove among all Americans in the Prem this season, the striker is again moving to a club that will rely on him for production up top.
AMSTERDAM – Three Americans took to the field under Friday night lights across the pond, with Bobby Wood setting up the opener in 1860 Munich's 2-1 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Nine minutes in, the reported US call-up accepted a long throw in the area before teeing up Benjamin Lauth from close range. It was Wood's second assist in four competitive games on the young campaign.
Through three matches, the Lions are level on points with the 2.Bundesliga leaders, but stand fourth on goal differential.
AMSTERDAM – Recovering Stoke City midfielder Maurice Edu has loan options in France and Turkey, MLSsoccer.com has learned.
The US international is most eager to fight for his place at the Britannia, but must first complete his comeback from a sports hernia injury. Edu will soon be back on the training field to make his pitch to new Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who expressed interest in the American while manager at Queens Park Rangers last year.
AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones and Schalke were made to sweat a bit at fifth-flight FC Nöttingen on Monday, but eventually punched their ticket to the DfB-Pokal second round with a 2-0 victory.
The US midfielder worked an active full shift, which was needed as the Miners weren't able to breathe easy until Leon Goretzka bagged the insurance tally deep into stoppage time.
AMSTERDAM – Everton have been turned away after making an approach for AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley, MLSsoccer.com has learned.
According to a source close to the club, the US star has become a fast favorite of new manager Rudi Garcia and can expect frequent use during the coming campaign.
AMSTERDAM – Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan made a quick return to the lineup on Friday, going the distance in a 4-0 rout at Cercle Brugge.
Less than a week after requiring a good bit of stitching after an elbow to the ear, the US international held down his usual post as the champs' traffic director. Fellow MLS graduate Andy Najar came on in the 79th minute to make his Jupiler League debut.
The Mauves registered their first win of the season on the second try to tentatively rise into the penthouse.
AMSTERDAM – Terrence Boyd hit from the spot to gain Rapid Vienna a 1-1 opening leg draw away to Europa League third qualifying-round foes Asteras Tripolis on Thursday.
Only two minutes after the Greeks broke the ice, Boyd was fouled in the area and calmly stepped up to tie the game. In addition to netting his third goal of the young campaign and fourth career strike in Europa League play, the US forward converted his first pro penalty.
Near the hour mark, Boyd had a great chance to win the game, only to see his header cleared off the line.
Atiba Hutchinson is moving to Turkey to join Besiktas after the Istanbul-based club announced on Wednesday it has signed the Canadian midfielder.
Hutchinson, who skipped Canada’s Gold Cup run earlier this month so that he could sort out his club future, signed a two-year deal with the club worth more than two million euros.
The Brampton, Ontario, native became a free agent this summer after his contract with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven came to an end. He had been linked with Besiktas for a number of weeks.
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.