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.
AMSTERDAM – Molde FK winger Josh Gatt departed a 3-1 victory over visiting Sarpsborg 08 with an apparent knee injury on Saturday, but there was no immediate word as to how that might affect his CONCACAF Gold Cup call-up.
AMSTERDAM – Rangers have let US veteran Carlos Bocanegra out of the last year of his contract, the club announced Saturday, while also letting slip that he is in line for a move back to Major League Soccer.
According to the Scottish giants, the 34-year-old center back could turn up with hometown club Chivas USA. However, Bocanegra would be subject to the allocation process for returning US and Canadian internationals, with Toronto FC currently holding the top spot in the order.
ISTANBUL – Several American exports have learned their early-round qualifying assignments for the 2013-14 Champions League and Europa League.
Josh Gatt (above) and Norwegian champions Molde FK will open their second qualifying-round tie at Irish champs Sligo Rovers on either July 16 or 17, with the return set for a week later.
He's listed as "unattached" on Canada's CONCACAF Gold Cup roster released Tuesday, but Julian de Guzman looks closer to learning his new home. Reports out of Poland have the former Toronto FC and FC Dallas man in the sights of Wisla Krakow of that country's top flight.
Danny Williams is leaving Germany behind, with recently relegated English Championship club Reading FC snatching up the US international.
ISTANBUL – Estoril free agent attacker Tony Taylor will arrive on Monday for a medical exam with Cypriot bronze medalists AC Omonia.
The 23-year-old will ink a two-year deal with the capital side, who hold an invite to the Europa League second qualifying round, upon completion of the check-up.
"He is very excited," Taylor's agent, Carlos Gonçalves, told MLSsoccer.com. "There are some Portuguese players there that he knows, and even though the league is smaller, it will be good for him to be able to play some games in Europe."