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American Exports: Jonathan Spector helps steer Birmingham City clear of drop zone

Exports: Spector helps B'ham clear of drop zone; Ream solid for Bolton
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Jonathan Spector with Birmingham City

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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.

Canadian Exports: Is red-hot Tosaint Ricketts the answer for CanMNT's scoring woes?

Canadian Exports: Is hot Ricketts the answer for CanMNT's scoring woes?
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Tosaint Ricketts

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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.

American Exports: Zarek Valentin named Man of the Match as Bodo/Glimt clinch promotion

Exports: Valentin named MotM as Bodo/Glimt clinch promotion
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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.

American Exports: Aron Johannsson's hat trick highlights busy day of cup action

Exports: Hat trick by Johannsson highlights busy day of cup action
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Aron Johannsson celebrates a goal for AZ Alkmaar

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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.

American Exports: Brad Friedel extends shutout streak as Tottenham cruise in Capital One Cup

Exports: Ageless Friedel extends shutout streak as Tottenham cruise
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AMSTERDAM – Several Americans laced up for midweek cup duty on Tuesday, with Brad Friedel backstopping Tottenham Hotspur into the Capital One Cup sweet 16 with a 4-0 cruise past Aston Villa.

American Exports: Injuries could sideline John Anthony Brooks for upcoming USMNT matches

Exports: Brooks down with arm injuries, could miss USMNT matches
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AMSTERDAM – Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks is expected to spend at least two weeks on the shelf after suffering elbow and forearm injuries in a 1-1 draw at Freiburg over the weekend, potentially forcing him to miss the US national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers next month.

Brooks left the game after just 20 minutes following a collision with home side midfielder Gelson Fernandes on Saturday. An MRI scan completed on Monday showed Brooks suffered a hyper-extended elbow, as well as a small radius fracture and matching forearm muscle tear.

American Exports: Everton's Tim Howard puts undefeated start on line vs. West Ham United

Exports: Howard puts undefeated start on line vs. Hammers
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Tim Howard with Everton

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AMSTERDAM – Most of the Americans playing in Europe will hit the road this weekend, with Everton netminder Tim Howard placing his unbeaten start and 289-minute shutout streak up for wager at West Ham. All times listed in ET.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Jozy Altidore – Sunderland at West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 10 am on  Premier League Extra Time)

American Exports: Aron Johannsson, AZ open Europa League group stage with win

Exports: Johannsson, AZ open Europa League group play with win
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Aron Johannsson dribbles the ball for AZ Alkmaar

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AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans got dressed up for opening night of Europa League group-phase play on Thursday, with Aron Jóhannsson and AZ Alkmaar escaping Maccabi Haifa with a slim 1-0 victory.

In a rare occurrence, the US forward was held without a shot in a match where chances were few and far between at either end. The Cheese Farmers won the day thanks to a Joey Gudmondsson goal with 13 minutes to play.

24 Under 24: Ranking the top five young American Exports across the pond

24 Under 24: Ranking the top five young Exports in Europe
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Jozy Altidore, 24 Under 24

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AMSTERDAM – The time has come once again to unveil the best 24 players younger than age 24 in Major League Soccer, which means our European desk is also back with another ranking of the top five Americans stationed overseas.

Making the list became tougher this year, what with the addition of two young dual-citizenship talents to the US national team rotation, Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks and AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Jóhannsson.

Report: DC United co-owner Erick Thohir on verge of takeover of Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan

Report: D.C. United owner Thohir on verge of takeover of Inter Milan
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Erick Thohir - D.C. United (July 10, 2012)

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According to reports from Italy, D.C. United co-owner Erick Thohir has reached an agreement to take over majority ownership -- reported to be a 70 percent stake -- of famed Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.

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