AMSTERDAM – The agent for Bursaspor loan star Maurice Edu says his client is aiming to establish with parent club Stoke City next season under new manager Mark Hughes.
As previously reported by MLSsoccer.com, Bursaspor have initiated talks to acquire the fast fan favorite on a permanent transfer. Edu managed just one Premier League appearance during the first half of last season under erstwhile Potters boss Tony Pulis.
AMSTERDAM – The heavily anticipated summer transfer saga of AZ Alkmaar is already in full swing, MLSsoccer.com has learned, with the likes of Lazio and Schalke in the race for his services.
Multiple sources across Europe have divulged that the pair are busy sizing up the US international, following a banner campaign, which saw him net 31 goals across all competitions, a place on the Eredivisie Team of the Season and the KNVB Cup winner.
AMSTERDAM – The agent for Clint Dempsey has poured ice cold water on a recent UK tabloid report saying that Tottenham was looking to offload the US star this summer.
Ten days ago, The Mirror suggested that Spurs were open to offers for the 30-year-old Texan, who has two seasons left on his contract. Dempsey's rep, however, says this claim could not be further from the truth.
LA Galaxy Designated Player and captain Robbie Keane captained the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw against England at Wembley Stadium in one of the most high-profile international friendlies played on Wednesday.
Keane, who only arrived in London from Los Angeles on Tuesday, went 66 minutes in his 124th appearance for his country before being subbed off for Simon Cox. The 32-year-old was coming off a hat-trick performance in MLS play against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night.
EDMONTON, Alberta – On Tuesday night, Julian de Guzman played his first game back on North American soil since leaving MLS for Europe five months ago. But don’t expect him back anytime soon.
Though he’ll likely play a few more games for Canada in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, de Guzman (above right, with Dwayne De Rosario) said this week that his club aspirations still belong in Europe, even if he leaves SSV Jahn Regensburg of the German second division.
AMSTERDAM – Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim successfully completed their survival playoff mission on Monday, maintaining their Bundesliga place with a 2-1 victory against second-leg hosts Kaiserslautern, taking the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
The US international started on the wing, but was shifted to left back for the final hour of play. Johnson was perhaps fortunate to get away with a cross striking his arm in the area just prior to intermission.
In the end, Hoffenheim comfortably clinched their place in the top flight for the sixth straight season.
AMSTERDAM – It may sound funny, but Rapid Vienna ace Terrence Boyd admits he'll be more nervous watching former employers Borussia Dortmund battle in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final than he is when he plays.
AMSTERDAM – The agent for Estoril attacker Tony Taylor says the American will not be receiving an extension offer from the season's Portuguese surprise package, but his agent says they are sorting through a handful of opportunities with Liga ZON Sagres rivals.
The 23-year-old, who most often works from right wing, is set to see his contract run out at the end of June. Taylor notched a goal in 13 league outings this term, helping Estoril claim their first-ever Europa League ticket with a fifth-place finish.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England forward Saër Sène will feel the pride rush through his body when Bayern Munich take the field at Wembley Stadium on Saturday (2:45 pm ET, Fox).
Sène may play for the Revolution now, but he learned his trade at Bayern before leaving on a free transfer to join MLS last year.