AMSTERDAM – It was a tough Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League for Jermaine Jones and Schalke, who fell 3-0 away to Group E leaders Chelsea.
The US midfielder led all players in distance covered, sticking his nose into all sorts of bang-ups. Though not culpable on any of Chelsea's goals, Jones was whistled for six fouls and a second-half yellow card.
AMSTERDAM – It was an eventful UEFA Champions League Tuesday for Sacha Kljestan, who artfully set up the opener before being sent off late with a second yellow card in Anderlecht's impressive 1-1 draw at French kings Paris Saint-Germain.
AMSTERDAM – Another busy weekend of action for Americans playing in Europe has arrived, with AZ Alkmaar hitman Aron Jóhannsson looking to continue his brand of home cooking against western rivals ADO Den Haag. All times in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Jozy Altidore – Sunderland at Hull City (Saturday, 11 am on Premier League Extra Time)
AMSTERDAM – A few Americans suited up for Europa League Matchday 3 action on Thursday, with Aron Jóhannsson and AZ Alkmaar fighting back for a 1-1 draw at Shakhter Karagandy.
The US forward made a key run to clear the way for Johann Berg Gudmundsson's 26th-minute equalizer. However, Jóhannsson (above) was robbed by the Kazakh side's netminder on his best chance of the night midway through the second frame.
AMSTERDAM – The time has come again to break out the old abacus and ledgers to count up some key statistics rung up by Americans playing in Europe.
It's been a couple of years since we last tallied a few major categories, so we'll hit the refresh button on those and then tack on a couple new ones for your always stat-thirsty perusal.
*Currently active in Europe
AMSTERDAM – Championship title chasers Queens Park Rangers announced on Wednesday that they have inked US free-agent center back Oguchi Onyewu to a one-year deal.
The 31-year-old, who was released in August from the remaining season of his contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal, will now embark on his second foray into English soccer, having spent half a season on loan with Newcastle in 2007.
AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones returned to the Schalke lineup in a losing cause on Tuesday, as the home side dropped a 3-0 decision to Champions League guests Chelsea.
The US midfielder, who had not started a game for the Miners since late last month, departed the proceedings carrying a yellow card in the 71st minute.
With Schalke still only trailing by one in the 67th minute, poor finishing denied Jones a game-tying assist. The No. 13 shirt dutifully nodded a corner kick across the goalmouth, only to watch Benedickt Höwedes somehow nod wide from the doorstep.
AMSTERDAM – It's back to the day job for Americans stationed overseas this weekend, with Jozy Altidore and Sunderland hoping to break a pair of ducks on their trip to Wales. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Jozy Altidore – Sunderland at Swansea City (Saturday, 10 am on Premier League Extra Time)
Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Lithuania in Kaunas on Tuesday, a landmark achievement for the tiny nation – and one that can be traced, in some small part, to the US heartland.
The man who scored the decisive goal for the Dragons is Vedad Ibisevic, the 29-year-old striker with rich American ties. During his teenage years, his family emigrated from Bosnia to escape the brutal ethnic conflict that engulfed the region in the 1990s, eventually settling in St. Louis.
Honduras put the pressure on Mexico and have one foot of their own on the plane to Brazil after a 1-0 home win over Costa Rica on Friday afternoon, with New England revolution striker Jerry Bengtson scoring the decisive goal off a feed from former Sporting KC man Roger Espinoza.