ISTANBUL – Molde FK winger Josh Gatt enjoyed perhaps his finest outing of the Tippeligaen season thus far, but it wasn't quite enough as the holders were made to rally at the death for a 3-3 share at Vålerenga on Saturday.
The US international was buzzing throughout his full shift, with a 28th-minute assist on the visitors' first equalizer and two other set-ups that went begging for a quality finish. The result lifted Molde one rung to 14th place.
AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans helped their clubs advance to the quarterfinals of Norway's NM Cup on Wednesday, headlined by Josh Gatt scoring Molde FK's second in a 6-0 thrashing of guests Ranheim.
In the 17th minute, the winger wiggled into the area past two defenders, lost the ball and then regained it in time to poke home his first goal of 2013. Gatt's long shot forced the rebound that was put away for Molde's third only 10 minutes later and his cross led to a Ranheim own goal shortly after the break.
AMSTERDAM – Birmingham City handyman Jonathan Spector has spurned some competing Premier League interest to re-sign, inking a two-year deal with the St. Andrews side.
Sources close to the situation told MLSsoccer.com that the 27-year-old made the decision to stay because he feels comfortable at the club as well as to ensure consistent playing time in the season leading up to 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
A look at MLSers in international action around the world on Tuesday:
Australia 4, Jordan 0: New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill led the way for Australia in their home victory over Jordan in early action on Tuesday, logging a full 90 minutes and scoring the second goal of a 4-0 rout at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
AMSTERDAM – The agent for Bolton defender Tim Ream has waved away a UK tabloid report claiming his client is in transfer talks with Championship rivals Middlesbrough.
On Sunday, The Mirror alleged that Boro manager Tony Mowbray was in hot pursuit of the US international. While MLSsoccer.com has learned that Middlesbrough did recently express interest in Ream, the American had already been told that he is in the plans of Bolton boss Dougie Freedman.
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A look at MLSers in international action around the world on Friday...
Jamaica 1, USA 2 - World Cup qualifying
AMSTERDAM – Contrary to recent German reports, Augsburg defender Michael Parkhurst is not in line to leave the Bundesliga survivors this summer.
After arriving from FC Nordsjælland during the winter transfer window, the 29-year-old made just two league appearances while struggling with various injuries over the back half of last season. This stat compelled a few German outlets to suggest that Parkhurst would be searching for a new club over the summer, but his agent says the plan is to make a belated SGL Arena breakthrough in the fall.
Robbie Keane is one game away from becoming the Republic of Ireland's all-time caps leader after coming off the bench to score a brace against Georgia in a 4-0 win on Sunday in an international friendly in Dublin.
Keane is now tied with goalkeeper Shay Given with 125 international appearances and is expected to pass the Aston Villa man on Friday when Ireland take on the Faroe Islands in a World Cup qualifier.
AMSTERDAM – Helsingborg playmaker Alejandro Bedoya continued his torrid early season form on Saturday, notching a goal and an assist in a 3-1 home win over Åtvidaberg.
The US international opened the scoring in the 15th minute, exploiting space granted to fire home lefty from the top of the area. After drawing a late yellow card, Bedoya set up the Reds' 86th-minute capper for Christoffer Andersson.
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.