American Exports: Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud eye first step in Champions League qualifying

Josh Gatt of Molde

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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.

At the same time, FK Zeljeznicar forward Danijal Brkovic will hope for his first taste of Champions League play when the Bosnian kings kick off against Czech counterparts Viktoria Plzen.  

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Turning to the Europa League first qualifying-round draw, Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg BK will begin play with a July 4 visit to Northern Ireland's Crusaders FC. The home leg will take place on July 11.

Should the Troll Kids advance, they would open the second qualifying round at home to Scottish outfit St. Johnstone seven days later.

Also taking part in the second qualifying round will be a pair of Americans setting up shop with new clubs.

Fresh AC Omonia catch Tony Taylor could make his debut for the club against the first round survivor between Slovenia's NK Domzale and Romanian side FC Astra Giurgiu. The Cypriot club will start its European adventure away on July 18.

Meanwhile, Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Tel Aviv were drawn against Bulgaria's Beroe Stara Zagora, also with their opening leg on the road.