American Exports: Klejstan's goal, assist lead Anderlecht

Sacha Kljestan

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Cortesía de R.S.C. Anderlecht

AMSTERDAM — There was plenty to celebrate from the action involving American Exports in Europe on Sunday, highlighted by Anderlecht midfield mainstay Sacha Kljetsan notching a goal and an assist in a 4-0 cruise past visiting Lierse.

In the 26th minute, the US international helped cap a breakout by slipping Guillaume Gillet into the area for the home side's second. Ten minutes later, Kljestan was on the other end of a counterattack final ball and dutifully slotted home his second goal of the season.

The result allowed Anderlecht to move six points clear at the top on the strength of their sixth consecutive Jupiler League win.

Elsewhere, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in five straight games, including four victories, thanks to a 3-1 decision over Queens Park Rangers. The veteran netminder needs just two saves to help Spurs move level on points with third-place Chelsea with a game in hand.

In Portugal, Oguchi Onyewu returned to the Sporting CP back line for a 2-0 victory at Feirense. The third-place Lions have roared off six straight league wins and nine overall, and have now emerged victorious from all eight of Onyewu's starts during the campaign.

The day was not so kind in Serie A, where Michael Bradley and Chievo suffered a 4-1 defeat at Siena. With a third straight loss, the Flying Donkeys have been grounded to 16th place.

Over in the Eredivisie, Jozy Altidore worked a fair 81 minutes as AZ Alkmaar pulled off a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Heracles. The Cheese Farmers now have a six-point cushion on the league throne.

To the north in Norway, Josh Gatt's Molde celebrated their first Tippeligan title in club history with a 2-2 draw against pesky guests Strømsgodset.

The injured right-sider and his teammates were assured of the crown when holders Rosenborg lost at home to Brann, putting Molde eight points up on second-place Tromsø with two games left. Gatt becomes just the second American to raise championship silver in Norway, following Real Salt Lake defender Robbie Russell, who won it all with Rosenborg in 2004. 

Meanwhile, Mikkel Diskerud went his usual 90 minutes in Stabæk's 0-0 stalemate at Sogndal. The result dropped the visitors to 10th place.

Shifting to Germany's 2.Bundesliga, Edson Buddle went 80 minutes as Ingolstadt climbed out of the basement with a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. The US striker departed with his side ahead, but a stoppage-time leak kept them winless in five.

Bobby Wood came on for the final nine minutes of 1860 Munich's 3-0 victory at Duisburg. Winning for the first time in over a month, the Lions rose to sixth place.


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