AMSTERDAM – A handful of Americans suited up overseas on Wednesday, headlined by Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg bowing out of the Champions League with a 2-0 loss at Celtic in the second leg of qualifying.
The US midfielder and his teammates outshot and out-possessed the Scottish champs in both legs, only to fall by a 4-0 aggregate count. Bedoya ran his socks off on the night, but failed to hit the target on three shots.
Helsingborg now move to the Europa League group stage. They could end seeded as high as pot No. 2 and as low as No. 4 in Friday's draw.
Over in Denmark's DBU Pokalen, Brad Rusin nodded home the winner as HB Køge advanced to the third round with a 7-1 road demolition of fourth-flight mites Tårnby. The center back buried a restart on 20 minutes for his first goal in 13 months and went close to repeating the feat after intermission.
Randers FC forward Charlie Davies made his first start for the club in a 1-0 victory at Aalborg Freja. The US forward had what would have been his first goal in Denmark waved off by an offside flag.
Clarence Goodson watched on as Brøndby moved on with a 2-1 win at third-flight Nordvest.
Meanwhile, in England's Capital One League Cup, Tim Howard enjoyed a rare night off in the dugout as Everton cruised to the third round with a 5-0 rout of Leyton Orient.