Aron Johannsson dribbles the ball for AZ Alkmaar
Courtesy of AZ Alkmaar

American Exports: Aron Johannsson, AZ Alkmaar grab away win in Europa League knockouts

AMSTERDAM – A pair of Americans took part in tight Europa League round-of-32 opening legs on Thursday, with Aron Jóhannsson and AZ Alkmaar escaping with a 1-0 victory over Czech hosts Slovan Liberec.

The US forward went without a shot on goal, but was effective in the link-up game. Thanks to Nick Viergever's last-minute strike, the Cheese Farmers will return home for next week's second leg with a slim advantage.

Meanwhile, Brad Friedel and Tottenham ended up on the wrong side of a late 1-0 decider at Ukrainian outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

The Spurs backup took over for the night, making five saves. However, Friedel could do nothing about a perfectly placed 81st minute spot kick by Yevhen Konoplyanka.

MLS All-Stars vs. Real Madrid is August 2. Limited tickets left!

Time is running out for your chance to see European champions Real Madrid face the best of MLS. Get your tickets to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.

More about All-Star  |  Event schedule