Americans Abroad Review: Boyd and Johannsson shine again

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Mere days after the United States couldn’t find Jurgen Klinsmann’s “miracle” against the Ukraine, many Yanks were back with their clubs for European action. Let’s take a spin around Europe for the goals, cards and unused substitutes of a weekend abroad.

Aron Johannsson scores for AZ Alkmaar,” has become a chorus around these wrap-ups, and the young American sung it twice this weekend. Check out the first one right here, a gorgeous bit of footwork. AZ went on to beat Heracles Almelo by a 4-0 final.

Staying in the Netherlands, Juan Agudelo subbed on for FC Utrecht in the 61st minute but couldn’t find a shot or the goal as PSV Eindhoven held on for a 1-0 win.

Terrence Boyd picked up an assist as SK Rapid Wien was able to control possession but not the scoreline, picking up a draw at FC Wacker Innsbruck. Boyd’s assist came on an 88th minute equalizer from Deni Alar.

It ended up being a merciful day off for Tim Howard, who watched from the bench as four Arsenal balls get past the Toffees in Everton’s 4-1 FA Cup quarterfinal ouster at the hands of the Gunners at the Emirates. Jozy Altidore did not make the bench as Sunderland was ousted 3-0 by Hull City.

It was 90 minutes yet again for Geoff Cameron at Stoke City in their 1-1 draw with Norwich City. Cameron picked up a yellow card as the Potters battled back for a point at Carrow Road.

Birmingham City suited up two Americans for 90 minutes, but Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector failed to help the club pick up a point as they lost to QPR 2-0. Oguchi Onyewu‘s Sheffield Wednesday side fell to Duane Holmes‘ Yeovil Town, as the Glovers pulled themselves out of the Championship’s bottom slot. Onyewu played all 90 while Holmes went for 67 minutes.

Tim Ream went for 90 minutes in Bolton’s 5-1 thrashing of Leeds. There was no time on the pitch or bench for Brek Shea, who has now apologized for his obscene gesture directed at home supporters of his Barnsley squad.

Ale Bedoya‘s Nantes side continued its slide down the Ligue 1 table with a 2-2 draw against ligue-worst Ajaccio. Bedoya did not feature in the scoring after coming on in the 23rd minute, but was very active as a playmaker.

Sacha Kljestan was an unused substitute for Anderlecht as the strong Belgian side was shocked by relegation scrappers OH Leuven 1-0. Anderlecht remains in third, five points back of No. 2 Club Brugge.

There was a goal for Tigres midfielder Jose Torres, whose left-footed finish gave his club the final goal in its 3-0 win over Cruz Azul. It was his first start of the season, and you can see the goal late in this video. Elsewhere in Liga MX, MLSSoccer.com has a solid recap of Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win over Guadalajara, which featured four Americans including Herculez Gomez.

In Germany, Hertha Berlin kept John Anthony Brooks on the bench in its 1-1 draw with Mainz. Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim will be having nightmares of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after his hat trick cleared the way for Schalke’s 4-0 blowout win.

Jermaine Jones played 2/3 of a match for Besitkas as they picked up another win during his loan stint from Schalke.

Daly collapses during match, treated for heat illness

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HOUSTON (AP) Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly collapsed during the final minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match against the Seattle Reign as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

The 25-year-old Daly was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, where the team said she was being treated for heat illness.

The temperature at BBVA Compass Stadium was 92 degrees at the 3 p.m. kickoff. The Reign won 2-0.

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The NWSL issued a statement that said the league had worked with the Dash before the season to schedule any afternoon games early in the year to help avoid heat issues. The teams took a hydration break late in the match.

“We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future,” the statement said.

Reign coach Laura Harvey posted to Twitter: “Proud of the team today. Some of the hottest conditions I’ve seen. Road games are tough but that was crazy.”

MLS roundup: Outrageous dive, posts doom ‘Caps; Ramirez stays red hot

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Six matches are in the books on a busy Saturday in Major League Soccer, and five of them finished 1-0.

How they got there? Much different stories. With the Cali Clasico still to play, let’s dig into the five that followed Seattle 1-0 Portland.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 DC United

It’s especially difficult to win on the road in Major League Soccer, unless the hosts fritter away four good chances off the woodwork — including a Cristian Techera PK — and give away a spot kick of their own. Lamar Neagle converted the 61st offering after a sinister dive from Jose Guillermo Ortiz. He was taken off soon after, and is probably going to miss sometime when the DisCo is done with him. Outrageous.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Not one, not two, nor three, but four New England players saw a low cross slide by them for Daniel Royer to finish as New York came from behind to take all three points at Red Bull Arena. Cody Cropper committed a gaffe that allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to equalize after a Lee Nguyen PK had put the Revs ahead early.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC

Homegrown defender and University of Denver product Kortne Ford has his first MLS goal, as the Rapids surprised the Western Conference leaders on Saturday. SKC outshot Colorado by nearly 20 attempts (Shoulder shrug emoji).

Minnesota United 1-0 Orlando City

There were questions as to whether NASL superstar Christian Ramirez could translate his game to Major League Soccer.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Ramirez has eight goals in 13 MLS matches, and should be hearing his name from a certain Bruce Arena around Gold Cup time. Those USMNT dreams of last season should come true.

Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for his third shutout of the season. All have come at home.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

Joao Plata keeps shooting, and the tiny Ecuadorian menace keeps scoring, too. His 36th minute goal was enough for the hosts at Rio Tinto.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

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Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.