Dutch Eredivisie - AZ Alkmaar v Heracles Almelo

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.

MLS: Le Toux to join D.C., Timbers set to acquire Myers and more

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Two teams are set to bring in experienced players ahead of the new season, while another veteran has said his goodbye to his former club.

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D.C. United has reportedly signed veteran forward Sebastian Le Toux after spending last season with the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids.

According to SB Nation’s Black and Red United, Le Toux has inked a one-year deal with D.C. United. Le Toux has scored 57 goals in his time in MLS, with 50 of those goals coming with the Union.

Le Toux has also previously played for the New York Red Bulls, Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders.


Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers are reportedly set to sign long-time Sporting KC defender Chance Myers, who spent the last nine seasons with the Western Conference side.

The 29-year-old had made 147 appearances for Sporting KC since joining MLS, while adding two goals over that span.


Dax McCarty posted a heartfelt message to New York Red Bulls fans, players and staff following the veteran’s move to the Chicago Fire.

The midfielder was recently traded to the Eastern Conference side after the spending the last five-and-half years with the Red Bulls, where McCarty served as the team’s captain.

Gerrard urges Liverpool to “try and bid for Van Dijk”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Virgil Van Dijk‘s quick rise in the Premier League has caught the attention of many around England, and one of the division’s greats has high hopes the Dutchman will join his former side in the future.

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Steven Gerrard has suggested that Liverpool come out and pursue Van Dijk, who joined Southampton back in 2015 from Scottish side Celtic.

Gerrard — who is set to take a coaching position with Liverpool’s academy — believes the budding star would be a strong fit for the Reds, however, the ex-midfielder realizes it’ll be a hard sell.

“Who I think we need, I would go and try and bid for Van Dijk from Southampton,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “But we’ve had enough of their players so that will probably go down like a lead balloon.”

The 25-year-old has made waves in England’s top flight after quickly proving to be one of the division’s top defenders and helping guide the Saints towards the top half of the table since his arrival.

Report: San Diego making push to become future MLS expansion site

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With the NFL no longer the biggest show in town, San Diego could be bringing another football to the city in the near future.

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According to NBC 7 San Diego, FS Investors founder Mike Stone and former Qualcomm Vice Chairman Steve Altman are prepared to reveal their proposal on Monday that will bring a future MLS franchise to San Diego.

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The proposed move includes a stadium plan that will reside where the Chargers’ Qualcomm Stadium currently sits. With the NFL franchise now playing in Los Angeles, the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball are the only remaining professional team in the area, out of the five major sports in the U.S.

NBC 7 is also reporting that a future San Diego team would share its facility with the San Diego State Aztecs football team.

MLS is currently up to 22 teams entering the 2017 season, while Los Angeles FC is also tabbed to enter the league next year. David Beckham’s Miami project is also considered to be the league’s 24th team, and MLS is likely to hold off on further announcements regarding expansion until later in 2017.

If San Diego were to be chosen as an expansion site, the club would become the fourth to call California home in the current state of MLS, joining the San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and LA FC (2018).

In addition to San Diego, several other cities are currently vying to enter MLS in the future, including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Sacramento and Charlotte.

Hull’s Ryan Mason hospitalized following collision with Gary Cahill

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Ryan Mason has undergone surgery following a scary collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill on Sunday.

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The Hull City midfielder was injured after knocking heads with Cahill during first half of the 2-0 defeat to the Blues. Nine minutes of first-half stoppage time were needed after Mason stayed down on the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

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It has been confirmed by the club that Mason suffered a skull fracture, while it is has also been speculated that the 25-year-old could have had bleeding on his brain.

Mason will remain hospitalized for the “next few days,” according to the Tigers.

“The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery.

“Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.
“Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.

“A further update will be issued tomorrow.”

While Mason was forced off during the match due to the injury, Cahill managed to continue for Chelsea and scored the game’s second goal.