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.

San Jose Earthquakes release Clarence Goodson, eight others

San Jose Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa (25) is mobbed by teammates after scoring against the Portland Timbers during the first half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, March 13, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.

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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.

Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.

Napoli beats Inter 3-0 in Serie A after lightning start

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 02:  Players of Napoli celebrate the opening goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and FC Internazionale at Stadio San Paolo on December 2, 2016 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.

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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.

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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.

It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.

Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.

Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.

Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

Report: Paraguayan midfielder Almiron to join Atlanta United for $13 million

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 11:  Miguel Almiron #17 of Paraguay tries to keep the ball as John Brooks #6 of United States slides in the first half during the Copa America Centenario Group C match at Lincoln Financial Field on June 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.

According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.

Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.

On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.

El Clasico Preview: Barcelona looks to break Real Madrid’s hold on La Liga

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 02:  Casemiro of Real Madrid CF battles for the ball with Neymar of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on April 2, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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It could very well be the greatest rivalry in all of sports, and Saturday will see another installment of El Clasico in Spain’s top flight.

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Barcelona will host Real Madrid on Saturday at the Camp Nou (10 a.m. ET on beIN Sport) as the Blaugrana look to hand the Madridistas their first loss of the La Liga season.

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Through 13 rounds of play, Real remains the only unbeaten side in La Liga, sitting on 33 points atop the first division. Barca finds itself six points back, however, a victory would go a long way in cutting down Real’s advantage.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10 goals in league play thus far has paced Real to its hot start, which includes a 20-match unbeaten streak in all competitions dating back to the start of the La Liga calendar.

The Portuguese attacker will need to continue his brilliance this weekend, though, as Real is forced to cope without Welsh star Gareth Bale. The winger is expected to miss four months after undergoing an ankle operation recently.

Meanwhile, Barcelona enters the Clasico in less-than-ideal form for a club with massive expectations. Luis Enrique’s side has gone unbeaten in its last five matches across all competitions, but the Blaugrana have looked less than convincing in that span.

“It’s a special game and we want to make the team and fans happy. I expect 100,000 people cheering us on,” said Enrique. “The game tomorrow is a chance to beat Real Madrid and to get closer to the top of the table, nothing more.

“Controlling your emotions is basic. In a game like this one, what happens on the field has little to do with the league table.”

Temperament will surely be key for both sides in the contentious matchup, particularly with the meeting being historically one of great physicality. Red cards have been shown in the last two meetings, with Real players both being the recipients of the ejections (Sergio Ramos & Isco).

Lionel Messi and his 21 previous Clasico goals will prove to be crucial for Barcelona as they look to put the first blemish on Real’s record in 2016. The Argentine has 19 goals in all tournaments, making his presence an absolute must if Barca is to snatch a victory.

Real earned a victory in their most recent encounter with Barca, a 2-1 result in April 2016, where Ronaldo netted the game-winner inside the final five minutes of play.