With many leagues done, it’s a lighter time for the Americans Abroad Review. That doesn’t mean there aren’t updates cooking overseas.
Aron Johannsson had a match of massive importance for AZ Alkmaar, a club that needed to win its playoffs to qualify for the UEFA Europa League again. And while Johannsson was a factor for AZ, the club went out with a whimper. AZ was spanked 3-0 away to FC Groningen, losing 3-0 on aggregate. Stat-wise, Johannsson finished with one shot over 117 minutes and no goals in his final five appearances of the season. He scored 24 goals with 7 assists for AZ this season across all competitions.
There was more watching for Sacha Kljestan at Anderlecht. A fixture at the Belgian club, Kljestan’s declining use in 2013/14 lends a lot of credibility to his potential move back to the States (or at least away from Anderlecht).
Bob Bradley‘s Stabaek has two wins in a row and continues to score goals. They beat Rosenborg 3-1, though the opponents were without Mix Diskerud, already at USMNT camp. Former Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens has an assist for Stabaek, which is now sixth in the table, two points out of third and 7 back of toppers Molde.
The loan stint of Jermaine Jones ended at Besiktas with a yellow card (whaaaaat?!?) and a full match that concluded 1-1 and gave the Turkish club a third-place league finish and a spot in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds. That’s because Fenerbahce remains banned from UCL for two more competitions.