Americans Abroad wrap: Brek Shea assists in Birmingham debut (video)

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While their commander-in-chief was delivering on a lost World Cup bet to a Belgian government official, American players across the Atlantic continued their club duties to mixed results.

We’ll begin in Germany, where Julian Green made his debut on loan to Hamburg from Bayern Munich. The 19-year-old American struggled in a 2-0 road loss to Hannover 96, giving the ball away plenty but managing to work in a couple of productive passes from the wings.

Fabian Johnson, however, will be much more pleased with his weekend, as Borussia Monchengladbach made a strong statement with a 4-1 home thumping of Schalke.

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Timmy Chandler didn’t play for his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt in their 1-0 to Augsburg, while a Yank scored a goal down in Bundesliga 2: Andrew Wooten netted for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Greuther Firth.

Premier League play saw Brad Guzan and Aston Villa blank Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield, as the Villans remained unbeaten on the season and the American backstop kept his third clean sheet in four outings.

Meanwhile, Everton’s Tim Howard rebounded from his six-goal outing against Chelsea by shutting out West Bromwich Albion for a 2-0 win. Both Jozy Altidore (healthy, Sunderland) and Geoff Cameron (injured, Stoke) did not appear in their clubs’ matches.

Dropping down a division, left back Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest remain top of the Championship table after a 1-1 draw against American-owned title-hopefuls Derby County.

Regular starter Jonathan Spector was a substitute for Birmingham City in Brum’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United, though Brek Shea got 67 minutes in his loan debut. Shea picked up an assist when Wes Thomas took this hard pass and struck a goal.

Tim Ream went 90 minutes as Bolton blanked visiting Sheffield Wednesday but also failed to score in a 0-0 draw.

Over in Norway, Bob Bradley’s Stabaek are now top-half of the table after the American manager’s side got a goal from New York City FC loanee Andrew Jacobson in a 3-2 win over IK Start. The goal was Jacobson’s first since heading on loan.

To France, where Ale Bedoya and Nantes couldn’t seize the opportunity to surprise Lille and continue a decent start to the season. Bedoya played two-thirds of the match for the Canaries, who fell 2-0.

In the Netherlands, Rubio Rubin played 90 minutes but neither scored nor assisted. No one did, as Utrecht drew ADO Den Haag 1-0.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”


Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.

Transfer gossip: Newcastle eyes 2nd Brazilian, USMNT’s Arriola on move

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Two players from the Western hemisphere may be heading across the Atlantic, one of whom is very familiar to American eyes.

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DC United winger Paul Arriola could be leaving Major League Soccer in a return to Liga MX or a move abroad to Europe.

CBS’ Roger Gonzalez says some of the big boys in Mexico are after the former LA Galaxy youth product who got his start at Club Tijuana.

Arriola, 24, has 28 caps with five goals and five assists for the USMNT, blooded by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016. He has 12 goals and 10 assists in 57 matches for DC United since arriving from Tijuana.

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Next up: Newcastle United may be in for another Brazilian attacker.

Marrony is the name, and Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the Magpies were alerted to his potential by the same source who claimed they were after Joelinton (who signed today after a $50 million deal).

The 20-year-old has a reported $37 million release clause, a left winger has a goal and an assist in two seasons with Vasco da Gama in Brazil. He also scored five times in 15 appearances for the club in the state league.

It feels a bit like a red herring or straight-up agent speak, but the Joelinton deal seemed unusual as well (albeit in a different way).