John Anthony Brooks scored a key goal for Hertha Berlin on Saturday, leaving his mark just as he was expected to receive his first senior U.S. national team call-up this week.
Johannsson on the mark
Aron Johannsson, the American-Icelandic striker who is expected to be called up along with Brooks to play against Bosnia-Herzegovina, scored on Sunday to help sink Dutch giant Ajax, his third goal in three games. The 22-year-old netted from the penalty spot as AZ bested Ajax 3-2. Earlier in the week, the club learned that it will face Greek side Atromitos in the Europa League playoff round.
Rapid Vienna rolling
Terrence Boyd helped his club advance in the Europa League on Thursday as he notched an assist during Rapid’s 3-1 win over Asteras Tripoli. The 4-2 aggregate victory entered Rapid into a draw for the next round, where the Austrian side drew Georgian club Dila Gori. On Sunday, Boyd played well but could not find the net as Rapid Vienna drew 0-0 with Austria Vienna.
Kljestan tallies for Anderlecht
Sacha Kljestan scored the opening goal for his club on Sunday as Anderlecht defeated Gent 4-1. The steady midfielder opened the floodgates in the 32nd minute with a solid strike as the club raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead. Two more goals followed in the second half as Anderlecht buried the competition.
Jones plays full match in wild draw
Jermaine Jones played the full 90 on Sunday as Schalke 04 drew with Hamburg 3-3. The exciting affair saw a few lead changes before Adám Szalai finally grabbed the equalizer for Schalke in the 72nd minute.
Johnson, Chandler ride the pine
Fabian Johnson was dressed but did not play on Saturday as Hoffenheim drew 2-2 with Nurnberg. The defender was a regular starter last season but is in a bench role early on under new manager Markus Gisdol. Another regular starter last season was Timothy Chandler, but the German-American right back was benched for Nurnberg in the match.
Another American headed to the Britannia Stadium
Juan Agudelo has signed a pre-contract with Stoke City and is will join the club in January. The 20-year-old forward's contract with MLS and the New England Revolution is up at the end of the current season. Come 2014, fans can expect to see a substantial American crew at Stoke as Agudelo will join fellow Americans Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu.