Eight Americans in Europa League draw

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The draw for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League took place Friday afternoon in Istanbul, Turkey and eight teams with American interests were involved.

Two groups will pit Yanks against each other.  Timothy Chandler and his Frankfurt side will go up against Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp in Group D, while Konrad de la Fuente and Olympique de Marseille will face DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray in Group E.

The group stages of the competition will get underway September 16 and conclude on December 9.  After the knockout stages, the final will be contested on May 18 at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Sevilla, Spain.

Here are all the groups and teams:

Group A:  Lyon, Glasgow Rangers, Sparta Prague, Brøndby (Christian Cappis)

Group B:  Monaco, PSV Eindhoven (Richard Ledezma), Real Sociedad, Strum Graz

Group C:  Napoli, Leicester City, Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw

Group D:  Olympiacos, Frankfurt (Tim Chandler), Fenerbahçe, Royal Antwerp (Sam Vines)

Group E:  Lazio, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille (Konrad de la Fuente), Galatasaray (DeAndre Yedlin)

Group F:  Braga,  Red Star Belgrade, Ludogorets, Midtjylland

Group G:  Bayer Leverkusen, Celtic, Real Betis, Ferencváros (Henry Wingo)

Group H:  Dinamo Zagreb, Genk (Mark McKenzie), West Ham United, Rapid Vienna


Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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