A penalty-shootout loss to Sparta ended Taylor Booth and Utrecht’s shot at European qualification, although the American ended a successful first season at the club with a strong substitute performance.
Ricardo Pepi was held goalless in his final game with Groningen, while Djordje Mihailovic and AZ Alkmaar were unable to claim their golden chance to jump into the Eredivisie top three.
Eduvie Ikoba is having a breakout season for his Hungarian club, Zalaegerszegi TE FC, however, life in Hungary didn’t start with smiles as the older brother of Portland Timbers’ Tega Ikoba had to prove to his manager why he should be starting.
The 15-point deduction announced on Juventus by the Italian Football Federation for financial violations has added a complicated degree of uncertainty to Weston McKennie’s long-term future with the club.
Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp collapsed at home against their Turkish opposition Thursday, ending their European run and ensuring that no Americans will to play in the group stage of the Europa Conference League.
Sam Vines set up the late equalizing goal for Royal Antwerp on Thursday, as they did what was needed in the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off to stay on equal footing heading back to Belgium.
Sam Vines was the only American on the field in Europa Conference League qualification to see his team advance to the next round, with Kyle McLagan, Christian Cappis and Kenny Saief all having their hearts broken in extra time.
It was wins all around for all Yanks competing in Europa Conference League qualifiers on Thursday, with Kanny Saief finding the net for Baku, Sam Vines going the distance for Antwerp and Kyle McLagan and Vikingur continuing their run.
The last step of the convoluted path to the Europa Conference League group stage has been set in Tuesday’s draw, giving several Americans their potential play-off round foes for late-August.
Kyle McLagan and Vikingur continued their historical European run with an aggregate win over The New Saints while Christian Cappis notched an assist for Brøndby as they easily downed Pogon Szczecin in Europa Conference League qualifying.