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Dempsey goal, assist power Spurs to win, stay alive for Champions League entry.

Dempsey goal helps Spurs win, continue chase for Champions League berth.

Altidore scores three more goals, leading AZ Alkmaar to 6-0 rout of Utrecht.

Dempsey scores two goals, but Spurs are bounced from Europa League by Basel in PKs.

Howard returns to action, posts clean sheet as Everton edges Stoke 1-0.

Altidore scores again, but AZ lags in relegation zone after loss.

Boyd has goal, assist in Rapid draw; Everton exits FA Cup without Howard.

AZ's Altidore sets U.S. record for overseas goals; Castillo is injured.

Altidore 2 goals, assist for AZ stun Ajax 3-0, tie Dempsey record.

Dempsey will miss one or two weeks with calf injury; Shea debuts.

Altidore remains on fire, scores 21st goal in AZ draw.

Cherundolo has arthroscopic surgery on left knee; his return is unknown.

In Howard-Guzan net duel, Everton and Aston Villa draw 3-3.

Spurs' Dempsey deals Man. United another blow with goal for 1-1 draw.

Holden returns to Bolton as reserve after long rehabiliation of knee injury.

Packwood suffers serious leg break for Birmingham City; Dempsey nets pair.

Guzan, Aston Villa are shelled in pair of Premier League routs.

Parkhurst moves from Denmark champ Nordsjælland to lowly Augsburg of Bundesliga.

Onyewu scores in stoppage time for Málaga to salvage Copa del Rey draw.

Boyd scores decisive goal as Rapid Wien edges Wacker Innsbruck 2-1.

Howard's four saves send Everton past Spurs, Dempsey 2-1.

Dempsey makes critical contribution to Spurs' advancement in Europa League.

Dempsey makes visit to Fulham and helps Tottenham Hotspur to shutout win.

Wooten's two tallies lead Sandhausen past Energie Cottbus 3-1.

Demspey begins to excel for Spurs while Friedel loses his job in goal.

Torn hamstring shuts down Bocanegra for rest of 2012.

Dempsey's relief appearance can't save Spurs in Arsenal rout.

Onyewu scores in first start for Málaga, which survives in Copa del Rey.

Dempsey fails on late penalty kick, Tottenham Hotspur is bounced from Capitol One Cup.

Despite Friedel's best efforts, Spurs defense is no match for Chelsea in 4-2 loss.

Despite scoring prowess, Altidore runs into stretch of bad luck.

Friedel sees his record streak end as Lloris replaces him in Spurs net.

Dempsey, Friedel help Tottenham to rare road victory at Manchester United.

Johnson, Williams find net for Hoffenheim in 3-1 win over Hannover, Cherundolo.

Altidore score three, assists another, leading Alkmaar to 4-0 victory over Roda.

Boyd scores three more, leads Rapid Wien to pair of victories.

Friedel's EPL record streak might be at risk with Spurs' acquisition of Lloris.

Liverpool deal dashed, Fulham sends Dempsey to Tottenham Hotspur; Onyewu, Bocanegra move.

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Americans Abroad

Johnson helps Hoffenheim avoid relegation from Bundesliga with trio of wins.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Thursday, May 30, 2013) -- TSG 1899 Hoffenheim staved off relegation from the German Bundesliga, winning both legs of a relegation\promotion playoff against 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Hoffenheim surprised most observers by making the playoff by beating second-place Borussia Dortmund in the season finale 2-1 on a pair of Sejad Salihovic penalty kicks in the final 13 minutes. Thus Hoffenheim finished in 16th place and made the playoffs at 8-19-7 with 31 points, a point ahead of Fortuna Düsseldorf (7-18-9).

German-American defender Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes in all three games. On Tuesday, Hoffenheim polished off Kaiserskautern, the third-place team from the 2. Bundesliga, 5-2 on aggregate with a 2-1 victory.

Last Thursday, Hoffenheim opened with a 3-1 triumph behind two goals by Roberto Firmino. Johnson hit the crossbar with a header from three yards away in the dying minutes. Danny Williams, who tore a shoulder muscle lifting weights, missed all three outings and likely will be unavailable to the United States men for three World Cup qualifiers in June.

In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley and Roma things ended on a disappointing note. Playing Rome rival Lazio in the Coppa Italia final with a place in the Europe’s second-tier Europa Cup next season at stake, Roma fell short 1-0.

Bradley had a fine match in the defensive midfield, but Roma could not find the goal and ended up without the Cup and a place in European competition next season.

German-American striker Terrence Boyd finished up his rookie season with a goal and an assist for Rapid Wien, which easily defeated SV Josko Rie 3-0.

Boyd completed his season with 17 goals in all competitions, 13 in league play.

American midfielder Freddy Adu came off the bench and played seven minutes in made his Brazilian Serie A debut for Bahia in its 3-1 loss to Criciúma in the season opener.

Yesterday, Adu did not dress in a 0-0 draw with Coritiba.

In Spain’s Segunda División, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played 86 minutes for Racing Santander in its 0-0 draw with Guadalajara.

His contract now reverts back to Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers, but he certainly will move elsewhere next season.

In Norway’s Eliteserien, American goalkeeper Steve Clark, playing for Hønefoss BK, came out on the wrong side of a 4-0 loss to Molde FK.

American midfielder Josh Gatt played the first 59 minutes for Molde.

U.S. midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played the first 61 minutes for Rosenborg BK in a 2-1 decision over Vålerenga.

Isaac Brizuela, a fleet 22-year-old Mexican-American winger who helped Atlas place a surprising third in Mexico Liga MX, is considering making himself available to the U.S. men.

Conejito, as he is known, was born in San Jose, Calif., and played the recently-completed season on loan from Toluca. He played for Mexico’s under-22 men who won the 2011 Pan American Games championship.

Mexico’s Club Tijuana, which regularly dressed three Americans on its first team this season, recently promoted a fourth American from its youth program, 21-year-old Bruno Piceno.

Piceno, who is listed as being born in Tijuana, actually was born in San Diego.

According to the Rojingegros’ web site, Piceno has scored 38 goals for the club’s youth system. He might be remembered from scoring on a 25-yard against Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy in a February preseason match at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Other than these two Mexican-Americans, Tijuana has six Americans being considered for its first team: midfielder Joe Corona and Stevie Rodriguez, defenders Edgar Castillo and Greg Garza, Mexican-American midfielder Alejandro Guido, and Mexican-American defender Raul Rodriguez.

Corona and Castillo were regulars this past season and Garza a valued reserve.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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