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Americans Abroad

Several Americans ready for action in Champions League, UEFA Cup.

By Willy Calderon
Special to SoccerTimes

(Monday, August 28, 2000) -- Several American players will find themselves playing in continental competitions in Europe this season after Champions League and UEFA Cup draws were held last week.

One of the more intriguing matchups in terms of Americans Abroad will be in Group A where Portugalís Sporting Lisbon, home to American midfielder Jovan Kirovski, will face United States midfielder Frankie Hejduk and forward Landon Donovan of Bayer Leverkeusen of Germany. The group also features defending European champions Real Madrid and Spartak Moscow.

Elsewhere in Group D, U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna and Scotlandís Glasgow Rangers saw themselves get a decent draw. The group includes defending UEFA Cup titlist Galatasaray as well as French champion Monaco and Austriaís Sturm Graz, which plays its home matches in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium.

In the first round draw of the UEFA Cup competition, U.S. midfielder John O'Brien and Ajax Amsterdam will find themselves with a home-away series against tough Belgium opponent KAA Gent. American midfielder\defender Tony Sanneh and Hertha Berlin find themselves with the easier task of facing Zimbru of Moldova.

American goalkeeper Kasey Keller and Rayo Vallecano drew Molde of Norway.

Willy Calderon, an American living in Bristol, England, writes about soccer for various publications and netzines and can be contacted at willy@netcity.co.uk.

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