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2013-14 Champions League & Europa League draws
   June 24, 2013 (5:09 PM) by Matt Benson

UEFA held its draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of Champions League and Europa League for next season on Monday.  Here is a quick look at who some Americans will be facing in the early rounds (first and second qualifying rounds).  For a look at the full draws, check that out here and here.

Champions League

Danijal Brkovic – Željezničar
The Bosnian-American forward will enter Champions League in the second qualifying round (played over two legs on July 16-17 & July 23-24)  after winning last season’s Bosnian Premier League.  Brkovic played in 10 games last season, scoring once, and his team will face Czech Liga champions FC Viktoria Plzeň.  Željezničar are making their sixth appearance all-time in Champions League, but have moved past the second round only once (made it to the third qualifying round in 2002-03).

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: Goalkeeper Petr Cech was born in Plzeň and grew up in the FC Viktoria Plzeň youth system before signing with FK Chmel Blšany in 1999.

Josh Gatt – Molde FK
Josh Gatt and Molde have been struggling this season, but maybe they can spark something with an appearance in Champions League.  It will be interesting to see if Gatt will stay in Norway to play with Molde or will miss some Champions League games due to the Gold Cup in the US.  Molde drew League of Ireland Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers in the second qualifying round.  This will be Molde’s third all-time appearance in Champions League, losing in the third qualifying round last season and making it to the group stage in 1999-00.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  Sligo Rivers are a co-operative venture, owned by the people of Sligo.

Europa League

Mikkel Diskerud – Rosenborg
Much like Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud is another player who could either still be in Europe playing in these games or he will be missing them due to the Gold Cup.  Rosenborg enter this year’s Europa League in the first qualifying round (played over two legs on July 4 & July 11) after finishing third in last year’s Tippeligaen.  2013-14 marks Rosenborg’s 14th appearance in Europa League, playing at least one game in the tournament in seven of the previous eight seasons.  They will square of with IFA Premiership (Northern Ireland) runners-up Crusaders FC.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  Crusaders lost to Rosenborg, 4-0 on aggregate, in the first qualifying round of Europa League in 2012-13.

Bryan Gerzicich – Hapoel Tel Aviv
After making the move from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv this summer, Bryan finds himself in the second qualifying round of Europa League (played over two legs on July 18 & July 25).  Hapoel Tel Aviv finished third in the Israeli Premier League and they will be facing the Bulgarian side PFC Beroe Stara Zagora.  This will be Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 13th all-time appearance in Europa League after making it to the group stage in 2012-13.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  PFC Beroe Stara Zagora won the now defunct Balkans Cup (an international competition for clubs from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1994) a record four times (1967-68, 1969, 1981-83 & 1983-84).

Tony Taylor – AC Omonia
It looks like Tony Taylor is making a move to the Cyprus side pending a physical (more on this later).  AC Omonia enter the competition in the second qualifying round after finishing third in last year’s Cypriot First Division.  They will play the winner of Domžale (Slovenia) and Astra Giurgiu (Romania) from the first roundAC Omonia is one of the four biggest clubs in Cyprus, but has yet to ever qualify for a European group stage (Champions League or Europa League).

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Domžale):  Domžale was formed in 1921 and is one of the oldest Slovenian clubs.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Astra Giurgiu):  Astra Giurgiu was known as Astra Ploiești until 2012 when it was moved from Ploieşti to Giurgiu by owner Ioan Niculae.

Categories: Bryan Gerzicich, Danijal Brkovic, Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud, Tony Taylor

A little bit of this and a little bit of that
   July 16, 2012 (10:34 PM) by Matt Benson

Nothing like posting some links while the Real Housewives of Orange County yell at each other in the background (please save me!).

While it looked like Geoff Cameron was close to heading to Stoke City last week, it now appears that Stoke City and MLS are a good million dollars away from agreeing on something.

Michael Bradley is officially at Roma and here is some footage from his first day at practice (thanks to Armando for sending this in).

Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu got blessing from the new ownership at Rangers to leave the club and look for a new team.

Charlie Davies did not make his Randers debut this past weekend, but he talked to Brian Sciaretta about his move to Denmark.

Ryan Bacic caught up with Brendan King about his new home at Bray Wanderers in Ireland.

Anton Peterlin is no longer on trial at Hearts.

Here is what Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest will be wearing in home games this upcoming season.  I have always liked their tree badge/logo.

Brian Span came off the bench and played 45 minutes today in Djurgården’s 1-1 draw to Norrköping.

The second-qualifying round of Champions League starts up this week with Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona playing Žilina tomorrow and Josh Gatt/Molde FK and Daniel Brkovic/Željezničar both playing on Wednesday.

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Brendan King, Brian Span, Bryan Gerzicich, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Danijal Brkovic, Geoff Cameron, Josh Gatt, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Robbie Findley
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Catching up on some links
   June 26, 2012 (11:41 PM) by Matt Benson

Here are some links from the last couple of days. is going to do a series of posts on the future of US Soccer and here is the first one on US Soccer’s efforts to centralize the development of youth talent.

Here are some field-level highlights of the USMNT’s 1-1 draw to Guatemala from earlier this month.

Howie wants your predictions on a few things Rangers related.

SJK defeated HIFK, 4-0, in Finland yesterday.  Both Justin Moose (SJK) and Kyle Luetkehans (HIFK) came off the bench and played the last 20 minutes of the game.

UEFA drew the first two qualifying rounds of both the Champions League and Europa League earlier this week.  Greg Seltzer has the breakdown for those teams with Americans on them.

Seltzer also has some nuggets/info on Bryan Gerzicich and Danijal Brkovic.

Yanks Abroad has a brand new design up this week and kicked off the new design with interviews/stories on Royal-Dominique Fennell, Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Joe Gyau.  And Brian Sciaretta gives us a top 10 list of uncapped USMNT players.

And finally, Mikkel Diskerud is still awaiting a purchase option decision from Gent, but in the event he does get bought by Gent, here are their home and away kits for next season.

Categories: Bryan Gerzicich, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Danijal Brkovic, Joe Gyau, Justin Moose, Kyle Luetkehans, Mix Diskerud, Royal-Dominique Fennell, US Men's National Team
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