UEFA has conducted the draw for the Europa League. Three Americans will compete in this year’s edition:
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna are in Group G with Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Genk (Belgium), and Thun (Switzerland).
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur will be in Group K with Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), and Tromsø (Norway). While many are familiar with the (now-declining) oddities of Anzhi, Sheriff Tiraspol is the more interesting opponent, as the club is located in Transnistria, a breakaway republic of Moldova that still embraces aspects of the Soviet ideology.
Aron Johannsson and AZ are in Group L with PAOK (Greece), Maccabi Haifa (Israel), and Shakhter Karagandy (Kazakhstan). So, while we’ll say that Johannson is playing in a European competition, he’s actually making two trips to Asia.