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.