Americans Abroad: Europa League Preview

Americans Abroad: Europa League Preview

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Americans Abroad: Europa League Preview

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by TRAVIS CLARK

Bummed that the Champions League isn't on today? The newly renamed UEFA Cup takes place today, and will have to fill the void left by a otherwise sparse European schedule. A number of Americans could be in action as they take part in the Europe League.

Today is a chance to get a look at Norwegian-American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud. His club, Staebek IF, faces a difficult challenge in today's playoff round as they take on La Liga side Valencia. Diskerud, who was born in Norway but spent time growing up in Arizona, has recently come on the U.S. men's youth national team radar. The 18-year-old's playing time has steadily increased in the Norwegian top flight, and Thomas Rongen has taken notice.

Diskerud made an appearance for the U.S. U-20 side in a friendly against Egypt in June, scoring a goal  and has a chance to represent the U.S. in the U-20 World Cup in late September. He's also played for the Norwegian national team youth side, and has indicated that he'll play for the first nation to call him up.

Here's a look at the rest of the Americans in action today:

  • Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey face Amkar Perm (Russia)
  • Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa face Rapid Wien (Austria)
  • Tim Howard and Everton face Sigma Olomouc (Czech Republic)

Games are only available to watch streaming online, as FSC appears to have dropped coverage now that they have the rights to the CL broadcast.

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Will you be watching the Europa League? Think Diskerud should get a call up from Bob Bradley? How will the other Americans Abroad fare? Share your thoughts below.

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