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In a short time, Mix Diskerud has made a major impact on his new team.
Diskerud scored his first goal since joining Rosenborg on loan from Stabaek, and it is one that put Rosenborg in the UEFA Europa League group stage, as his beautiful 87th-minute, left-footed volley from the top of the box gave the club a 2-1 victory (3-2 on aggregate) over Polish side Legia Warsaw in the final qualifying round. For Diskerud, it was just his fourth game since joining Rosenborg on a loan that extends through the end of the season. He and Rosenborg will take part in Friday's Europa League group stage draw, but he won't be the only American involved.
Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd and Josh Gatt will be joining Diskerud among those eagerly awaiting the outcome of the draw after their respective teams clinched places in the group stage as well. Jozy Altidore, however, will miss out on the group stage after his AZ Alkmaar side was routed in Thursday's second leg.
Cherundolo's Hannover 96 added a 5-1 win to a 5-3 first-leg win to coast on a 10-4 aggregate. Cherundolo played the opening 70 minutes to help cement his team's place in the Europa League field.
Boyd's Rapid Vienna came back from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to win 3-0 in the second leg and advance on a 4-2 aggregate. Boyd scored the second goal, and while Rapid already had the edge on away goals after their first goal, Boyd's tally created a larger margin for error, one that never came into play for the Austrian power.
Gatt, meanwhile, maintained his run of fine form, assisting on the opening goal and playing 74 minutes in Molde's 2-1 win over Heerenveen, which gave the Norwegian side a 4-1 aggregate victory and a place in Friday's draw.
On the other end of the spectrum, Altidore's European exploits for the season came to an abrupt halt, as AZ were eliminated by Anzhi Makhachkala, falling to the high-spending Russian side 5-0 (6-0 on aggregate). Altidore started and played the first 60 minutes of the match.
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