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Wagner's Huddersfield Town wins English promotion playoff final

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It certainly wasn't pretty, but David Wagner and Huddersfield Town are heading to the Premier League for first time in club history.

Following a 0-0 draw through 120 minutes, Wagner's Huddersfield Town outlasted Reading to win 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout. The win sends Huddersfield Town to the Premier League, where they will join Newcastle and Brighton & Hove Albion as the promoted sides.

Wagner proud of 'ridiculous' Huddersfield Town run to promotion playoff final

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David Wagner can't even actually believe it. Sure, he had faith throughout the season and he certainly never doubted the character of his Huddersfield Town group. But, on the precipice of promotion, the former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder still finds it all a bit surreal.

"I'm sure we will enjoy and we know that we are now one game away from the Premier League," Wagner said, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Ream, Williams, Wood and more

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It's a weekend of playoffs as Americans in England and Mexico battle high-stakes and, in some cases, familiar faces.

The English Championship promotion playoffs begin on Saturday as Danny Williams and Reading face off with Tim Ream and Fulham in the first leg of their semifinal clash. David Wagner, meanwhile, leads Huddersfield Town on Sunday for a match against Sheffield Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Pulisic, O'Neill, Chandler and more

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While one young American captured a premier cup title, another helped lead his side to promotion to the top flight.

Christian Pulisic helped lead Borussia Dortmund to a win in the DFB-Pokal final, drawing the game-winning penalty kick in a 2-1 win over Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Pulisic draws game-winning penalty to lead Dortmund to DFB-Pokal victory

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In Saturday's DFB-Pokal final, it was Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund that came out on top to close the season with a trophy.

Pulisic drew the game-winning penalty kick on Saturday, leading Dortmund to a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday's DFB-Pokal finale. The win sees Dortmund win their fourth German Cup trophy while Pulisic sangs his first major professional honor.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Chandler, Torres and more

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An American will lift the DFB-Pokal on Saturday as Christian Pulisic and Timmy Chandler go head-to-head in the final of Germany's premier cup competition.

The two collide on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund faces off with Eintracht Frankfurt at theOlympiastadion Berlin. The two Americans will be looking to seal their first career trophies, with Eintracht Frankfurt also making a push for the club's first major top flight honor since 1988.

Running the numbers

Setting The Standard

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Just in case anyone forgot, they give assists for winning a penalty kick that gets buried in Germany. As such, young Christian Pulisic nudged his new single-season record for helpers by an American playing top flight ball in Europe to a lucky 13 - lucky because the spot kick he earned turned into a DfB-Pokal winner.

Lucky Strikers

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There's scoring goals, and then there's scoring the goals that matter most. Today, we tackle a few categories that specifically honor big strikes. As always, the tallies include all European topflights, select second flights (England, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal), domestic cups and continental cup action.

Going Continental

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I changed my mind and detoured over to the arena of UEFA tourney stats. I will get to the specialized attack categories on Monday, but for now let's run down everything related to the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners Cup participants. I did count from qualifying rounds, but did not include the old Intertoto Cup.

On The Offensive

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As promised, now we'll start getting into some attack rankings for Americans who are playing/have played in Europe. Today, we shall keep it simple by updating the all-time goals and assists charts for our boys who've worked overseas. Tomorrow, we'll go into some more specialized categories. All the players below had their stats counted for: all European top division play, select second flights (

And out comes the abacus!

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Today, we shift gears from MLS to the boys playing overseas. It's been a while since I ran some numbers on American exploits in Europe, but I got myself caught in a research loop the other night. I'll have more categories and tabulations on the way soon, but let's start up this round of stats with the simple stuff.

United States Men's National Team

Report: Kitchen on his way out of Hearts

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Perry Kitchen has gone from captain to player on the way out at Hearts in a short amount of time.

After being stripped of his captaincy in favor of thereturning Christophe Berra, the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder is expected to find a new club this summer, per the Edinburgh Evening News.

Boyd admits USMNT call-up 'won't get easier' after relegation

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Just as Terrence Boyd appeared to be working his way back into the U.S. Men's National Team picture, he believes he's hit a setback with Darmstadt's relegation to the 2.Bundesliga.

The 26-year-old forward, who has dealt with injuries throughout his career, moved to Darmstadt from RB Leipzig in January in order to get more playing time.

Johnson hopes to stay at Monchengladbach, push for Europa League

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Fabian Johnson, after a six-week long stint on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury, is back in training and ready to help guide Borussia Monchengladbach back up the table into aEuropa League spot. He also hopes to keep battling with his Bundesliga team for years to come.

Johnson expressed a desire to remain at Monchengladbach into the far future, as he discussed his contract situation with German paper Westfalische Rundschau.

Fabian Johnson returns to training for first time since suffering thigh injury

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Borussia Monchengladbach and the U.S. Men's National Team received a boost on Tuesday.

Fabian Johnson has returned to training with 'Gladbach following a thigh strain he suffered in March against Schalke in the Europa League.

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Bundesliga

Report: Bobby Wood set to sign new contract with Hamburg

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With their Bundesliga future secure, it looks like Hamburg will also be retaining striker Bobby Wood next season.

According to a report from Hamburger MorgenpostWood seems ready to commit his future to Hamburg by signing a new contract. With rumors swirling about potentialtransfers to the Premier League or larger Bundesliga clubs, this is good news for Hamburg.

Wright, McKennie called up to Schalke first team

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With the Bundesliga season coming to a close, two American youngsters may get a chance to impress on the final matchday of the campaign.

Schalke has called up Haji Wright and Weston McKennie from the Under-19 side to the first team ahead of the club's game against Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt, which has already been relegated.

English Premier League

Bundesliga and Premier League finales

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We start the USMNT players in Europe and Mexico roundup with the Bundesliga finishing off their season on Saturday. Christian Pulisic subbed on at halftime for Borussia Dortmund in their 4-3 win over Werder Bremen. Zlatko Junuzovic put Werder Bremen up on the road in the 7th minute. Marco Reus equalized for Dortmund in the 32nd with Pierre Aubameyang scoring in the 42nd.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Williams, Ream, Corona and more

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Danny Williams and Tim Ream's push towards the Premier League continues on Tuesday.

After drawing, 1-1, in the first leg of their promotion playoff clash, Williams' Reading faces off with Ream's Fulham on Tuesday to determine who will head to Wembley Stadium with a Premier League spot on the line.

Ingolstadt relegated, Liga MX playoffs

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Any chance at safety came to an end on Saturday for Ingolstadt, joining Darmstadt as the automatically relegated teams. Alfredo Morales subbed on in the 62nd minute for Ingolstadt's 1-1 draw at Freiburg. Ingolstadt gave up a goal in the 31st with Dario Lezcano equalizing in the 43rd. Ingolstadt will finish in 17th-place with no ability to escape the automatic relegation place with one game remaining.

Guzan, Middlesbrough relegated from Premier League with loss to Chelsea

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For the second straight season, Brad Guzan finds himself on a team relegated from the Premier League.

Middlesbrough wasguaranteed relegation to the EFL Championship after suffering a 3-0 defeat at league-leaders Chelsea on Monday afternoon. Guzan started in-goal on Monday, seeing efforts from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso, and Nemanja Matic beat him to the back of the net.

The relegation problem for USMNT players in Europe

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The drop looms for more than a few teams with USMNT players on their roster. This is a troubling trend that will more than likely lead to players making moves. We saw this last season with Brad Guzan, making his Aston Villa exit to stay up with Middlesbrough. The Premier League is causing concern, with the good news that DeAndre Yedlin has a Championship winners medal chased by USMNT players seeing their teams drop a division.

Tijuana finishes in 1st-place in Liga MX

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We start the USMNT players in Europe and Mexico with the conclusion of the Liga MX Clausura regular season. Joe Corona subbed out in the 66th minute and Paul Arriola played the first-half in Tijuana's 1-0 win over Veracruz. Luis Chaves scored the game's only goal in the 86th minute at Estadio Caliente.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Guzan, Miazga, Morales and more

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With his time at Middlesbrough moving towards its end, Brad Guzan has found some time in goal for the Premier League club.

Guzan started his fourth Premier League match in a row and seventh of the season in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City. The U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper made three saves on the day, but couldn't do enough to prevent Manchester City from earning a late point on a finish from Gabriel Jesus in the 85th minute.

Trophy for Miazga and Vitesse

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Two items of note from the weekend results for USMNT players in Europe and Mexico. Matt Miazga and Vitesse Arnhem won the KNVB Beker, the Netherlands' domestic cup competition. The opposite of good news happened to Sunderland, officially relegated from the Premier League with Lynden Gooch on the bench.

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SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Joe Corona

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Club Tijuana was in need of a spark, and it was Joe Corona who stepped up and provided it.

As the top seed entering the Liguilla, Xolos were down a goal to Morelia on aggregate following a 1-0 first leg defeat. With just three minutes until the halftime whistle, Corona provided the equalizing assist, earning him honors as SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Villafana, Arriola, Corona and more

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The 2017 Clausura Liguilla quarterfinals begin midweek as several Americans look to help push their club towards a Liga MX crown.

After finish atop the table through the 17-game Clausura campaign, the American contingent at Tijuana will look to make a push through the Liguilla. Paul Arriola, Joe Corona and co.

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Lichaj recognized as Nottingham Forest Player of the Season

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Eric Lichaj helped Nottingham Forest stave off relegation, and the American defender's efforts have been rewarded with a special honor.

The club announced on Wednesday that Lichaj has been honored as Nottingham Forest Player of the Season for his contributions. The fullback collected over 40 percent of the fan vote, beating out Ben Osborn and David Vaughn for the honors.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Johnson, Gonzalez, Ream, Lichaj and more

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One U.S. Men's National Team regular could return to action over the weekend while several others look to leadlate-season pushes.

Following an extended absence, Fabian Johnson returned to training this week and could return to the Borussia Monchengladbach lineup for a match with Augsburg.

The Rest

SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Ethan Horvath

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It took some time for Ethan Horvath to crack the Club Brugge starting lineup, but it now appears the goalkeeper has claimed his role as No. 1 with a Champions League campaign looming.

Horvath started twice last week, leading Club Brugge toidentical 2-1 wins of Oostende and Gent in the Belgian Championship Playoffs.

American teenager Weston McKennie makes Schalke debut

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18-year-old American international Weston McKennie became the second-youngest player to feature in a Bundesliga match, coming on as a second-half sub in a 1-1 draw at Ingolstadt on Saturday.

The midfielder entered the match in the 77th minute, replacing Donis Advijaj in Schalke's midfield. However, the youngster couldn't help 10-men Schalke earn more than a point in the season-ending draw.

Americans Abroad Thursday Rewind: Arriola, Horvath and more

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Club Tijuana may have finished atop the regular season table, but the club will now have major work to do to dig themselves out of a semifinal hole.

In Thursday's Liguilla semifinal first leg, Tijuana fell, 2-0, to Tigres in the opening leg. Failing to score any away goals, Paul Arriola and co.

Payne moves from Groningen to Excelsior in search of more playing time

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The silly season in Europe is upon us, and one of the first Americans to move is a prospect plying his trade in the Eredivisie.

Right back Desevio Payne has moved from FC Groningen to Excelsior pending a physical with his new club. The move comes after the fullback made sporadic appearances with Groningen, featuring just six times this season.

Report: PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord possible loan landing spots for Miazga

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Matt Miazga shined during his loan spell at Vitesse, and it appears his performances will produce a temporary move to a bigger club.

According to Goal, Miazga will spend the 2017-18 season on loan away from Chelsea, although he is reportedly set to depart Vitesse. According to the report, fellow Dutch clubs PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are both among the options.

Win for Toronto, playoffs open in Liga MX

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Toronto FC got a 90th minute goal to beat Columbus 2-1 on the road. Federico Higuain converted a 28th minute penalty to put the Crew up at MAPFRE Stadium. Tosaint Ricketts equalized in the 81st and scored Toronto's winner in the 90th.

"That was by no means perfect from our side," Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney said.

2017 Liga MX Clausura playoffs preview

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - The sprint that is Liga MX's Clausura regular season finished Sunday when Santos and Toluca drew 2-2. The result means the same two teams meet in the playoffs. While the regular season was hotly contested, the postseason will ramp that up quite a few notches.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Yedlin, Brooks, Ream and more

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While one American was able to get his hands on a title on Sunday, two others sealed their spot in a playoff with statement wins.

DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United wrapped up the English Championship title on Sunday in what proved a busy day for Americans within the league. Tim Ream and Fulham sealed their spot in the promotion playoff with a win while Danny Williams and Reading locked up a third-place finish with a victory of their own.

Yedlin, Newcastle top Barnsley to win Championship title

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DeAndre Yedlin's first season with Newcastle ended with a return to the Premier League and a title in hand.

Newcastle defeated Barnsley, 3-0, on Sunday to claim this season's Championship title. The club had already sealed a return to the Premier League and Sunday's win saw the club finish top of the table, edging Brighton & Hove Albion by one point.

How does one say "en fuego" in Bosnian?

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It took Nermin Crnkić all of 18 seconds from kickoff on Friday night to bag the only goal that FK Sarajevo would need to tentatively perch at the top of the Bosnian championship playoff table. The winger now has four goals and a helper in his last four games. - Greg Seltzer

Gedion Zelalem departs VVV Venlo to join up with U.S. U-20s

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team took care of business in CONCACAF play without several big-name stars, and at least one of those stars is set to join the team for the upcoming World Cup.

VVV Venlo announced that Gedion Zelalem has departed for training camp with the U.S. U-20s with the World Cup looming.