BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The draw for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League was held today and three Americans were included.
First, American winger Josh Gatt and Norwegian champions Molde FK will take on Latvian Champions, FK Ventspils.
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona stunned Israeli soccer last season in winning their first ever Israeli Premier League title. The small club that plays on the Israeli-Lebanon boarder will face Slovakian champions MSK Zilina in their second round Champions League qualifier
Finally, 20 year old American forward Danijal Brkovic recently signed a two year deal with Bosnian Premier League champions FK Zeljeznicar after playing two seasons with fellow Bosnian club Velez Mostar. Today, FK Zeljeznicar drew NK Maribor in their second round Champions League qualifying matchup.
The first leg of these second round games will be played on the 17/18 of July. The second leg will be played on July 24/25.
These three players are not the only Americans in the Champions League. Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht will begin playing in the third qualifying round. Jermaine Jones and Schalke along with Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland will begin play in the group stages.