Man United vs Ajax, Altidore vs Kljestan in Europa
Former European champions Manchester United and Ajax were drawn
Friday to play in the second round of the Europa League, and Jozy
Altidore’s AZ Alkmaar was picked to face Sacha Kljestan’s
Defending champion Porto will play Manchester City, and 2010
champion Atletico Madrid will face Lazio.
The Altidore-Kljestan matchup figures to be the highlight of
games involving Americans. In other games involving the U.S. player
pool, Hannover and Steve Cherundolo play Brugge, Jermaine Jones and
Schalke meet Viktoria Plzen, and Sporting Lisbon and Oguchi Onyewu
play Legia Warsaw.
In other matches, it’s Stoke vs. Valencia, Udinese vs. PAOK
Thessaloniki and Locomotiv Moscow vs. Athletic Bilbao.
The first legs are played Feb. 14 and 16 and second legs Feb. 22
If Manchester United advances, it would play the
Locomotiv-Bilbao winner. If City advances, it would play Legia or