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

and 23.

If Manchester United advances, it would play the

Locomotiv-Bilbao winner. If City advances, it would play Legia or

Sporting Lisbon.