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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

San Jose Earthquakes seal signing of midfielder Jahmir Hyka

Jahmir Hyka has completed his move to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Albania midfielder Jahmir Hyka has completed his move to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Major League Soccer club confirmed on Friday.

The 28-year-old joins the Earthquakes from Swiss club FC Lucerne after an undisclosed transfer fee. San Jose used targeted allocation money in the deal, which a source told ESPN FC on Thursday will pay Hyka about $500,000 a season.

Hyka is primarily a left-side midfielder who has been with the Swiss club for parts of the past six seasons. In that time he has made...

San Jose Earthquakes reach deal to sign midfielder Jahmir Hyka - source

Jahmir Hyka is close to a move to the San Jose Earthquakes, a source says.

The San Jose Earthquakes have agreed in principle on a deal to bring FC Lucerne and Albania midfielder Jahmir Hyka to the club, a Major League Soccer source has told ESPN FC.

Hyka, 28, looks set to join forward Marco Urena and defender Harold Cummings as offseason transfers the Quakes have made in a bid to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The source said Hyka will earn a salary of around $500,000, meaning the Quakes will have to use targeted allocation money to get him under the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Europa: West Ham win but Aberdeen, Hertha Berlin and Lille crash out

A Cheikhou Kouyate helped West Ham advance to the Europa League playoff round.
A Cheikhou Kouyate helped West Ham advance to the Europa League playoff round.

West Ham avoided a false start at the London Stadium with a 3-0 Europa League qualifying win over Slovenian minnows NK Domzale on Thursday.

Cheikhou Kouyate scored twice and new signing Sofiane Feghouli opened his account as the Hammers, who left Upton Park at the end of last season, secured a 4-2 aggregate win to reach the final playoff round before the group stage.

The venue formerly known as the Olympic Stadium welcomed its new tenants and West Ham could scarcely have wished for more obliging...

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West Ham lose Europa League opener in Slovenia; Hertha Berlin win

Andy Carroll and West Ham could not avoid defeat to Domzale in Slovenia on Thursday.

West Ham endured a chastening 2-1 defeat to minnows NK Domzale in the first leg of their Europa League third-round qualifier in Slovania on Thursday.

Even with England striker Andy Carroll at the spearhead of a strong lineup, the Premier League side came off second-best against a club making their first appearance in Europe.

Havard Nordtveit handled the ball 11 minutes into his Hammers debut and Matic Crnic scored the resulting penalty to put the hosts ahead.

West Ham were level seven minutes later...

Dario Lezcano of Lucerne banned 8 matches for assaulting referee

Lucerne forward Dario Lezcano can appeal his suspension.

BERN, Switzerland -- The Swiss Football League has banned Lucerne forward Dario Lezcano for eight matches after he assaulted a referee who sent him off.

Lezcano, a 25-year-old from Paraguay, used his forehead to lightly touch the face of referee Fedayi San who had shown him a second yellow card.

The player then pushed the referee's chest, knocking the red card out of his hand.

The incident happened in the 88th minute of a 3-3 draw with Grasshoppers on Sept. 13.

Imposing the ban on Thursday, the...