U.S. Men's National Team

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


The funeral march for Fulham’s life in the English Premier League is in full swing.

The Cottagers’ tie vs. Derby has all but assured that the American army of Fulham players will be dispersing come the summer. As if the poor result wasn’t enough, having Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra sit on the bench all match provided insult to injury for American fans of Fulham.

It wasn’t all bad news for Americans abroad. Nate Jaqua continued his takeover of Austria with another goal while Danny Szetela saw more playing time for Brescia, clocking 35 minutes in a victory. The battle of American goalkeepers between Marcus Hahnemann and Brad Friedel ended, as you would expect, in a scoreless draw.

Here is how all the Americans in Europe’s top leagues did this weekend:


  • Kasey Keller started, played 90 minutes and made 10 saves in Fulham’s 2-2 tie vs. Derby County on Sunday.
  • Brian McBride started and played 90 minutes for Fulham.
  • Eddie Johnson came off the bench and played nine minutes for Fulham.
  • Clint Dempsey dressed but did not play for Fulham.
  • Carlos Bocanegra dressed but did not play for Fulham.
  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made seven saves in Everton’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
  • Eddie Lewis started and played 90 minutes for Derby County.
  • Benny Feilhaber dressed but did not play for Derby County.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United’s 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday.
  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Reading’s 0-0 tie vs. Blackburn on Saturday.
  • Bobby Convey dressed but did not play for Reading.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made two saves for Blackburn.
  • Jay DeMerit started and played 79 minutes in Watford’s 3-0 loss to Hull on Saturday.
  • Matt Pickens dressed but did not play in Queens Park Rangers’ 0-0 tie vs. Ipswich on Saturday.


  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96’s 0-0 tie vs. VFB Stuttgart on Sunday.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Heath Pearce came off the bench and played 34 minutes in Hansa Rostock’s 1-0 loss to VFL Wolfsburg.
  • Bryan Arguez did not dress in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 loss to Energie Cottbus on Sunday..
  • Gregg Berhalter started and played 90 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 loss to FC Carl Zeiss Jena on Sunday..
  • Josh Wolff did not dress for 1860 Munich.
  • Josh Grenier dressed but did not play in TUS Koblenz’s 1-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday.
  • Neven Subotic started and played 90 minutes in Mainz 05’s 3-3 tie vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Friday.


  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Heerenveen’s 4-2 loss to Ajax Amsterdam on Saturday.


  • Gabriel Ferrari dressed but did not play in Sampdoria’s 2-0 win vs. Empoli on Sunday.
  • Danny Szetela came off the bench and played 35 minutes in Brescia’s 1-0 win vs. Spezia on Saturday.


  • Giuseppe Rossi started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in Villarreal’s 3-0 win vs. Atletico Madrid on Satuday.


  • Quentin Westberg and Troyes play Nantes on Monday.


  • Freddy Adu did not dress in Benfica’s 4-1 win vs. Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege’s 1-0 win vs. KV Mechelen on Saturday. The victory increased Standard Liege’s lead atop the Belgian Jupiler League standings to nine points with six matches remaining.


  • Clint Mathis came off the bench and played 16 minutes in Ergotelis’ 2-1 win vs. Levadiakos on Sunday. The win, Ergotelis’ fourth in five matches, moved the club three points clear of relegation in the Greek League.


  • Danny Califf started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in AaB’s 1-0 win vs. Brondby on Sunday.
  • Jeremiah White started and played 90 minutes in AGF Aarhus’ 1- loss to Esbjerg on Sunday.
  • Lee Nguyen came off the bench and played 26 minutes in Randers’ 1-0 loss to AC Horsens on Sunday.


  • Nate Jaqua started, played 90 minutes and scored a goal in SC Rheindorf Altach’s 2-0 win vs. SV Mattersburg on Saturday.

Feel free to add any other performances I may have not included in the comments section below.

  • Joamiq

    Watford’s been dropping points. The chances that DeMerit will be back in the Prem next year are getting slimmer.

    Why didn’t Freddy dress?


  • Eric

    Sad to say – but Herenveen actually lost to Ajax.

    I fear Fulham is going to be put to the sword pretty much by their own manager. Hodgson is past his prime.

    That said – this was going to happen sooner or later. It seemed Fulham was obsessed with signing players on the cheap, and not developing much young talent.

    In the long run, blowing up the current roster might be better for them…even if it means relegation.


  • CD

    DaMarcus Lamont Beasley moved a step closer to winning the Scottish Premier League Title with Rangers while in absentia.


  • Seisco

    What no goals from Bradley? Aw man I wonder what thats gunna do to his goals per game average.


  • aristotle

    What’s wrong with this? Mini puzzle for everyone. Find the mistakes.

    # Jeremiah White started and played 90 minutes in AGF Aarhus’ 1- loss to Esbjerg on Sunday.

    # Lee Nguyen started and played 54 minutes in Randers’ 1-0 win vs. Esbjerg on Sunday.


  • Modibo

    If I were an SCR Altach fan I would be very happy with the Jacqua acquisition. He’s scored a goal every other game, and is now their 3rd leading scorer (#1 = 8 goals in 24 games; #2 = 5 goals in 19 games; Jacqua = 4 goals in 8 games).

    No, it’s not the best league in the world (as RBNY fans know…) but to make an impact like that helps the image of American soccer abroad. And yet, in some of the Altach and Austrian Bundesliga pages he’s listed as “Jonathan Jacqua.” Hope they fix that…


  • JesseMT

    That Keller had to make 10 saves against Derby tells you all you need to know about how Fulham’s defense is playing.


  • Ives

    Yes folks, I paid for rushing this post out. I’ve made the fixes. Thanks for the help, even the sarcasm-laced help.


  • Erik Abarc

    Anyone know why Freddy Adu did not even dress? And when is Jeremiah White going to get a shot w the USMNT? We got nothing else going up front for us. Altidore, and hs only played twice. And thats about it, lets give this guy a chance.


  • aristotle


    I’m sure it was all in good fun. We know it can’t be easy rushing to get so much information out at one time. I think most people would prefer getting the information quickly instead of later with less chance of typos.


  • Ossington Mental Youth


    Not entirely off topic (but kinda), looks like Rohan Ricketts and Laurent Robert may be running the wings for TFC.


    My fingers are crossed, i think there is still some talent in Robert and Ricketts could do some damage as well (granted i havent seen him in a number of years so hes entirely speculation, HA. Thats not to mention anyone is better on the wing then what we currently have…)


  • Josh


    As an expat geordie, take it from me…never place your faith in Laurent Robert. However, it is amusing that John Carver is targeting all the old mags. Pretty soon TFC is going to be lining up Phillipe Albert and Temuri Ketsbaia.


  • Fuego Fanatico

    Do you think it would be possible for MLS to acquire Quentin Westberg on loan? As a Fire fan I would like to see an upgrade on Busch and it doesn’t look like Westberg is going to be the starter at Troyes going into next season.


  • beckster

    Ives, apparently in Norway Troy Perkins opened with a shutout and Pat Noonan dressed but did not play?


  • aristotle


    You think Westberg would be an upgrade to Busch?

    I think Busch is an excellent goalkeeper, or at least he was. Give him a chance. I was shocked that he was not a starting keeper for someone.


  • eric

    Sorry to change the subject, but DuNord has posted (w/ no story link) that Mexico fired Hugo Sanchez – anyone got a 2nd on that?


  • PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo


    don’t forget Michael Orozco – San Luis…per Luis Blanco at Sidelineviews:https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5437561489188679737&postID=1645689638291983147&page=1

    “In his first game back with San Luis, Orozco started and played 83 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Jaguares. The setback kept San Luis from slicing into Chivas’ lead in both Group 3 and the overall league table. San Luis sits in second place in both, with 22 points from 12 games. Orozco has played seven games this season for a total of 451 minutes. He has two yellow cards as well as a red card this year.”


  • erajala

    Giuseppe Rossi is a national traitor and should not be considered on this page.


  • kpugs

    Is Austria just plain easier than MLS? That works out well for Jaqua. He’s awful, yet he has 5 goals in 10 matches in Austria and is probably making at least double his MLS salary.

    Amazing how that works out, a useless player hear plays in a league with less talent and hence becomes useful while still making more money.

    I hate Jaqua, so I never thought I’d say this…but good for him.


  • brett

    Jaqua was always one of my favs… i was sad to see him leave the fire, but glad to see him excelling…

    whether austria is easier or harder, hard to compare truely…. the change of style could be the reason… just as there are players who excel in england but fail in spain or someone who excels in italy but fails in England (truely just add leagues in either spot)…


  • superdave

    You shoulda written Jaqua continued his anschluss of Austria, rather than his takeover. That would have been funnier.


  • yo

    + Had 2 Assists . that is what everyone saw and reported.

    Rossi turned provider this evening, with two crosses from the left-hand side setting up the two goals. Impressive and energetic performance; kept Atleti’s defenders ever so busy.


    -> Ives if you are going report on Rossi. atleast get it right



    Giuseppe Rossi started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in Villarreal’s 3-0 win vs. Atletico Madrid on Satuday.


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