Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Three days after making his Bolton Wanderers debut, Stuart Holden played in his first Premier League game, and he managed to have a positive performance in a match filled with relegation implications.

Holden started and played 90 minutes in a much-needed 1-0 victory that pushed Bolton out of the relegation zone. According to reports, Holden had a solid effort, and delivered dangerous set pieces that Wolves and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann had trouble defending.

Maurice Edu also had an impact in his match this weekend, and no contribution was bigger than his last-gasp goal which lifted Rangers to a 1-0 win over Celtic. Edu easily slotted home a rebound from close range in the waning moments of the Old Firm derby, and his goal may have assured Rangers a repeat of the Scottish League title by pushing the club 10 points clear of second-place Celtic.

Jemal Johnson and Herculez Gomez also found the back of the net this weekend, extending scoring streaks to two and three games, respectively. Johnson scored the third in Stockport County’s 4-3 win over Wycombe Wanderers, while Gomez hit the equalizer in Puebla’s 3-3 draw with Chiapas with three minutes left to play.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Landon Donovan came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Everton’s 2-1 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Everton’s 2-1 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.  

  • Clint Dempsey did not dress in Fulham’s 0-0 draw vs. Sunderland on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made eight saves in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss vs. Manchester United in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss vs. Manchester United in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.


    • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford’s 2-1 loss vs. Newcastle United o
      n Saturday.

    • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-0 loss vs. Reading on Saturday.
    • Kenny Cooper dressed but did not play in Plymouth Argyle’s 4-3 loss vs. Sheffield United on Saturday.


    • Ian Joyce did not dress in Southend United’s 2-1 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Friday.
    • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City’s 1-0 win vs. Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
    • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United’s 2-2 draw vs. Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
    • Jemal Johnson started, played 77 minutes and scored a GOAL in Stockport County’s 4-3 win vs. Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

    • Jon-Paul Pittman started and played 90 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers’ 4-3 loss vs. Stockport County on Saturday.


    • Maurice Edu came off the bench, played 64 minutes, and scored a GOAL in Rangers’ 1-0 win vs. Celtic on Sunday..

    • DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play Rangers’ 1-0 win vs. Celtic on Sunday. 
    • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic’s 1-0 loss vs. Rangers on Sunday.


    • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan’s 3-1 win vs. Atalanta on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.



    • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-1 draw vs. SC Freiburg on Saturday.

    • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96’s 1-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. He is recovering from a shoulder injury.
    • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96’s 1-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
    • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04’s 2-1 win vs. Borussia Dortmund on Friday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
    • Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
    • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg’s 1-1 draw vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.


    • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern’s 3-1 win vs. Karlsruhe on Sunday.
    • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt’s 0-0 draw vs. Energie Cottbus on Friday.
    • David Yeldell dressed but did not play in TUS Koblenz’s 1-0 loss vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.


    • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes’ 3-1 loss vs. Montpellier on Saturday.
    • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux’s 1-0 loss vs. Lyorient on Saturday. He is recovering from multiple injuries. 


    • Freddy Adu dressed but did not play in Aris Salonika’s 2-0 win vs. Larissa on Sunday.

    • Eddie Johnson dressed but did not play in Aris Salonika’s 2-0 win vs. Larissa on Sunday.


    • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 3-0 loss vs. Pumas UNAM on Saturday.

    • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 3-0 loss&
      nbsp;vs. Morelia on Saturday.
    • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez’s 3-0 loss vs. Toluca on Sunday.
    • Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 64 minutes, scored a GOAL and received a yellow card in Puebla’s 3-3 draw vs. Chiapas on Sunday.


    • Michael Hoyos did not dress in Estudiantes La Plata’s 1-1 draw vs. Boca Juniors on Friday.


    What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Holden’s performance? Do you think Edu’s goal has basically gift wrapped the SPL title for Rangers? How long do you see Gomez and Johnson’s scoring streaks lasting?

    Share your thoughts below.


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