Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Boyd Rapid Vienna (GEPA-pictures.com:Wien Energie)

photo courtesy of GEPA-pictures.com/Wien Energie


Terrence Boyd's start to the season has been better than many could have imagined, and he continued his run of good form by inspiring Rapid Vienna to their latest victory.

Three days after scoring a goal that helped Rapid Vienna advance to the Europa League group stage, the young U.S. men's national team striker netted a brace that included the winner in the Austrian club's 3-0 victory over SV Mattersburg. Boyd now has four goals in league play and six across all competitions in his first month-and-a-half with Rapid Vienna.

Boyd was not the only American to find the back of the net. Jermaine Jones scored his first goal of the season for Schalke 04, firing home the decisice strike in their 3-1 triumph over FC Augsburg on Saturday. Jones made a dribbling run from deep on the right flank and he finished by burying a low shot to the far post, helping Schalke earn their first three points of the Bundesliga season.

It was not all good news, however. Three days after Josh Gatt delivered an assist to help Molde FK advance to the group stage of the Europa League, Gatt suffered his latest setback by way of injury in Molde's 4-1 loss to Brann on Sunday. Gatt dished out an assist in the match, but he was forced to come out after 66 minutes due to a hamstring injury.

Here's how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 2-0 loss vs. West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw vs. Norwich City on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey did not dress for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes, made three saves and received a yellow card in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Newcastle United on Sunday.
  • Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for Aston Villa.
  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City's 2-2 draw vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
  • Maurice Edu dressed but did not play for Stoke City.


  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers' 3-1 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City's 1-0 win vs. Peterborough United on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood dressed but did not play for Birmingham City.
  • Conor Doyle came off the bench and played 1 minute in Derby County's 5-1 win vs. Watford on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 2-1 win vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Leicester City's 1-0 win vs. Blackpool on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Carlisle United's 2-0 loss vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.
  • Robbie Rogers started and played 59 minutes in Stevenage's 1-1 draw vs. Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella started and played 90 minutes in Scunthorpe United's 2-0 loss vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.


La Liga

  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Malaga CF's 1-0 win vs. Real Zaragoza on Saturday.

Segunda Division

  • Carlos Bocanega did not dress in Racing Santander's 0-0 draw vs. Sporting Gijon on Sunday.


  • Michael Bradley did not dress in AS Roma's 3-1 win vs. Inter Milan on Sunday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 4-0 win vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
  • Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes before being substituted late and scored a GOAL in Schalke 04's 3-1 win vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.


  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 4-0 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams came off the bench and played 45 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 1-1 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 win vs. SC Freiburg on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

  • Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play FC Union Berlin on Monday.
  • John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play FC Union Berlin on Monday.
  • Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played 15 minutes in SV Sandhausen's 2-1 loss vs. St Pauli on Saturday.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress in St Pauli's 2-1 win vs. SV Sandhausen on Saturday.


  • Jozy Altidore started and played 90 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's 5-1 loss vs. PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.


  • Tony Taylor started and played 59 minutes in G.D. Estoril Praia's 2-2 draw vs. Guimaraes on Saturday.
  • Caleb Patterson-Sewell dressed but did not play in Vitoria Setubal FC's 0-0 draw vs. Gil Vicente on Sunday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 45 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 2-2 draw vs. Racing Genk on Sunday.


  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in Zenit St. Petersburg's 3-0 win vs. Mordovia Saransk on Friday.


  • Terrence Boyd started, played 73 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in Rapid Vienna's 3-0 win vs. SV Mattersburg on Sunday.



  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 0-0 draw vs. Brondby IF on Sunday.
  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 0-0 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien started and played 90 minutes in SonderjyskE's 4-0 loss vs. Aalborg BK on Friday.
  • Charlie Davies came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Randers FC's 1-0 loss vs. AC Horsens on Sunday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started, played 73 minutes and received a yellow card in Helsingborgs IF's 2-1 loss vs. AIK on Sunday.
  • Brian Span dressed but did not play in Djurgardens IF's 3-2 win vs. Orebro SK on Friday.


  • Josh Gatt started, played 66 minutes before being subbed off with a hamstring injury and had an ASSIST in Molde FK's 4-1 loss vs. Brann on Sunday.
  • Steve Clark started and played 90 minutes in Honefoss BK's 2-0 loss vs. Aalesund on Sunday.
  • Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Stabaek IF on Monday.
  • Sean Cunningham and Stabaek IF play Rosenborg BK on Monday.
  • Chad Barrett started and played 61 mintues in Valerenga's 4-0 win vs. Sandnes Ulf on Friday.


  • Jose Torres started and played 79 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez dressed but did not play in Santos Laguna's 3-1 win vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday evening.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 3-1 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal dressed but did not play in San Luis' 2-0 loss vs. Leon on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo did not dress in Club Tijuana's 2-0 win vs. Jagaues de Chiapas on Friday.
  • Joe Corona started and played 84 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza started and played 67 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America's 1-1 draw vs. Toluca on Sunday.


What do you think of these performances? How many goals do you see Boyd scoring this season? Do you see Jones and Schalke having a big campaign? Concerned by Gatt's latest injury?

Share your thoughts below.

  • g?

    Been waiting to say this!

    I played 17 minutes and scored a GOAL in my 8th level league Swiss team’s 2-2 draw.

    And I would gladly give up my fighting for a first team spot for a call up against Jamaica…


  • Jon

    One guy who won’t be making these lists anytime soon is Billy Schuler. Remember him? Didn’t want to get tied to a 4-5 year Generation Adidas deal, so he signed in Sweden.

    He has now been loaned to a club in Sweden’s 4th tier. Playing bartenders and house DJs at that level…


  • Dimidri

    The fact people consistently bring up how inconvenient it is for one’s club situation to travel across the Atlantic while they could be resting and training with the team to me is a solid reminder that the American-Germans I think really do care about the USMNT and the US.

    It’s one thing to be Pepe, where you have a 2 hour flight to Portugal from Spain for your games, but to give up what these guys are doing, the possibility of playing in a World Cup just isn’t worth it if you aren’t already wanting to represent that country.

    Plus, check out Jermaine Jone’s twitter feed, he’s moving to LA full time now, Terrence Boyd probably is more outwardly rah-rah ‘murica than anybody else on the team (not a good or bad thing, just an observation), Danny Williams was crying when he got his first call-up for the Miami game last year, etc.


  • Shawn Parkers Biggest Fan

    He probably overestimated his level. I’ve seen him play this year and he has not looked good enough for the swedish second division. It makes sense that Hammarby sends him out on loan.


  • Drew

    Boyd is a straight boss. Would love to see a really attacking formation against Jamaica with boyd, gomez, and jozy up top and clint sitting underneath them.


  • USAmr


    Chandler should not be included in Americans Abroad until he demonstrates that he should be. He has turned his back on the opportunity too many times, after saying last year how much it meant to him to play for the USA.


  • vik

    I heard JJ felt like he never fit in with German culture. They don’t like his rebellious nature… or something like that. I think he wants to move to the US, but he’ll probably live in germany during the bundesliga season.


  • Call Up Lichaj

    Boyd’s Twitter is pretty entertaining. Looks like he gets along really well with both the youth and senior USMNT players.


  • Slowreno

    seeing the four of them on the field at the same time would be a dream.


    Don’t see this happening in Kingston, but would be very offensive minded. Think we’re more likely one of these




  • Lost In Space

    all considered a decent week for the USNT players abroad. The younger players are getting good experience, while the Old Gard keep rolling on. Looking forward to the Qualifiers to see how the team performs.


  • Lost in Space

    Disagree….so long as he has the chance to represent the US he should still be on the list of American’s Abroad. Chandler is too good of a player for us to throw him out of the pool. Yes we still have Dolo and we have Lichaj…but the deeper the pool the stronger the team. Besides Dolo won’t be around forever…and outside Lichaj who else do we have that can step in? (Alston, D. Williams, S. Williams, & Morales are all still unproven as RB’s)


  • GW

    Do any of you have any facts?

    For example did Juergen ask him if he wanted to play in this series and did he say no?

    Maybe you should all wait until someone asks JK during his conference call on these call ups before running Chandler out of town.


  • louis z

    i said he would end up with 10-11 league goals before the season started, he is almost half way there.


  • louis z

    i think he had an open invitation. so he is just going to chill for this cycle or until Germany gives him an invite to a friendly.


  • Yoko Ono

    Totally sucks. but it takes a while to get used to it. Charlie Davies took a year and was explosive his 2nd year.


  • Mig22

    Awesome! Keep it up and you’ll get your side promoted to 7th Division and that’s where the scouts start watching! You really don’t want a call up. Think how much this board would bash you. 😉

    Seriously though, good work.


  • biff

    On first glance, you idea truly captures my imagination. But then I start thinking who would go in the three remaining three midfield positions and it gets a bit difficult. It would be a huge defensive risk. I think it would have to be a 4-3-3. Anyway, if Klinsmann did want to risk it, maybe something like this and, yeah, I would love to see a line-up like this one time:


    Shea—-J. Jones—–Dempsey



  • biff

    No one is running Chandler out of town–he decided all by his little ol’ self to run away from the USMNT. And I say: Good riddance!


  • biff

    I am a huge fan of Terrence Boyd, but gotta say, and I am probably in the minority here: I am not a big fan of celebration dances after goals, especially on national teams.


  • Dave

    Mattersburg’s left back Rath needs to learn a new phrase: “Would you like fries with that?”. Guy looked bad on all 3 goals.


  • MidWest Ref

    I hope Guzan getting the start is the rule, and not just a single exception. Given has really been relaying on reputation for about a year now rather than performance – my opinion.

    Its too bad that another team with a couple yanks (Villa) is going to be teetering on edge of relegation again.


  • CCJC361

    Totally agree w/ Lost in Space. Count me among the USMNT fans that is pissed off/frustrated w/ the Chandler situation. A big part of me thinks “to hell w/ you Timmy C!”, but lets be honest, he is great player. Picture a backline with Fabian, Geoff, Mo, and Timmy. Young & Lethal.


  • GTV

    Even seeing the words “Dempsey did not dress for Tottenham Hotspur” is beautiful. No offense to FFC, but I love it that we have Yanks at the likes of Roma and Tottenham.


  • andrew in tally

    There is something about the prospect of having Dempsey, Boyd and Altidore in the middle waiting for a cross on the ground or in the air. CONCACAF defenders be afraid. Be very afraid.


  • GW

    This is hilarious.

    A few years ago when Bradley was using Edu at centerback he was excoriated.

    Now you have Edu as part of Young & Lethal.


  • GW

    I’m a little superstitious.

    I remember Agudelo and Bunbury doing the “dougie”. Now they are both on the outside looking in for the moment.


  • Angel of LA

    I love to see Gatt with the National team but everytime he gets a call up for the USNMT or Under National Team he gets hurt. Is he that fragile that he gets hurt all the time or it just coincident that he get hurt when is time to represent your country. Is time to let chandler be and give him time to decide what he really wants. I would of love to see more players from the U23.


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