Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


Tim Howard and Everton finally put an end to their four-game winless skid, and they did so in dramatic fashion.

Everton pulled off a late comeback against Tottenham on Sunday, grabbing a 2-1 victory after scoring twice in final moments. Steve Pienaar punished his former club and sparked the the Toffees’ rally with an equalizer in the 90th minute and Nikica Jelavic found the winner in stoppage time. Everton initially trailed in the match after Clint Dempsey, who is finding his feet with Spurs, beat Howard with a looping shot from distance for his third goal in league play this season.

Terrence Boyd was another player who found the back of the net on Sunday, scoring the winner in Rapid Vienna’s 2-1 triumph over FC Wacker Innsbruck. Boyd continued his recent good run of form by impressively connecting on a sliding volley, which gave him nine goals in league play and 13 across all competitions.

It was not all good news this weekend. Jermaine Jones set up a goal for Schalke for his third assist of the Bundesliga campaign (fourth in all competitions), but he was also sent off with a straight red in the 73rd minute of the club’s 3-1 loss to VfB Stuttgart. Jones made a tackle from behind that was deemed dangerous, and it resulted in the first straight red ejection of his career.

Here’s how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton’s 2-1 win vs. Tottenham on Sunday.
  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham’s 2-1 loss vs. Everton on Sunday.
  • Clint Dempsey started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL for Tottenham.
  • Brad Guzan started and played 90 minutes in Aston Villa’s 0-0 draw vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Aston Villa.
  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 0-0 draw vs. Aston Villa on Saturday.
  • Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke City.
  • Sebastian Lletget did not dress in West Ham United’s 3-2 loss vs. Liverpool on Sunday.


  • Tim Ream came off the bench and played five minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 2-2 draw vs. Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 45 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss vs. Wolverhamtpon Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood dressed but did not play for Birmingham City.
  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County’s 3-1 win vs. Leeds United on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes in Leicester City’s 2-2 draw vs. Barnsley on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 win vs. Burnley on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek did not dress in Carlisle United’s 3-1 loss vs. Sheffield United on Saturday.
  • Robbie Rogers came off the bench and played eight minutes in Stevenage’s 2-0 win vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella started, played 82 minutes and missed a penalty kick in Scunthorpe United’s 2-1 loss vs. AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.


La Liga

  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Malaga CF’s 4-0 win vs. Granada on Saturday.

Segunda Division

  • Carlos Bocanega did not dress in Racing Santander’s 4-0 loss vs. Real Madrid Castilla on Sunday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.


  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in AS Roma’s 4-2 win vs. Fiorentina on Saturday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96’s 3-2 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
  • Jermaine Jones started, played 73 minutes, had an ASSIST and received a RED CARD in Schalke 04’s 3-1 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 2-0 loss vs. Hamburg SV on Friday.
  • Danny Williams started and played 67 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg’s 2-0 win vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-2 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Sunday.

2. Bundesliga

  • John Anthony Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 1-0 win vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress for Herha Berlin.
  • Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 3-1 loss vs. FSV Frankfurt on Friday.
  • Joe Gyau dressed but did not play in St Pauli’s 3-0 loss vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday.
  • Bobby Wood started and played 90 minutes in TSV 1860 Munich’s 1-1 draw vs. SSV Jahn Regensburg on Sunday.


  • Jozy Altidore started and played 90 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 0-0 draw vs. Willem II Tilburg on Saturday.


  • Tony Taylor dressed but did not play in G.D. Estoril Praia’s 3-0 win vs. Vitoria Setubal on Friday.
  • Caleb Patterson-Sewell dressed but did not play in Vitoria Setubal’s 3-0 loss vs. G.D. Estoril Praia on Friday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in RSC Anderlecht’s 5-0 win vs. RAEC Bergen Mons on Saturday.


  • Eugene Starikov came off the bench and played 37 minutes in FK Rostov’s 3-2 loss vs. Krasnodar on Friday.


  • Terrence Boyd started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Rapid Vienna’s 2-1 win vs. FC Wacker Innsbruck on Sunday.


  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 72 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland’s 4-1 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday.
  • Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and had an ASSIST in Brondby IF’s 2-2 draw vs. SonderjyskE on Friday.
  • Conor O’Brien started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in SonderjyskE’s 2-2 draw vs. Brondby IF on Friday.
  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Randers FC’s 2-1 win vs. Esbjerg on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Impressed with Howard and Everton’s win? Who’s in better form right now, Dempsey or Boyd? Surprised Jones’ straight red ejection this week was the first of his career?

Share your thoughts below.

      • David JS

        Toffees snagged 2 stoppage time goals like 75 seconds apart… can’t say Everton didn’t deserve the 3 points but Spurs will be ruing this one for sure.


      • Matt

        I thought it was a pretty even match myself. Everton might not have deserved to win, but you can’t really say they deserved to lose either. Possession was split 50/50 and Everton outshot them 13-6, with Tottenham having one more shot on goal Personally, i thought Everton looked more dangerous in the 2nd half, even before Dempsey’s deflected goal.


      • MLS_Soccer_Talker

        (SBI-I’m only going to say this once. Stop linking to every random website on the web. We don’t allow that. Secondly, if you’re going to link to random websites, can you just save the trouble by linking to the original article from us? Think you might have missed it but SBI was the first to report on those teams being interested in Altidore:

        http://www.soccerbyives.net/2012/11/rubin-kazan-among-teams-that-bid-for-altidore-last-summer.html )


      • Alex

        not sure where the linking your are referencing. No links posted. Last I checked, this was a blog. Relax SBI……….


      • patrick

        i think you’re getting the words “business” and “blog” confused. This is a BUSINESS, as in, a money making enterprise and linking elsewhere costs him page views, particularly since Ives was quick with the original information.


      • Josh D

        I think everyone got mixed up. The first comment was about a rumored current bid this winter.

        Ives is talking about a report they pulled together concerning them bidding during the summer.

        Same team, different situations.


      • PD

        crazy to think a guy we all joke about for his massive yellow card collection has only been ejected on a straight red ONCE.


      • Nick a

        I think jones gets a bad wrap but really isn’t anywhere near as bad as people make him out to be


      • beto

        over the past two years he has been pretty consistent yellow card per game plus a suspension. That bad wrap is actually quite accurate.


      • byrdman

        If this is his first straight Red, then that would lead you to believe that his actions are somewhat under control. Maybe even calculated at most times. After all, he is playing all the time for a very strong side. Maybe, just maybe, the people at Schalke know a little bit more than the average blogger on this site. I’m just sayin’


  • Dimidri

    Ives-are you not writing for Foxsoccer anymore? I can’t find anything you’ve written there since September.


  • Dimidri

    Ives-are you not writing for Foxsccer anymore? I can’t find anything you’ve written there since September.


  • PD

    So is Kljestan slowly working his way into more legitimate NATS contention? It’s hard to deny that he’s put together several progressively stronger seasons in Europe. Or, does the fact he’s starting and producing for a CL participant get trumped by the fact that “it’s only Beligium?” I actually think his patience is finally paying off.

    Oh and, I’ve never forgotten that Gooch played his best football while in that league. He should have never gone to Milan. Might have been a smart money move, but it was a brick wall his career has yet to recover from.


      • Roles Reverse

        +1. He likely would have gotten a few appearances here and there but the injury messed him up big time. And he was a Beast in Portugal but again injuries ruled him out for 2months and messed up his perfect season


    • GW

      Sacha’s return to the USMNT looks like it has more to do with him playing well in a slightly different role for Anderlecht and the unavailability and infectiveness of other US attacking midfield options, rather than any stunning epiphanies on JK’s part.


      • Vic

        Can someone help me, I’m trying to understand why there’s such a movement for Klesjtan to get more playing time with the Nats. We are deep in central mid. How come there’s not the same movement for other players who aren’t getting playing time. Diskerkud plays on the top team in Norway, Bedoya plays on the top team in Sweden, Corona and Castillo play for the Mexican league winner and Boyd is tearing it up in Austria. All are getting little playing time however and don’t have fans astonished they’re aren’t getting enough.


      • Josh D

        I want the likes of Mix and Corona earning more time – and they are slowly. You have to remember they’re very young. Klesjtan has never performed for the US outside of playing against a third string Swedish side.

        He just has never really brought it for the Nats in any capacity that screams “First off the bench.”


      • David M

        Well, Anderlecht (and Kljestan personally) has acquitted itself quite well in the UEFA CL group stage (much better than the Norwegian champion, for exmaple). In addition, Belgium is ranked a lot higher than Austria, Sweden, and Norway in UEFA Country Ranking.


      • David M

        Yes, but at least they made it to the group stage, which cannot be said for any Austrian, Norwegian, or Swedish teams. And Anderlecht earned 5 points in their group, more than Man City in theirs.


    • vik

      Yea, he was unbelievable. Every time an attack was broken up in midfield, he was in the vicinity. Every break forward, he could be seen making a run. Unreal performance.


  • Roles Reverse

    After the 2014 WC the team should be built around Michael Bradley. he is our best player. It is known


    • Heft



  • MLSsnob

    Hey, remember when every one liked the Joe Gyau move and I said he should stick it out at Hoffenheim and every one mocked me? He still wouldn’t be playing, but least he wouldn’t be playing in the Bundesliga.


    • byrdman

      Hey remember when the Bobby Buchea (sp??) showed up at halftime and the Mud Dawgs came back and won the Bourbon Bowl? Despite awful performances by Dan Fouts and Brent Musburger by the way.


    • Bobb

      JA Brooks, Andrew Wooten, and now even Bobby Wood are now getting starts in the 2B unlike Joe Gyau, yet Gyau is the one who has been called up to our national team.
      When will Klinsy take a look at any of the other three?


      • Josh D

        Wood has just come back from what his team said was a career ending injury. Please give him time.

        Brooks looks to be Germany’s at the moment. Albeit, if we get a slight sniff of an opportunity, we should cap tie him now.

        Wooten has been solid, but we have a core group and I think others have out performed him in his spot. He’ll get his chance in the summer.

        Gyau is a very fast winger with an attacking threat. Which is exactly what we need. Klinsi has brought him once to see what he was made of and he didn’t make the bench. No harm, no foul.


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