Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Juan Agudelo FC Utrecht (FC Utrecht)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Juan Agudelo’s life-long dream of playing in Europe is now a reality.

A mere hours after being cleared to play for FC Utrecht, Agudelo played in his first club game on European soil on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Roda JC Kerkrade. Agudelo came off the bench and played 32 minutes for Utrecht, showing glimpses of quality but also clear signs of offseason rust. The defeat was Utrecht’s fourth straight in league play and dropped them to 11th place in the Eredivisie.

Club Tijuana saw a more favorable streak continue on Friday, as they defeated Morelia, 1-0, to extend their unbeaten run at home to 16 games. Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez were the two Americans to contribute to the Xolos’ cause, with Castillo going the distance at left back and Gomez playing 67 minutes up front before being replaced.

Another pair of U.S. Men’s National Team pool players made impacts for their respective clubs by scoring game-winners. Timmy Chandler netted the decisive goal in a 4-0 triumph for Nurnberg over Hoffenheim, and Oguchi Onyewu scored his first in a Sheffield Wednesday jersey in a 2-1 FA Cup triumph vs. Rochdale.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

ENGLAND

FA Cup

  • Tim Howard dressed but did not play in Everton’s 4-0 win vs. Stevenage on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey dressed but did not play in Fulham’s 1-1 draw vs. Sheffield United on Sunday.
  • Jozy Altidore started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 win vs. Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 1-0 loss vs. Chelsea on Sunday.
  • Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke City.
  • Brad Guzan and Aston Villa did not play this weekend.
  • Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur did not play this weekend.
  • Cody Cropper did not dress in Southampton’s 2-0 win vs. Yeovil Town on Saturday.
  • Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United did not play this weekend.
  • Will Packwood started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 2-1 loss vs. Swansea City on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Spector did not dress for Birmingham City. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss vs. Cardiff City on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 0-0 draw vs. Preston North End on Friday.
  • Brek Shea and Barnsley did not play this weekend.
  • Oguchi Onyewu started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-1 win vs. Rochdale on Saturday.
  • Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 26 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
  • Gboly Ariyibi and Leeds United did not play this weekend.

Championship

  • Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Derby County’s 1-1 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 2-0 loss vs. Ipswich Town on Saturday.

GERMANY

  • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96’s 3-1 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
  • Fabian Johnson started and played 45 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 4-0 loss vs. FC Nurnberg on Saturday.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04’s 3-0 win vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday.
  • Timmy Chandler started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in FC Nurberg’s 4-0 win vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday.
  • John Brooks did not dress in Hertha Berlin’s 1-0 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

FRANCE

  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 76 minutes in FC Nantes’ 0-0 draw vs. Stade de Reims on Saturday.

NETHERLANDS

  • Aron Johannsson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 loss vs. PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.
  • Juan Agudelo came off the bench and played 32 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 1-0 loss vs. Roda JC Kerkrade on Saturday.

BELGIUM

  • Sacha Kljestan dressed but did not play in RSC Anderlecht’s 2-0 loss vs. Club Brugge on Sunday.

MEXICO

  • Michael Orozco started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Puebla’s 3-2 loss vs. Jaguares de Chiapas on Sunday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started and played 90 minutes for Puebla.
  • Jose Torres came off the bench and played 39 minutes before being substituted in Tigres UANL’s 2-1 loss vs. Pumas UNAM on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Atlante’s 1-1 draw vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday.
  • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 1-0 win vs. Morelia on Friday.
  • Herculez Gomez started and played 67 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza dressed but did not play for Club Tijuana.
  • Paul Arriola dressed but did not play for Club Tijuana.
  • Joe Corona did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Joaquin Alonso Hernandez did not dress in Monterrey’s 2-0 loss vs. Toluca on Sunday.

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What do you think of these performances? Did you like how Agudelo performed in his Utrecht debut? Impressed by Xolos’ home winning streak?

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