Unlike their American counterparts, CONCACAF players enjoyed a strong showing in leagues throughout Europe last weekend.
From Honduran midfielder Julio Cesar Leon (pictured) scoring for Genoa to Canadian forward Rob Friend netting a pair of Borussia Monchengladbach, there were plenty of positives for the CONCACAF players in Europe’s top leagues.
Here is a rundown of how they did this weekend:
- Julian DeGuzman started and played 90 minutes in Deportivo La Coruna’s 2-0 win vs. Espanyol on Sunday.
- Jonathan DeGuzman started and played 81 minutes in Feyenoord’s 3-3 tie vs. Heracles Almelo on Saturday.
- Paul Stalteri started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to West Ham United on Saturday.
- Will Johnson dressed but did not play in DeGraafschap’s 4-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.
- Daniel Imhof started and played 90 minutes in VFL Bochum’s 2-1 win vs. Hannover 96 on Friday.
- Iain Hume started and played 90 minutes in Leceister City’s 2-0 loss to Coventry City on Saturday.
- Patrice Bernier, Josh Simpson and Kaiserslautern faces Borussia Monchengladbach on Monday.
- Rob Friend started, played 90 minutes and scored two goals in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-2 tie vs. VfL Osnabruck on Sunday.
- Kevin McKenna started, played 39 minutes and drew a red card in FC Cologne’s 0-0 tie vs. 1860 Munich on Friday.
- Jason Devos started and played 90 minutes in Ipswich Town’s 1-0 loss to Stoke on Saturday.
- Tomas Radzinski did not play in Skoda Xanthi’s 1-1 tie vs. Larissa on Sunday.
- Tam Nsaliwa did not play in AEK Athens’ 1-0 win vs. Iraklis.
- Marcel De Jong started and played 83 minutes in Roda JC’s 1-1 tie vs. Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.
- Richard Hastings started and played 90 minutes in Inverness’ 2-0 loss to Hibernian on Sunday.
- Bryan Ruiz started and played 90 minutes in KAA Gent’s 0-0 tie vs. Standard Liege on Saturday.
- Alvaro Saborio started and played 90 minutes in FC Sion Sitten’s 3-1 loss to Young Boys on Sunday.
- Jason Roberts came off the bench, played eight minutes and delivered an assist in Blackburn’s 4-1 win vs. Bolton on Sunday.
- David Suazo started and played 90 minutes in Inter Milan’s 1-1 tie vs. Sampdoria on Sunday.
- Edgar Alvarez came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Livorno’s 2-1 loss to Napoli on Sunday.
- Julio Cesar Leon started, played 84 minutes and scored a goal in Genoa’s 5-3 win against Udinese on Sunday.
- Wilson Palacios started, played 90 minutes and assisted on a goal in Wigan’s 2-0 win vs. Derby County on Saturday.
- Nyron Nosworthy started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Portsmouth on Saturday.
- Marlon King started and played 85 minutes in Wigan’s 2-0 win vs. Derby County on Saturday.
- Ricardo Gardner started and played 90 minutes in Bolton’s 4-1 loss to Blackburn on Sunday.
- Deon Burton came off the bench and played four minutes in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 win vs. Cardiff on Saturday.
- Jason Euell dressed but did not play in Southampton’s 1-1 tie vs. Scunthorpe on Saturday.
- Ricardo Fuller started and played 90 minutes in Stoke’s 1-0 win against Ipswich on Saturday.
- Barry Hayles came off the bench and played eight minutes in Leceister City’s loss to Coventry City on Saturday.
- Luton Shelton came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Sheffield United’s 1-1 tie vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
- Damion Stewart came off the bench and played 17 minutes for Queens Park Rangers.
- Giovani Dos Santos came off the bench and played nine minutes in Barcelona’s 4-1 win vs. Levante on Saturday.
- Rafael Marquez did not dress for Barcelona.
- Carlos Vela started, played 87 minutes and scored a goal in Osasuna’s 3-1 win vs. Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
- Guillermo Franco started, played 89 minutes and scored a goal in Villarreal’s 2-1 vs. Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
- Pavel Pardo started and played 90 minutes in Stuttgart’s 3-1 win vs. Karlsruhe on Saturday.
- Ricardo Osorio did not dress for Stuttgart.
- Carlos Salcido started and played 90 minutes in PSV Eindhoven’s 4-1 win against DeGraafschap on Sunday.
- Aaron Galindo started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 win against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
- Hector Moreno dressed but did not play in AZ Alkmaar’s 0-0 tie vs. Twente Enschede on Saturday.
- Antonio DeNigris started and played 90 minutes in Ankaraspor’s 3-0 loss to Keyserispor on Sunday.
- Robin Nelisse started and played 72 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 4-1 loss to Sparta Rotterdam on Friday.
- Leon Kantelberg did not dress in VVV Venlo’s 5-2 loss to FC Groningen on Sunday.
- Tyrone Loran dressed but did not play in NAC Breda’s 3-2 loss to Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday.
- Nyron Wau started and played 90 minutes in Roda JC’s 1-1 tie vs. Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
- Kenwyne Jones started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Portsmouth on Saturday.
- Dwight Yorke came off the bench and played 11 minutes for Sunderland.
- Darryl Roberts started and played 77 minutes in Sparta Rotterdam’s 2-1 win against FC Utrecht on Friday.
- Stern John started and played 90 minutes in Southampton’s 1-1 tie vs. Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
- Chris Birchall did not dress in Coventry City’s 2-0 win vs. Leceister City on Saturday.
- Russell Latapy came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Falkirk’s 0-0 tie vs. Dundee United on Saturday.
Feel free to include any players I missed. Some players who did not have games were not listed, but have been listed in the past, so please consult past lists before pointing out somebody’s absence. As I have stated before, The leagues cited above are the leagues I will use to make this list up. England, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland and Belgium are the leagues, with England Italy, Spain and Germany second divisions also being included. If there is someone else you in another league you would like to see included you can feel free to post his accomplishments in the comments section.
Share your thoughts on this weekend’s performances below.
Guardado should be back next week.
how’s guardado? still hurt?
Ives, have you ever done a Concacaf all star team lineup? I’d be interested to ponder how we’d fare against other confederations with our region’s best…
If Canadians Will Johnson or Rob Friend ever decided to play in MLS would the team that drafted them (Fire) still have first dibs?
Thanks for this update Ives. Please keep this update up. Let’s see if Nery Castillo comes on as a sub today for Man City. He is on the bench after coming back from his injury.
Sorry about being off topic, but any word on what players made the trip to Austria with the Red Bulls?
Jason Roberts (Grenada) came in as a sub for Blackburn and had an assist on the last goal
Where can we fit Andy Dorman into these updates?
Even though I’m an RBNY fan, I really like Dorman. I think his was a great story and I was really sad to see him leave MLS (with his expiring contract, I held out hope that RBNY would sign him to fill their Attacking Midfielder void…too bad this didn’t happen, he would have been a perfect fit). He’s a quality player and it’s good to see him plying is trade closer to home.
I know he doesn’t fit into the Americans or CONCACAF Players Abroad category, but maybe we could see a “Former MLS-ers Abroad” update which could lump a lot of these players together. Don’t wanna heap too much work onto you, Ives, you do a fanastic job already.
DeGuzman’s defection just happened so there are still some people who want to know how he is doing. Maybe five years ago that curiosity will have waned but for now the interest is there. The fact that his brother is national team captain for Canada is also a factor that ads to the curiosity.
If you don’t include Owen Heargreaves why include Jonathan DeGuzman?