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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


It was a rough weekend for Americans in England. of the 12 currently playing in the English Premier League, none of them tasted victory last weekend and only Brad Friedel’s heroics against Manchester United kept his Blackburn from facing defeat.

There was better news elsewhere, from Oguchi Onyewu’s Standard Liege clinching the Belgian Jupiler League title to Michael Bradley’s Heerenveen clinching a Champions League playoff spot with its own victory.

Jeremiah White produced the lone goal of the weekend for Americans in Europe’s top flight, scoring in AGF Aarhus’ 3-1 win vs. Lyngby on Sunday.

This week’s edition of American’s Abroad: Weekend Rewind is brought to you by ASA: FC Barcelona, the summer residency program that allows teenage soccer players to be Americans Abroad, training at fabled FC Barcelona this summer. If you want to experience the dream of playing and training at FC Barcelona, then contact ASA: FC Barcelona for information on the July camp.


Here is how the rest of the Americans Abroad did this weekend in Europe:


  • Kasey Keller started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Fulham’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes for Fulham.
  • Brian McBride started and played 81 minutes for Fulham.
  • Carlos Bocanegra dressed but did not start for Fulham.
  • Eddie Johnson did not dress for Fulham.
  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Reading’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.
  • Bobby Convey started and played 90 minutes for Reading.
  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Everton’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Thursday.
  • Eddie Lewis started and played 90 minutes in Derby County’s 2-1 loss to West Ham United on Saturday.
  • Benny Feilhaber dressed but did not play for Derby County.
  • Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham United on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made 12 saves in Blackburn’s 1-1 tie vs. Manchester United on Saturday.
  • Jay DeMerit dressed but did not play in Watford’s 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
  • Matt Pickens dressed but did not play in Queens Park Rangers’ 1–0 win vs. Charlton on Saturday.


  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96’s 3-1 win vs. Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Heath Pearce came off the bench and played 30 minutes in Hansa Rostock’s 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen last Tuesday.
  • Bryan Arguez dressed but did not play in Hertha Berlin’s 0-0 tie vs. Hamburg last Tuesday.
  • Josh Wolff started and played 90 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win vs. Wehen on Thursday.
  • Gregg Berhalter did not play for 1860 Munich.
  • Josh Grenier did not dress in TUS Koblenz’s 3-2 win vs. Freiburg on Wednesday.
  • Neven Subotic started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in Mainz 05’s 6-1 win vs. Paderborn on Tuesday.


  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Heerenveen’s 5-0 win vs. Excelsior on Sunday.


  • Gabriel Ferrari did not dress in Sampdoria’s 3-0 win vs. Udinese on Sunday.
  • Danny Szetela came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Brescia’s 3-0 loss to Chievo on Saturday.


  • Giuseppe Rossi started and played 63 minutes in Villarreal’s 2-0 victory against Valladolid on Sunday.


  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in FC Troyes 0-0 tie vs. Niort on Friday.


  • Freddy Adu did not dress in Benfica’s 2-0 loss to FC Porto on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege’s 2-0 win vs. Anderlecht on Sunday.


  • Clint Mathis did not play in Ergotelis’ 2-0 loss to FC Xanthi on Sunday.


  • Danny Califf did not play for AaB.
  • Jeremiah White started, played 90 minutes and scored a goal in AGF Aarhus 3-1 win vs. Lyngby on Sunday.
  • Lee Nguyen started and played 90 minutes in Randers FC’s 2-1 win vs. FC Copenhagen on Saturday.


  • Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes in San Luis’ 2-1 vs. Morelia on Saturday.
  • Jose Francisco Torres did not dress in Pachuca’s 5-2 loss to Puebla on Sunday.
  • Daniel Hernandez started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in Jaguares de Chiapas’ 2-1 loss to Veracruz on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Santos’ 1-1 tie vs. Necaxa on Sunday.


  • Nate Jaqua started and played 90 minutes in SC Rheindorf Altach’s 3-0 loss to Rapid Vienna on Sunday.


  • Troy Perkins started and played 90 minutes in Valarenga’s 1-1 tie vs. Rosenborg on Sunday.
  • Adin Brown started and played 90 minutes in Aalesunds FK’s 5-0 win against Ham-Kam on Sunday.
  • Pat Noonan came off the bench and played 30 minutes for Aalesunds FK.

As you can see, I added the Norwegian and Mexican leagues (and will NOT be adding the second divisions so don’t ask). If I missed anyone please let me know and feel free to share your thoughts on these performances below.


  1. I went to Herenveen’s site and babelfish translated the game summary. Bradley did not have any assists, and was substituted in the 64th minute. (Three of the goals were scored before he was substituted).

  2. Kpugs, its the fact that he was a very good sub for Benfica, and then overnight after the olympics qualifying he went to non existents.

  3. Freddy’s exclusion is partially due to all the coaches he’s had, but also partially because he’s a young kid playing for one of the best teams in the history of Portugal.

    I just don’t understand why my fellow Yanks expect ANY American who goes abroad, including very young Americans, to immediately become the next Zidane, or Ronaldo, or whoever. HE IS 18 AND PLAYING AT BENFICA, he is one young kid amongst many, for the love of the flying spaghetti monster HAVE PATIENCE! Jeez.

  4. Orzoco will have to prove he does things in the Olympics, which I believe he will be given a chance. But after that then he’ll go up.

  5. Any San Luis fans?

    How good is Michael Orozco? He’s starting with a team that’s tied with Chivas on points, but second because of goal differential. Senior team call up anytime soon?

  6. Props to Standard Liege for winning their first title in 26 years, up 10 with 3 to play. They have yet to lose all year, and book a trip straight to the CL group stages.

  7. Freddy’s exclusion is probably because of the new coach. He’s on what? His third coach now?

    Didn’t Camacho quit while he was home for Olympic qualifying?

  8. What about Brian West at Frederikstad FK in Norway? Does anybody know if he is playing. I saw him listed on the club’s website but I can’t read much else. Please include him Ives! Thanks.

  9. groovester, are there any other Americans or US-born players in La Liga?

    If there are, that’d be awesome. Cap them now!

  10. Ergotelis beat Xanthi 2-0, not lost. That result kept them from being relegated. Mathis had been a regular substitute, although he hasn’t played in the last two or three games.

  11. I’d be really interested to find out what happened to Freddy Adu at Benfica. You think he’s being punished for playing so much for the U-23s? He was a regular sub off the bench for them earlier in the season, now he can’t even make the bench. Perhaps he’s tiring from his first intense European season.

  12. Jonathan Spector was out with a hip injury.

    Orlando, Eddie Johnson is not hurt, he scored a goal a few days ago for the reserves team vs. Aston Villa. He was just left out the 1st team by the coach.

  13. Great job over there at Benfica, they’ve dropped to 4th place, 24 points off the pace. And Freddy Adu couldn’t help this team how???

  14. Ives – Thanks for adding the Mexican League. Great to have that info.

    Maybe for next week, the beach soccer league too, since John O’Brien is there and it counts as a sort of exile from the topflight?

    Yeah, and you thought no one would get a stupid O’Brien reference in.

  15. Chocolate Thunder – the only way I would know for sure to see if Bradley got assists, would be to check out the gameday thread on BigSoccer. They’re pretty good about giving good detail on the action, with some of the users based in The Netherlands.

  16. Any way to figure out how many (if any) assists Bradley got, both for this weekend’s game and for the season? I know some people don’t care about assists, but they matter, especially for a center/attacking mid.


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