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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


One of these days, Roy Hodgson just might get the message.

The Fulham manager has shown an unwillingness to use his bench, specifically Clint Dempsey, who has looked good in the brief playing time he has gotten this season. Dempsey came off the bench on Sunday and showed once again why he should be playing more for the struggling Cottagers, scoring the equalizing goal to give Fulham a 1-1 tie vs. Portsmouth.

Dempsey raced into the penalty area in the 87th minute to bury a perfect right-footed volley from close range for his first goal of the EPL season. He pounded his chest and you could read his lips as he yelled what looked to be ‘I’m back.’

Dempsey’s goal was one of several highlights for Americans Abroad this weekend. You had Tim Howard enjoying a strong showing against his former club in Everton’s 1-1 tie vs. Manchester United. You also had Michael Bradley making his second straight start for Borussia Moenchengladbach in a crucial 1-0 victroy against Karlsruhe on Sunday.

One positive moment for Americans Abroad involved a player who didn’t actually play. U.S. national team fullback Frank Simek was in uniform for Sheffield Wednesday, making his first appearance in uniform since last December. He has been sidelined by torn ankle ligaments.

Here is how all the Americans Abroad did in this weekend’s action:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Everton’s 1-1 tie vs. Manchester United on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Aston Villa’s 4-0 win vs. Wigan on Sunday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play for Aston Villa.
  • Clint Dempsey came off the bench, played 19 minutes and scored an 87th-minute equalizer in Fulham’s 1-1 tie vs. Portsmouth on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Spector did not dress in West Ham’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.


  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made 11 saves in Reading’s 0-0 tie vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
  • BobbycConvey did not dress for Reading.
  • Jay DeMerit did not dress in Watford’s 3-2 loss to Wolverhampton on Saturday.
  • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Birmingham on Saturday.
  • Eddie!Johnson dressed but did not play in Cardiff City’s 1-0 win vs. Nottingham Forrest on Saturday.


  • DaMarcus Beasley started and played 74 minutes in Rangers’ 3-1 win vs. Hamilton on Saturday.
  • Maurice Edu did not dress for Rangers.
  • Mike Videira did not dress for Hamilton.



  • Steve Cherundolo started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in Hannover 96’s 1-1 tie vs. vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Michael Bradley started and played 76 minutes in BorussiaIMoenchengladbach’s 1-0 win vs. Karlsruhe on Saturday.
  • Neven Subotic started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 tie vs. Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
  • Brian Arguez did not dress for Hertha Berlin.


  • Heath Pearce came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Hansa Rostock’s 0-0 tie vs. FSV Frankfurt on Friday.
  • David Yelldell started, played 90 minutes and made two saves for TUS Koblenz’s 1-1 tie vs. Nurnberg on Sunday.
  • Matt Taylor started and played 58 minutes for TUS Koblenz.
  • Gregg Berhalter started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win vs VFL Osnabruck on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern’s 2-1 loss to RW Oberhausen on Sunday.
  • Grover Gibson did not dress in Ahlen’s 3-0 loss to SC Freiburg on Friday.


  • Jozy Altidore did not dress in Villarreal’s 4-4 tie vs. Atletico Madrid on Sunday.



  • Danny Szetela did not dress in Brescia’s 3-1 win vs. Modena on Saturday.



  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rennes’ 2-2 tie vs. Le Mans on Saturday.
  • Freddy Adu dressed but did not play in Monaco’s 0-0 tie vs. Toulouse on Saturday.
  • Andrew Jacobson did not dress in Lorient’s 3-0 win vs. Nantes on Saturday.


  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Troyes’ 2-2 tie vs. Guingamp on Friday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege’s 0-0 tie vs. Racing Genk on Sunday.


  • Danny Califf started and played 90 minutes in FC Midtjylland’s 3-0 loss to Brondby on Sunday.
  • Jeremiah White started and played 89 minutes in AGF Aarhus’ 2-1 win vs. Vejle on Saturday.
  • Benny Feilhaber did not play for AGF Aarhus.
  • Lee Nguyen came off the bench and played 37 minutes in Randers’ 2-2 tie vs. AaB on Sunday.
  • Tally Hall and Ejsberg face Sonderjyske on Monday.



  • Troy Perkins started and played 90 minutes in Valarenga’s 6-2 loss to Stabaek on Sunday.
  • Adin Brown did not play in Aalesunds’ 3-0 loss to Lyn on Sunday. He is out for the season with an injury.


  • Cam Weaver started, played 90 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in Haugesund’s 4-2 win vs. Sandnes on Saturday.
  • Clarence Goodson came off the bench, played 17 minutes and scored a goal in IK Start’s 3-2 loss to Odd Greenland on Saturday.
  • Kyle Veris started and played 68 minutes for Hodd.
  • Jay Needham started and played 90 minutes in Alta’s 7-2 win vs. Hodd on Saturday.


  • Charlie Davies started and played 90 minutes in Hammarby’s 1-0 loss to Gefle IF on Sunday.
  • Ryan Raybould did not dress for Gefle IF.
  • Colin Burns, Etche Tabe and Ljunskile faces Malmo on Monday.


  • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 1-1 tie vs. Morelia on Saturday.
  • Sonny Guadamara did not dress for Morelia.
  • Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes in San Luis’ 2-0 win vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
  • Marco Vidal did not dress in Indios de Ciudad de Juarez’s 1-1 tie vs. UNAM Pumas on Sunday.
  • Daniel Hernandez started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in Chiapas’ 0-0 tie vs. Toluca on Saturday.
  • Jesus Padilla{did not dress in Chivas de Guadalajara’s 2-1 win vs. Club America on Sunday.
  • Sammy Ochoa and Tecos had their match vs. Atlante postponed.

American-born Players Playing for Other Countries

  • Giuseppe Rossi (Italy) started, played 90 minutes and scored a goal in Villarreal’s 4-4 tie vs. Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
  • Edgar Castillo (Mexico) started and played 90 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 2-1 loss to Atlas on Saturday.
  • Joe Lapira (Ireland) started and played 70 minutes Nybergsund’s 1-0 loss to Notodden on Sunday.
  • Brede Hangeland (Norway) started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-1 tie vs. Portsmouth on Sunday.
  • Boaz Myhill (Wales) started, played 90 minutes and made eight savesin Hull City’ 3-0 win vs. West Brom on Sunday.


If there are players I forgot to list feel free to list them below. Please remember that I’m trying to focus on first divisions and, in some cases, second divisions, so keep that in mind when suggesting players for the list.

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Do not miss these upcoming matches on telemundo

    Saturday, November 1st

    Monterrey vs. Atlante (6:55pm/3:55pac)

    Guadalajara vs. Pumas (9pm/6pac)

    Sunday, November 2nd

    Toluca vs. Atlas (12:55pm/9:55am pac)

  2. Ives-

    Is there any chance we could see Convey return to MLS soon? I seem to remember him being from Pennsylvania…what are the odds he will return for 2010? That would be a bit late to help his case for playing time at SA2010, so what does he do if he continues to sit on a cold English bench so much? Have you heard any rumblings about him moving somewhere in the winter?

    Thanks for any insight you can provide now or with your next Q&A.


  3. What about Nick Theslof. He is not playing but he now the Assistant Coach at Bayern Munich. What about BM’s come from behind 3-2 victory over Wolfsburg which has jumped them up to 4th in the table?

  4. Arena, agree with you on the Defence. Bradley has gotten 2 games under an interim coach. Beasley has not been playing. He got his first start this weekend and was weak; Demerit and Spector can hopefully come back and strengethen the D but not playing right now and Spector on the auction block for West Hamm and so no real prospects for playing time at the moment. Adu and Jozy adapting to new teams but with no playing time coming into next round of qualifying – got to be cause for convern. Feilhaber and Convey aren’t playing but if playing would probably be better than anyone MLS has to offer in those positions so does nothing to strengthen our options in those positions.

  5. henrik- Seriously. Lately when he’s been playing he’s been playing the midfield. He needs to find a new club this winter where he can get some playing time. That’s got to be frustrating.

  6. Not sure why BB should be “concerned.” The playing time for Nats pool players is about the same as last year. It’d be nice to see more progress, the situation is still vastly improved from previous WC cycles. And some improvement can be expected as players like Altidore and Edu establish themselves at their new clubs.

    For now, Bob has Timmy, Los, Gooch, and Cherundolo who pretty much always play 90. Beez is normally a starter too. Bradley Jr. seems to have secured a starting spot. Torres is not an every game starter, but sees good minutes. Davies generally gets good pt too. And for depth we have Hahnemann, Perkins, Califf, Demerit, and Szetela getting good pt. Simek and Spector can be expected to get game action when healthy.

    That leaves relatively few “concerns” — Dempsey, Adu, Pearce — and it would be possible to see each of them getting some good play as the season progresses. Lack of PT for Feilhaber, Convey, Johnson etc. is really not a concern. Those guys are off the 2010 radar for now.

  7. Fantastic for Deuce – let’s hope the manager get’s him back on the starting 11 or someone picks him up in January.

    Other than that, Bob Bradley has to be concerned that most of them members of the MNT player pool abroad are not seeing much playing time. If we could field a team of goalkeepers, that would be great – otherwise, we have a problem.

  8. Like Adu is coming back anytime soon. He couldn’t get out of the MLS soon enough, remember?

    I suppose patience is the theme of ours, lately. Patience for us, but give our boys a chance already.

  9. “I was disappointed not to see Adu come, as there was a late injury . . .”


    Freddie to Seattle Sounders FC (at least he would see the field!)

  10. “Villarreal blew a 2-goal lead with a man advantage :(”

    AND THEY HAD A MAN ADVANTAGE! Sucks that their attack is so good. I really wanted Jozy to play.

    * *





  11. Dempsey should be starting. However, did anybody read Hodgson’s comments after the game? He said Zolton Gera, the guy he bought specifically to fill Dempsey’s role, is “coming around.” I think no matter what Deuce does, he may not get a fair shot as long as Hodgson is coach.

  12. For AlphaB

    Califf was not happy with how Aalborg handled his contract renewal. Thus, he went for the greener pastures at FC Midtjylland, whre he was offered a longer contract with more money. Yes, he could have been playing Champion’s League football if he stayed but he wasn’t happy with his former club.

  13. Danny Califf- best defender in Denmark. I hope he takes time to improve FC Midtjylland. They have a good enough of team to qualify for the UEFA CUP. And who knows, he might eventually move on up to the Bundesliga or Eredivisie?

  14. Come on Heath Pearce. He gotta get his butt on the field. I thought he was supposed to be traded this past August to some team in the Championship? He shows great skill as leftback for the national team but seems to lose it when playing for Hansa Rostock.

  15. Monaco game was on Setanta. They have an atrocious offense. I ended up watching the whole second half because they were so bad I couldn’t believe they wouldn’t put in Freddy for a spark off the bench.

  16. How is Troy Perkin’s play for Valarenga? Any chance he might get a move up to a better league in a season or 2? I wonder his chances of making the roster for the World Cup or will Marcus Hahneman or Chris Seitz take his place?

  17. Dempsey is THE MAN. With a sweet goal like that, i expect in a few years for him to rival that of McBride in the lore of the Fulham faithful.

  18. Dempsey is still my favorite. He’s just a guy for whom you want good things. As mentioned above, he could have reacted pretty poorly to the PT situation at Fulham but he didn’t. Pure class.

    As for Villareal…too bad Jozy doesn’t play defense or holding mid…he might get some time. If we’re really fair, he’s not good enough to play striker on that team; their attack is awesome.

  19. Good stuff from Deuce. Couldve been bitching and moaning about PT, coaching changes, and imcoming players. Instead, put his head down worked hard got into the team and scored. Now all we need is for the way overrated and too short Everton reject Andy Johnson to catch an ACL or something becuase apparently only and act of God can keep Andy Johnson, diver supreme and Everton reject, on the bench

  20. Dempsey is hardcore. Hopefully he harvests this attitude so it makes it difficult not to start him at Fulham. I know he certainly has been producing for the US but when he shows some of this swagger he can be so much better. Here’s to good things to come for Dempsey.

  21. Dude, Dempsey is just a straight up warrior. Dude just takes what they give him, keeps fighting the whole way through, uses it to build that chip on his shoulder, and then performs on the field. Once my favorite Nat, quickly building his way back to that status.

    Also, that picture of him is beastly.

  22. Monaco continues to suck and not score at all. Would be nice for Adu to get some time but I realize that the guys ahead of him are just playing great (sarcasm).

  23. Still no sign of the Irish Leagues, amazing. Well if Ives is too inept to post ’em:

    Ryan Guy (St. Pat’s) – Subbed in the 44th minute due to an injury and an out of reach game in St. Pat’s 3-1 loss to Bohemians in the Ford FAI Cup.

    Chris Konopka (Bohemians) – Was the backup goalie in the above match, but saw no playing time.

    Jamie Duffy (Dundalk) – Played the full 90 in Dundalk’s 1-0 win at Waterford United, but was subbed out in injury time with an injury.

    Nate Weiss (Longford Town) – The match v. Shelbourne was delayed until Monday due to poor field conditions.

  24. I’ve never rooted against a Yank Abroad team more than Monaco. I really can’t understand how Ricardo gives a chance to Mollo, a young, untested French player. Continues to start Park, who has looked inept since his first game.

    Yet Freddy languishes, doesn’t even get a proper chance.

    I can’t wait til this douche is fired.

    Props to Clint, kid always fights back.

  25. Thanks for the hard work. I was staying up late myself to research this stuff, only to find out you put in overtime to put it up late. Thanks.

    Nice to see Dempsey produce again. I was disappointed not to see Adu come, as there was a late injury, but at least Bradley is getting playing time.


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