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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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For the Americans Abroad, this weekend was a topsy-turvy one, with numerous players not seeing the field or playing in losing efforts while others came away with solid performances.

Jozy Altidore had an impressive showing as he made a game-changing 30-minute cameo in his Hull City debut against Bolton Wanderers. Altidore delivered the game-winning assist just one minute after stepping onto the field, and was a handful for Bolton defenders, nearly scoring on two occasions.

Steve Cherundolo also enjoyed a strong outing, bouncing back from a week of inactivity (due to swine flu scare) with a 90-minute performance in Hannover 96's 2-0 win over Nurnberg.

The only American to find the back of the net this weekend was Jon-Paul Pittman, who scored Wycombe Wanderer's first goal in their 5-2 defeat to Norwich City. Pittman went the entire 90 minutes.

Here is how the rest of the Americans Abroad contingent fared this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Everton's 1-0 loss vs. Burnsley on Sunday.
  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 30 minutes in Hull City's 1-0 win vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Chelsea on Sunday.
  • Eddie Johnson did not dress in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Chelsea on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham's 2-1 loss vs. Tottenham on Sunday.
  • Brad Friedel and Aston Villa play Liverpool Monday.
  • Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Liverpool on Monday.
  • Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Liverpool on Monday.
  • Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Manchester City on Saturday.


  • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford's 2-2 draw vs. Blackpool on Saturday.
  • Frank Simek did not dress in Sheffield Wednesday's 4-0 win vs. Scunthorpe United on Saturday.


  • Ian Joyce dressed but did not play in Southend United's 0-0 draw vs. Millwall on Friday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Millwall's 0-0 draw vs. Southend United on Friday.
  • Mike Grella came off the bench and played 9 minutes in Leeds United's 3-0 win vs. Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
  • Jemal Johnson started, played 81 minutes and received a yellow card in Milton Keynes Dons' 2-1 win vs. Colchester United on Saturday.
  • Jon-Paul Pittman started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Wycombe Wanderers' 5-2 loss vs. Norwich City on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu did not dress in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in AC Milan's 2-1 win vs. Siena on Saturday. 



  • Michael Bradley started, played 45 minutes and received a yellow card in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 3-0 loss vs. Werder Bremen on Sunday.
  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-0 win vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 2-0 win vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 0-0 draw vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Friday. He is recovering from an injury.


  • Kenny Cooper and 1860 Munich play Karlsruhe on Monday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern's 1-1 draw vs. Alemania Aachen on Sunday.
  • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 0-0 draw vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Friday.
  • David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in TUS Koblenz's 1-0 loss vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rennes' 1-1 draw vs. Marseille on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies started and played 71 minutes in Sochaux's 2-0 loss vs. Montpellier on Saturday.


  • Benny Feilhaber started and played 71 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 2-2 draw vs. Silkeborg IF on Saturday.
  • Jeremiah White started and played 60 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 2-2 draw vs. Silkeborg IF on Saturday.
  • Dan Califf started and played 90 minutes in FC Midtjylland's 4-1 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Saturday.
  • Michael Parkhurst started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-0 loss vs. Sonderjyske on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not play in Aalborg's 2-0 win vs. Esbjerg on Sunday.


  • Troy Perkins started and played 90 minutes in Valerenga's 3-2 loss vs. Stabaek on Sunday.
  • Mikkel Diskerud dressed but did not play in Stabaek's 3-2 win vs. Valerenga o
    n Sunday.
  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 4-1 loss vs. Lyn on Sunday.
  • Hunter Freeman started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in IK Start's 4-1 loss vs. Lyn on Sunday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya dressed but did not play in Orebro SK's 2-1 loss vs. Elfsborg on Sunday.


  • Jose Francisco Torres dressed but did not play in Pachuca's 2-1 loss vs. Puebla on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes in San Luis' 1-1 draw vs. Indios de Ciudad Juarez on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in UANL's 2-1 loss vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
  • Marco Vidal came off the bench and played 8 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 1-1 draw vs. San Luis on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Does Altidore's performance make you happy he did not go to Olympiakos? Should Cherundolo be the incumbent at RB for the USMNT? Wondering who Jon-Paul Pittman is?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Everybody talks about how Jozy going to England was a bad move because it wouldn’t help him improve technically. There’s your answer.

    More importantly, there’s one thing he’ll learn to do in England that he wouldn’t in Greece or in Spain, and that’s use that big frame of his. We already have a top notch #9 in Charlie Davies. If Jozy can learn to be a target forward then it will only help his chances at being a starter at the World Cup.

  2. -we’ll be seeing lots of Jozy highlights this year. Does anyone else notice how much bigger and faster he is than everyone else on the field?

  3. Spector is only 21, 22? He is the right back for the next two world cup cycles at the very least. Him and Dempsey link up much better than Dempsey and Dolo.

    Notes on this weeks AA’s:

    -Sal Zizzo doesn’t make the bench after playing 20+ minutes last week?

    -Everton suck, goodbye Lescott, thanks to Man City for the 24 million pounds.

    -Beasley still on the bench…

    -Two fullbacks playing in Mexico need to get a look in at least the January camp.

    -Torres on and off again, he needs to move to get more playing time. Come to the MLS 🙂

  4. Gooch rocks! practicing with legends like Pirlo and Ronaldinho, plus u got Pato and Seedorf… list goes on.

    I believe as a defender you have to be the smartest man on the field. Gooch gets to play with these dudes every day! He’ll learn players’ lil peccadilloes, what makes ’em tick, how they develop their skill, etc.

    just to be a fly on the wall would teach so much! but he’ll get more. and he’ll get playing time and completely obliterate the opposing team’s attack then get a start soon enough!


  5. ^^agreed I didn’t like Dolo in his last USMNT match. i much prefer Spector in RB; he has such poise on the ball; Dolo is a dumper – just boot it up. and ya he runs but the last few games i’ve seen him he reminds me of HeyDuck always catching up running as hard as possible. Spector seems to have better positioning, and when he wins the ball, excellent poise and distribution.

    spector for president – i mean – RB.

  6. That was a brutal read! Not a good week for the Yanks. Hopefully their fortunes will change next week.

    Spector was being played out of position on the left. He demonstrated that he has no left foot and was not comfortable on the left to begin with. Toss in Lennon’s speed and it was only a matter of time. I do like that he and Cherundolo should push each other for the right back spot for the US. Right now I’d even put Spector ahead of Cherundolo.

  7. AJ, only two players moved from the Allsvenskan this summer because it’s a summer league. More players move in the winter, after the season is already over. Many teams don’t want to sell halfway through the season. For example, Viktor Elm and Patrik Ingelsten, two of the stars for Kalmar’s first ever Allsvenskan title last year, both moved to Heerenveen in the winter. Rasmus Elm (also on Kalmar) is sure to leave this winter.

  8. spector was utterly torched by aaron lennon today. lennon is a great player in top form on a very confident team right now, but if spector cant handle him he probably cant handle any decent winger for any euro or south american national team. i was happy that my spurs won, but watching lennon do his thing gave me cause for concern.

  9. I know I’m a bit late, but I need to hop in on the argument that the Scandinavian leagues are a feeder for England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Fact is that those leagues are not feeders at all. When I did the research a couple weeks ago, Davies and one other guy moved this transfer window and they both went to France. Its not a feeder league at all and Davies is very much the exception, rather than an example to emulate.

    US players should go the Michael Bradley route. Find a lower to mid-level Dutch team and go from there. Low pressure on a lesser side, but superior training.

  10. Too early to call Onyewu’s move to AC Milan a disaster? I don’t think so. Too bad for the USMNT.

    Altidore should score ten goals this year, maybe more. Could be a great story, the emergence of a real American star.

  11. for those who want to see the Altidore highlites, check the Washingpost soccer blog. there’s a link on this site. all of the chances are 50-50. They weren’t as clear cut as folks made them sound. He looked sharp and dangerous. And that assist was magic.

  12. I know it’s the French 3rd division but since others from lower divisions are reported, it is worth noting that Quentin Westberg is starting for Troyes and has let in only 3 goals in 4 league games and 4 goals in 6 total games. They currently sit 8th in the league.

  13. Fulham just couldn’t link up that final pass. Chelsea are a very very good side, so I’m not so disappointed by the loss. I believe if AJ were up front we might have gotten a goal seeing how Dempsey had to adjust to a position he hasn’t played in a while for his club (not since Lawrie Sanchez?).

  14. No MLS team would’ve beaten Fulham today. Fulham played Chelsea and all but a handful of clubs would not suffer certain defeat against Chelsea at this point.

    As for Fulham, with A. Johnson ruled out for nearly 2 months, I bet Mr. Hodgson wishes he could look down the bench and see Altidore.

  15. what’s up my mexico man franco?

    Spector got completely decimated by Lennon of Spurs today, including a giveaway that directly lead to the match winner.

  16. “He went to Sweden and played for a few seasons and helped train and improve his game and he went to a French side. I’m sure he remembers some French from school. Not bad.”

    Nato, this is why twitter may not be bad:

    “No language classes taken at BC, I just took Spanish for four years in High School at Brooks.:

  17. If Torres isn’t playing full 90 minutes in Mexico he needs to find a different situation..

    IVES.. is the U-20 World Cup Televised on a major network? FSC? ESPN?

  18. I guess no one really understands how terrible the MLS players are.

    MlS is a terribly technical skilled league.

    I would say we are on par with league 2 with our actual technical skill with the ball.

    Fitness we are top 5 easily.

    I guess that balances out to about 18.

    When we see MLS teams actually compete with Concacrap teams in the CCL, then maybe…maybe you can compare MLS to CCC.

  19. Ceres,

    You say that MLS isn’t as good as any of the top 20 leagues in Europe. This makes absolutely no sense… let’s look at this logically.

    So leagues certainly ahead of MLS- England (Prem) , France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Denmark

    Leagues arguably equal- England Championship, Belgium, all the 2nd divisions of France, Germany, and Italy

    Looking at this I would say MLS is closer to top 10 or 12, certainly no higher than 14

  20. wish gooch played, wish dempsey had scored again! really dempsey scored both goals for fulham this season.
    can’t wait for mo and jones to heal up. simek still hurt?
    goodluck to kenny on monday!

  21. I’m glad Pittman scored. Hopefully this will lead to more starts. Wycombe are really struggling. They need to turn it around and start Pittman! I’ve followed him for a long time, he is a game changer! They also need to do something about that defense, horrible against Norwich.

  22. Thanks Jim, I’ll take them into consideration. I really need lots of stuff to listen to when I’m at work. WSD used to be one of the several podcasts I listen…

  23. 18teams

    I figure St. Louis for 1 and Miami/Atlanta for the other. and whenever we expand to 20, i think probably be a 3rd Canadian team and another New York club or maybe Minnestoa.

  24. Having lived in Sweden and watched a fair amount of Swedish soccer, I would say MLS is better than the Allsvenskan. The goalies in the Allsvenskan, in particular, are typically horrid. And just about every time a field player has a breakout season, he’s gone in the winter, or at the latest by summer.

    The Danish league is quite good, though. Don’t know much about the Norwegian league.

  25. Texar, it depends on what kind of info you’re looking for. The best soccer podcast, for me at least, is the Football Weekly podcast from the Guardian. Mostly focused on the Premiership, and to a lesser extant the other big European leagues. But it’s both informative and funny, so I recommend it.

    ESPN Soccernet does a decent podcast if you’re looking for something more global. Every friday they focus on America, and occasionally feature Ives (always a plus).

  26. Ceres, you’re on Bigsoccer, I’n LouisianaViking there

    I was exaggerating a bit. What I meant was they are more less tiered in the say way. Smaller, tougher leagues and filled with mainly young Americans usually from college. No disrepect, I know the Danish has more talent.

  27. Ceres,

    MLS is only better than some leagues, because of the players fitness.

    Their technical skill is far below the “Scandanavian” leagues….and far, far below the Danish league.

    But Mls is superior because of Ching. I heard a rumor that Barca offered Houston 90 mil for him.

  28. The Swedish league is not at the same level as the Danish league and the style of play is also different, so how can “Scandinavia” be the same as MLS in any weay or shape ?..

    The main problem with MLS in compare with the top 20 leagues of Europe, is lack $$, lack of depth in MLS teams and squads… and that they lack behind tactically… MLS is probably at about the same level as the Swedish league, but then the Swedish league is not among the top 20 best leagues of Europe…

  29. When MLS goes to 18 sides in ’11 what should the format be? Which team from the west should go east or should the east/central/west format be in play again?

  30. It astounds me how many Americans are playing abroad. We truly are diverse and open. I mean you had Jeremiah White playing in Serbia, who plays there 😛 Just that our Yanks make me proud and I hope they are everytime they put on the NT jersey.

  31. another week with EJ sitting with the fans.. bring him back to the MLS!

    good to see Spector play a full 90 in a very important match. Dolo vs. Spector for the RB spot should be a good debate over the next few WCQs.

  32. Now that World Soccer Daily is gone, what podcast are you guys listening to? WSD was recommended to me here in this website, and to be honest I’m going to miss it cause I dont know of any other soccer podcast 🙁

  33. @chingsmama, I just noticed your name. Jesus that’s funny.

    But if this weekend showed anything, Ching should be handed a seat on the bench. I know Bradley hasn’t given up on him despite game after game of him not giving us more than holding up the ball and distracting defenders. Davies/Altidore up top. Kenny Cooper on bench with Ching unless EJ comes and takes his place.

  34. The average American teen is taught French or Spanish in school.

    You know if I were any young Yank I’d look at a guy like Davies. He went to Sweden and played for a few seasons and helped train and improve his game and he went to a French side. I’m sure he remembers some French from school. Not bad.

    We need more YANKS in Scandinavia. The leagues are the same as MLS and you can only improve and move on to The Netherlands, Germany or England.

  35. Torres needs to step up becasue Pachuca has some really good midfielders.

    Orozco and Castillo need to be called up to the USMNT. Orozco is a decent defender just has a really fiesty temper. Castillo is great pushing foward and can play left-wing midfielder and is really fast.

    Jozy should have scored a goal he had a 1 v. 1 with the goalie and just missed. As soon has he came in Hull played much better.

  36. He doesn’t play abroad.

    To me this weekend has been horrid. Only positive is that Altidore helped Hull win. I can’t believe how popular he is for them and he hasn’t even played. His FB fans probably doubled after yesterday.


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