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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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On most weekends it is the veteran Americans Abroad who enjoy the bulk of the success, but some of this weekend's better performances came from the younger contingent.

Leading the way was Jozy Altidore, who handed Hull City a huge boost in its fight to stay in the Premier League by drawing a penalty kick 16 minutes into its match against Fulham. Altidore didn't take the spot kick, but it was converted and it set the tone for a surprise 2-0 win for Hull.

Another young American attacker helped his team get on the scoresheet, and that was Mikkel Diskerud. Trailing 1-0 in the first half to Aalesund, Diskerud one-timed a shot with the outside of his foot to score his first goal of the season for Stabaek. The game ended 2-2.

Freddy Adu didn't directly help Aris score, but he did start for Aris in its 1-0 win over Levadiakos. Adu, who was deployed at left mid, played the full 90 minutes, marking the first time he's done that in league play this season.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started and played 90 minutes in Everton's 0-0 draw vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Jozy Altidore started, played 79 minutes, received a yellow card and drew a penalty kick in Hull City 's 2-0 win vs. Fulham on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday.

  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham's 1-0 loss vs. Stoke City on Saturday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villa's 7-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 7-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made ten saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 0-0 draw vs. Everton on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 4-0 loss vs. Manchester United on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.


  • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford's 1-1 draw vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday.

  • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw vs. Coventry City on Saturday.
  • Kenny Cooper dressed but did not play in Plymouth Argyle's 2-0 loss vs. Blackpool on Saturday.


  • Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Leyton Orient's 1-0 loss vs. Brentford on Saturday.
  • Jemal Johnson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Stockport County's 5-0 loss vs. Millwall on Saturday.
  • Jon-Paul Pittman came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 1-1 draw vs. Colchester United on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella came off the bench and played 75 minutes in Leeds United's 1-0 loss vs. Norwich City on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Norwich City's 1-0 win vs. Leeds United on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Rangers' 4-1 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play in Rangers' 4-1 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday. 
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 3-1 win vs. Kilmarnock on Saturday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 1-1 draw vs. Lazio on Sunday.



  • Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 win vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday. He was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

  • Steve Cherundolo started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Hannover 96's 4-1 loss vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.

  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 4-1 loss vs. FC Cologne on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-0 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
  • Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 win vs. VfL Bochum on Friday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 1-1 draw vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday.

  • Jared Jeffrey did not dress in Mainz 05's 2-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.


  • Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play TSV 1860 Munich on Monday.
  • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 2-1 win vs. FC Union Berlin on Friday.
  • David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in TUS Koblenz's 4-1 loss vs. MSV Duisburg on Friday.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes' 3-1 win vs. Le Mans on Sunday.

  • Charlie Davies and Sochaux did not play this weekend.


  • Gale Agbossoumonde did not dress in Sporting Braga's 1-0 loss vs. Benfica on Saturday.


  • Freddy Adu started and played 90 minutes in Aris Salonika's 1-0 win vs. Levadiakos on Sunday.

  • Eddie Johnson started and played 62 minutes in Aris Salonika's 1-0 win vs. Levadiakos on Sunday.


  • Benny Feilhaber did not dress in AGF Aarhus' 0-0 draw vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday.
  • Michael Parkhurst dressed but did not play in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw vs. Aalborg BK on Saturday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Aalborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Saturday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro BK play Mjallby on Monday.


  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 1-1 draw. vs. Molde on Saturday.
  • Hunter Freeman started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 1-1 draw vs. Molde on Saturday.
  • Mikkel Diskerud started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Stabaek's 2-2 draw vs. Aaelsunds on Saturday. The goal can be seen here.


  • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 70 minutes in Pachuca's 1-0 win vs. Morelia on Saturday..

  • Edgar Castillo started and played 36 minutes in Tigres UANL's 1-0 loss vs. Toluca on Saturday.
  • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 3-0 loss vs. Atlante on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 31 minutes and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 2-1 win vs. America on Sunday.


  • Michael Hoyos dressed but did not play in Estudiantes La Plata's 2-1 win vs. Godoy Cruz de Mendoza on Friday.


What do you think of these performances? Glad to see the youngsters do so well? ? Do you see Altidore helping Hull avoid relegation? Impressed by Diskerud's goal? Believe Adu will continue to start?

Share your thoughts below


  1. yep sadly though, goals are why he’s there and it’s precisely what Hull needs. He had a very good game though.

    That said i think if i had a choice i’d take a striker that can be anonymous for a lot of the game but hit a double. He did play well though. no doubt. He needs to get a real greed and hunger for scoring though.

  2. He should have made that save. It was a great dipping shot from Gomez, but honestly, the keeper should have done better.

  3. Herc over Ching? interesting that it is even being discussed. 2 years ago (or was it 3?) Gomez looked out of place in the Copa America.

    Last year he Ho-hummed it, up and down. He is owning the MFL right now and my guess is if he keeps it up he is brought to camp.

    His FK was a beauty, lots of pace…but it should have been saved. The real question is how is his play during the run of play? I’ll admit I’ve not watched Puebla this year…but will catch the next couple of games just to get an idea.

  4. i read a recent yanks-abroad post from Mix stating he’s yet to hear from the US u23 team regarding the olympics…making me nervious, this kid will be a stud!

  5. I’d take Herculez over Ching for sure. Hopefully BB will pick him for the squad. But, that’s like saying “10 saves a game” Hahnemann is going to take the 2nd keeper spot over Guzan who hasn’t sniffed the feild in months. It’s not going to happen. There’s a heirarchy. Unless Ching breaks both his legs, Herculez isn’t coming.

    would like a – Jozy, Davies, Gomez, Johnson forward setup though.

    Most of our players are getting time, which is a major boost. Cooper’s actually getting on the bench too. Things are looking up.

  6. *wipes a tear* Ochoa’s look after the goal was the most beautiful thing I’ve seen today. 🙂 It would only have been better if he took the ball off the face instead of the arm/chest area.

  7. I think winning a penalty should count as .8 goals (or whatever the conversion % is) in the stat sheet. Jozy may not score a lot, but good lord does he like to get fouled in the box.

  8. No its not to secure a loan deal. They only signed one year deals at Everton. Both contracts are up in the summer. Everton is giving them a chance to find a new club. Pretty classy move if you ask me. They are pretty old in terms of making it at Everton. Everton have a lot of good talent in the reserves and youth teams so Arnoux and Peterlin are pretty much out.

    Motherwell liked them though, especially Arnoux.

  9. They are both looking to secure loan deals.// the reserve season is nearly complete in England so they are trying to get some first team football. They already had 1 trial week and got extended another.

  10. Love how Ochoa flubbed that save, then the camera zoomed in on him looking totally flabbergasted with himself, with a perfect view of Club America’s sponsor: Bimbo. Classic.

  11. Oh really? I was under the impression he was doing well… Interesting. I will be honest in saying I have never seen him play – only read match reviews.

  12. I think Jozy is only good at flopping to get fouls. I mean seriously, all of the fouls he drew, he totally embellished. When can he actually score a goal on his own??

  13. A hastily researched but hopefully accurate fun fact about Herculez: Of recent El Tri goalscorers against the U.S. who ply their trade in Mexico, Herculez just passed Miguel Sabah to lead them all in Clausura scoring! Of course he and everybody else have a ways to go yet before they catch Chicharito.

  14. Good weekend for our boys, the only one that had a hard time this weekend was MR.Brad. 🙁

    Glad to see Hercules find the net again. Everytime Hercules scores during a Puebla game they should have Eddie Murphey’s voice do the Hercules shout!:)

    Ochoa had another bad I’ve always said this kid is like a pair of retro Jordans, all hype everytime they release. Overated goalkeeper!.. most Mexicans fans refuse to accept the truth. He is a good goalkeeper, but not good enough for U.S

  15. Not so much a reply to you, but just trying to keep the Gómez thread together, I see by the game reports that both Puebla goals were by ex-MLSers, Pescadito Ruiz scoring the first.

    That has to make one of Mexico’s most important teams feel even better about the whole thing…

  16. According to Monterrey newspaper ‘El Porvenir’ and also the archived live coverage on a fan blog, Edgar Castillo left with an injury.

    The fan blog also listed him starting at left mid, for what it’s worth.

    Didn’t watch the game, just curious like you.


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