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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton may not have defeated Manchester United, but their 3-3 draw against the Premiership heavyweights surely must have felt like a victory nonetheless.

After falling behind 3-1 in the second half, Everton managed to claim a point through two late goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta. The last-gasp goals prevented the Toffees from suffering their third loss of the season, and will likely give the players a boost in confidence. Howard made three saves against his former club.

Stuart Holden got his first taste of playing against one of England's top clubs when Bolton Wanderers visited Arsenal. Deployed at central midfield, Holden started and played 90 minutes in Bolton's 4-1 loss to Arsenal.

Eddie Johnson and Ricardo Clark made their respective season debuts this weekend. Johnson replaced Clint Dempsey and played seven minutes in Fulham's 2-1 win against Wolves. Clark had a one-minute cameo in Eintracht Frankfurt's rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:

England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 3-3 draw vs. Manchester United on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey started and played 83 minutes in Fulham's 2-1 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Eddie Johnson came off the bench and played 7 minutes for Fulham.

  • Brad Friedel and Aston Villa play Stoke City on Monday.

  • Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Stoke City on Monday.

  • Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Stoke City on Monday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. Fulham on Saturday.

  • Jonathan Spector did not dress in West Ham United's 3-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers' 4-1 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 2-1 win vs. Swansea City on Saturday.

  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-1 win vs. Barnsley on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.

  • Conor Doyle came off the bench and played 9 minutes in Derby County's 1-0 loss vs. Sheffield United on Saturday.

LEAGUE ONE

  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 1-0 win vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

  • Anton Peterlin started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Plymouth Argyle's 1-1 draw vs. Colchester United on Saturday.

  • Jemal Johnson came off the bench and played 7 minutes in in Milton Keynes Dons' 2-0 loss vs. Brighton on Saturday.

Scotland

  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Hamilton Academical on Saturday.

  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 3-0 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday.

Spain

  • Jozy Altidore dressed but did not play in Villarreal's 4-0 win vs. Espanyol on Sunday.

Italy

  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 2-0 loss vs. Cesena on Saturday.

Germany

BUNDESLIGA

  • Steve Cherundolo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Hannover 96's 2-2 draw vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

  • DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play in Hannover 96's 2-2 draw vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
  • Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 4-0 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

  • Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Schalke 04's 2-0 loss vs.TSG Hoffenheim on Friday.
  • Ricardo Clark came off the bench and played 1 minute in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-0 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 2-1 win vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

BUNDESLIGA 2

  • Kenny Cooper did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 2-1 loss vs. MSV Duisburg on Saturday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.

  • David Yelldell started, played 90 minutes and made one save in MSV Duisburg's 2-1 win vs. TSV 1860 Munich on Saturday. 

  • Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play Energie Cottbus on Monday.

  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress in FC Ingolstadt 04's 2-1 loss vs. RW Oberhausen on Friday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

France

  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in St Etienne's 1-0 win vs. Toulouse on Saturday.

  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 loss vs. Stade Rennes on Saturday.

Greece

  • Freddy Adu did not dress in Aris Salonika's 1-0 loss vs. Panathinaikos on Saturday.

Belgium

  • Sacha Kljestan did not dress in RSC Anderlecht's 2-0 win vs. St. Truiden on Friday.

Denmark

SUPERLIGA

  • Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-0 win vs. Odense BK on Saturday.

  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 3-2 loss vs. Horsens on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

  • Chris Rolfe did not dress for Aalborg BK.

VIASAT DIVISIONEN

  • Benny Feilhaber started, played 90 minutes, had two ASSISTS and played a role in forcing an own goal in AGF Aarhus' 7-1 win vs. Hvidovre on Sunday. You can see the assists here.

Sweden

  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in Orebro SK's 2-1 loss vs. Djurgarden on Sunday.

  • Ryan Miller started and played 90 minutes in Halmstads BK's 2-0 loss vs. Hacken on Friday.

Norway

  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 3-2 loss vs. Lillestrom on Sunday.

  • Hunter Freeman started and played 90 minutes for IK Start.

  • Mikkel Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 3-2 loss vs. Valerenga on Sunday.

  • Steve Clark dressed but did not play in Honefoss BK's 2-0 loss vs. Haugesund on Sunday.

Mexico

  • Jose Torres started and played 45 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday.

  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench and played 5 minutes for Pachuca.

  • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes for Pachuca.

  • Edgar Castillo did not dress in San Luis' 1-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.

  • Sammy Ochoa started and played 45 minutes in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 1-0 win vs. Atlante on Saturday.

  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 1-0 loss vs. Estudiantes Tecos U.A. De G. on Saturday.

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    Surprised Howard and Everton tied Manchester United? How do you think Holden fared against Arsenal? Think Clark and Johnson's cameos are a sign of things to come?

    Share your thoughts below.

    Comments

    1. I think you’re right. It was an eye-opening article…considering the plight of youth “football” in this country. But they’re TRYING to work on it, I guess.

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    2. “It seems to be the problem that no one is talking about yet is the elephant in the room. ”

      Plenty of people have been talking about it since before the World Cup. And you take is a little overblown. Good, consistent scoring forwards are always at a premium for the vast majority of countries.

      These things run in cycles, in the mid 90’s we had Wynalda, Stewart,then, McBride and Mathis.

      The US has bigger holes at midfield and left back. Many candidates, no outstanding ( Jones being the possible exception) players. Donovan and Dempsey are more attackers than midfielders.

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    3. Man as an Arsenal fan, the only Bolton player that scared me was that Bastard Davies, his Job was to break someones Leg

      Holden should go to Fulham for me, I like them. he should not be in Bolton

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    4. I agree. I thought he looked good as well. Very nearly missed a slidiing goal. And what player in the EPL hasn’t gotten outfoxed by Fabregas?

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    5. YES!!!

      And stop with the 5 games in a weekend tourneys (win, win, win mentality) and simply go grass roots on em’. Need more kids practicing skill moves down the sidewalk, on beaches, ect

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    6. Agreed completely, Dazed. That was sort of my point too. My point was that, if we were a soccer nation, out best athletes (my point) would be working on their juggling(your point) instead of their crossover. While I agree that we need the skills, and for our kids to be practicing soccer at an early age, I can’t say that we don’t also need the natural athletes. Practice brings mediocre physical bodies only so far…innate talent brings it over the edge. I’m convinced that Pele would have been a he11 of a basketball player, had he grown up in the US. We are def in agreement, it’s just that I would add that we need our naturally talented athletes to be practicing those skills. Nations like Brazil have ALL of their athletes playing almost one sport. My point was just that, if we had that, we could win more cups than they because of our population, diversity, and the money to back it up. Although, I will say that practicing a stiffarm isn’t a horrible skill in soccer…

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    7. More than athletes, what the US needs to reach the elite level is a cultural change where kids are playing around with a soccer ball instead of practicing their crossover or stiff arm. I think we need skill more than athleticism.

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    8. No need to look for bright spots outside of soccer when the US just re-hired hard working Bob Bradley.

      All kidding aside: It feels good to say that the US won a group with England in it.

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    9. I could care less, it hurts Fulham. To call some non-American breaking his leg any type of blessing, just to get Americans on the field is ridiculous. If we were truly fans, we would rather these players beat out others for those spots.

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    10. I’m confused, why is it bad to force Jozy to work and develop for playing time? The kid has at least three years to get serious playing time. Let him develop and grow as a footballer on a good team in a great league.

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    11. Ha. Nice. If only this were even REMOTELY a soccer nation. I mean, I played American football and basketball, and I loved both of them; but if we could get some wide receivers or power forwards to be center backs, or running backs or guards to be middies or forwards, we’d be set. Think if we were talking about Kobe/Adrian Peterson up top….then we could play a 4-4-2

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    12. I saw the Bolton/Arsenal game, and Holden looked good. His touch and passing were mostly spot-on, and he did not look out of place at all. He did get outfoxed by Fabregas a couple times, but that happens to a lot of players — no shame in that. Keep it up, Stu!

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    13. Jig, there’s an excellent article online somewhere, written by a brit, I think, about Ajax’s development program, and it starts WAAAAYYYY before the club level. They are picking out like the best 4th graders over there. I think what Ricky B is saying is that we should get one of their forward (or any) coaches employed at one of our ever-growing number of academies. Therefore, we have a good, proven, Non-American coach at Bradenton or wherever(not that I’m anti-America, but we’re not doing something right with our giant population when we tie a team whose country contains only 3 million people). Also hire some top notch talent coaches to go to high schools or club tourneys or whatever, and bring them there. One proven forward coach and some good recruiting COULD make a difference, in my opinion.

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    14. >>it is clear there are still a lot of countries that are prejudiced against Americans<<

      This crap again? If Jozy was knocking them in he'd be on the first team for Villareal or he'd have been bought by another English club as Hull went under. Nobody cares about his nationality, especially where big money is concerned.

      His season with Hull was not incredible, and while I remain a supporter of Jozy, he has some serious work to do to catch up to his potential.

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    15. kpugs – AFter watching AC Milan’s D collapse, they should consider Gooch – nothing will hurt them at this point. They looked sorry.

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    16. bobz – That is exactly why they will not hire Klinsmann, b/c the USSF refuses to change. Klinsi wants too much change, but his change is the exacting change you are referring to in the “institution.”

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    17. Times have changed, son. “Ecuadorian international” means eff-all to me when compared to a US international. Playing for the USMNT is way more prestigious.

      Jozy is YOUNGER than Montero and has already accomplished much more in his career against much tougher opposition.

      My grandmother could score goals against La Liga reserve teams. La Liga is a joke aside from 2 teams – Madrid and Barcelona. The rest of the league is weak as hell. EPL, Serie A, and the Bundesliga are much tougher top to bottom.

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    18. Tell me what Jefferson Montero has ever done? he scored a some goals in the Ecuadorian second division and a few goals for the Villarreal reserves. What a complete joke!

      If Real Madrid were truly interested in him they would have got their man. That rumor is also a complete joke!

      Jozy is younger than Montero, taller, and his resume is light years beyond Montero’s – 30% strike rate for USMNT, 40% strike rate in MLS, and he had a solid season in the EPL the best league in the world. It’s ridiculous that Jozy is losing out on PT to chumps like Montero.

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    19. There are a lot of Americans getting quality minutes in the NFL today. USA Basketball’s B team won the World Championships Final by 17. Just trying to look for sporting bright spots.

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    20. Montero is an Ecudaor international, extremely fast . . . sounds like you think Jozy should just be handed playing time.

      Sounds like his reputation for laziness during training is well-founded.

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    21. “He certainly needs to be on the move in January.”

      Nah. He’ll be fine there. He played a lot last year, but it seems that Avram Grant doesn’t rate him well. I’m pretty sure Spector has a much better chance of being with West Ham in January than Grant does, at this rate.

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    22. so how does one man do that? do all those millions of kids stand on the pitch together? or does he just run training sessions 24 hrs/day and they cycle through?

      do people really not understand this? It’s about what happens at club level that makes national teams succeed or fail when it comes to developing players. theres no shortcuts or coaching appointments that a federation could make that will change this.

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    23. Can someone give Sunil Ajax´s academy phone number? So he can call them and hire a coach for strikers or someone that can teach american coaches how to build and coach football skills.

      Chivas Guadalajara hired HANZ BESTERHOFF from the Ajax academy and look what they are producing. Imagine what he would do with millions of kids, he would at least produce 2 or 3 quality strikers or attacking mids.

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    24. As Americans, we should all care about Clark. Why wouldn’t we want all of our yanks playing overseas to succeed? I guess you feel it’s better to bash them than to wish them the best

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    25. Regardless of how you rate him in the US player pool, I want all of them to be getting quality minutes and playing well. It only stands to help the national team.

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    26. With Zamora’s injury, both Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson should see more playing time at Fulham. From the American perspective, Zamora’s broken leg could be a blessing in disguise.

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    27. I understand Jozy has his work cut out for him to get PT at Villareal but honestly this is getting ridiculous. Villareal subbed in some no-name kid named Jefferson Montero from their reserve squad at forward instead of Jozy this weekend. That is freaking terrible. Jozy is a way better player than Montero, it’s not even close. Despite all the progress we have made, it is clear there are still a lot of countries that are prejudiced against Americans. All Americans should avoid La Liga like it is the plague for the foreseeable future.

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    28. Hey Ives, I think it’d be worth an article to review the forward pool of the US. Maybe discuss the lack of options, some of the newer prospects, maybe the institutional problems that have prevented us from developing many first-rate forwards. It seems to be the problem that no one is talking about yet is the elephant in the room.

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