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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Jonathan Bornstein may be coming off an injury with a team and setting that he's fairly unfamiliar with, but that didn't stop him from making his Tigres UANL (and Americans Abroad) debut this weekend.

Having missed the season opener due to a thigh strain, Bornstein made his first start for Tigres on Saturday as the club defeated Necaxa 1-0. Bornstein was removed at halftime in the game that saw Tigres move into first place of Group 1.

Ricardo Clark made just his second Bundesliga start for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, deployed as a center back in the club's 3-0 defeat to Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96. Clark started and played 90 minutes.

Maurice Edu didn't start for Rangers, but he did come off the bench to score a neat goal against Hamilton Academical. Edu capped the scoring in Rangers' 4-0 triumph against Hamilton Academical when he received a throw-in and then beat a defender before finishing with a low shot to the near post. The goal was Edu's second this season.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made nine saves in Everton's 2-2 draw vs. Liverpool on Sunday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 1-1 draw vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

  • Eddie Johnson did not dress for Fulham.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Birmingham on Sunday.
  • Eric Lichaj did not dress for Aston Villa.
  • Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 4-3 loss vs. Manchester City on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United's 3-0 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden started and played 84 minutes in Bolton Wanderers' 2-0 loss vs. Stoke City on Saturday.


  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County's 3-0 loss vs. Watford on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes in Norwich City's 1-1 draw vs. Cardiff City on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Hull City's 2-0 win vs. Barnsley on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 4-0 win vs. Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 2-1 win vs. Portsmouth on Saturday.


  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 4-0 win vs. Bristol Rovers on Saturday. 
  • Anton Peterlin dressed but did not play in Plymouth Argyle's 2-0 loss vs. Oldham Athletic on Saturday.



  • Maurice Edu came off the bench, played 28 minutes and scored a GOAL in Rangers' 4-0 win vs. Hamilton Academical on Saturday.



  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Dundee's 0-0 draw vs. Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.


  • Jozy Altidore dressed but did not play in Villarreal's 4-2 win vs. Osasuna on Saturday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 3-0 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Michael Bradley came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 win vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.
  • Ricardo Clark started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-0 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Sunday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 2-2 draw vs. St Pauli on Saturday.
  • Timothy Chandler dressed but did not play in Nurnberg's 1-0 loss vs. Borussia MOenchengladbach on Saturday.


  • David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in MSV Duisburg's 4-1 win vs. VfL Osnabruck on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Karlsruhe's 1-1 draw vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Friday.
  • Edson Buddle did not dress in FC Ingolstadt 04's 2-0 loss vs. FC Augsburg on Sunday.
  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress for FC Ingolstadt 04. He is recovering from a knee injury.



  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in St Etienne's 2-1 loss vs. Lens on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 loss vs. Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.


  • Quentin Westberg did not dress in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 2-2 draw vs. Vannes OC on Saturday.


  • Jose Torres came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Pachuca's 0-0 draw vs. Toluca on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench and played 16 minutes for Pachuca.
  • Edgar Castillo started and played 68 minutes in Puebla's 3-0 loss vs. San Luis on Saturday.
  • Sammy Ochoa did not dress in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 3-2 win vs. Monterrey on Friday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama dressed but did not play in Atlante's 3-0 win vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein started and played 45 minutes in Tigres UANL's 1-0 win vs. Necaxa on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Do you see Bornstein making an impact with Tigres this season? Think Clark could have a future at center back? Impressed by Edu's goal?  

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Lerner gave O’Neill carte blanche with signings. When he didn’t do it again so the club wouldn’t be in ridiculous debt (like almost every top club in Europe), Martin O’Neill threw a hissy fit. What’s he doing now? Going to club who is dead last? Screw him.

    I’m not making excuses for Houllier (especially with signing Pires), but he’s in a difficult situation. Nothing but injuries for all the forwards this whole season, Stephen Ireland sucking, players being uncertain about their futures, etc. It’s been a rough season for all those reasons.

  2. Feel scare for JB because tigres coach is very strict and will make JB work harder than he ever did. Tuca ferreti is known to be very demanding.

  3. I noticed that in last weeks Daniel Antunez was excluded from the Americans Abroad section. He made his debut for Estudiantes and played 67 mins.

  4. It was a reserve/exhibition match against a 4th division German side. Most likely it was only recorded by staff from each team. FC Twente’s website has pictures, though.

  5. I hope that’s the case. I’m a Villa supporter and I have no warm feelings about Houllier, to put it mildly. But to be fair, Walker has looked quite a signing at left back, and if his loan deal becomes permanent at the end of the season, Lichaj might find his chances limited. But I guess that’s all conjecture at this point. At the moment, I’m content to despise Houllier and hope his tenure is brief.

  6. I hope he goes to Spain or Portugal, even if it isn’t a top team. I think it’s the only way for Torres to stay in the picture for the crowded US MNT pool.

  7. Sounds like a blow out (4-2) but it Osasuna pulled within 1 until 6 mins to go.

    As pointed out, Ruben has been scoring lately or setting stuff up.

    I think Altidore will see where he stands after this season to determine whether he goes out on loan or not. But until then, 3 USA friendlies and the Gold Cup promise him lots of action until that decision.

    And as much as some think he shouldn’t play, you know he will anyways.

  8. JB played in central midfield, it appears he was directed to get forward a lot while the other holding mid covered back. He didn’t look good in that position, but he’s probably not beating out Torres Nilo for left back.

    No offense to Jonathan, but I have to wonder what sort of scouting Tigres did to think his skill set would work in Mexico, where outside backs and central mids are expected to pass accurately, and central mids are expected to have a fairly accurate outside shot. Hope he proves me wrong.

    Not that you could tell that from this game, it was a bad game played by two bad teams, though I still can’t understand why Tigres can’t leverage Lobos and Alvarez plus journeymen into a midtable kind of team.

    Other note, Bornstein is not listed as a foreign player on Femexfut’s match report, so he must have gained Mexican citizenship through his mother.

    Finally, manager Tuca Ferretti is known for being “animated”, I’d hate to be any of the Tigres this week in practice.

  9. How much longer will Houllier have the job?

    He has taken them from the top half of the table to potential relegation, Lichaj and Guzan may outlast him at Aston Villa.

  10. I would like to see Jermaine Jones and Blackburn square off against Stuart Holden and Bolton just to see how Holden would do against Jones. Would be interesting.

  11. yea even though he didn’t score this was one of Clint’s best games this year.. and I watch every Fulham game. He led Fulham’s attack and created tons of chances

  12. If rumors are true and Martin O’Neill & West Ham are interested in one another, perhaps we’ll see the eventual move for Lichaj.

    After all, O’Neill obviously rates him, along with Brad Guzan…and with West Ham not having deep pockets, you could envision West Ham paying modest transfers for both services.

    The sooner this joke of a manager (Hollier) is sacked, the better I’ll feel about Randy Lerner’s sanity as an owner.

  13. yea hopefully he can get a loan to a Championship team in the next couple weeks, somewhere where he will start. But it wouldn’t surprise me if Houllier doesn’t allow him to leave…..

  14. Confirmed, Bornstein played the midfield. It was mainly as a holding midfielder style role.

    Listen, I’m not fan of JB and strongly believe if not for his left foot, he wouldnt get a sniff of the national team…

    Still, even the biggest supporters of JB would attest he had an extremely forgotable game for Tigres, so much so that SBI staff seem to be unsure as to where he even played.

    As I mentioned in the Saturday Commentary during the game: He looked extremely passive, shying away from the ball and lacking any ounce of confidence.

    Could certainly be his new settings, responsibility, new teammates & new manager, etc. However, it was of no surprise to me that he was subbed out at the half.

    JB’s got some work to do, to say the least. Especially if this new manager believes him to be a midfielder.

    Yet another American moving to another country and eventually riding the bench? I hope not, since he’s BB’s guy at LB for our national team.

  15. Rough situation for Lichaj. I watched him shut down Bale and might be the only time Bale will switch to the right side this whole season or next because of a defender. One bad game out of your first couple EPL starts is not horrible especially when you go up against an attacking arsenal of Man City. My only question is where does Lichaj go? Aston Villa is already at the bottom of the league. Are there any Championship teams that are willing to give him lots of PT?

  16. I’m afraid we’ve seen the last of Lichaj at Aston Villa. I hope I’m wrong, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the case.

  17. I realize Franco’s report says defense, but he was replaced at halftime by a midfielder and people that watched the game indicated they thought he was playing midfield.


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