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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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A month ago, three young Americans found themselves glued to the bench of their respective clubs, which ultimately helped facilitate loan moves as they searched for more playing time.

Those three Americans made their debuts this weekend.

Michael Bradley, Eric Lichaj and Jozy Altidore all received their first appearance for their new clubs. Bradley came off the bench and played 17 minutes for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw with Blackpool. Lichaj started and went the distance in a 2-0 victory over Bristol City. Altidore started and went 77 minutes in Bursaspor's 1-1 tie with Eskisehirspor, helping set up Bursaspor's lone goal with some nifty dribbling.

This weekend wasn't all about debuts. Two Americans found the back of the net, with Timothy Chandler scoring his first professional goal (and assisting on another) for Nurnberg, while Carlos Bocanegra netted his second goal of the season for St Etienne.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Everton's 2-0 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.
  • Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Chelsea on Monday.
  • Brad Friedel started and played 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Blackpool on Saturday.
  • Michael Bradley came off the bench and played 17 minutes for Aston Villa.
  • Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-0 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Spector came off the bench, played 12 minutes and received a yellow card in West Ham United's 3-3 draw vs. West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers' 2-0 win vs. Everton on Sunday.
  • Jermaine Jones started and played 90 minutes in Blackburn Rovers' 0-0 draw vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.


  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County's 2-0 loss vs. Leicester City on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread came off the bench and played 11 minutes in Norwich City's 2-1 win vs. Reading on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Hull City's 1-0 win vs. Preston North End on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 2-0 win vs. Bristol City on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Leeds United.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw vs. Queens Park Rangers on Sunday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.
  • Eddie Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Preston North End's 1-0 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday.


  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 1-0 loss vs. Southampton on Saturday. 
  • Anton Peterlin dressed but did not play in Plymouth Argyle's 3-1 loss vs. Transmere Rovers on Saturday.



  • Maurice Edu came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Rangers' 6-0 win vs. Motherwell on Saturday.

  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 3-1 win vs. Dundee United on Sunday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 1-1 draw vs. Werder Bremen on Sunday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-0 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. He is recovering from a fractured cheekbone.
  • Daniel Williams did not play in SC Freiburg's 1-0 loss vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday. Williams is out with a knee injury.
  • Timothy Chandler started, played 75 minutes, scored a GOAL and got an ASSIST in Nurnberg's 4-1 win vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.



  • David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in MSV Duisburg's 0-0 draw vs. FC Augsburg on Friday.
  • Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Karlsruhe's 6-2 loss vs. Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
  • Edson Buddle started and played 65 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 3-1 loss vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.
  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress for FC Ingolstadt 04. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Erzgebirge Aue on Monday.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 6-2 win vs. Karlsruhe on Sunday.



  • Carlos Bocanegra started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in St Etienne's 4-1 loss vs. Lyon on Saturday.


  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 loss vs. Marseille on Saturday. He is on trial with D.C. United.


  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 1-0 win vs. Chateauroux on Saturday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Twente Enschede's 1-0 win vs. Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.



  • Jozy Altidore started, played 77 minutes and was involved in the leadup to a goal in Bursaspor's 1-1 draw vs. Eskisehirspor on Sunday. 



  • Freddy Adu did not dress in Rizespor's 0-0 draw vs. Kayseri Erciyesspor on Sunday. He is recovering from a calf injury.


  • Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played 1 minute in RSC Anderlecht's 1-0 win vs. Cercle Brugge KSV on Saturday.


  • Jose Torres started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Pachuca's 1-0 win vs. Puebla on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez started and played 90 minutes for Pachuca.
  • Edgar Castillo dressed but did not play in Puebla's 1-0 loss vs. Pachuca on Saturday.
  • Sammy Ochoa did not dress in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 4-1 loss vs. Morelia on Sunday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama came off the bench and played 34 minutes in Atlante's 0-0 draw vs. San Luis on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein started and played 45 minutes in Tigres UANL's 2-0 win vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.


What do you think of Bradley's debut? Impressed with Altidore? Think Chandler can sneak his way into the Gold Cup conversation if he continues to play like this?  Surprised Bocanegra finally scored with a shot rather than a header?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Watched the Newcastle Brmham game last night to see Jones in action. Looked like a UFC fight with a ball rolling around.

    One of the worse soccer games I have ever watched. I think players passed the ball to the other team just so the could foul them.

  2. Well, getting involved in politics on a soccer board is always a bad idea but I am glad HR 3333 didn’t pass. There was worse legislation that did pass in the 107th.

    Thanks for the lesson in gov’t and civil liberties!

  3. The makoun straight red is exactly what bradley needed. He’ll have a chance to impress over the next three games.

    As an added bonus, in his first two he’ll be matched up against jones then holden.

  4. +1

    I’ll cut the guy some slack as this was his first game with AV but I was not impressed by his decision making or determination on the field. He was not his usual self, it was evident.

  5. The ACLU, which is part of a group opposed to establishing a national official language, has published a paper detailing reasons that such a move should be opposed. It starts by mentioning an effort by John Adams, in 1780, to establish an official academy devoted to English, a move which was rejected at the time as undemocratic. The ACLU notes past efforts at English-only laws that abridged the rights of non-English speakers or which generally made life difficult for large non-English speaking populations. One example cited in Dade County, Florida, where, after a 1980 English-only law was passed, Spanish signs on public transportation were removed.

    The ACLU believes that English-only laws can violate the U.S. Constitution’s protection of due process (especially in courts where no translation service would be offered) and equal protection (for example, where English-only ballots would be used where bilingual ones were available in the past).

  6. Introduced in the 107th Congress was this text from H.R. 3333:

    The Government of the United States shall preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language of the United States of America. Unless specifically stated in applicable law, no person has a right, entitlement, or claim to have the Government of the United States or any of its officials or representatives act, communicate, perform or provide services, or provide materials in any language other than English. If exceptions are made, that does not create a legal entitlement to additional services in that language or any language other than English.

  7. Honestly thought the game went completely past him – first time I’ve seen him look afraid. Made two of his 10 passes and players blew past him when he was supposed to be marking/tackling. Missed two slide tackles. It was his first game, in a close game, on a crap pitch but I was less than satisfied with that performance.

    For all those claiming he’s an automatic starter, he needs time just like everyone else. And as cliche as it sounds, he really needs to bulk up as well.

  8. As someone who lives in Germany, I would like to add the slight detail that Chandler plays in the midfield as a right winger, and has not played as a right back thus far in his time with the Nurnberg first team.

  9. I’m not sure you can really objectively have an Americanism scale. Some people may be more American than others to, but I am pretty sure it is actually a very cut and dry nominal variable. Either you are American or you are not.

    This is pushing back too far I know, but I can’t help it that it reminds me of the scales of patriotism Mccarthy is famous for and the accusals of being a communist.

  10. Wondo is stilleligible to play for Poland. He hasn’t yet played for the US in a FIFA sanctioned tournament game.

    The Iroquois Confederacy of six Indian nations actually have a lacrosse team they sent to participate in the Lacrosse World Championship in England. Unfortunately they were denied a visa. Native Americans have no comparable team in soccer. Wondo’s choices were Poland and the US.

  11. Gave away some possesion when he got on. Settled in well after that. Had a really nice block when he threw his body at a shot. They were a man down so basically he just helped preserve the tie.

  12. What you guys don’t get is that in Germany, if you don’t completely look German, you are always considered (at least a little bit) of a foreigner.

    Times are slightly changing, but something common in Germany for non-Aryan types is that at work someone may ask you, “So did you visit your homeland?” when you take vacation. Most Germans will always ask this because they can see that you are not 100% German. They’re not doing it to be rude or inconsiderate, it’s just the way they think.

    Point being, from the moment Chandler realized he was not completely Aryan looking, I’m sure he has come to his own terms with being partially American.

    Dooley, for instance, despite his Irish sounding last name, did not have to deal with this.

    This doesn’t mean that Germans are racist per se, just means they have a somewhat narrow (looks based) view of what defines nationality.

  13. And it wasn’t his choice as a kid, and by the time it was his choice, he was playing youth soccer in Germany, and now he’s playing professionally there. So if he’d spent a few summers in the US, you’d be fine with it?

    Come on. That’s silly.

  14. Ditto. Awesome set-piece service from Holden for the assist on Bolton’s first goal. Tough luck for Howard – looks like he would have saved the header from Cahill if it hadn’t deflected off the defender…

  15. I urge you then to take a little time and study the history of the US national team.

    It’s full of contributions (and not just on the player side) from ” international mercenaries”.

    Without them, the history would be a lot leaner.

  16. Jack and I are overhyping him! Join in, it’s fun for all ages! I’m hoping to gain street cred as the original driver of the Timothy Chandler bandwagon when he scores a hat trick in the next World Cup.

  17. “players like Jones or Chandler who never CAME here, nor are the parents/fathers who are American in their life (Unlike Daniel Williams or Mixx Diskerud)”

    You don’t determine who is an American.

    Immigration does that and they don’t care if your parent(s) are in your life or not. It isn’t relevant.

    Regarding Jones: “He said his father was from Mississippi; Jones lived in Greenwood briefly when he was young. He said the family moved to Chicago, before he moved with his mother back to Germany. His parents, he said, are now divorced, his mother remaining in Germany while his father lives in California.”

    so you’re wrong Jones came here as a kid.

    Regarding Chandler:

    “Chandler was born in Frankfurt and is the son of a German mother and American father who was born in New York and served in the US military. Shortly after Timothy was born his parents separated and he lived with his mother.In addition to his German availability, Chandler holds a US passport and says that his interest is stronger for the US than playing for his native nation, noting that he has yet to play for either country.”I would love to play for the United States and I am interested in playing in for the US national team more than I am interested in the German national team,” Chandler revealed. “But first thing is that I need to get more experience with Nurnberg.””

    As someone with a lot of familiarity with US bases abroad, I can tell you there are usually few things more American than the children of American servicemen and local women. They are usually extremely discriminated against by the local people so if Americans like you turn them away as well, it gets a little dicey.

  18. My point exactly.

    Lichaj was eligible for a Polish passport and thus could have played for Poland,

    Howard got to beat the tough English permit rules and play for Man U. because he holds a Hungarian passport (thru his Hungarian mother), which means he was elgible to play for Hungary.

    Same for Johnathan Spector who has a German passport.

    Maurice Edu could have gotten a Nigerian pasport thru his Nigerian immigrant parents.

    The USMNT team is full of players who could easily have qualified to play for other countries.

    To get on Chandler, who has said he wants to play for the US, because he is a dual national, is hypocritical.

  19. That was a SWEET move by Jozy. Funny, I didn’t have a feed for the game and was reading the blow-by-blow here on the running commentary and with all the haters out there you would think Jozy was having a horrible game. Didn’t look like it from that clip.

  20. that’s why we all have to go down to the WC in Brazil!!! USMNT 2034 line-up “Generation Samba!!”: Rodrigo Smith, Michael Da Silva, Ronaldo Johnson-Lima, Diego Williams, Bryan Cardoso, Renato Jackson…

  21. I not speaking for DK but I think he meant that he would like to see the national team with “Americans” who were raised or trained in the US. Like for example
    Onyewu, Howard, Holden, Agudelo, Bunbury, Edu, Torres, Altidore, Lichaj, grew up in the US and played the game here whether it be club, college or MLS. While Diskerud and Jones did not spent more than a couple of years in the states and happen to be, for lack of a better word, “foreign” Americans who wanted to rep the Nats. I think DK is against the idea international mercenaries, which more Jones than Diskerud IMO. I agree with him in that sense. My example is that I enjoyed watching Holden and Howard playing this morning because they both played in MLS and are now starters in England. To me, it is wonderful feeling. I want the Jones’ and Diskeruds to play the Nats but I dont not have the same feeling watching them because i never had the chance to watch Jones and Diskerud before they joined the NAts and dont have the same connection to them I guess.

    Personally, I just want the best national team possible.



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