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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Hannover 96 stayed within striking distance of one of the Bundesliga's automatic Champions League berths with a big win over Bayern Munich, and once again Steve Cherundolo played a part in making that happen.

Cherundolo helped contain the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller as Hannover defeated Bayern Munich, 3-1. The win kept Hannover in third place of the Bundesliga, just two points shy of second-place Bayer Leverkusen.

Two of the younger Americans abroad also enjoyed noteworthy weekends. U.S. U-20 national team forward Gustavo Adrian Ruelas made his porfessional debut in Santos Laguna's 3-2 loss to America, and Freddy Adu started, went the distance and scored the game-winner in Caykur Rizespor's 1-0 win over Gaziantep BBK. Adu's goal was his first at the club level in about a year.

Not all was good news this weekend. Luis Robles was benched in favor of Andreas Luthe in Karlsruhe's 1-1 draw against VfL Bochum while David Yelldell was subbed off with an injury after 12 minutes in MSV Duisburg's 201 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Everton's 2-1 win vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 3-2 win vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Aston Villa's 3-2 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan did not dress for Aston Villa.
  • Michael Bradley dressed but did not play for Aston Villa.
  • Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 3-3 draw vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Spector dressed but did not play in West Ham United's 3-0 win vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Bolton Wanderers' 3-2 win vs. Aston Villa on Saturday.
  • Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Blackburn Rovers' 3-2 loss vs. Fulham on Saturday.


  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County's 0-0 draw vs. Barnsley on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread started and played 56 minutes in Norwich City's 1-1 draw vs. Preston North End on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Leeds United's 5-2 win vs. Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 1-0 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.
  • Eddie Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Preston North End's 1-1 draw vs. Norwich City on Saturday.


  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's  4-3 loss vs. Brighton on Saturday. 
  • Anton Peterlin dressed but did not play in Plymouth Argyle's 4-2 win vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. 
  • Mike Grella started and played 90 minutes in Swindon Town's 0-0 draw vs. Walsall on Saturday.



  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 1-0 win vs. St Mirren on Sunday.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 2-0 win vs. Hamilton Academical on Saturday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 3-1 win vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 0-0 draw vs. Kaiserslautern on Saturday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 3-1 loss vs. Werder Bremen on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Timothy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in Nurnberg's 5-0 win vs. St Pauli on Saturday.


  • David Yelldell started and played 12 minutes in MSV Duisburg's 2-1 loss vs. Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruhe's 1-1 draw vs. VfL Bochum on Saturday.
  • Edson Buddle started and played 62 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 2-1 win vs. Alemania Aachen on Sunday.
  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress for FC Ingolstadt 04. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Bobby Wood came off the bench and played 2 minutes in TSV 1860 Munich's 1-1 draw vs. RW Oberhausen on Friday.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 3-1 win vs. FSV Frankfurt on Friday.



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


  • Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Boulogne on Monday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Twente Enschede's 2-0 win vs. NAC Breda on Saturday.



  • Jozy Altidore started and played 76 minutes in Bursaspor's 1-1 draw vs. Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK on Sunday.


  • Freddy Adu started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Caykur Rizespor's 1-0 win vs. Gaziantep BBK on Sunday.



  • Sacha Kljestan dressed but did not play in RSC Anderlecht's 1-1 draw vs. Racing Genk on Friday.


  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 4-0 loss vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. Silkeborg IF on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe did not dress for Aalborg BK.
  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 1-1 draw vs. Lyngby on Sunday.


  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 1-0 loss vs. Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. on Friday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench and played 27 minutes for Pachuca.
  • Edgar Castillo came off the bench and played 1 minute in Puebla's 2-0 win vs. Atlas on Sunday.
  • Sammy Ochoa did not dress in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 1-0 win vs. Pachuca on Friday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama dressed but did not play in Atlante's 2-0 loss vs. Pumas UNAM on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL's 0-0 draw vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday.
  • Gustavo Adrian Ruelas came off the bench and played 9 minutes in Santos Laguna's 3-2 loss vs. America on Saturday.


What do you think of Cherundolo and Hannover's performance against Bayern Munich? Which showing are you more impressed by, Ruelas' or Adu's? Think Robles will reprise his starting role? Do you see Duisburg sorely missing Yelldell should he miss a substantial amount of time?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I think he is. More well rounded, harder worker, better defensively, smarter defensively, and a better attitude. At the moment, Feilhaber is a better player.

  2. Why would you NOT want him to play? If he plays he gets better. If he gets better, you have nothing to complain about.

    Get over your favorites and be rational for a f***ing change.

  3. I’m pretty sure Holden WAS played in the center of the park against the Czech Republic. It was with Sacha Kljestan, but I’m just putting that out there for the record.

  4. You’re focused WAY too much on the technical and not enough on the tactical. Certain players may be doing better, but it may suit us better tactically to play all three.

    I just don’t see a problem with us playing all three. Playing Holden, Bradley and Jones together isn’t saying that Bradley is better than Holden. It’s saying that’s the best combination of players.

  5. Why not? He’s useful at both positions, and if we have a way to utilize him at both spots for the better of this team, then what the heck is the problem? He’s not going to play the exact same way for club the way he does for country. Bolton and the USA have different styles, formations, and players.

    Moreover, we’re probably going to play both the 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 and the 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 formation simply because of the vast amount of tactics, formations, and styles we’re going to face in the Gold Cup, not to mention the coming three or so years.

    You seem to be fixed on following the way the clubs play these guys. You have to realize the HUGE differences between the teams these guys are on and the teams they’re facing.

  6. You really don’t understand, do you? Holden is switching from right to central midfield. He’s able to play BOTH positions. It’s a win-win; he can send in his deadly crosses and play a spot that he has prospered in for his club.

  7. He’s solid. Has had a couple assists and a goal for 1FCN since he came on the scene in January. Watching the few game I have, he looks very promising. He has some speed and solid passing skills. As I watch though, I wonder how much is him and how much is his team. 1FCN struggled for a bit before the break due to key injuries. Since the break (the time period he’s been entering as a sub and starting) though, they’ve been on a tear. Is he nat’s material? He’s starting on a Bundesliga1 team as they’ve rose from 12th to 1st while looking sharp at 20 years old. My quick answer is “yes”. However, he has dual citizenship. He’s said he is more interested in plying for the US, but he grew up in Germany with his German mother (father was military)… so who knows.

  8. I don’t think the story of the weekend should be whether MB did or did not play….rather, the continuing story of Hannover. An American captained team fighting for the Champions League is, to me, the biggest American story of the European season.

  9. I think at best for right now in the immediate future (Gold Cup, friendlies, etc.) Freddy could play the Feilhaber role (50th to 70th minute super sub).

  10. Who is this Adu guy? Wikipedia says he is only 20. Has he shown interest in playing for the U.S. before. Lets cap tie him right away.

  11. Queretaro lost 2-0 to Monterrey. I didn’t catch the game but saw in the highlights that Acuna drew a penalty kick for Queretaro early on in the game, only to have a different Queretaro player take the spot-kick and have it blocked. Two goals and a PK draw (that should have been a goal) in his first three games with Queretaro…not bad.

    Ives – any particular reason you’re not including Acuna in these sorts of posts? I know he’s never been capped for the USA, nor ever really considered a potential USA player until recently (if at all). Just curious…

  12. By “in the run-up to the World Cup”, do you mean when Holden’s leg was broken? Because that might be why Bob didn’t try it.

  13. Jones-Edu-Bradley together made no sense.

    Building your cm pairing around – Holden – and seeing who best complements him is what makes sense for USMNT.

    As usual Bob is last to figure that out; Holden should have been tried there in run-up to World Cup but never was if my memory serves me well.

  14. So…you want the guy who’s playing centrally for a 6th or 7th placed EPL team to find another position or wander around between positions? Why?

    The cm pairing for upcoming USMNT friendlies should Holden and Jones at cm, assuming those 2 stay healthy.

    Imho for USMNT playing time Mike should try center back.

    A back-line of Gooch-Boca-Mike-Dolo to me looks seriously intimidating. Keeping Gooch wide left where he seems to be doing well in the Dutch league, opens spot either for Goodson or – MB.

  15. Yeah a young kid getting significant minutes in Bundesliga has to be in the USMNT pool, whether at right mid or backing up Cherundolo.

    I like Lichaj but playing 90 minutes in Bundesliga matches > 90 in Championship.

    Still better to have at least a couple up and comers to compete for RB slots heading towards 2014.

  16. I think considering Edu, you have to remember what he’s shown he can do during Nats games.

    Last time out when we had Edu, Jones and Bradley it didn’t go so well, but there are plenty of factors to remember, like Jones playing with those two for the first time ever in a three central mid system and how much Bedoya and Shea sucked on the wings.

    I think Edu and Stuart in front of Jones, at this moment and time mind you, are ideal in a 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1

  17. I agree. I don’t know why a central trio of Bradley, Jones, and Holden can’t do really well. I like Edu but he is not the quality of Bradley. Big difference between the Scottish league and the EPL or Bundesliga.

  18. I do not think one can compare the situation at Blackburn with that of Villa. There was an immediate need for a Jones type player at Blackburn. However, Bradley came into an already stacked central midfield. Petrov, Reo-Coker, Makoun, Bannan, Pires. Tough situation. Personally, I think they acquired him on loan to see if he can be a future replacement for the declining Petrov and probably leaving Reo-Coker.

  19. Freddy’s skill is so seductive. It’s all about consistency with him, as ever. If he can keep it up for a couple years, it really would be a benefit to the USMNT. Could be a good sub off the bench. Good luck to him

  20. #1. So there is no disagreement, Jones is better than MB? after all, Jones has been playing regulary since he moved to the EPL. #2. Holden has been a regular as central mid when healthy, so there shouldn’t be any disagreement as to who plays center for us. So, why try to suggest that other players should have those positions? MB is a good player, I just think Holden is better for that position.

  21. I think you or the bleacher report is trying to get as many possible selected mids to be on the field at the same time rather than have the best player at their position. Having Holden wide right would be to under utilize him, he should be in the middle. In other posts I have wished that BB puts Dempsey up on top because in reality plays both positions for his club.

  22. I’m very intrigued about this kid, he seems to have all the tools to become a great player. I wished I could see him play with my own eyes rather than just hear reports about him. Although he is playing as a right back (cherondulo’s place) I believe he is as good as a right mid. which would give us another option if we want to move DEUCE up on top.

  23. Does anyone else realize that Bradley jr has only been at Villa for just over a month? That’s not exactly a whole lot of time to break into the lineup.

  24. First of all, he isn’t not playing “at all.” He had minutes against Manchester City this week. He was subbed into games before that. He’s not getting consistent time, but it’s not like he hasn’t seen the pitch at all. Second, he isn’t competing against Dempsey or Donovan for playing time, so I don’t think that that will be much of an issue.

    And third, I don’t understand why people are planning on screaming nepotism if Bradley starts ahead of Edu. Edu is having a great season at Rangers, yes, but has anyone taken a really good look at the Scottish league lately? Bradley is coming off of consistent play in the Bundesliga as well as practicing and competing with EPL-level players, while still getting some playing time in a much tougher league. Stick Edu in the EPL and then we’ll talk comparisons. Scotland just is not as competitive, period.

    I think that people need to calm down over Bradley not going 90 every single game for Villa. If you thought that he was going to waltz in and grab a starting position, well, you probably have the EPL confused with some other league. He’s going to have to fight for playing time for the rest of the season–and that’ll probably make him a better player. Should he start for the Gold Cup? We’ll have to wait and see. But I wouldn’t be immediately jumping to Edu being ahead of him.

  25. I don’t understand why Holden, Bradley, and JOnes can’t prosper as at trio. They’re our three best central midfielders at the moment, with Edu making a case to start over Bradley. It also gives Donovan and Dempsey the freedom to roam the attack. I think that our 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 in the World Cup switched into somewhat of a 4-3-3, with Feilhaber drifting centrally from his position on the left to make a trio with Bradley and Edu(this articale kind of explains what I mean: Notice how on the penalty against Ghana, Feilhaber’s pass into Donovan comes from a central position. I think Holden could be used in relatively the same role on the right, shuttling between right and central midfield, linking play, and helping Bradley and Jones( or Edu and Jones) cover for Donovan and Dempsey being so high up the field.

  26. +1

    I have been saying this lately. I dont think there has ever been more of a problem of playing time in Bradleys career so far while on the Nats so it will really test Bob. If it is not Holden + Jones CM, I will be very upset & will start questioning Bob indeed(always trusted him and supported him). This all might depend on the formation he puts out. I wouldnt agree with him doing a 451 and placing Holden + Jones center with Mikey, but I could definately see Bob starting MB over Edu. I just hope he doesnt do a 4 midfield and put Holden wide b/c tbh, I think Holden is a waste out there. He has to be centrally since he hasnt played wide in absolutely forever.

  27. Only stories this weekend I can say are somewhat bothersome are Bradley and Bornstein not playing.

    Spector, Clark, & Kljestan didnt play, but clark has just come back from injury and klestan + spector arguably dont deserve to be playing.

    Good weekend overall.

  28. the real question is why we are not focusing on bobo jr not playing at all? I think in the next friendly we are going to find out if the nepotism “rumors” are true, because if he starts over edu, jones, holden, dempsey, donovan then there is a problem.

  29. Hard to believe he won’t play a role for the national team very soon.

    Other americans with a bundesliga pedigree at his age: cherundolo, jones, donovan, bradley. So he’s in good company.

  30. Maybe too late for March, but certainly not for the Gold Cup this summer, and especially if he continues to play well at center back.

  31. Not necessarily, but there’s no need to rush him.

    Assuming he returns as a center back for club, it might actually be better to let him settle into the position before trying him out there for the national team.

  32. Read on Goff’s twitter that Restrepo dressed today down in Colombia, is probable starter for Wednesday’s Cup game

  33. Side note regarding Torres and Gomez: Pachuca’s coach, Pablo Marini, resigned after their loss on Friday. I don’t think another coach has been hired yet. It will be interesting to see who starts and plays next week, Marini had been playing with the roster quite a bit the last couple weeks trying to get Pachuca to click. They’re really missing Manso and Cvitanich… they have only scored 5 goals in their 9 games.

  34. Clark was a dress but did not play. If he can work back into the lineup shortly is it too late for a March call up?


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