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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. Where is your proof?

    Benny had a very good World Cup. Adu couldn’t get anyone to play him enough to make a run for a spot on the team.

    So until Adu contributes as much to the USMNT as Benny has, as far as the USMNT should be concerned, Benny is a more productive and, in my book, a better player.

    He may not be as fun to watch but when the chips are down I’d rather count on Benny than Freddy.

  2. “he has always been a game changer(getting subbed in at azteca was the first sign of that)”

    You are exaggerating.

    Besides his Gold Cup B team run, Holden has yet to have an outstanding game for the US. This current run of form has come all post World Cup.

    When he came into the Azteca game it was tied. The US then went on to lose that game in the 82nd minute. So if you want to call him a game changer it changed for the worse. He did have one good cross.

    “Holden should be used out wide before he is used as a CM in a 4-5-1”

    Holden has said many times (and has proven many times) that he won’t stay out on the wing. He will come inside and clog the middle if he isn’t getting the ball out there. He is not a traditional winger who beats his man and then crosses from the byline. At this point, if you don’t play him in the center it’s something of a waste.

  3. Holden played all 90 minutes in a friendly right before the WC right? If memory served ANYONE well, you would know that whenever he’s been subbed in a WCQ for the USMNT, he has always been a game changer(getting subbed in at azteca was the first sign of that)

    So if BB wouldve subbed him in for the england game instead of just being happy with a stalemate and hoping for a miracle hero goal from Donavon or Dempsey(as is always the case), we mightof seen a different result.

    Holden should be used out wide before he is used as a CM in a 4-5-1

    Dempsey playing wide in a 4-5-1 is STUPID…you wanna score goals? you put that guy upfront or near upfront and watch how hard he works. Dempsey is the one you need to worry about utilizing, not Holden.

  4. I’m not saying he can’t. I love Benny. He was terrific at the World Cup. But he is currently playing in 2nd division Denmark, so that could diminish his role on the team.

    Honestly I don’t think Freddy we see on the national team anytime soon. I think it will just go to the guy’s head if he does at this point. He won’t be making the Gold Cup roster. I don’t think he gets back into the national team fold until he’s playing (at least somewhat regularly) with a team that’s in the top division of a European country.

    I think Benny gets a pass for this season because he’s much more established than Adu, and it looks like AGF are going to be promoted at the end of this season

  5. Right now, from the games I’ve seen, Holden is the leading candidate at central mid. Despite all the raves I’ve seen here for Jones, I just don’t see it. In the game this week, he made some poor entry passes that were picked off, he seemed to be drifting out of the action most of the time, if you weren’t looking for him, he just did not seem to matter, except for the yellow card. Edu seems to finally have put the string of injuries behind him, but I would like it if he faced better opposition on a weekly basis. Bradley just moved into a team that still believes it is the top tier of the EPL and will likely not step right into starting. The game vs man. City showed that he still has some work to do to mesh with his teammates. Clark is just recovering from injury and probably will not be called up. Bradley may be left at Villa to concentrate on getting a starting spot, if he is called up, I expect Holden, Bradley and Jones will share time in the 2 friendlies, with Edu getting at least some minutes.


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