By FRANCO PANIZO
If there is one American who has flown under the radar despite putting together a solid but quiet season in Europe, it is Carlos Bocanegra.
Bocanegra will end a strong first campaign with St Etienne this weekend when the club takes on Paris Saint-Germain. The match won't hold much meaning for Bocanegra and St Etienne, but it will give them a chance to upset a team vying for a Europa League spot. Should Bocanegra play in the season finale, he'll earn his 34th league appearance for the club currently sitting in eighth place.
Another defender enjoying a strong first season with his new club is Clarence Goodson. The Brondby IF center back scored his second goal of the season on Wednesday (you can see the goal here at the 1:35 mark), and he'll look to put together a solid outing against Sonderjyske in the final game of the season.
While many European leagues have already concluded play, there are still some Americans set to play this weekend. Here is a rundown who the remaining Americans Abroad will be facing this weekend:
Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Metz.
Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Paris Saint-Germain.
Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play FC Copenhagen. (Tracy is out injured.)
Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play FC Midtjylland.
Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play Sonderjyske.
Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham and Molde FK play Haugesund.
Mixx Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Start.
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play GAIS in the fourth round of the Svenska Cupen.
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgardens IF play IFK Goteborg in the fourth round of the Svenska Cupen.
Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play Malmo FF in the fourth round of the Svenska Cupen.
Which matches are you most looking forward to? Do you see Bocanegra starting the season finale for St Etienne? How do you think Goodson and Brondby will fare?
Share your thoughts below.
Nice to see Boca playing for PDX!
I’m not so sure about that, what was he 4th choice center back?
Jozy Altidore and the Turkish football league are done for the season. Since he’s not playing this week he’s going to be scoring the same amount of goals that he normally does…….0
he should talk to Owen Hargreaves about tendonitis…
Both Bocanegra and Cherundolo are under-rated. Shame because they’ve had some of the best careers for any American defenders in Europe. Boca has played for small teams in England/France but always had a first team spot. Cherundolo has played for a small German team his whole career and always been no1 rightback for his club
I agree, Hughes was real good this season but IMO it’s strictly a Dempsey/Baird race.
wow. 3 years ago everyone thought CB was absolute rubbish. He had a hell of a season.
He’s talked about that he’d love to return and play for the Fire someday.
Our (Chicago Fire) defense is very shaky, they could use a veteran and leader like Boca back there.
Fulham fans are voting on it until June 3rd. It’s probably between Clint, Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird.
Bocanegra 😀 This dude should retire in France. He’s 32 and still a solid performer. Not the best, but he’s good.
Congrats to him, Anyone know if Dempsey has won Fulham’s Player of the Year?
Just horrible. He likely would have made more Milan appearances were it not for that injury.
Honestly, I don’t think it would have mattered. His injury was devastating and would have ruined his time at whatever club he signed with. I’m not sure what the right level for him is anymore.
On other Yanks Abroad news, Stu Holden was officially named Bolton’s Player of the Year. That’s great considering he missed the last 8 games
He never should have signed with AC milan.
Sure sign that Gooch is not back to where he was. Really shocking that just a jump in the air can do that to a players career
He was awesome in college, I tagged him as my big under-the-radar up n coming player. I was honestly hoping to see him in the 2010WC. The tendinitis thing has done over a lot of good players so I hope he can come back from it.
Had surgery on this knees to help with his recurrent tendonitis. He’s been out for a long time. He’s never really been fully fit to play for AaB.
I didn’t see this coming when I watched him play in college.
FC Twente just let Onyewu go. They had an option to buy him but decided against it…
Anyone know when Tracey will be back he has been out injured for a long time.