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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Blackburn gained some much-needed breathing room in its battle against relegation with its first win since January, and Jermaine Jones helped the club do so.

Jones started and went the distance as Blackburn defeated Bolton, 1-0, in a match that ended the Rovers' 10-game winless streak. Jones helped contain the likes of Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander, and now Blackburn is three points clear of the drop with three games left to play.

Freddy Adu didn't start for Caykur Rizespor in its match against Adanaspor, but he did score the lone Americans Abroad goal this weekend. Four minutes after entering the game, Adu found the back of the net with a right-footed finish in Rizespor's 2-1 loss.

Another young American in action was left back Sean Cunningham, who made his professional debut for Molde FK in the NM Cupen in Norway. Cunningham started and played 72 minutes in Molde's 11-0 mauling of Eldsvag.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Tim Howard     started, played 90 minutes and made 7 saves in Everton's 1-1 draw vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey did not dress in Fulham's 3-0 win vs. Sunderland on Saturday. He was resting a slight injury.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made 2 saves in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss vs. West Bromwich Albion 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' 1-1 draw vs. Birmingham on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United's 2-1 loss vs. Manchester City on Sunday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Blackburn Rovers' 1-0 win vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.


  • Conor Doyle came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Derby County's 2-0 loss vs. Bristol City on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Portsmouth on Monday.
  • Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Leeds United's 1-0 win vs. Burnley on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds United.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 5-1 win vs. Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
  • Eddie Johnson did not dress in Preston North End's 2-1 loss vs. Ipswich Town on Saturday.


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



  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 5-0 win vs. Motherwell on Saturday.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 4-1 win vs. Dundee United on Sunday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 1-0 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Ricardo Clark started and played 21 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-0 loss vs. Mainz on Saturday.
  • Daniel Williams came off the bench and played 60 minutes in SC Freiburg's 2-0 win vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler did not dress in FC Nurnberg's 2-0 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. He is recovering from a foot injury.


  • David Yelldell started, played 90 minutes and made 4 saves in MSV Duisburg's 4-0 win vs. FSV Frankfurt on Saturday.
  • Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card for a penalty kick foul and made 2 saves in Karlsruhe's 2-2 draw vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.
  • Edson Buddle came off the bench and played 45 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 0-0 draw vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Saturday.
  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress for FC Ingolstadt 04. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 2-1 win vs. Hertha Berlin on Friday.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 2-1 loss vs. TSV 1860 Munich on Friday.



  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in St Etienne's 1-1 draw vs. AS Monaco on Sunday.


  • Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Le Mans on Monday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Twente Enschede's 4-0 win vs. Willem II Tilburg on Sunday.



  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Bursaspor's 1-0 loss vs. Kayserispor on Sunday.


  • Freddy Adu came off the bench, played 34 minutes and scored a GOAL in Caykur Rizespor's 2-1 loss vs. Adanaspor on Saturday. You can see the goal here.


  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 0-0 draw vs. Club Brugge on Sunday.


  • Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-0 loss vs. Lyngby on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 2-0 win vs. FC Midtjylland on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe started and played 69 minutes for Aalborg BK.

  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 0-0 draw vs. Horsens on Sunday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play AIK on Monday.
  • Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play Gefle on Monday.
  • Gale Agbossoumonde came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Djurgardens IF's 3-2 loss vs. Trelleborg FF on Sunday.


  • Mixx Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 1-0 win vs. Holmlia in the NM Cupen on Sunday.
  • Josh Gatt started and played 90 minutes in Molde FK's 11-0 win vs. Eldsvag in the NM Cupen on Sunday.
  • Sean Cunningham started and played 72 minutes for Molde FK.


  • Jose Torres started and played 55 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw vs. Necaxa on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez started and played 90 minutes.
  • Edgar Castillo did not dress in Puebla's 2-0 loss vs. Morelia on Sunday.
  • Sammy Ochoa did not dress in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 3-1 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Friday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 2-1 win vs. Toluca on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL's 3-0 win vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Gustavo Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Santos Laguna's 3-1 win vs. Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. on Friday.


What do you think of these performances? Do you think Jones and Blackburn will avoid the drop? Impressed by Adu's goal? Think Cunningham and Molde should have applied the mercy rule?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Houllier is hurt and bradley makes the bench.
    Spector goes full 90 against CHELSEA and MANCHESTER CITY in the EPL, in the midfield, at a time when West Ham is battling relegation, should say something about his form. BB should stop playing him at right back and try him out in midfield where he seems to be comfortable.
    Freddy Adu just makes scoring look easy. If he can help his team advance to the superlig, he’s found his place in Turkey (FREDDINHO)

    with this line up…..





    …..US Just won the Gold Cup!!!!!!

  2. Every American abroad should come back to the MLS.

    Everyone tearing it up in the MLS should go abroad.

    Every new american abroad and anyone who is younger than 25 and has not been called up to the national team, should be. Immediately.

  3. You are assuming it is his choice to make.

    Adu has about one year left on his Benfica contract which I believe pays him a lot more than any MLS team is going to want to pay him. IF that is right then why not stay one more year in Europe making big money and then come back if he wants. He’ll still be only 21-22 and be a lot more financially secure.

    Besides his Turkish team seems to like him .

    His recent absences have been due, reportedly,to illness, not “American Abroad syndrome”.

    If this is true then he may as well stay in Europe. I don’t see to many MLS teams that couldn’t do better with someone younger, cheaper and with a lot less baggage.

  4. He had a few great (shoulda been) assists against Chelsea the week before, too. You can def see that the mid is his natural position, very effective.

    @Joe, maybe in about 5-6 years. One: it would be a giant pay cut (think that Benny got 400k from MLS as a DP, Spec plays in the EPL and makes much more currently than BF did before leaving) Two: his age (only25), skill level, and versatility allow for at least 2 more full contracts in Europe if that’s what he desires.

  5. Junky? It wasn’t goal of the year by any stretch, but he made a good run and finished well. I don’t see how it’s ‘junky’ at all.

  6. He isn’t getting any younger? Who is? He’s only twenty-five (younger than Stuart Holden, only three months older than CD9), and you’re making him sound washed-up, and after he has seemingly rejuvenated his career in central midfield.

    I can’t understand people here who think that if a guy isn’t scoring every week he needs to move to a different club, league, or even continent. Why would Spector want to move to MLS?

  7. the most disturbing part is… Freddy Adu STILL seems to have upside. dude has played really well for rizespor. i think he should take note from charlie davies. come back to MLS play 90 min get some goals/assists and get back on bradley’s radar. he could still maybe give europe a shot in a few years when ur 25 or 26 and an improved player.

  8. I can’t say I’m glad that Houllier is out because of medical problems, but it could be a good thing for Bradley (and the rest of the players) if he didn’t return to coach AV. Rumors have Rafa Benitez going there…

  9. He played central midfield and had a solid game. He should have gotten an assist, but Keane kicked it right at the keeper.

  10. Did anyone watch Spector in West Ham’s loss to Man City? Which position did he play? How did he look?

    Depending on his other options when the year is over, Spector should think about a return to MLS. MLS is becoming a much improved league and Spector isn’t getting any younger.

  11. Jozy Altidore: Another weekend of not getting the start and not getting a goal. Can we start calling him Jozy “Out Da Door?”

  12. I agree with DC Josh. The season is almost over and it’s sad. But the Gold Cup will definitely fill the void. C’mon USA!

  13. Ricardo Clark started and played 21 MINUTES in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 loss vs. Mainz on Saturday.????????????????????????????????????

  14. I hope he did. It’s sad when you’re part of a blowout like that and you didn’t have any goals or any assists.

  15. Bradley please just go back to Glagbach. Forget Ashton Villa, I want to see Bradley playing. Good goal from Freddy, and I hope Chandler get better before the Spain friendly.

  16. Ah yes, but it means that summer is coming, school is ending, and the Gold Cup is approaching (I got tix to the final).

  17. I can’t believe the seasons are almost over. They have really gone by too quickly this year. Bradley is buried at Villa.


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