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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Gold Cup may be looming, but just which forwards U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley will bring to the tournament remains unclear. Bradley's upcoming decision was made a bit tougher this weekend as Edson Buddle scored a spectacular equalizer in FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-1 draw with TSV 1860 Munich.

Having come off the bench at halftime, Buddle netted his third goal of the season when he beat a pair of defenders with some nifty dribbling moves before hitting a lobbed shot with his left foot as he fell to the ground. Buddle's goal should help the forward's cause as he attempts to make the United States' Gold Cup team over the likes of Teal Bunbury, Herculez Gomez and Charlie Davies.

Maurice Edu didn't find the back of the net, but he and Rangers got one step closer to the Scottish Premier League title with a 4-0 thrashing of Heart of Midlothian. Edu started, played 72 minutes and received a yellow card in Rangers' third to last match of the season.

Not all was good news this weekend. Jozy Altidore didn't get a chance to play in Bursaspor's game versus Besiktas as it was postponed due to pre-game fan violence, and Oguchi Onyewu was not deemed fit enough to partake in FC Twente's thrilling extra-time win over Ajax in the KNVB Cup (Dutch Cup) final after suffering an injury in training this week.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:

England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made 2 saves in Everton's 2-1 win vs. Manchester City on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Liverpool on Monday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made 1 save in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Wigan Athletic 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' 3-1 win vs. West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Spector started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in West Ham United's 1-1 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. Sunderland on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones started and played 90 minutes in Blackburn Rovers' 1-1 draw vs. West Ham United on Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Conor Doyle came off the bench and played 9 minutes in Derby County's 2-1 loss vs. Reading on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes in Norwich City's 2-2 draw vs. Coventry City on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Leeds United's 2-1 win vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds United.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 3-0 win vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.
  • Eddie Johnson did not dress in Preston North End's 3-1 win vs. Watford on Saturday.

LEAGUE ONE

  • Frank Simek started and played 34 minutes in Carlisle United's 2-0 loss vs. Yeovil Town on Saturday.
  • Anton Peterlin started and played 90 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 4-1 loss vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Scotland

PREMIER LEAGUE

  • Maurice Edu started, played 72 minutes and received a yellow card in Rangers' 4-0 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 2-0 win vs. Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Germany

BUNDESLIGA 

  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 84 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-1 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover 96.
  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-0 loss vs. FC Cologne on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.
  • Daniel Williams came off the bench and played 22 minutes in SC Freiburg's 2-0 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 2-1 loss vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday.

BUNDESLIGA 2

  • David Yelldell started, played 90 minutes and made 4 saves in MSV Duisburg's 3-1 win vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruhe's 2-1 loss vs. Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.
  • Edson Buddle came off the bench, played 45 minutes and scored a GOAL in FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-1 draw vs. TSV 1860 Munich on Sunday.

 

  • 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 1-1 draw vs. FC Ingolstadt 04 on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play in Hertha Berlin's 2-0 win vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday.

France

LIGUE 1

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

LIGUE 2

  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 1-1 draw vs. Grenoble on Friday. Westberg and Evian Thonan Gaillard play Stade Laval on Monday.

Netherlands

  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Twente Enschede's 3-2 extra-time win vs. Ajax in the Dutch Cup final on Sunday. He is recovering from an injury.

Turkey

SUPER LIG

  • Jozy Altidore and Bursaspor's game vs. Besiktas on Saturday was postponed due to fan violence.

BANK ASYA 1. LIG

  • Freddy Adu started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Caykur Rizespor's 3-1 win vs. Tavsanli Linyitspor on Sunday.

Belgium

  • Sacha Kljestan started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in RSC Anderlecht's 1-0 loss vs. Racing Genk on Friday.

Denmark

  • Michael Parkhurst dressed but did not play in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 loss vs. Esbjerg on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 2-1 win vs. Lyngby on Friday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe started and played 45 minutes for Aalborg BK.

  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 1-1 draw vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday.

Sweden

  • Alejandro Bedoya started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Orebro SK's 2-1 loss vs. Kalmar on Friday.

 

  • Ryan Miller dressed but did not play in Halmstads BK's 2-0 loss vs. Djurgardens IF on Saturday.
  • Gale Agbossoumonde started and played 90 minutes in Djurgardens IF's 2-0 win vs. Halmstads BK on Saturday.

Norway

  • Mixx Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 4-3 win vs. Haugesund on Sunday.
  • Josh Gatt did not dress in Molde FK's 2-0 loss vs. Rosenborg on Sunday.
  • Sean Cunningham did not dress for Molde FK.

Mexico

  • Jose Torres and Pachuca's season has ended.
  • Herculez Gomez and Pachuca's season has ended.
  • Edgar Castillo and Puebla's season has ended.
  • Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s season has ended.
  • Sonny Guadarrama started and played 67 minutes in Atlante's 0-0 draw vs. Cruz Azul in the second leg of the playoff series on Saturday. Guadarrama and Atlante lost the series on aggregate, 2-1.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 1-1 draw vs. Chivas de Guadalajara in the second leg of the playoff series on Saturday. Bornstein and Tigres UANL lost the series on aggregate, 4-2.
  • Gustavo Adrian Ruelas and Santos Laguna's season has ended.

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What do you think of these performances? Do you see Buddle making the U.S. national team for the Gold Cup? Think Rangers and Edu will win the SPL title again? Worried by Onyewu's most recent injury, or just happy that FC Twente won the Dutch Cup?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Well, if I could get that kind of topspin by shooting it off my plant foot, I’d practice that move for hours on end!

    Gotta say, though: fluke goals are one reason I love soccer.

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  2. Premier league will ultimately be good for Bradley and it is his dream. He just went to the wrong team and wrong manager. The minute I saw Houllier also brought in Pires, I knew Michael was screwed, as is the USA. I live down the street (several miles though; I’m not a billionaire) from Randy Lerner’s house. I’m tempted to go vadalize it in protest.

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  3. I would call Findley before Gomez, Davies, or Bunbury. If he gets over the injury in time. I saw his debut for Forest and he looked good.

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  4. Andy – yup.

    If you have a good monitor and pause at the right time, you can clearly see he shoots if off his own foot, which is where the top spin comes from. It was a fluke, but they all count the same on the stat sheet.

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  5. What is the deal with DeMarcus Beasley? I know the guy is in the latter stage of his career now but is it really worth rotting away at Hannover when you can play every week in the MLS? I know it can’t be about the money at this point, I mean c’mon, dude is a jeweler! Maybe he just really enjoys the Euro lifestyle…?

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  6. This is so frustrating. Can MB just stay with Borussia Glagbach. He was playing for the USA and was performing great. I know he got paid more for his loan probably, but he just needs to stay with Glagbach. If they get demoted I can see him leaving, but why is he wanting to get loaned out to AV. I do not care if EPL is a better league he was playing and starting assisting and scoring for Glagbach.

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  7. Fischy, Davis could be a great speed option off the bench, which fits the counterattacking style of the US team. IMHO, Davis is a much better option than Gomez (a poacher with an average speed). Plus, Gomez has not been called to the USMNT since the WC and has not had that great of the season in Mexican league after being its leading goalscorer the year before (when he was brought in a sub for the USMNT). In contrast, Davis is leading the MLS in scoring and has a much greater upside not just for the Gold Cup but also for WC2014. I like both Buddle and Bunbury, and think that at least one of them will make the squad. I agree with Brian- BB will probably invite all 6 to the camp and short it out there.

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  8. You really have no clue… Turkey’s 2nd is a lot better than you think… It may not quite be MLS but it is not that far off… If his team gets promoted he will be playing in a league FAR BETTER than MLS (provided Benefica let him stay for next season)…

    Adu is only 22 yrs old… Things finally look like getting back on track for him… If you watched the 2007 U20s or the Olympics you have seen that he can play… Just a matter of his motivation and how to use him…

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  9. If you actually watch closely it does come off a foot but it ain’t the defenders… it is buddles slipping plant foot…buddle was going to drill low near post it appears but his plant foot slips and it clips that heel and spins off toward the far post… that being said… great work to get into a shooting position…

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  10. I think that Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser wants to see Matt Taylor naked. This is a man crush and a bad one. Seriously, though…I kind of like hearing about Matt Taylor in Bundesliga 3. But, I have no man crush.

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  11. unless that defender has a freakishly long leg, no it didn’t come off his foot. that being said, the trajectory of that shot only came about because he slipped, not cause he planned it. it didn’t look like a deflection to me though, unless the defender wears size 25 boots

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  12. Yeah even after bossman Ives himself shut down Taylor we’re still hearing about it everyday.

    Have to applaud his persistence.

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  13. Rongen is OUT!

    Does anyone care or are we too busy working with Bornstein on his ball skills and Klesjian on his defensive tracking?

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  14. I’m guessing they don’t put a premium on defense in the Turkish lower leagues. That’s always been his undoing at higher levels.

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  15. I made the pont last week, but Bradley should take both Buddle and Gomez…over Bunbury and Davies. The older pair will be in their offseason and the playing time can only help them. THe younger guys would be better served by staying with their club teams. I could see calling Davies up to play a halg against Spain, but there’s no reason to have him for the Cup roster, when Altidore and Agudelo are likely to get most of the playing time.

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  16. Come on. Adu is already cooked up. The second division in Turkey is not even on par with MLS. Keep Adu, Onyewu, Feilhaber and Bornsten as far away as possible from the USMNT. What a joke we’ve become!

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  17. i Cant believe i have to be the one to say this. i dont know how the second league in turkiey is compared to the mls but freddy adu seems to be tearing it up. i never saw anything to dislike about him in his performances for any team other than not being fantastic on defense, and in the us’s tour of england, spain , argentina, the summer b4 the confed cup he played ridiculously well for the US.
    after seeing great highlights of him in europe but constantly seeing him on the bench i just assumed he must have a bad attitude or something that kept him out of the games for these teams.
    However for my money he deserves a look. he has started all but 2 of his games for this team scoring 4 goals (including 2 game winners) in like 10 games. AND HE IS NOT EVEN PLAYING FORWARD!!!
    The fact that he is actually getting PT must mean he is startin to resolve watever was wrong that coaches didnt like and in my opinion the kid deserves another look. All im talking about is a call up to camp, if he’s cut after that so be it, but he seems to deserve that much.

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  18. Yeah I kinda agree. But I say at least call all 6 of them up (Altidore, Buddle, Gomez, Davies, Bunbury and Agudelo) to the 30 man squad, and then make decisions on them based on how they do in camp and against Spain, and then cut 2 of them.

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  19. I don’t think he mistranslated it. He doesn’t reference Kicker magazine.

    Lucky or not, I still think it’s a spectacular goal.

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  20. I think so, his knee problems (tendonitis mainly) have lingered way too long. As Maka said he was dealing with it since at least college.

    I believe he had surgery earlier this year too to try and help it.

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  21. You’re becoming a troll with everything about Matt Taylor. Yeah he’s hot, but he’s hot in 3.Bundesliga. The people around him are not on the same level as other American internationals or the their respective leagues.

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  22. Buddle and Gomez doing well could certainly knock off Bunbury. The main reason I’m a bit reluctant to bring Gomez is that I’m not sure he presents the best tactical advantage. He’s great in front of goal, but that, to me, is about it. He’s great in front goal, but that to me seems about it. He doesn’t have decision-making, good passing, and is only slightly fast. He doesn’t present any tactical variation to the guys we have, and it’s importnant that we have tactical flexibility. Bob is great at seeing a players tactical value over their techincal quality, or lackthereof.

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  23. Sometimes it’s better to be “gluckkkchuss” than “wunderschoen” :-). Either way, he showed good skill to make some space through deft ball control and made the shot. I think he would pair better with Agudelo than Altidore up top at the GC.

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  24. Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe were promoted to League One this weekend. However, Pittman’s contract is up in June.

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  25. did a wiki search on this matt taylor.. so are people clamoring over a german version of wondowlowski circa 2010?

    no thanks. i’d rather wait for us to find some dual national 16 yr old with upside than some 29 yr old who hasn’t flourished in a big league yet.

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  26. matt taylor? are these the same guys that were clamoring for jeremiah white, jemal johnson and that other league 1 guy to get looks last year?

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  27. yeah you can see it came off the foot of the defender. nice composure and and touch in the opp. defense though

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  28. And “lucky” is exactly what the Kicker magazine called it: Buddles ‘Glücks’schuss beendet die 1860-Serie..

    Ives needs a new translator…spectacular in German is wunderschoen..and comes now where close to Glücksschuss meaning lucky..

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  29. Spectaculor? I think the Kicker described it best; Gluckliche or lucky…

    I like Buddle – big fan – but please that would not have gone in had he not slipped.

    And while I am at it, Taylor is sure looking HOT at the moment-deserves a look.

    (SBI-You just won’t stop will you. Hope you’re being compensated well for your one-man promotion campaign for the guy.)

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  30. I second that sentiment. I was worried for a little bit because he seemed to be stumbling. After having to wait so long to get first team football, it’s nice to see that his club has the patience to work through “growing pains”.

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  31. looks that way. From things ive read it sounds like he’s got an arthritic/degenerative condition in his knee that will make it tough to play with.

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  32. any real salt lake fan? news monterrey eliminated by pumas 2-0 in play offs in quarter finals. just a small note for salt lake fans. (i keep up with soccer in mexico and south america).

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  33. I’m glad Djurgardens is willing to keep giving Boss time after messing up a few times in his first several starts.

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  34. Franco, do you know the size of the roster Bob can call in for the camp prior to naming the actual Gold Cup roster? Is it like the World Cup in which you can call in a big group and narrow down?

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