By FRANCO PANIZO
It was a topsy-turvy weekend for the Americans Abroad contingent, and no player may have illustrated that more than Maurice Edu.
Having missed out on last week's U.S. men's national team friendly against Mexico with an injury, Edu recovered enough to earn a start in Rangers' 2-0 win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Edu scored the insurance goal in the game, but was sent off with a second booking minutes later.
Zak Whitbread had one of the more positive outings, starting and playing 71 minutes in Norwich City's season opening 1-1 draw versus Wigan Athletic. Whitbread earning the start in Norwich City's Premier League season opener is likely to give him confidence as he looks to prove that he's capable of playing at that level.
Oguchi Onyewu was on the other end of the spectrum, failing to get on the gameday roster for Sporting CP in its season opener against Olhanense. Sporting CP tied Olhanense, 1-1.
Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:
- Tim Howard and Everton's game vs. Tottenham Hotspur was postponed due to rioting in the country.
- Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 0-0 draw vs. Aston Villa on Saturday.
- Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur's game vs. Everton was postponed due to rioting in the country.
- Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 0-0 draw vs. Fulham on Saturday.
- Eric Lichaj did not dress for Aston Villa.
- Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 4-0 win vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Zak Whitbread started and played 71 minutes in Norwich City's 1-1 draw vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
- Jonathan Spector dressed but did not play in Birmingham City's 1-0 win vs. Coventry City on Saturday.
- Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 1-0 win vs. Watford on Saturday.
- Robbie Findley started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 2-0 loss vs. Millwall on Saturday.
- Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 1-0 loss vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday.
- Frank Simek did not dress in Carlisle United's 2-0 win vs. Bury on Saturday. He is recovering from a hip injury.
- Anton Peterlin started and played 82 minutes in Walsall's 1-1 draw vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.
- Maurice Edu started, played 75 minutes, received two yellow cards and scored a GOAL in Rangers' 2-0 win vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.
- Dominic Cervi dressed but did not play in Celtic's 5-1 win vs. Dundee United on Saturday.
- Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 5-1 win vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.
- Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-1 draw vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
- Steve Cherundolo dressed but did not play in Hannover 96's 2-1 win vs. FC Nurnberg on Saturday.
- Timmy Chandler started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and got an ASSIST in FC Nurnberg's 2-1 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday.
- David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 1-0 win vs. Werder Bremen on Sunday.
- Alfredo Morales came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Hertha Berlin's 2-2 draw vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.
- Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 2-1 loss vs. Mainz on Saturday.
- Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Fortuna Dusseldorf on Monday.
- Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruher SC's 3-1 loss vs. Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.
- Edson Buddle came off the bench, played 16 minutes and scored a GOAL in FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-1 draw vs. FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
- Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in TSV 1860 Munich's 4-0 win vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday.
- Matt Taylor came off the bench and played 23 minutes in SC Paderborn 07's 1-0 loss vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Saturday.
- Carlos Bocanegra did not dress in St Etienne's 1-0 win vs. AS Nancy Lorraine on Saturday.
- Quentin Westberg started, played 90 minutes and made 3 saves in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 1-0 win vs. Nice on Sunday.
- Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 22 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's 2-0 loss vs. Twente Enschede on Saturday.
- Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Sporting CP's 1-1 draw vs. Olhanense on Saturday.
- Eugene Starikov did not dress in FC Tom Tomsk's 2-0 loss vs. Spartak Nalchik on Saturday.
- Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 1-0 win vs. Lokeren on Sunday.
- Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 win vs. HB Koge on Sunday.
- Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 2-1 win vs. Odense BK on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Chris Rolfe started, played 83 minutes and scored a GOAL for Aalborg BK.
- Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 2-2 draw vs. Sonderjyske on Sunday.
- Brad Rusin started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in HB Koge's 2-0 loss vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Sunday.
- Conor O'Brien came off the bench and played 26 minutes in SonderjyskE's 2-2 draw vs. Brondby IF on Sunday.
- Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in Orebro SK's 2-0 win vs. Djurgardens IF on Sunday.
- Ryan Miller did not dress in Halmstads BK's 1-0 loss vs. Hacken on Saturday.
- Samuel Petrone did not dress in Mjallby AIF's 3-0 win vs. Syrianska FC on Saturday.
- Mix Diskerud started, played 90 minutes and got an ASSIST in Stabaek IF's 2-0 win vs. Stromsgodset on Saturday.
- Josh Gatt started, played 120 minutes and received a yellow card in Molde FK's 3-2 extra-time loss vs. Fredrikstad in the quarterfinals of the NM Cupen on Sunday.
- Sean Cunningham dressed but did not play for Molde FK.
- Jose Torres started and played 69 minutes in Pachuca's 3-0 win vs. Toluca on Saturday.
- Herculez Gomez started and played 75 mintues in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-0 win vs. Atlas on Saturday.
- Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Club America's 2-2 draw vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday.
- Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 3-1 loss vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
- Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 2-2 draw vs. Club America on Saturday.
- DaMarcus Beasley started and played 89 minutes in Puebla's 1-1 draw vs. Club Tijuana on Sunday.
- Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 1-1 draw vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.
- Michael Orozco did not dress in San Luis' 1-0 win vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
- Joe Corona started and played 69 minutes in Club Tijuana's 1-1 draw vs. Puebla on Sunday.
What do you think of these performances? How do you rate Edu's performance? Think Whitbread is in for a big season with Norwich City? Surprised Onyewu did not dress?
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