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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Brondby IF won its first game since early October in shocking fashion this past weekend, and it can partially thank Clarence Goodson for that.

Along with going the distance and limiting first-place FC Copenhagen to one goal, Goodson scored the opener in Brondby's 2-1 victory on Sunday. The goal, which came off a headed effort following a free kick, was the U.S. international's first of the season. 

Robbie Findley also found the back of the net, scoring the first equalizer in Nottingham Forest's 3-2 win against Ipswich Town. Findley upped his league total to two goals when he knocked in a ball from close range after a teammate headed it down to him. Findley now has five goals across all competitions this season.

It wasn't all good news this weekend. Steve Cherundolo once again failed to see time for Hannover 96, dressing but not playing as the club lost to VfL Wolfsburg, 4-1. Cherundolo has just five league appearances this season and has not played in a Bundesliga match since October 23.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started and played 90 minutes in Everton's 2-1 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Everton.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes before being substituted in Fulham's 0-0 draw vs. Sunderland on Saturday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made 1 save in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 win vs. Aston Villa on Monday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.
  • Eric Lichaj did not dress for Aston Villa. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-1 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.


  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City's 1-1 draw vs. Peterborough United on Saturday.
  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 2-0 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley started, played 81 minutes and scored a GOAL in Nottingham Forest's 3-2 win vs. Ipswich Town on Saturday.


  • Daniel Potts did not dress in West Ham United's 2-1 win vs. Coventry City on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek did not dress in Carlisle United's 1-0 loss vs. Sheffield United on Saturday. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Anton Peterlin did not dress in Walsall's 4-2 loss vs. Bury on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella came off the bench, played 11 minutes and received a yellow card in Brentford's 1-0 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.


Premier League

  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 0-0 draw vs. St Johnstone on Saturday.
  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes for Rangers.
  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 76 minutes for Rangers.

First Division

  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Greenock Morton's 5-1 win vs. Deveronvale in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday. He was ineligble to play.


  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Chievo Verona's 2-1 win vs. Catania on Sunday.



  • Jermaine Jones started, played 73 minutes and received a yellow card in Schalke 04's 4-0 win vs. FC Nurnberg on Saturday.
  • Steve Cherundolo dressed but did not play in Hannover 96's 4-1 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 4-0 loss vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 win vs. Kaiserslautern on Friday.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 2-2 draw vs. SC Freiburg on Saturday.
  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 2-0 loss vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday.
  • Danny Williams dressed but did not play for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Terrence Boyd did not dress in Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Bundesliga 2 

  • Ricardo Clark did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-3 win vs. Alemannia Aachen on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles started and played 90 minutes in Karlsruher SC's 2-1 loss vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Friday.
  • Edson Buddle came off the bench and played 25 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-0 loss vs. TSV 1860 Munich on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 1-0 win vs. FC Ingolstadt 04 on Friday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Matt Taylor came off the bench and played 12 minutes in SC Paderborn 07's 2-1 win vs. Karlsruher SC on Friday.


  • Quentin Westberg did not dress in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 2-1 win vs. Lorient on Saturday.


  • Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar's game vs. Excelsior on Sunday was abandoned at halftime due to weather conditions (fog).


  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Sporting CP's 2-0 win vs. Sporting Braga in the fourth round of the Taca de Portugal on Sunday.


  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in FC Tom' Tomsk's 3-1 loss vs. FK Rostov-Na-Donu on Sunday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 3-1 win vs. St Truiden on Sunday.


  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 win vs. SonderjyskE on Sunday.
  • Chris Rolfe started and played 84 minutes in Aalborg BK's 3-1 win vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.
  • Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Brondby IF's 2-1 win vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday.


  • Brad Rusin started and played 90 minutes in HB Koge's 2-2 draw vs. Lyngby on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien dressed but did not play in SonderjyskE's 2-0 loss vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Sunday.


  • Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 2-1 loss vs. Haugesund on Sunday.

  • Josh Gatt did not dress in Molde FK's 3-1 win vs. Sarpsborg 08 on Sunday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
  • Sean Cunningham did not dress for Molde FK.


  • Jose Torres did not dress in Pachuca's 1-0 loss vs. Tigres UANL in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Mexico Apertura Liguilla on Sunday. He is recovering from a foot injury.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 1-0 win vs. Pachuca in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Mexico Apertura Liguilla on Sunday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 2-2 draw vs. Santos Laguna in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Mexico Apertura Liguilla on Sunday.


  • Diego Restrepo dressed but did not play in America de Cali's 2-0 loss vs. Millonarios on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Goodson's goal? How many total goals do you see Findley scoring this year? Are you worried about Cherundolo's lack of playing time?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. plus one for sure, BUT, that was just one of many terrible things he did. I can’t think of one thing, or one phrase heard come out of his mouth, that I enjoyed or that enhanced my enjoyment of the game. Even if I agreed with what he said, often times it was not something I wanted to hear from an announcer. Glad as efff he is gone.

    And just so you know i hate all announcers, i freaking love ian darke, he usually has something pleasant to say that enhances the experience, without kinda ruining it for me. With twellman, maybe i will finally prefer the sounds on: crowd and announcers. Finally. Here is hoping.

    p.s. Twellman might not be the greatest, but i think he will be more reserved and more announcer like/ professional. Harkes wasn’t paid to be a coach, he was paid to add some interesting color to the play by play. I want an announcer, and hopefully twellman is one, who does just that. i’ll do the arm chair coaching myself, thank you!

  2. He doesn’t exactly have the physical attributes to play CB, he’d get knocked around by more physical strikers even tho he isn’t that short. He’d have a hard time getting PT at right back at the moment. I would like to see Rolfe get a look tho, def couldn’t hurt with our lack of forward options

  3. He’s underrated and 5’11. And plays right back. Where Cherundolo is the KING and we have Lichaj/ Spector as the backups.

  4. Will someone clarify why Parkhurst never recieves a call up? The man goes 90 every single week and it’s like he’s the forgotten man in a position we could use a lot of help in. You could also include Rolfe in that rant, too.

  5. To be frank, Harkes didn’t know what he was talking about. To clarify, he would misspeak, and then stick to his statement even after replays would show he was wrong.

    Harkes: That was a a clear red card for me. Ian?


    (replay shows minor foul, not even warranting a yellow)

    Harkes: Yea, clearly a red-card offense there.


  6. He was honest, spoke his mind, and wanted nothing more than the US to be a great team and win. And when they weren’t great he called them out. Sure beats listening to Adrian Healy and his constant fluffing of mediocrity.

  7. Listening to Harkes was one of the maddening things ever. I’ve never seen an announcer or commentator in any sport be as critical of the “home” team as he was. Pretty clear ESPN got tired of it too.

  8. exactly. It was a minor injury and he was on the fence for playing in the Slovenia game. Probably could have played but they must have taken the conservative approach. A week later he’s all better.

  9. I think I must be the only one that actually liked Harkes. And Twellman? I haven’t liked him in the studio even when I DO agree with him. He’s twice the whiney brat that Harkes is (which I’m pretty sure is the biggest complaint about Harkes).

  10. Harkes is OUT! I was just thinking yesterday that would be an upside of Fox getting World Cup rights, no more Ty Keough impersonations by the pathetic fornicator.

  11. I’m sure Dolo has another season in him, it’s just Hanover is doing quite well at the moment and he’s pretty much a sub at best. I doubt he would return to MLS to play.

  12. Sad to see how quickly Dolo is losing it. He was a rock in the world cup last year, but has been sloooooow in the friendlies and isn’t starting for his club anymore.

    He was one of our most underrated and underappreciated players in quite a while.
    I hope to see him in MLS before he retires.

  13. The Mayor is a step slow, and it’s been going that way for a bit now. Whispers in Germany have it that he’ll be retiring after the season.

  14. Two thoughts-
    1) Why isn’t Dolo playing?
    2) Is it that much of a stretch to say at the moment, for his position, Brad Friedel is a top 3 American player, at age 40? He’s a key part of a team that’s third in the prem.


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