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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


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For two veteran Americans plying their trade in Mexico, this weekend saw them boost their chances of getting called in for the U.S. men's national team's friendlies and World Cup qualifiers this summer.

DaMarcus Beasley and Herculez Gomez scored in their team's respective games this weekend. Beasley rescued Puebla from defeat, netting the equalizer in the club's 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul. The goal, which came on a lunging left-footed effort, was Beasley's fourth of the season.

Gomez continued his run of games with a goal by capping the scoring with a beautiful header off a corner kick in Santos Laguna's 2-0 win against Queretaro. Gomez has now scored in six straight games across all competitions. He has eight goals during that stretch.

Two other Americans also found the back of the net. Michael Parkhurst scored his first goal in four years for FC Nordsjaelland, knocking in the winner in the club's 2-0 victory versus Horsens, while Josh Gatt scored a winner of his own in Molde FK's season-opening 2-1 triumph over Stromsgodset.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made 1 save in Everton's 2-0 win vs. Swansea City on Saturday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Everton.
  • Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Manchester United on Monday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made 2 saves in Tottenham Hotspur's 0-0 draw vs. Chelsea on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 3-0 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj came off the bench, played 12 minutes and received a yellow card for Aston Villa.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 2-1 win vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes for Bolton Wanderers.
  • Zak Whitbread started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Norwich City's 2-1 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Adam Henley did not dress in Blackburn Rovers' 2-1 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.


  • Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City's 1-1 draw vs. Cardiff City on Sunday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.

  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 3-2 win vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw vs. Brighton on Saturday.

  • Daniel Potts dressed but did not play in West Ham United's 2-2 draw vs. Burnley on Saturday.
  • Robbie Rogers dressed but did not play in Leeds United's 1-0 win vs. Millwall on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 1-1 draw vs. Colchester United on Saturday.
  • Anton Peterlin did not dress in Walsall's 1-1 draw vs. Stevenage on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress in Bury's 1-1 draw vs. Preston North End on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 3-2 win vs. Celtic on Sunday.
  • Carlos Bocanegra started, played 88 minutes and received a RED CARD for Rangers.
  • Alejandro Bedoya dressed but did not play for Rangers.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 3-2 loss vs. Rangers on Sunday.


  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Chievo Verona's 1-1 draw vs. Siena on Sunday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Hannover 96's 2-1 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.
  • Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Schalke 04's 2-0 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 1-0 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Sunday.
  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 2-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

  • Danny Williams started and played 58 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. He is with the U.S. Under-23 men's national team.
  • Terrence Boyd did not dress in Borussia Dortmund's 6-1 win vs. FC Cologne on Sunday. He is with the U.S. Under-23 men's national team.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 3-1 win vs. Mainz on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 loss vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.
  • Andrew Wooten dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern's 2-0 loss vs. SC Freiburg on Saturday.


  • Luis Robles did not dress in Karlsruher SC's 3-0 loss vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in TSV 1860 Munich's 1-0 win vs. Dynamo Dresden on Friday.
  • Matt Taylor came off the bench and played 19 minutes in SC Paderborn 07's 2-1 loss vs. MSV Duisburg on Sunday.


  • Quentin Westberg did not dress in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 3-0 loss vs. Lille on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 loss vs. Lyon on Saturday.


  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench, played 45 minutes and had an ASSIST in AZ Alkmaar's 1-0 win vs. RKC Waalwijk on Sunday.



  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Sporting CP's 1-0 win vs. Feirense. He is recovering from a knee injury.


  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in Zenit St Petersburg's 1-1 draw vs. FK Rubin Kazan on Sunday.


  • Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht did not play this weekend.

  • Mikkel Diskerud and KAA Gent did not play this weekend.


  • Michael Parkhurst started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 win vs. Horsens on Sunday.


  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 2-1 win vs. Lyngby on Sunday.
  • Chris Rolfe dressed but did not play in Aalborg BK's 2-1 loss vs. SonderjyskE on Saturday.
  • Conor O'Brien started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in SonderjyskE's 2-1 win vs. Aalborg BK on Saturday.
  • Brad Rusin came off the bench and played 5 minutes in HB Koge's 4-2 win vs. Odense BK on Sunday.


  • Josh Gatt started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Molde FK's 2-1 win vs. Stromsgodset on Friday.


  • Steve Clark started and played 90 minutes in Honefoss BK's 0-0 draw vs. Lillestrom on Saturday.
  • Ricardo Clark started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Stabaek IF's 0-0 draw vs. Aalesund on Sunday.
  • Sean Cunningham started and played 90 minutes for Stabaek IF.


  • Jose Torres and Pachuca did not play this weekend.
  • Herculez Gomez started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Santos Laguna's 2-0 win vs. Queretaro on Saturday.


  • DaMarcus Beasley started, played 90 minutes before being subbed off, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 1-1 draw vs. Cruz Azul on Sunday.


  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 3-2 win vs. San Luis on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 2-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.
  • Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas did not play this weekend.
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal started and played 90 minutes in San Luis' 3-2 loss vs. Atlante on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Club Tijuana's 2-0 win vs. Atlas on Saturday.

  • Joe Corona did not dress for Club Tijuana. He is with the U.S. Under-23 men's national team.

  • Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.


What do you think of these performances? Expecting Gomez to be called to the U.S. men's national team for the May friendlies? Impressed by Beasley's goal? Surprised Parkhurst's goal this weekend was his first with Nordsjaelland?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Gatt goal. nice from him but utterly substandard defending. they just backed off till well into the box. No team in a top league does that.

  2. In My opinion Klingsmann should begin to phase Cherundolo out of the starting 11 for the National Team and start to phase Chandler into the starting Right Back. Useing Johnson on the Left & Chandler on the right will us the most dynamic attacking options, while maintaining a strong defense. Keep Dolo as a backup (saving his legs) for when/if Chandler is injured or has a bad game until another option develops. No need to use Chandler on the wing when we’ve got young talent waiting in the wings…(Left Mid: Donovan, Shea, Gyau, Diskerud, Adu; Right Mid: Donovan, Gatt, Bedoya, Adu, Corona, Gyau).

  3. Excepting the Canada result, and Morales’ benching, lots to be excited about this weekend:

    Tons of goals, assists and good results

    Gatt’s unfortunate recall was justified

    Clark & Cunningham went the full 90 for Stabaek after both rode pine for so long

    Lichaj got PT, even if he did concede a late free kick that led to a goal

  4. Crowded by who? Danny Williams?

    Landon’s been MIA for eight (EIGHT!?!) games.

    Having played there in the past, Chandler would be a great option for the U.S. at RW, provided Fabian and Dolo are at LB and RB respectively.

  5. He also missed a couple gimmies according to an article I read, but it certainly seems like the offense functioned smoother in the 2d half with Jozy and he was creating chances.

  6. The AZ coach should be more concerned about the poor play of his wings, no assists in last 6 games, than Jozy, who has become their best passer in attack.

  7. Chandler looked strong at RW this weekend, coming up a bit unlucky with what could have been 2 assists within the first 10 minutes (one from each side of the attack). He also earned a number of corners and drew several fouls, though he did look VERY gassed down the stretch.

    From the little that I’ve seen Fabian Johnson at LB, I’m not sure that’s where he’s best. He looks very comfortable going forward but his defensive positioning leaves a lot to be desired.

  8. Yeah I though the same thing when I saw that as well. Teh U-23’s could definitely use his destroyer mentality at CDM right now.

  9. Chandler has been playing winger for Nurnberg for the past couple of months and has looked great there. And his coaches at Nurnberg seem to think that is his best position. Do you think this is where Klinsmann will play him in the future? Dolo is still going strong at RB, and Johnson is playing LB for Hoffenheim. Would be interesting to see him play winger for the National team. I still want to see him played at RB.
    Gatt looks awesome at RW as well. I really hope Klinsmann calls him up soon as well.
    Players I want to see called up for the May friendlies/camp:
    GK: Howard, Rimando, Sean Johnson
    Defense: Chandler, Dolo, Whitbread, Goodson, Boca, Onyewu, Ream, Castillo, F. Johnson
    Middies: Gatt, Donovan, Bradley, D.Wiliams, Jones, Torres, Edu, Adu, Dempsey, Shea
    FWDS: Altidore, Wooten, Gomez, Estrada, Sapong
    Estrada is on fire for Seattle. He has a ton of pace, and will bring a very good work ethic to the striker position.

  10. Would love to see Gatt regularly crack the starting line up at Man U as well, but he would not be the first field player from the US to play for Man U. I know you mean a regular starter at Man U, which Spector was not, but I just want to give Spector credit where credit is due.

  11. all of his goals seem to be: receiving the ball somewhere in the middle third and taking it to the house. that is something we have never really seen from a young American in Europe. can’t wait to watch this kid develop into a star

  12. Herc’s header was fantastic. I don’t get those who say he can’t fit into JK’s system. He’s a goal scorer, plain and simple. He can fit into any system. If JK doesn’t call him in then there is something else going on.

    I can’t help but hope that Gatt is on his way to Man Utd, With Ole as his mentor, and his rapid success, it would be great to see the first US field player make it at Man U.

  13. I am as excited about the younger American players as the next guy, recent results against canada notwithstanding. Nontheless, I am so very happy to see older players like Beasely and Gomez and Parkhurst playing well. Regardless of their future with USMNT, it’s great to see american players finding the top of their game (like Brad Friedel) I actually think all three players could still make important contributions to JKs squad and to “younger” players currently getting callups in similar positions: Beasely is the mobile with great ball control and pace and composure and experience, (and thus getting match results at a higher level then Mr. Shea), Parkhurst is an ideal distribution oriented CB with a tremendous football IQ that adds depth and would help give Time Ream a run for his money in competing for a spot behind Bocanegra, and Gomez simply scores goals, especially when a goal is sorely needed. Who can’t learn from that?

    I don’t care what system you play, these characteristics are worth a callup when wins start to really matter and worth a callup so that younger players can see what’s what.

  14. I love the video of that Gatt goal. Crazy to think that people have now started filming with toasters. =P (Twas a great goal as well.)

  15. So Alfredo Morales didn’t get released for qualifying but then his club didn’t even let him dress? That sucks for Morales and the US U-23s.

  16. Tim ream starts in yet another win for an epl side while the much heralded George John and Gonzalez stay in mls for good reason. When will Americans get it?

  17. I agree. He doesn’t really fit JK’s system if he goes with some variant of the 4-3-3 and the lone striker, but I can’t think of a better person to bring on as a late game sub if we need a goal.

    Herc (from some recent twitter comments of his) seems to think his days with the national team are over though. Not sure if it’s just because he hasn’t been called up in over a year and half or if there are some internal messages/comments he received.

  18. Good stuff from Gatt, nice little shimmy before the shot. The thought of Gyau and Gatt marauding down the flanks in the very near future is awesome


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