By FRANCO PANIZO
Josh Gatt made his return to Molde FK's starting lineup this weekend, and he might be staying there for the foreseeable future after a strong outing in a blowout win.
Molde topped Stabaek 5-0 on Saturday, and Gatt contributed to the rout with a goal and an assist. Gatt knocked in his second goal of the season when he raced by a defender and slotted a low shot home, and he added an assist in the second half with a square ball that was finished with ease.
Herculez Gomez did not find the back of the net, but he and Santos Laguna advanced to the Mexican Liguilla final by scoring two late goals in a 2-2 draw with Tigres UANL in the second leg of their semifinals series. Gomez and Santos' advancement means they will take on Monterrey in a rematch of this year's CONCACAF Champions League final, a match which Santos Laguna lost.
It was not all good news this weekend. Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers were relegated to the Championship after failing to win their season finale against Stoke City. The Trotters had a 2-1 lead in the second half and were on the brink of avoiding the drop, but a late penalty kick goal doomed them.
Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:
Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 3-1 win vs. Newcastle United on Sunday. Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Everton. Clint Dempsey did not dress in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. He is recovering from a groin injury. Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 win vs. Fulham on Sunday. Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss vs. Norwich City on Sunday. Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Aston Villa. Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers's 2-2 draw vs. Stoke City on Sunday. Stuart Holden did not dress Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury. Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-0 win vs. Aston Villa on Sunday. He is recovering from a groin injury. Adam Henley started and played 90 minutes in Blackburn Rovers' 2-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Sunday.
SCOTLANDMaurice Edu started, played 90 minutes and had TWO ASSISTS in Rangers' 4-0 win vs. St Johnstone on Sunday.
Carlos Bocanegra did not dress for Rangers. Alejandro Bedoya started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and had an ASSIST for Rangers.
Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 5-0 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Sunday.
ITALYMichael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Chievo Vorona's 1-0 win vs. Lecce on Sunday.
BundesligaTerrence Boyd did not dress in Borussia Dortmund's 5-2 win vs. Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final on Saturday.
FRANCEQuentin Westberg did not dress in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 1-1 draw vs. Nice on Sunday. Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 3-1 win vs. Caen on Sunday.
PORTUGALOguchi Onyewu did not dress in Sporting CP's 3-2 win vs. Braga on Saturday. He was serving a suspension for getting ejected last weekend.
RUSSIAEugene Starikov did not dress in Zenit St Petersburg's 2- win vs. Anzhi Makhachkala on Sunday.
BELGIUMSacha Kljestan did not dress in RSC Anderlecht's 3-0 win vs. Standard Liege in the Pro League playoffs on Sunday. Mikkel Diskerud dressed but did not play in KAA Gent's 3-1 win vs. Racing Genk in the Pro League playoffs on Sunday.
DENMARKMichael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Odense BK on Monday. Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Brondby IF's 5-1 loss vs. AGF Aarhus on Sunday. Conor O'Brien started and played 90 minutes in SonderjyskE's 2-2 draw vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday. Brad Rusin came off the bench and played 30 minutes in HB Koge's 3-1 loss vs. Silkeborg on Sunday.
SWEDENSamuel Petrone did not dress in Mjallby AIF's 2-1 win vs. Kalmar on Saturday.
NORWAYJosh Gatt started, played 90 minutes, scored a GOAL and had an ASSIST in Molde FK's 5-0 win vs. Stabaek IF on Saturday. You can see the goal and assist here. Steve Clark started and played 90 minutes in Honefoss BK's 4-1 loss vs. Odd Grenland on Sunday. Ricardo Clark started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 5-0 loss vs. Molde FK on Saturday. Sean Cunningham started and played 90 minutes for Stabaek IF.
MEXICOHerculez Gomez came off the bench and played 39 minutes in Santos Laguna's 2-2 draw vs. Tigres UANL in the second leg of their Liguilla semifinals series on Sunday. Gomez and Santos Laguna advanced. Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 2-2 draw vs. Santos Laguna in the second leg of their Liguilla semifinals series on Sunday. Bornstein and Tigres UANL were eliminated.
What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Gatt's performance? Expecting Gomez and Santos to win the final? Think Bolton will bounce right back into the EPL?
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