By FRANCO PANIZO
For Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna, this weekend could not have gone any better. Not only did they clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory on Friday, but they did so against the team they will soon face in the CONCACAF Champions League final.
Gomez and Santos defeated Monterrey at home on Friday and that match gave them a taste of what is in store for them this upcoming Wednesday when they again host Los Rayados in the first leg of the CCL final. The win, which Gomez played 74 minutes in, is sure to inspire plenty of confidence in Los Guerreros, who are now assured of a place in the Liga MX postseason and just three points shy of league leaders Tigres UANL.
The game also marked the professional debut of Joaquin Alonso Hernandez, a 19-year-old midfielder who is originally from El Paso, Texas. Hernandez came off the bench for Monterrey in the 63rd minute and came close to finding an equalizer two minutes later with a potent shot that Santos goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez did well to save.
Clint Dempsey also had an eventful match, scoring the equalizer that inspired Tottenham to a 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday. Dempsey netted for the sixth time this season in Premiership play and 11th across all competitions when he stretched out to knock in a Gareth Bale cross at the far post in the 75th minute of a match that kept Spurs within two points of an automatic UEFA Champions League spot.
It was not all good news this weekend. Club Tijuana continued to struggle in Liga MX, failing to win for a seventh straight game in a 2-1 defeat to Morelia, and what made matters worse was that Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo were both sent off late in the Satuday match. Corona was ejected in the 89th minute with a red card while Castillo picked up his second yellow card in second-half stoppage time.
Here’s how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:
- Geoff Cameron came off the bench and played one minute in Stoke City’s 2-0 win vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
- Brek Shea did not dress for Stoke City.
- Sebastian Lletget did not dress in West Ham United’s 2-0 win vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
- Clint Dempsey started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Tottenham’s 3-1 win vs. Manchester City on Sunday.
- Brad Friedel dressed but did not play for Tottenham.
- Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton’s 1-0 loss vs. Sunderland on Saturday.
- Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Manchester United on Monday.
- Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Manchester United on Monday.
- Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win vs. Leeds United on Saturday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
- Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City. He is recovering from a leg injury.
- Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County’s 3-1 win vs. Peterborough United on Saturday.
- Tim Ream dressed but did not play in Bolton Wanderers’ 2-1 win vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday.
- Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers.
- Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Leceister City’s 2-2 draw vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday.
- Frank Simek did not dress in Carlisle United’s 3-1 loss vs. AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
- Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Scunthorpe United’s 1-0 win vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.
- Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Malaga CF’s 5-1 loss vs. Valencia on Saturday.
- Carlos Bocanega started and played 90 minutes in Racing Santander’s 1-0 loss vs. Villarreal on Sunday.
- Michael Bradley came off the bench and played 18 minutes in AS Roma’s 1-1 draw vs. US Pescara on Sunday.
- Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 5-0 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
- Danny Williams did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
- Timmy Chandler started and played 45 minutes in FC Nurnberg’s 1-0 loss vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Sunday.
- Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Augsburg’s 1-0 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.
- Jermaine Jones came off the bench and played 26 minutes in Schalke 04′s 1-0 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
- David Yelldell did not dress in Bayer Leverkusen’s 5-0 win vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday.
- Steve Cherundolo started and played 66 minutes in Hannover 96′s 6-1 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.
- Joe Gyau dressed but did not play in St Pauli’s 3-0 loss vs. VfL Bochum on Friday.
- John Anthony Brooks started and played 25 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 1-0 win vs. SV Sandhausen on Sunday.
- Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play for Hertha Berlin.
- Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played seven minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 1-0 loss vs. Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
- Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in TSV 1860 Munich’s 2-1 loss vs. FSV Frankfurt on Saturday.
- Jozy Altidore started and played 54 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-1 loss vs. PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.
- Tony Taylor came off the bench and played 13 minutes in G.D. Estoril Praia’s 1-0 loss vs. Vitoria Setubal on Sunday.
- Caleb Patterson-Sewell dressed but did not play in Vitoria Setubal’s 1-0 win vs. G.D. Estoril Praia on Sunday.
- Eugen Starikov and FK Rostov play Terek Grozny on Monday.
- Maurice Edu did not dress in Bursaspor’s 1-0 win vs. Antalyaspor on Sunday.
- Sacha Kljestan started and played 74 minutes in RSC Anderlecht’s 2-1 loss vs. Zulte-Waregem on Sunday.
- Clarence Goodson dressed but did not play in Brondby IF’s 2-2 draw vs. Silkeborg IF on Sunday.
- Charlie Davies dressed but did not play in Randers FC’s 0-0 draw vs. FC Nordjsaelland on Sunday.
- Conor O’Brien started, played 67 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Nordsjaelland’s 0-0 draw vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
- Terrence Boyd did not dress in in Rapid Vienna’s 2-2 draw vs. Austria Vienna on Sunday. He was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
- Alejandro Bedoya started, played 90 minutes before being substituted in stoppage time and received a yellow card in Helsingborg IF’s 2-0 win vs. Brommapojkarna on Sunday.
- Brian Span and Djurgarden IF play Elfsborg on Monday.
- Josh Gatt started and played 72 minutes in Molde FK’s 1-1 draw vs. Odd on Saturday.
- Mix Diskerud started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Rosenborg BK’s 3-1 loss vs. Haugesund on Sunday. You can see the goal here.
- Steve Clark started and played 90 minutes in Honefoss BK’s 1-1 draw vs. Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.
- Herculez Gomez started and played 74 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 1-0 win vs. Monterrey on Friday.
- Benji Joya did not dress for Santos Laguna.
- Joaquin Alonso Hernandez came off the bench, played 27 minutes and received a yellow card in Monterrey’s 1-0 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Friday.
- Michael Orozco Fiscal started and played 90 minutes in Puebla’s 2-0 loss vs. Atlante on Sunday.
- DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Puebla.
- Jose Torres started and played 85 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 3-1 win vs. Pachuca on Saturday.
- Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL.
- Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received TWO YELLOW CARD (one in second-half stoppage time) in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss vs. Morelia on Saturday.
- Joe Corona came off the bench, played 18 minutes and received a RED CARD for Club Tijuana.
- Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.
- Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America’s 1-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Saturday.
- Freddy Adu came off the bench and played five minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw vs. Juazeirense in the Baiano group stages on Sunday.
What do you think of these performances? Think Gomez and Santos’ win over Monterrey will be a big factor heading into the first leg of the CCL final on Wednesday? Surprised to see Corona and Castilla get sent off in one game?
Share your thoughts below.
Sad that its over for Freddy. He plays for a team in Brazil that even Brazians don’t know and that’s not even on Brazilian TV.
so what’s the story with JAB only playing a few? i’m assuming an injury but anyone know the details? get on it Biff! haha
Claudio Reyna is still way better than Clint in terms of a total footballer.
I love Claudia Reyna but that is farcical… Reyna was a good player, quality player… Dempsey is a darn near a super star…
Psyched that Adu got on the field. If he can earn a starting spot and make a difference in matches, he will surely get a call up for the Gold Cup. I would like nothing more than an Adu Renaissance.
Here is my boy ADU answering tough questions in Brazil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNvIs0kD4Iw
I was sincerely hoping these would be highlights of adu’s first minutes for Bahia. If anyone finds that please don’t be reluctant to share.
BBC did an interview with Adu recently that i really want to find. i heard a “teaser” and it sounds like a fantastic interview.
found the interview:
Out of that whole spill…..all I saw (and was looking for) was “Freddy Adu came off the bench”….perfect way to cap off the weekend.
don’t know if anybody’s already said this, but if not, guess i’ll be the one: the defending on dempsey’s goal was absolutely atrocious.
Doesn’t matter had
ha! i know that it always comes off as taking away from the goalscorer, and that’s certainly not my intent. just had to comment, because i still have no idea what that defender was thinking.
He was thinking Dempsey was offsides
be careful what you say…some people here think he is the greatest American player that ever lived!
again, not trying to take away from dempsey’s finishing (and his positioning was perfect); just commenting on how awful that defending was.
now i see why nobody else bothered to say it.
You are joking aren’t you, Nate Dollars. No one else is saying it was bad defense because that simply is not the case. It was an exceptional offensive attack started with a perfect (and perfect is an understatement) cross from Gareth Bale, a man who is currently one of the three best soccer players on the planet. And on the receiving end was one of the top clutch players in the world, a guy named Clint Dempsey, who timed his run perfectly and in a must-win game came sliding in full speed and got the tap just right as he slides on the ground, a shot that his been flubbed thousands of times in the history of soccer.
No defense would have been able to stop that goal, which AVB after the game lauded as the goal that got the team fired up to go on in win a must win game and might be the game that gives Clint his dream of playing in the Champions League.
the problem is that people believe he is world class and start to call him the best Tottenham player
@louis z: Who’s saying Clint is the “greatest American player that ever lived”? We are simply happy and proud because Clint scored a great goal that turned the game around in a must-win game against a star-studded team that happens to be the reigning PL champs and also opened the door a bit wider for Tottenham to get a Champions League slot.
FYI: USMNT Captain Dempsey at the current time is America’s greatest soccer player bar none and can certainly be included as one of top players ever. And his career is not over yet. Who knows…
Even if that were true, so what? Are you saying that Spurs and Man City are now competing in Holland?
Should Clint have trapped the ball and said to the defender “dude, I know you messed up, I’ll give you a chance to make up for that and still beat you!”?
A striker’s job is largely about beating a defender to a spot and then making people like you write in and say ” wow what atrocious defending”.
That goal happened because Bale quickly hit the cross with his left foot and caught the defense a split second late. If Bale puts it on his right and crosses then the defense is ready.
Bale is not being called the second coming of Christiano Ronaldo for nothing. He and Clint beat the defense; no shame there.
It is a good thing Bale used his left foot, it is much better than his right. He is not the only great player to favor one foot, Bechanbauer for one. I don’t think Bale is as one-footed as Bechanbauer though.
lol, it’s funny coming back reading these comments. notice that i never said anything negative about dempsey (and even complimented him in follow-up comments), but people are jumping all over it like i was saying it shouldn’t even have counted.
bocanegra, gooch, goodson and danny williams to MLS this summer! please — who needs defenders?!?
Good to see Adu get some minutes. I know he didn’t start but getting on the field is a step in the right direction.
Dempsey is going to burn Chelsea in that showdown at the end of the season in classic Dempsey fashion. Just wait…
Brooks had a Ricardo Clark esq appearance today. Is he hurt too? Also i thought he was going to make his announcement on what country this past Friday. ESPN could not make Jim Grey available for him to announce he was taking his talents to South Beach?
How about Boyd? Is he hurt too?
It said “suspended due to yellow card accumulation”.
Wow at Corona and Castillo both being ejected, not a good weekend for that trio.
What’s the story with Edu not dressing?
His coach probably hates him, the fans are probably calling for him to be sold (even tho he’s on loan), he is just another American who dreamed two big and should probaby just come back to MLS cause he’s just not good enough for Europe.
By all accounts, the fans like him fine.
He usually goes the full 90′ when fit, and he’s played in more positive results than negative ones, including a big win over Besiktas the other week.
I’m pretty sure its an injury.
I’m making fun of the fact that so many people complain about Bradley and Dempsey. I think your right about the injured btw.
Injured, I think. Nothing super serious, from what I remember.
I remember a couple years back when Jozy played for the same team on loan and was playing consistently like Edu and then all of a sudden they weren’t dressing him. Just an observation, I don’t really know what to make of it.
Edu is injured based on his recent instagram account. He posted a couple of photos showing him receiving treatment to his leg.
i believe he had a knock last week based on something from his facebook. my guess is it’s still affecting him.
Who’s this Hernandez kid and why aren’t there 5 posts demanding we cap him already?
He is currently engaged in Goochlike activities and feeling Goochy.
Huh. I was replying to above. Not sure what happened.
any news on Gooch?
Interesting to see Diskerud score his 2nd of the season. Looks like his club Rosenborg is off to great form. Perhaps they might win the title this year.
Hoping Josh Gatt leaves this summer for Holland or Belgium
Other than losing today.
Gatt and Mix should leave. Mix has played well enough to garner more attention from Klinsi. He needs to take his game up a level.
For Gatt and Mixx to leave, someone has to want them.
Mix did not do so well during his loan in Belgium and as far as I can tell Gatt has no suitors.
That tells me
that they need to improve their game.
when Dempsey retires, he will be known forever as the greatest Yank to ever play in Europe, hands down
Caveat. Greatest field player, non-goalkeeper
For a couple years, but not forever. I’d bet Bradley and maybe Altidore will displace him eventually.
I’m not so sure. I think those two have a shot, but Dempsey really is something special for us.
Any injury update on Jozy?
Great weekend for Americans Abroad!!!
Besides Dempsey, not really dude.
Someone had his blinders on.
and he wasn’t impressive at all, I don’t see this team playing the CL next season
Terrible week for americans.
I only saw the last half hour, but most accounts were that Dempsey was above average and active.
active maybe, but not above average at all.
He was good and one of the best players on the pitch. You haven’t watched him enough – he’s not as pretty s others
About 30 Americans Abroad didn’t play at all, 10 came off the bench. Out of about 60 total.
Dempsey had his moments, a few great passes and the professional finish. Doesn’t look like the singular threat that he was with Fulham, but it’s got a lot to do with the greatness that now surrounds him.
You can’t satisfy some. At Fulham, yes he scored more last year than he has at Spurs this year. But, how did Fulham do last year vs. Spurs this year? Why? Simple – at Fulham, Dempsey was THE offensive focal point. At Spurs, he’s AN offensive focal point … i.e., Fulham didn’t have personnel on the level of Bale, and Dafoe in their attack. And that’s why Spurs is doing better this year than Fulham did last, despite Dempsey’s “lack” of scoring.
not at all. wasn’t a very good weekend for us.