By JAY BELL
A week after Mix Diskerud submitted his candidate for goal of the year for Americans Abroad, Jermaine Jones unleashed a nominee of his own on Saturday. Jones scored on a screamer to notch the final goal in a 3-0 win for Schalke over Stuttgart.
Jones ended November on a high note after struggling for much of the month, including a pair of lackluster performances for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Tim Howard and Everton continued their dominant form at home this weekend. The U.S. goalkeeper made three saves and had little to do as the Toffees dominated Geoff Cameron and Stoke City, 4-0. The match also saw Brek Shea earn his first league minutes this season for Stoke.
Two players trying to fight their way back into the USMNT setup, Eric Lichaj and Danny Williams, both started and went the distance against one another on Friday. Lichaj played 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest and Williams went the full 90 in Reading’s 3-2 victory.
One brief appearance that could have an effect on the U.S. national team was Steve Cherundolo’s cameo in stoppage time for Hannover in their 2-0 win over Frankfurt. It was Cherundolo’s first minutes with the team in over six months.
Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:
- Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton’s 4-0 win vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
- Jozy Altidore dressed by did not play in Sunderland’s 0-0 draw vs. Aston Villa on Saturday.
- Geoff Cameron started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Stoke City’s 4-0 loss vs. Everton on Saturday.
- Brek Shea came off the bench and played 30 minutes in Stoke City’s 4-0 loss to Everton on Saturday.
- Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke City.
- Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Aston Villa’s 0-0 draw vs. Sunderland on Saturday.
- Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-2 draw vs. Manchester United on Sunday.
- Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City’s 3-0 win vs. Barnsley on Saturday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.
- Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss vs. Middlesborough on Saturday.
- Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 3-1 win vs. Wigan Athletic on Sunday. He is recovering from a calf injury.
- Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 loss vs. Reading on Friday.
- Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 3-2 win vs. Nottingham Forest on Friday.
- Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Queens Park Rangers’ 2-1 loss vs. Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
- Duane Holmes dressed but did not play in Huddersfield Town’s 2-1 win vs. Burnley on Saturday.
- Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in AS Roma’s 1-1 draw vs. Atalanta on Sunday.
- Fabian Johnson came off the bench and played 3 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 4-4 draw vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.
- Joe Gyau did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
- Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg’s 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
- Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Augsburg’s 0-0 draw vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
- Jermaine Jones started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Schalke 04′s 3-0 win vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
- Steve Cherundolo came off the bench and played one minute in Hannover 96′s 2-0 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.
- John Brooks did not dress in Hertha Berlin’s 0-0 draw vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Alfredo Morales started and played 57 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04′s 2-0 loss vs. SV Sandhausen on Saturday.
- Andrew Wooten did not dress in Kaiserslautern’s 3-2 loss vs. Dynamo Dresden on Saturday.
- Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 17 minutes and picked up a yellow card in TSV 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win vs. VfL Bochum on Sunday.
- Alejandro Bedoya started and played 83 minutes in FC Nantes’ 1-0 loss vs. Guingamp on Saturday.
- Aron Johannsson started and played 90 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-2 loss vs. NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.
- Eugene Starikov and FK Tom Tomsk play Anzhi Makhachkala on Monday.
- Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht’s 2-1 win vs. Cercle Brugge KSV on Sunday.
- Conor O’Brien came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Odense BK’s 4-1 win vs. AGF Aarhus on Sunday.
- Babajide Ogunbiyi started and played 90 minutes in Viborg FF’s 2-2 draw vs. Sonderjyske on Saturday.
- Mike Grella came off the bench and played 15 minutes for Viborg FF.
- Terrence Boyd dressed but did not play in Rapid Vienna’s 3-0 win vs. FC Wacker Tirol on Sunday.
- Jose Torres and Tigres UANL face Club America Sunday night in the Liga MX playoffs.
- Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL face Club America Sunday night in the Liga MX playoffs.
- Freddy Adu did not dress in Bahia’s 2-1 win vs. Cruzeiro on Sunday.
Word is US vs South Korea Feb1st in LA. This would be the match we typically have after camp cupcake. Figured it would be Korea or Japan since their domestic leagues have the same schedule as MLS. Should be a good match up.
Is it too early for Jozy to turn in a transfer request? I agree Fletcher is lighting it up instead of him.
Lighting what up a match?
It really doesn’t matter if it’s Fletcher or Jozy, Sunderland’s midfield isn’t good enough to create chances in the final third.
Agreed. I don’t think Fletcher is a bad player but it seems like Jozy is being frozen out. If you don’t want him because he was Dicanio’s guy, then let him go somewhere that wants him.
That really seems like the root of the problem. Jozy is there because of the former coach and now it looks like he is getting frozen out.
I feel for the kid. He is a real talent but being an American and a bit of a head case in regards to his playing as totally set him back.
Has Ream been playing at CB or still at CM?
whenever i’ve seen him play the past couple months (probably 4-5 games), he’s been in the back. that doesn’t mean he never plays mid; i just haven’t seen him there recently.
People are starting to realize that Jozy is bad.
Yea thank god they benched him the past two weeks.. Scoring ZERO goals really proves how bad he is.
Jozy is a beast.
Please give reasons why you think he is “bad”.
i think this guy only comments about how bad he thinks jozy is. it’s very important to him.
And who those “people” be? You, yourself and you?
He’s a good player with a terrible agent.
I agree, it’s not just money but what help in the long run to make more money.
Being in a loser club : might ruin a career
WTF? that agent got him signed with Villareal, Stoke and Sounderland.
It was up to Jozy to make at least one of those work and he didn’t.
That agent has gotten him plenty of chances. Jozy just doesn’t belong in a top league
Bradley had a goal called back for offside. I did not see the game; the report i saw did not much about his play in general.
He played well the first half but made too many mistakes in the second, none of which hurt Roma in any serious. His performance was solid but could have been a little sharper, at least from what I saw.
His goal was clearly offsides but there was a clear handball on the play not called that should have resulted in a red card and penalty.
Nurnberg’s got to be pleased if they’re getting a point for that performance.
Good to see outsiders like Morales, Shea, Ream and Williams (and Dolo!) getting PT hopefully more to come. Hopefully we dont need them but you never know..
What happened to Sebastian Lletget? Still at West Ham apparently?
I think he’s a case of being too good to go on loan (I.e. almost ready for real playing time) but not good enough to earn it yet. I keep thinking he’s still young; he needs to earn playing time somewhere this season. West Ham are a great team to be at as a youth, but you have to know when it’s time to jump ship.
I was mistaken. He’s only 20 and signed a full contract earlier this year. I still think he should find a loan for a couple months. But I thought he was 23 so forget my age comment.
Awesome that Cherundy got into a game. He will be back in full form soon enough!!!
God, I hope that nickname doesn’t catch on. I’m sticking with Dolo.
Glad Shea and Grella got playing time.
It wa nice to see Shea play again. But his performance was just shy of awful. It’ll be a few games before he gets meaningful time again. Please send him out on loan.
Williams is back too, with a great game. Him playing games and putting pressure on Beckerman is good for the USMNT. I think at both their peaks, Williams is by far the better player. He just needs consistency and I think he’ll get that and develop that moving forward.
Also nice to see Dolo earn time. I’m one of the ones that counted him out a few months back. But in this case, I’m happy to eat my words in June if possible.
I didn’t see the match but by nature Brek is a hit or miss kind of player. Everyone always judges him on a single performance but that’s not fair. He tries a lot of different stuff. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I disagree, mostly he only tries one thing. muscle and outrun, when it works, it works, when it doesn’t, he looks awful.
Nah. He’s a creative and very unpredictable guy. Everyone has said so, even Klinsi. The problem is that his technique isn’t advanced enough to pull of most of the stuff he tries.
He’s creative because even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. Which is a fact. He came out and said he watches games and has no idea how he does what he does – he just does it. Call that low soccer IQ.
Do you believe everything Shea says?
He is a pro, signed by an EPL team and , with a bit of luck might go to the 2014 World Cup as a player for the US.
If that proves his soccer IQ is low I can think of a lot of players who would kill to have a similarly low IQ if that is what it took to get him to where he is..
“The problem is that his technique isn’t advanced enough to pull of most of the stuff he tries.”
Advanced enough? What does that mean?
He is an attacker. The probability is that the majority of the “stuff he tries” won’t work . But he only needs to get through once or twice a game to be effective.
When Shea is “on” he can be dangerous.
For some reason he might be the most divisive player in the US pool. The kind of reaction he gets from some people is just so over the top. However at least Cameron has him draw some attention from what was a pretty awful outing for him as well.
I realize Americans abroad in League 2 aren’t news but Will Packwood’s loan has been extended to 3 months and he has played 5 games – think 90 minutes every game and has been MOM twice. This is really good news considering how serious his broken leg injury was. Just terrific for him.