By FRANCO PANIZO
Geoff Cameron ended his year in impressive fashion this weekend. Not by just helping Stoke City post one shutout, but two.
Cameron helped Stoke City pick up a maximum six points from their final two games of 2014, helping the Potters move up the table during a busy weekend that saw them place twice in three days. He went from whistle to whistle at right back in a 1-0 triumph over Everton in a Boxing Day clash on Friday, and then turned in another 90-minute shift at that spot in a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Stoke City are now in 11th place in the Premiership.
There were no cleansheets for Oguchi Onyewu this weekend, but he did see some rare minutes for Charlton Athletic on Friday. Onyewu made his second appearance for the the Championship side, coming off the bench and playing just over half-an-hour in a 1-1 stalemate with Cardiff City. While the game was good from an individual perspective for the veteran defender, his club’s winless run is now at six games.
Tim Howard did not enjoy as good of a finish to his otherwise memorable 2014. Howard suffered a calf injury in the first half of the Toffees’ defeat to Stoke City on Friday, and the knock ruled him out of Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United. The tilt at St. James’ Park was the first league game Howard missed this season.
Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:
- Tim Howard started and played 45 minutes in Everton’s 1-0 loss vs. Stoke City on Friday. He did not dress in a 3-2 loss vs. Newcastle United on Sunday due to a calf injury.
- Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 28 minutes in Sunderland’s 3-1 loss vs. Hull City on Friday. He dressed but did not play in a 0-0 draw vs. Aston Villa on Sunday.
- Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss vs. Swansea City on Friday. He started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in a 0-0 draw vs. Sunderland on Friday.
- Brad Friedel did not dress in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win vs. Leicester City on Friday. He did not dress in a 0-0 draw vs. Manchester United on Sunday.
- Geoff Cameron started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Stoke City’s 1-0 win vs. Everton on Friday. He started and played 90 minutes in a 2-0 win vs. West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
- Cody Cropper did not dress in Southampton’s 3-1 win vs. Crystal Palace on Friday. He did not dress in a 1-1 draw vs. Chelsea on Sunday.
- Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City’s 4-0 loss vs. Derby County on Friday. He did not dress in a 3-1 win vs. Nottingham Forest on Sunday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.
- Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City vs. Derby County. He also did not dress vs. Nottingham Forest. He is recovering from an injury.
- Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 2-1 win vs. Blackburn Rovers on Friday. He started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss vs. Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
- Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 loss vs. Middlesbrough on Friday. He started and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 loss vs. Birmingham City on Sunday.
- Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 2-2 draw vs. Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday. He started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 win vs. Norwich City on Sunday.
- Emerson Hyndman dressed but did not play in Fulham’s 2-0 loss vs. AFC Bournemouth on Friday. He and Fulham play Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.
- Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 4-0 win vs. Birmingham City on Friday.
- Oguchi Onyewu came off the bench and played 31 minutes in Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 draw vs. Cardiff City on Friday.
- Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht’s 4-0 win vs. KVC Westerlo on Friday.
What do you think of these performances? Is Cameron the best American Abroad right now? Should Onyewu seriously consider making MLS his next career destination?
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They all unintentionally play in Europe except Zardes, who could (Championship, Bunds2)
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Perplexed that Hyndman is not getting a regular game for Fulham. Whenever I’ve seen him play (and from all the match reports I’ve read) he’s been one of the best players on his team.
Emerson has been solid in his appearances but has had his spot in the 11 taken by Lasse Vigen Christensen who has been Fulham’s best player since he was inserted into the lineup by Kit Symons once Magath was fired. He is still making the 18 every game and at 18 years old that is still good progress. He will be fine.
Magath was a big fan of his though so his departure hurts. Looks like bigger clubs (well, Villa at least) are already eyeing this other dude so hopefully he’ll leave in the transfer window and Emerson can get back out there.