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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Michael Orozco and Puebla got off to a winning start in Liga MX’s Clausura, and it came at the expense of another American.

In a match-up of Mexican clubs boasting several current or former U.S. Men’s National Team players, Puebla defeated Club Tijuana, 2-1, in their campaign opener on Saturday. Orozco played from whistle to whistle for Puebla in the triumph while Greg Garza did the same for the losing Xolos. The other available American veteran, Herculez Gomez, was in uniform for Puebla but did not see the field.

Edgar Castillo was also on the winning end of his respective club’s Liga MX encounter on Saturday. Castillo started and went the distance to help Atlas post a 1-0 road victory over Tigres UANL, who were without Jose Torres. The Zorros are among six teams to have won their first game of the Clausura, and all of them have a plus-one goal differential.

For Brad Guzan and Aston Villa, the weekend saw a recent and frustrating run of futility extended. The Villans were blanked in a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, and are now winless in their last six league matches dating back to early December. Guzan made two saves in the loss.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Jozy Altidore did not dress in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss vs. Liverpool on Saturday.
  • Tim Howard did not dress in Everton’s 1-1 draw vs. Manchester City on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss vs. Leicester City on Saturday.
  • DeAndre Yedlin did not dress in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 loss vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel did not dress for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Geoff Cameron started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Stoke City’s 3-0 loss vs. Arsenal on Sunday.
  • Gedio Zelalem did not dress in Arsenal’s 3-0 win vs. Stoke City on Sunday.

Championship

  • Jonathan Spector dressed but did not play in Birmingham City’s 3-1 win vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw vs. Leeds United on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 loss vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 0-0 draw vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday.
  • Emerson Hyndman did not dress in Fulham’s 1-0 loss vs. Cardiff City on Saturday. He is with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 1-0 win vs. Ipswich Town on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Charlton Athletic’s 1-0 loss vs. Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

FRANCE

  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in FC Nantes’ 0-0 draw vs. Metz on Sunday.

MEXICO

  • Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes in Puebla’s 2-1 win vs. Club Tijuana on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez dressed but did not play for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza started and played 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss vs. Puebla on Saturday.
  • Joe Corona did not dress for Club Tijuana. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Paul Arriola did not dress for Club Tijuana. He is with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.
  • Jose Torres did not dress in Tigres UANL’s 1-0 loss vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Atlas’ 1-0 win vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday.
  • Ventura Alvarado came off the bench and played one minute in Club America’s 3-1 win vs. Club Leon on Saturday.

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What do you think of these performances? Think Orozco and Puebla are in store for a good season? How worried are you over Guzan and Aston Villa’s recent winless streak?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

    • Yeah, like we have an abundance of “moderately efficient club players” plying their trade in the Premier League. If he’s not US National Team level, then our back line must consist of Kompany and Hummels.

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    • Yes, please clarify. Other than him arguably being too versatile and Klins not knowing where exactly to play him, how is Cameron “certainly not close” to USMNT level??

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  1. Kind of agree with the Jose Torres to MLS comment. It may be too late for him, but he seems to just be bouncing around Mexico when he could have done more.

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    • Jose Torres or Herculez Gomez? Torres has only played for 2 teams in Mexico (Pachuca and Tigres). He’s getting paid way more than MLS and receives a lot of playing time. Tigres made it to the championship game last term.

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