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Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

Andy Johnson of QPR and Tim Ream of Bolton Wanderers

By FRANCO PANIZO

After failing to pick up a victory in three straight games, Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers got themselves back in the win column in one of the few positive results involving the Americans Abroad this week.

Ream and Bolton put an end to their halt on Tuesday, handing Fulham a 3-1 loss at Macron Stadium. Ream was deployed in his now customary left back role for the Trotters, and went the distance in the match. The triumph gave Bolton its 10th win of the season, and moved the club to 13th place in the Championship.

Another positive development came in England’s top division, as Tim Howard made his Everton return in a narrow defeat to league leaders Chelsea. Howard turned in a stellar performance, making six saves – some of the impressive variety – to keep the Toffees in the game before conceding an 89th-minute winner to Willian. Everton has now failed to score in three of its last four games.

While there was some good news, it mostly a rough two days for the Americans. Most of the players that saw the field were ousted, including Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya. Cameron – who delivered a clutch equalizing assist over the weekend – and Stoke City suffered a 4-1 loss to second-place Manchester City. Bedoya and Nantes were blanked, 2-0, and eliminated in the Round of 16 in the Coupe de France by Paris Saint-Germain.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did during the midweek action:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Everton’s 1-0 loss vs. Chelsea on Wednesday.
  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 4-1 loss vs. Manchester City on Wednesday.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villa’s 2-0 loss vs. Hull City on Tuesday.
  • DeAndre Yedlin did not dress in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-2 loss vs. Liverpool on Tuesday.
  • Brad Friedel did not dress for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Gedion Zelalem did not dress in Arsenal’s 2-1 win vs. Leicester City on Tuesday.

Championship

  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 3-1 win vs. Fulham on Tuesday.
  • Jonathan Spector started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss vs. Millwall on Tuesday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 win vs. Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.
  • Emerson Hyndman did not dress in Fulham’s 3-1 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday. He is recovering from a collarbone injury.
  • Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss vs. Leeds United on Tuesday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 2-2 draw vs. AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday.
  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Charlton Athletic’s 3-2 loss vs. Norwich City on Tuesday.

FRANCE

  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 85 minutes in FC Nantes’ 2-0 loss vs. Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France on Wednesday.

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Do you think Ream could play left back at the international level? Surprised by how lopsided Cameron and Stoke’s defeat to Manchester City was? How would you rate Bedoya’s performance vs. PSG?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Saw Bedoya’s performance against PSG. Even though they lost, his work rate was epic and could have had scoring changes due to his runs in the box but lacked facilitation by his teammates. Easily the best player on the USMNT (sorry Bradley).

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    • Bedoya kind of reminds me of Kljestan, where he’s have a nice run in Europe but it just never really translates on the national team. I mean Michael Orozco Fiscal has more goals in a US shirt in about a 3rd of the matches.

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      • SK is a decent player when he has the ball on his foot; other than that, he gets caught ball watching too many times. He also needs good players around him to feed him the ball. That’s why he thrived at Anderlecht. Bedoya would slide tackle his mom if he were ever dispossessed or his teammates made a bad pass. On top of that, I’ve seen him play on the wing, as a fullback, or the #10 position for club and country. Doesn’t score a lot of goals but gives you solid possession and distribution through the midfield. He knows when to track back and go forward at the right times when playing on the wing or fullback.

        MOF scores goals because he goes forward and leaves his defense exposed. That’s why he is pretty much out of the NT picture.

        Read this article about Bedoya and what he’s brought to Nante.

        http://www.americansoccernow.com/articles/here-s-what-they-re-saying-about-alejandro-bedoya

  2. It’s worth noting that Cameron conceded a penalty kick against Man City, though it really didn’t matter much in the long run (think it was the 3rd goal). It was also a suspect call with some timely acting, but nonetheless…

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    • Spector maybe a little, with his ability to play multiple positions across the back line or CM I could see a team offering just under DP money.
      Whitebread I don’t think there is any. With the smaller squad size and the salary cap a team couldn’t take a flyer on a player who is always out injured.

      Neither would carry enough name recognition to increase fan attendance and neither is young enough to invest towards the future.

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