Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It appears age is nothing but a number for Brad Friedel.

The 38-year-old Friedel posted his eighth shutout in Aston Villa's last ten league games by making five saves in the Villans' scoreless draw with Tottenham. Averaging less than a goal against per game, Friedel now has 11 cleansheets on the season.

Carlos Bocanegra did not help Stade Rennes record a shutout, but he was a part of the club's impressive and surprising 4-2 victory over league leaders Bordeaux. Having fallen out of favor in December, Bocanegra has now started five out of Rennes' last six matches at left back, which should put U.S. fans worried about his playing time at ease.

U.S. fans are also probably smiling about Jozy Altidore's latest showing. Altidore continued his fine run of form in Hull City's game with Manchester City, contributing with his first Premiership goal while also drawing yellow cards on both of the Citizens' centerbacks in Hull's 2-1 upset victory.

Altidore wasn't the only one to find the back of the net this weekend. In just his third appearance for Puebla, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for the club, nodding home a free kick in the 1-1 draw vs. Atlante.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Landon Donovan started and played 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 loss vs. Liverpool on Saturday.
  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Everton's 1-0 loss vs. Liverpool on Saturday.
  • Jozy Altidore started, played 66 minutes and scored a GOAL in Hull City 's 2-1 win vs. Manchester City on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey did not dress in Fulham's 0-0 draw vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham's 2-1 loss vs. Burnley on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Aston Villa's 0-0 draw vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 0-0 draw vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. Birmingham on Sunday.

  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 0-0 draw vs. Fulham on Saturday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.


  • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford's 1-0 loss vs. Barnsley on Saturday.
  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-1 loss vs. Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
  • Kenny Cooper came off the bench and played 32 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 1-0 loss vs. West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.


  • Ian Joyce and Southend United play Colchester United on Monday.
  • Zak Whitbread came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Norwich City's 2-1 loss vs. Millwall on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United's 2-2 draw vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.
  • Jemal Johnson did not dress in Stockport County's 3-1 loss vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.
  • Jon-Paul Pittman dressed but did not play in Wycombe Wanderers' 4-1 loss vs. Yeovil Town on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu did not dress in Rangers' 0-0 draw vs. St Mirren in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress in Rangers' 0-0 draw vs. St Mirren in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday. He is recovering from a thigh injury. 
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 4-2 win vs. Dunfermline Athletic in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 0-0 draw vs. Bologna on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.



  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 loss vs. Mainz on Sunday.
  • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96's 2-1 loss vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday. He is recovering from a shoulder injury.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 2-1 loss vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 0-0 draw vs. SC Freiburg on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-2 win vs. Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.


  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern's 3-0 win vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.
  • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 1-1 draw vs. Alemania Aachen on Sunday.
  • David Yeldell did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 1-1 draw vs. Energie Cottbus on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes' 4-2 win vs. Bordeaux on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 1-1 draw vs. AS Nancy Lorraine on Saturday. He is recovering from multiple injuries. 


  • Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika were losing 1-0 vs. Panthrakikos on Saturday before the match was abandoned at halftime due to a waterlogged pitch.
  • Eddie Johnson and Aris Salonika were losing 1-0 vs. Panthrakikos on Saturday before the match was abandoned at halftime due to a waterlogged pitch.


  • Jose Francisco Torres did not dress in Pachuca's 2-2 draw vs. San Luis on Saturday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
  • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Tigres UANL's 2-2 draw vs. Pumas UNAM on Saturday.
  • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 1-0 loss vs. Morelia on Sunday.
  • Herculez Gomez started, played 61 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 1-1 draw vs. Atlante on Sunday.


What do you think of these performances? Do you wish Friedel was still playing for the U.S. national team? Are you done worrying over Bocanegra's playing time with Rennes? Think Altidore will continue the run of form he is currently enjoying until the end of the season? Impressed by Gomez's goal?

Share your thoughts below.

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81 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. c3j1v62 says:


  2. dunbar says:


  3. Isaac says:

    Bocanegra at left back is looking more and more likely, especially after this kind of game. I know Spector has been getting games for West Ham at left back, but we’ve seen him take on the best in the world from RIGHT back with the national team, so I’d rather take that kind of data rather than what’s going on at West Ham. Bocanegra doesn’t have the most natural crossing technique, although he’s served a few good balls in, but his defensive ability is what’s important against teams that will have more of the ball.

  4. Josh From GA says:

    Herculez Gomez is garbage…that is all

  5. HUC says:

    Oh, NOW you include CD9?! About time chunks.

  6. Aaron in StL says:

    Not bad (for our standards) when 7 of your likely starters got starts and significant minutes in Europe. Now if Clark, Dempsey, Gooch and Davies get healthy we’ll be set.

    I think Rico has the most to lose/gain this spring, so he definitely needs to get fit and get minutes. Stu will make the roster if healthy but was never a starter in the WC unless injuries called for it. Clark could possibly lose his spot if he doesn’t get minutes. Although his competition is in the same boat.

  7. OmarVizquel says:

    I enjoy the NFL as much as any on-and-off fanatic and realize that it’s the best football league in the world (take that Canada and the now-defunct NFL Europe!), but can someone please tell these meatheads on ESPN that the phrase “world champion” is a bit, uh, pretty freakin’ STUPID?

  8. OmarVizquel says:

    I give the World Series a bit of slack because baseball is actually played by countries across the world, and the MLB is — in any rational sense — the best league with the world’s top players. So, “world champion” for baseball is ok by me. I know I’m in a minority in that opinion, though.

  9. Brian says:

    Lol chunks. Childish, yet hilarious. JK Ives you the man!

  10. OmarVizquel says:

    “World champion” for the NBA is fine, too. But leave it out of football. I guess these guys have been to college and used the phrase “national champion,” and they want to feel even better about themselves. But I’m sorry, you’re still a “national champion.”

  11. El Michael says:

    I really wish baseball could have a real world tourney, but unfortunately I don’t think it will ever happend. The torunament they have pre season is a joke.

  12. Jose S. says:

    The Aris game was finished today.

    Aris lost 2-0

    Johnson played the whole game, Adu did not play.

  13. RPH says:

    Hey Ives,

    What does Frank Simek have to do to get back in the Nats picture? We’re not deep enough on the back line to ignore a player who is starting regularly in a pretty good league. What’s your take?

  14. Chaes says:

    I completely disagree. The winner of the Super Bowl does deserve to be called the world champion, based on the exact reasoning you provided, there is no other legitimate professional league in the world to challenge this.

    In the other two examples you provided, there is actual credible competition in other parts of the world that could at least put up a semblance of a challenge for the crown of “World Champion” (the Japan based Nippon Professional Baseball league and the Euroleague – the Champions League of European basketball). MLB is actually in talks with NPB to put together a truly global “World Series” annually between the champions of the two leagues.

  15. j says:

    championship’s not that great a league

  16. OmarVizquel says:

    But the NFL is the ONLY major football league in the world, played almost solely by Americans! There are major baseball leagues in Japan, Korea, and Latin America, and basketball is huge in Europe and South America. I’m sorry — I love football, but you cannot escape the fact that virtually no one else in the world plays it.

    Of course, you can say you’re the “world champion” if you win the Super Bowl. But that’s like saying Punxatawny Phil is the world champion shadow-seeing groundhog. Of course he is — he’s the ONLY one!

  17. RLW2020 says:

    its where jay demerit plays…

  18. OmarVizquel says:

    …There are legitimate basketball and baseball leagues in the world besides the NBA and MLB, but the best players from around the globe — without a doubt — play in the American-based leagues. Whoever wins those leagues is the best in the world.

  19. CrispyST3 says:

    Yup, whatever happened to Eric Lichaj?

  20. SD says:

    franco/ives, any way you can use your connections to find out about this michael hoyos kid…he made another appearaance today for estudiantes la plata…

  21. Big news on the weekend, both Jozy and Landon got the highest rating from Sky for their performances. They said Landon was Everton’s most dangerous player. Jozy was dangerous throughout the game.

  22. afc says:

    He’s been linked with loans to Ipswich and Southampton.

  23. Joamiq says:

    Start Gomez up top with Jozy!

  24. Polish Wonder says:

    By definition “world champion” would indicate there is some form of championship available to all comers. The NFL, NBA, MLB do not offer foreign entry of teams, so the winners cannot be world champions. If the Premiership was deemed the best league, the top team still wouldn’t be the world champion. This is why the World Cup is much more significant.

  25. OmarVizquel says:

    The point is that the Premier League champion would not necessarily defeat the La Liga or Bundesliga champion. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the NBA champion would beat the Spanish league winner 99 times out of 100 in a long series. The discrepancy is huge — there’s really no reasonable way to argue that the NBA/MLB aren’t by far the best leagues in their respective sports.

    The World Cup has nothing to do with this….I’m just talking about club leagues.

  26. Moose says:

    Call up Herc!

  27. WhiteHart says:

    Altidore was named to the soccernet EPL “Team of the Week” for the 2nd straight week.

    “After a slow start in the Premier League it seems Hull City striker Jozy Altidore is finally making a name for himself.”

    Pretty impressive.

  28. WhiteHart says:

    Friedel also made TOTW.

  29. Sonicdeathmonkey says:

    WTG Moose….you just made me throw up in my mouth a little. 😉

    Ives, any hint on the “good news” you are planning to share on Monday?

  30. Just wanted to point out that Simek isn’t a regular starter with Sheffield Wednesday. He is in the team’s rotation, but doesn’t play week in and week out.

  31. CrispyST3 says:

    where did he say about the “good news” ?

  32. CrispyST3 says:

    Where did he say about the “good news” he will give us on monday?

  33. CrispyST3 says:

    My bad, i meant to put that on Sonicdamonkey’s post

  34. Susan says:

    Rad, thanks for the info.

  35. LC says:

    Good Goal…Jozy!!!! Hopefully a sign of more things to come.

  36. Alex says:

    Jozy abusing young Boyata all night. Great to see young players battle.

  37. LC says:

    Euro Group stages have been drawn. Any comment Ives?

  38. Sonicdeathmonkey says:


    link to

    “Apologies for the light postings on SBI today. I was busy tending to some personal business. I will have some good news to share on Monday.”

  39. OmarVizquel says:

    Ives’s big announcement:

    Podcast? Guest column series? ESPN on-air gig?

  40. Gary says:

    Im thinking we get some good ggoch, cd9, and Jermaine jones news soon

  41. Dudeinho says:

    if herc starts tearing it up in mexico than he deserves a call up. If he plays well for season down south then call him up next cycle.

  42. Moose says:

    He scored once, I am pretty sure that is all BB looks for, but he isn’t slow or fat so he may not be called up like Ching/Casey.

  43. El Michael says:

    and Dempsey or Daniel Williams will play for US

  44. Sean says:

    Well, consider the fact that there are pro leagues around the world(Japan, Korea, Austria, Germany), there is an international governing body of American football which holds a world cup every for years since 1999 and the fact that the United States doesn’t dominate that competition (Japan has more titles and the US only has one top 4 finish(2007 championship), the fact that the NFL champion the World Champion is legit.

  45. Nic D "The Texas 2 Stepper" says:

    There is actually AMERICAN FOOTBALL in other parts of the world.


    There is an exhibition held annually in December between the Japan team and some college “all stars”.

    Saw it while in Japan back in 03 and saw it last year on ESPN deuce.

  46. einar says:

    put daniel williams up there ives. he is better than most of those players.

  47. understood says:

    jonah freedman?

  48. seth davey says:

    I’ve just heard word about what Ives’ big announcement is going to be! It’s crazy…. If Davies doesn’t make it back from injury in time for the tournament, a new prospect has just come out with word that he’s “ready to take his place on the roster.” Brace yourself… (you’re not going to believe this)….

    Kobe Bryant.

  49. seth davey says:

    Kobe Bryant has always been outspoken about his love for Soccer… but I never thought he’d actually talk to Bob Bradley about trying out for the team. That man is full of it!…

  50. DC Josh says:

    duh, don’t need a Briton to tell me that.

  51. DaveW says:

    Since I watched the Tigres-Pumas game I’ll offer my observations on Castillo for that game only.

    He started at left mid since Tigres had some personnel holes to fill, and was more involved in attacking than defending. He had some decent runs, but was more or less stymied by a)not much understanding between the members of Tigres(far bigger problem than just Edgar) and b)his inability to use his right foot or use his left more creatively. Got one decent cross in that didn’t find anybody.

    Tigres dominated the early part of the game with bad marksmanship and UNAM keeper Bernal keeping them off the board. Then Paco Palencia dropped back a ball for Israel Castro to rip a 25 yarder into the net(remember Azteca?)and put Pumas up against the run of play.

    From there the rest of the first half wasn’t great for Tigres, and the coach decided he was tired of Pablo Barrera abusing the starting left back, so he made a sub and some positional moves that put Edgar at LB again. I thought he was more or less OK there, but since Pumas is mostly built to defend and counter it’s a little hard to evaluate his defending, although press and fan reaction say he’s not known for it, and he was beaten badly by Barrera on the second goal. Which was another beauty off Pablo’s weak(left foot).

    My guess is if Edgar goes to SA it’s more to cover left wing than left back.

  52. DaveW says:

    From Mexico NT point of view it has to be a little disconcerting that RB/RM Efraín Juárez was outmuscled for both Tigres goals.

  53. Torporindy says:

    The World Series is called that because the newspaper The New York World was the sponsor of the championship between the American and National leagues.

  54. jig says:

    on loan to lincoln city. league 2, at the age of 21, not that sick.

  55. Kutama says:

    In my opinion, to be a World champion, you must have given every country in the entire world a chance for the title, every country that can play the game a chance like the world cup where countries like Tuvalu, Fiji, Djibouti, Dominica, The Faroe Is., Swaziland, St. Lucia etc. All other sports especially the American sports DO NOT DO THIS yet they call themselves World champions……World Champions my a**. Now if you wanna call the World Baseball Classic Champions the World Champions in baseball…..then that’s the right path cos they have given a chance for countries who play the game a chance to be champions……not the f*****g World Series Champions where it is played in US & Canada ALONE. Bobby Valentine complained about this.

  56. USMNT says:

    JERMAINE JONES apparently visited the USA despite his injury according to german reports from approximately one month ago!

  57. Osvaldo Alonso says:

    that was really funny.

  58. Mingjai says:

    I’m pretty sure that the Stanley Cup champions would easily beat any champion of any foreign league in a 7 game series. Once they started letting NHL players in the Olympics, it’s very rare that a non-NHL player (other than a young Russian still under contract in Russia) makes a significant splash in the tournament. It’s nice that the NHL stops league play and that most of the elite players consider it a privilege and a duty to play for the Olympic team.

    On the other hand, the World Baseball Classic, which MLBers apparently don’t care about, has seen many teams of mostly non-MLBers do well. The Cuban, Korean, and Japanese teams are probably majority non-MLB, and they have all been to the championship. Then there are the Dutch, whose upset over the Dominican’s is probably one of the greatest upsets in sports (if anyone cared about the WBC).

  59. Scott A says:

    Not a bad little list up there. Things lookin’ up

  60. a says:

    Haha, that would be funny if this were written by Ives….

    Or if that were the first time they had included CD9….(which they started doing a week or two ago)

  61. Robert says:

    Excellent soccer weekend for Americans… oh, and Geaux Saints

  62. jig says:

    whoops, looks as though he;s made his return to villa park

  63. Jerome says:

    heard it was another monsoon on the field. The Aris fans expect Adu to start the next game.

  64. CrispyST3 says:

    what are you talking about?

  65. Brian says:

    hasn’t he always been garbage in MLS?

  66. Brian says:

    ” seth davey said in reply to OmarVizquel…

    I’ve just heard word about what Ives’ big announcement is going to be! It’s crazy…. If Davies doesn’t make it back from injury in time for the tournament, a new prospect has just come out with word that he’s “ready to take his place on the roster.” Brace yourself… (you’re not going to believe this)….

    Kobe Bryant.”

  67. MVK says:

    lol, no

  68. mark says:

    Brad Friedel needs to go to South Afica. Period. It’s unbelievable that our clear #2 keeper won’t be there. Howard is still USA’s #1, but Friedel is world class in his own right.

    England would gladly allow him to start for them if they could.

  69. ZacIndy says:

    Please have some sympathy for a Colts fan. This is the only site available to me at work that has nothing to do with the Superbowl. I’m glad for the Saints,there is no stopping manifest destiny.

  70. JD says:

    Who exactly is Daniel Williams? From what I’ve read he came up through the Freiburg youth system and is now starting. Where did he born, grew up, and would he play for the US?

  71. John says:

    I was just reading the comments on Carlisle’s soccernet piece about LD. So much vitriol and irrationality over there. Thank goodness for SBI.

  72. BrianK says:

    Mark,…with all due respect Brad Friedel is our clear #1 keeper.

  73. Frank says:

    MLB players typically don’t play in the Olympics because of more stringent drug testing.

  74. Moose says:

    lol, yes

  75. HoneyHell says:

    It’s Friedel’s choice not to be on the Nat team. He placed himself in retriement for international play because he was tired of being the #2. If the Nats were to give him the #1 GK slot he may reconsider…but until then he’s not going to be in SA.

  76. Josh D says:

    I get that the Greek game was canceled but did Adu or Johnson see the field until then?!?!?!

    No coverage of Yao, Ipswich’s new American player????

    Still missing our Aston Villa loaned right back to league 2 (can’t remember his name…)

  77. brentmcd says:

    Howard looked a bit shaky in goal against Liverpool. Friedel is definitely in better form right now. Hopefully Timmy will turn it around soon.

  78. Mingjai says:

    The NHL players in the Olympics comment was my shot at NBA players.

    Of course you are right regarding the MLB, which is why they have to create their own tournament.

  79. seth davey says:

    Just trying to spread a crazy rumor and see if it actually catches on. :)

    Imagine it though… how great would it be if some journalist got a hold of that story and, in an attempt to be the first to publish it, came out with a front-page report tomorrow morning claiming that Kobe Bryant is trying to play in the world cup!

    Personally, I think Kobe should play. Heck, he’d be better than Beckerman and Rogers and half the other ‘third-stringers!’ 😉

  80. seth davey says:

    Just trying to spread a crazy rumor and see if it actually catches on. :)

    Imagine it though… how great would it be if some journalist got a hold of that story and, in an attempt to be the first to publish it, came out with a front-page report tomorrow morning claiming that Kobe Bryant is trying to play in the world cup!

    Personally, I think Kobe should play. Heck, he’d be better than Beckerman and Rogers and half the other ‘third-stringers!’ 😉