Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Jozy Altidore 4 (Getty Images)



On most weekends it is the veteran Americans Abroad who enjoy the bulk of the success, but some of this weekend's better performances came from the younger contingent.

Leading the way was Jozy Altidore, who handed Hull City a huge boost in its fight to stay in the Premier League by drawing a penalty kick 16 minutes into its match against Fulham. Altidore didn't take the spot kick, but it was converted and it set the tone for a surprise 2-0 win for Hull.

Another young American attacker helped his team get on the scoresheet, and that was Mikkel Diskerud. Trailing 1-0 in the first half to Aalesund, Diskerud one-timed a shot with the outside of his foot to score his first goal of the season for Stabaek. The game ended 2-2.

Freddy Adu didn't directly help Aris score, but he did start for Aris in its 1-0 win over Levadiakos. Adu, who was deployed at left mid, played the full 90 minutes, marking the first time he's done that in league play this season.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started and played 90 minutes in Everton's 0-0 draw vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Jozy Altidore started, played 79 minutes, received a yellow card and drew a penalty kick in Hull City 's 2-0 win vs. Fulham on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday.

  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham's 1-0 loss vs. Stoke City on Saturday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villa's 7-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 7-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made ten saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 0-0 draw vs. Everton on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 4-0 loss vs. Manchester United on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.


  • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford's 1-1 draw vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday.

  • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw vs. Coventry City on Saturday.
  • Kenny Cooper dressed but did not play in Plymouth Argyle's 2-0 loss vs. Blackpool on Saturday.


  • Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Leyton Orient's 1-0 loss vs. Brentford on Saturday.
  • Jemal Johnson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Stockport County's 5-0 loss vs. Millwall on Saturday.
  • Jon-Paul Pittman came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 1-1 draw vs. Colchester United on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella came off the bench and played 75 minutes in Leeds United's 1-0 loss vs. Norwich City on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Norwich City's 1-0 win vs. Leeds United on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Rangers' 4-1 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play in Rangers' 4-1 win vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday. 
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 3-1 win vs. Kilmarnock on Saturday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 1-1 draw vs. Lazio on Sunday.



  • Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 win vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday. He was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

  • Steve Cherundolo started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Hannover 96's 4-1 loss vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.

  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 4-1 loss vs. FC Cologne on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-0 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
  • Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 win vs. VfL Bochum on Friday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 1-1 draw vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday.

  • Jared Jeffrey did not dress in Mainz 05's 2-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.


  • Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play TSV 1860 Munich on Monday.
  • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 2-1 win vs. FC Union Berlin on Friday.
  • David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in TUS Koblenz's 4-1 loss vs. MSV Duisburg on Friday.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes' 3-1 win vs. Le Mans on Sunday.

  • Charlie Davies and Sochaux did not play this weekend.


  • Gale Agbossoumonde did not dress in Sporting Braga's 1-0 loss vs. Benfica on Saturday.


  • Freddy Adu started and played 90 minutes in Aris Salonika's 1-0 win vs. Levadiakos on Sunday.

  • Eddie Johnson started and played 62 minutes in Aris Salonika's 1-0 win vs. Levadiakos on Sunday.


  • Benny Feilhaber did not dress in AGF Aarhus' 0-0 draw vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday.
  • Michael Parkhurst dressed but did not play in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw vs. Aalborg BK on Saturday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Aalborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Saturday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro BK play Mjallby on Monday.


  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 1-1 draw. vs. Molde on Saturday.
  • Hunter Freeman started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 1-1 draw vs. Molde on Saturday.
  • Mikkel Diskerud started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Stabaek's 2-2 draw vs. Aaelsunds on Saturday. The goal can be seen here.


  • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 70 minutes in Pachuca's 1-0 win vs. Morelia on Saturday..

  • Edgar Castillo started and played 36 minutes in Tigres UANL's 1-0 loss vs. Toluca on Saturday.
  • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 3-0 loss vs. Atlante on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 31 minutes and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 2-1 win vs. America on Sunday.


  • Michael Hoyos dressed but did not play in Estudiantes La Plata's 2-1 win vs. Godoy Cruz de Mendoza on Friday.


What do you think of these performances? Glad to see the youngsters do so well? ? Do you see Altidore helping Hull avoid relegation? Impressed by Diskerud's goal? Believe Adu will continue to start?

Share your thoughts below

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79 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. Andy says:

    Jozy not only drew the penalty but earned 3 Fulham players yellow card for fouls on him and drew a great save from Schwarzer on what would’ve been an easy assist with a beautiful ball across the front of goal. He was rated man of the match by most British media.

    Gooch not only didn’t dress but was in Beckham’s box for the Galaxy-Revs game Saturday night at the HDC.

  2. Jose S. says:

    Adu indirectly lead to the score.

    He was the one that got fouled which gave Aris the FK near the box then Neto bent it home.

  3. Ian Gardener says:

    All that’s been missing for Jozy are the goals, but that’s easier said than done on a low-scoring team like Hull. I think he’s impressed a lot of people this year.

  4. einar says:

    I guess Adu played well enough to get the full 90 and is not now match fit. y did Castillo leave early form his game?

  5. wilbur06 says:

    It’s easy to forget he is only 20.

  6. Jim Corbett says:

    Does anyone have a link to the Alejandro Bedoya

    match on monday?

  7. DingDong says:

    Hey Franco,

    Sorry to be picky, but you can’t call it “Aalesunds”. It’s just “Aalesund.” The ‘s’ is possessive. You can call it “Aalesunds Fotballklub” if you like or “Aalesunds FK” but just “Aalesunds” doesn’t make sense. Thanks for the great post though.

  8. redbull3 says:

    i’m sure panizo will add your gooch fact to his report

  9. BetaMale says:

    Jozy did great drawing the PK and 2 other yellows from defenders. He does alot of stuff that doesn’t show up on the stat sheets.

    I heard Grella was one of the best players on Leeds, and Adu looked solid

  10. BetaMale says:

    or did he draw 3 yellows?

  11. freddie footballer says:

    just a suggestion to give a time mark on the videos of the goals so we don’t have to watch the entire highlight package. Thanks.

  12. afc says:

    Leeds played one of their worst games this season. It was easy to pick out Grella as one of the better players.

  13. KEEP says:

    Why was Gooch in LA?? Loan to the Gals would be OK, but playing time on an injury stricken Milan squad is obviously the route most US fans want him to take. Is this possible compensation for the Becks injury…I’m a fan of the big man but a loan deal or sale of a “big name” mid or striker would be fair considering LA has a pretty decent youngster at CB. ?????

  14. speekeasy says:

    from a hull city site:

    “Fagan also put in a lot of work, that generally goes without saying, but showed decent ability on the ball too and while he wasn’t as dangerous as Altidore, he made good runs out wide that opened up space and gave us a good option. Altidore was terrific. He was strong with his back to goal and electric when he got the ball out of his feet. They had no answer to him. It’d be nice to see that endeavor rewarded with a goal or two, he deserves them. He’s improved constantly throughout the season to the point where the only question about our strike force should be “Who’s playing up front with Jozy?””

  15. Yeah, I was watching the Galaxy-Revolution match and saw the shot of him and Beckham sitting together in the box. The ESPN broadcast of the MLS season opener on Thursday reported that Onyewu was in LA for a checkup with the doctor who had performed the surgery.

  16. Noted and changed. Thanks.

  17. SBI Troll says:

    Is it true Mike Bradley may have to wear a mask for his broken nose for his next few games?

    And Franco, you should fill us in on the Gooch situation. I’m getting concerned that he isn’t even in Italy on gameday, if what the other posters have said is true.

  18. Above I briefly addressed what has been reported (by ESPN) on Onyewu’s latest.

  19. JoeMomma says:


  20. bigvic says:

    otro gol por Herculez Gomez!!!!

  21. aaronblok says:

    Gomez scores again! How many is that?

  22. Jaydubya says:

    Is there any kind of word about Dom Cervi coming from Celtic? This is his second season and I don’t think he’s even sniffed the bench in cup matches. Is he progressing, developing, learning the ropes, or is he just languishing?

  23. Jose S. says:

    7th of the season

    Announcers just mentioned Herculez’ hope to get back on the US national team and they wonder if Bob Bradley is keeping an eye on him.

  24. He sporadically makes the bench for Celtic in Cup matches.

  25. andrew in tampa says:

    more intriguing than the 23 for the WC I want to see the 30-man provisional squad who gets called in to train in May. Gomes should get a call up even if he doesn’t make the final squad. I hope there are some surprises.

  26. CrispyST3 says:

    Calm down, it was reported that Gooch was getting checked up from the doctor who performed his surgery which was here in LA.

    I don’t think Gooch would even think of considering a loan to play for Galaxy

  27. afc says:

    He played in a recent reserve game against Cody Arnoux and Anton Peterlin. They are both on trial with Motherwell.

  28. CrispyST3 says:

    Nice! made me smile :)

  29. torporindy says:


  30. vince says:

    Gomez came on as a sub in the 59th minute to score his 7th goal…in 11 matches.

    Are you serious? He’s ripping it up. If Bradley’s evaluation of players depend on who’s in form I don’t see how he doesn’t already have his seat on the plane to South Africa.

  31. vince says:

    Actually 12 matches

  32. DeLarge says:

    This just got me so much more excited for SA.

  33. Gesar says:

    Gomez is F*cking Flithy……….. GOOD!!!!!!!

  34. CrispyST3 says:

    In the video where they show the Puble-America highlights, the announcers are saying how they are starting to worry about Ochoa because of his recent form. They say how they should keep an eye on him because they don’t want this form on the national team.

  35. Jozy played an awesome game for Hull. I just watched it again just for kicks. The fans really seemed to appreciate his efforts. Hopefully he can build on this and be huge for them down the stretch.

  36. I think he’s earned an audition with our remaining friendlies. I’d love to see it. We have very little depth at forward and god forbid if we had to deal with an injury to Jozy. How could we not give a chance to a guy that can’t stop finding the back of the net? And what a satisfying goal.

  37. wildchild says:

    sweet. just got home from the Puebla game, and I’m happy to see a highlight up so fast. we didn’t rush home, we stayed and watched the fights in the stands. traffic was something getting home, but they closed down one half of the boulevard, better yet, they turned it around and had the four lanes all headed the same way, was purdy cool.

    yeah man, we won, finally, at home, against America. was sweet. and my man, a fellow gringo, scored, was sweet.

    let’s go Puebla, let’s go Portland, let’s go USMNT!!!

  38. wildchild says:

    btw, Hercules almost had a second goal, sprinting onto a lobbed through ball, he and one defender racing for the ball, Hercules got there first, just barely, and at full speed, first touch headed down the ball to his feet, and released a helluva strike. Ochoa was just barely able to make the save. had he socred that one, the whole crowed would have shat themselves in one go. my fav word of the day, it was sweet!

  39. Nutmegger says:

    That was an amazing strike. Gomez is on fire. Gotta bring him in and have a look.

  40. jig says:

    herculez is killlllling it.

  41. Eric says:

    Jees Ochoa did well with that one huh.

  42. Neruda says:

    The game callers made a much bigger deal about goalkeeper Ochoa’s horrible effort on the long range free kick by Gomez. They even said that Ochoa’s play had them very concerned about Mexico’s chances in this years WC. Stands to reason that VW (Puebla) beats Bimbo (Club America) but hey at least they can all enjoy a Corona afterward.

  43. ahm says:

    how does that relate to their being with everton? are they moving out on loan or is everton done?

  44. Josh D. says:

    What’s up with Simek and Whitbread not making the first team anymore? They were killing it earlier in the season….

    Great to see Grella get some much needed minutes – think he’s one to keep an eye on although he’s taking the long way to the top!

  45. JL says:

    Funny: “Who’s playing up front with Jozy?” is also the question for the USMNT…

  46. speekeasy says:

    very true. hopefully our boy charlie

  47. Dank says:

    I was talking with some longtime Wednesday supporters and they felt that Simek has been pretty poor this year when he’s played.

  48. bigvic says:

    you didnt see him in the crowd? The camera turned to him. He was with those shirtless guys jumping throughout the game. He also had a sombrero on. Weird that a mid-50s white dude would be shirtless, wearing a sombrero, and jumping all game long, but I swear it was him.

  49. ThaDeuce says:

    cool to think that what could be a likely striking partnership for us in the World Cup were starting in the EPL against each other…not too shabby.

  50. bigvic says:

    wow, yeah those americanistas were starting to riot during the game. It looked dicey, perhaps quite common

  51. DaveW says:

    According to Monterrey newspaper ‘El Porvenir’ and also the archived live coverage on a fan blog, Edgar Castillo left with an injury.

    The fan blog also listed him starting at left mid, for what it’s worth.

    Didn’t watch the game, just curious like you.

  52. ThaDeuce says:

    or Dempsey or Ching

  53. DaveW says:

    Not so much a reply to you, but just trying to keep the Gómez thread together, I see by the game reports that both Puebla goals were by ex-MLSers, Pescadito Ruiz scoring the first.

    That has to make one of Mexico’s most important teams feel even better about the whole thing…

  54. DaveW says:

    Tigres official site says the problem is with his right knee, further examination Monday.

  55. Jason says:

    way to go MIX! Hope Norway doesn’t call you up for Euro 2012 qualifying.

  56. Hush says:

    Good weekend for our boys, the only one that had a hard time this weekend was MR.Brad. :(

    Glad to see Hercules find the net again. Everytime Hercules scores during a Puebla game they should have Eddie Murphey’s voice do the Hercules shout!:)

    Ochoa had another bad I’ve always said this kid is like a pair of retro Jordans, all hype everytime they release. Overated goalkeeper!.. most Mexicans fans refuse to accept the truth. He is a good goalkeeper, but not good enough for U.S

  57. Lil' Zeke says:

    A hastily researched but hopefully accurate fun fact about Herculez: Of recent El Tri goalscorers against the U.S. who ply their trade in Mexico, Herculez just passed Miguel Sabah to lead them all in Clausura scoring! Of course he and everybody else have a ways to go yet before they catch Chicharito.

  58. nolan says:

    I think Jozy is only good at flopping to get fouls. I mean seriously, all of the fouls he drew, he totally embellished. When can he actually score a goal on his own??

  59. Josh D. says:

    Oh really? I was under the impression he was doing well… Interesting. I will be honest in saying I have never seen him play – only read match reviews.

  60. reefer says:

    I hope he gets called into the 30 man squad so at least he would wait for the US call next year instead of norway

  61. Benjamin says:

    Love how Ochoa flubbed that save, then the camera zoomed in on him looking totally flabbergasted with himself, with a perfect view of Club America’s sponsor: Bimbo. Classic.

  62. If you watched the game and that’s how you feel, then I guess we disagree about his performance.

  63. Andy in Atlanta says:

    They are both looking to secure loan deals.// the reserve season is nearly complete in England so they are trying to get some first team football. They already had 1 trial week and got extended another.

  64. Ochoa forget to drink his PowerAid. Haha!

  65. afc says:

    No its not to secure a loan deal. They only signed one year deals at Everton. Both contracts are up in the summer. Everton is giving them a chance to find a new club. Pretty classy move if you ask me. They are pretty old in terms of making it at Everton. Everton have a lot of good talent in the reserves and youth teams so Arnoux and Peterlin are pretty much out.

    Motherwell liked them though, especially Arnoux.

  66. Brian D says:

    I think winning a penalty should count as .8 goals (or whatever the conversion % is) in the stat sheet. Jozy may not score a lot, but good lord does he like to get fouled in the box.

  67. dhawk says:

    Altidore was given a 9 rating by SkySports. Fantastic!!

  68. Kevin says:

    *wipes a tear* Ochoa’s look after the goal was the most beautiful thing I’ve seen today. :) It would only have been better if he took the ball off the face instead of the arm/chest area.

  69. war says:

    I’d take Herculez over Ching for sure. Hopefully BB will pick him for the squad. But, that’s like saying “10 saves a game” Hahnemann is going to take the 2nd keeper spot over Guzan who hasn’t sniffed the feild in months. It’s not going to happen. There’s a heirarchy. Unless Ching breaks both his legs, Herculez isn’t coming.

    would like a – Jozy, Davies, Gomez, Johnson forward setup though.

    Most of our players are getting time, which is a major boost. Cooper’s actually getting on the bench too. Things are looking up.

  70. b-hags says:

    i read a recent yanks-abroad post from Mix stating he’s yet to hear from the US u23 team regarding the olympics…making me nervious, this kid will be a stud!

  71. dudeinho says:

    Makes me happy that ex galaxy players did well.

  72. wildchild says:

    i did the eddie murphay “hercules” chant a few times, but stopped cause noone seems to get it… haha

  73. jonk says:

    It appears that Bradley has been in contact with Gomez.

    link to
    “I have a small possibility of being called…They know what I am doing here. The media and fans are showing support for me (to be called up) because at this moment I am the one forward from my country that is scoring goals.”

  74. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Herc over Ching? interesting that it is even being discussed. 2 years ago (or was it 3?) Gomez looked out of place in the Copa America.

    Last year he Ho-hummed it, up and down. He is owning the MFL right now and my guess is if he keeps it up he is brought to camp.

    His FK was a beauty, lots of pace…but it should have been saved. The real question is how is his play during the run of play? I’ll admit I’ve not watched Puebla this year…but will catch the next couple of games just to get an idea.

  75. kenny_b says:

    Ummm…..he and David Beckham play, no not play, are injured together at AC Milan.

  76. kenny_b says:

    That is awesome!

  77. kenny_b says:

    He should have made that save. It was a great dipping shot from Gomez, but honestly, the keeper should have done better.

  78. Eurosnob says:

    7 goal in 12 games is impressive, but this one can be partially attributed to terrible goalkeeping.

  79. derrick says:

    yep sadly though, goals are why he’s there and it’s precisely what Hull needs. He had a very good game though.

    That said i think if i had a choice i’d take a striker that can be anonymous for a lot of the game but hit a double. He did play well though. no doubt. He needs to get a real greed and hunger for scoring though.