If getting consistent playing time is a prerequisite for making the U.S. World Cup team, Jose Francisco Torres has one less thing to worry about.
Torres started his eighth consecutive match for Pachuca in the club's 2-1 win over Indios de Ciudad Juarez. Torres did not get on the scoresheet in Pachuca's second consecutive victory, but he did go the distance in a victory that saw the club get closer to post-season play in the Mexican League.
Far from playing for any hardware, Jonathan Spector and West Ham United took a positive step towards avoiding relegation by pulling out a 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. Despite having a penalty kick saved by Tim Howard, West Ham averted a seventh straight loss by fighting from behind twice to earn its result. Spector started and played 90 minutes at left back.
Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:
Tim Howardstarted, played 90 minutes and made three saves, including a penalty kick stop, in Everton's 2-2 draw vs. West Ham United on Sunday.
Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Hull City 's 2-0 loss vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
Clint Dempseystarted and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-1 win vs. Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham's 2-2 draw vs. Everton on Sunday.
Brad Friedelstarted, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Brad Guzandressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Marcus Hahnemannstarted, played 90 minutes and made eight saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday.
Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Aston Villa on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
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Jay DeMeritdid not dress in Watford's 1-1 draw vs. Preston North End on Saturday.
Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Kenny Cooper came off the bench and played 9 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 2-1 win vs. Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Leyton Orient's 3-1 loss vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.
Jemal Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Stockport County's 1-0 win vs. Walsall on Saturday.
Jon-Paul Pittman came off the bench and played 36 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Mike Grella started and played 75 minutes in Leeds United's 3-0 loss vs. Swindon Town on Saturday.
Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Norwich City's 3-1 loss vs. Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
Maurice Edu started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Rangers' 1-0 win vs. Hamilton Academical on Saturday.
DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play in Rangers' 1-0 win vs. Hamilton Academical on Saturday.
Dominic Cervi dressed but did not play in Celtic's 1-0 win vs. Hibernian on Sunday.
Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 3-2 win vs. Cagliari on Saturday.
Michael Bradley started and played 88 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 2-1 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 0-0 draw vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday.
Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 0-0 draw vs. Hamburg SV on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-1 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-2 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Daniel Williams dressed but did not play in SC Freiburg's 1-1 draw vs. VfL Bochum on Saturday.
Jared Jeffrey did not dress in Mainz 05's 2-0 loss vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.
Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern's 2-1 loss vs. RW Oberhausen on Sunday.
Matt Taylordid not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 2-1 loss vs. Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.
David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in TUS Koblenz's 2-1 win vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.
Carlos Bocanegrastarted and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes' 2-1 loss vs. Lyon on Saturday.
Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 0-0 draw vs. Nice on Saturday.
Gale Agbossoumonde did not dress in Sporting Braga's 3-2 win vs. Guimaraes on Friday.
Freddy Aduand Aris Salonika did not play this weekend.
Eddie Johnson and Aris Salonika did not play this weekend.
Benny Feilhaber came off the bench and played 74 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 0-0 draw vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-0 loss vs. FC Midtjylland on Thursday. Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play FC Copenhagen on Monday.
Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. Sonderjsyke on Friday. He is recovering from a knee injury. Tracy and Aalborg BK play Silkeborg IF on Monday.
Chris Rolfe came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Aalborg BK's 1-1 draw vs. Sonderjyske on Friday. Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Silkeborg IF on Monday.
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro BK play AIK on Monday.
Clarence Goodson and IK Start play Valerenga on Monday.
Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Valerenga on Monday.
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek play Tromso on Monday.
Jose Francisco Torres started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Pachuca's 2-1 win vs. Indios de Ciudad Juarez on Saturday.
Edgar Castillo did not dress in Tigres UANL's 3-0 win vs. San Luis on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
Marco Vidal started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 2-1 loss vs. Pachuca on Saturday.
Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 45 minutes and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 1-1 draw vs. Morelia on Saturday.
Michael Hoyos did not dress in Estudiantes La Plata's 1-1 draw vs. Banfield on Sunday.
What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Torres' performance/season? Do you see Spector and West Ham's draw against Everton as the result they needed to gain confidence? Which goal did you like better, Edu's or Gomez's?