Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Mikkel Diskerud 1 (Reuters)  


A week after providing two assists in a 4-0 win, Mikkel Diskerud continued his fine run of form with a pretty game-winning goal in Stabaek IF's 2-1 win against Lillestrom.

Diskerud helped Stabaek further distance itself from the relegation zone by playing 90 minutes and scoring just before the end of the first half with a clever chip. The goal was Diskerud's first since July.

Jermaine Jones also found the back of the net, scoring in Schalke 04's 2-1 loss to Hannover 96. Jones got on the end of a long free kick and headed home from close range. It was his first Bundesliga goal since April 2009.

This weekend wasn't just about the goal scorers. Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Friedel each enjoyed strong outings as Aston Villa defeated Everton, 1-0. Howard made four saves in the match while Friedel recorded six.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton's 1-0 loss vs. Aston Villa on Sunday.

  • Clint Dempsey came off the bench and played 31 minutes in Fulham's 2-2 draw vs. Blackpool on Saturday.

  • Eddie Johnson did not dress for Fulham.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Everton on Sunday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play for Aston Villa.

  • Eric Lichaj dressed but did not play for Aston Villa.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-1 draw vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.

  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United's 3-0 loss vs. Manchester United on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden started and played 78 minutes in Bolton Wanderers' 2-2 draw vs. Birmingham on Sunday.


  • Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 1-0 win vs. Watford on Saturday.

  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 1-1 draw vs. Nottingham Forest on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.

  • Conor Doyle started and played 57 minutes in Derby County's 2-2 draw vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.


  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 1-1 draw vs. Colchester United on Sunday.

  • Anton Peterlin came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 3-0 loss vs. Peterborough United on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu came off the bench and played 7 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. St Johnstone on Saturday.

  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 1-0 win vs. Motherwell on Sunday.


  • Jozy Altidore did not dress in Villarreal's 1-0 loss vs. Real Sociedad on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 4-0 win vs. Lecce on Sunday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-1 win vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.

  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 6-3 win vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

  • Jermaine Jones started, played 89 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in Schalke 04's 2-1 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday.

  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-1 loss vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.

  • Daniel Williams came off the bench and played 1 minute in SC Freiburg's 2-1 win vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.


  • Kenny Cooper did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 3-1 win vs. VfL Osnabruck on Sunday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.

  • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 1-0 loss vs. RW Oberhausen on Friday.

  • David Yelldell started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in MSV Duisburg's 4-1 win vs. FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday. 

  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruhe's 3-0 win vs. Alemania Aachen on Sunday.

  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress in FC Ingolstadt 04's 4-1 loss vs. MSV Duisburg on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in St Etienne's 3-1 win vs. Lens on Saturday.

  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 3-1 win vs. Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.


  • Freddy Adu did not dress in Aris Salonika's 1-0 win vs. Kavala on Sunday.


  • Sacha Kljestan dressed but did not play in RSC Anderlecht's 0-0 draw vs. Zulte-Waregem on Saturday.



  • Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Nordsjaelland's 0-0 draw vs. Aalborg BK on Sunday.

  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 0-0 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

  • Chris Rolfe did not dress for Aalborg BK. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.


  • Benny Feilhaber started and played 90 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 3-1 win vs. FC Vestsjaelland on Saturday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in Orebro SK's 3-0 win vs. Helsingborg on Saturday.

  • Ryan Miller started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Halmstads BK's 2-1 win vs. Kalmar FF on Sunday.


  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 3-2 loss vs. Rosenborg on Sunday.

  • Hunter Freeman started and played 90 minutes for IK Start.

  • Mikkel Diskerud started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Stabaek IF's 2-1 win vs. Lillestrom on Sunday. The goal can be seen here.

  • Steve Clark dressed but did not play in Honefoss BK's 3-1 win vs. Aalesunds on Sunday.


  • Jose Torres started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Pachuca's 3-1 loss vs. Puebla on Sunday.

  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench and played 11 minutes for Pachuca.

  • Marco Vidal did not dress for Pachuca.

  • Edgar Castillo came off the bench and played 13 minutes in San Luis' 2-1 win vs. Atlante on Saturday.

  • Sammy Ochoa started and played 78 minutes in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 1-1 draw vs. Morelia on Friday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 2-1 loss vs. San Luis on Saturday.


    Impressed by Diskerud's goal? Do you think he should be called up to the U.S. national team for the October friendlies? Do you consider Jones back in top form? Who do you think played better, Howard or Friedel?

    Share your thoughts below.

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    67 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

    1. Igor says:

      Unfortunately, Mix cut his flowing locks.

    2. maka says:

      time to get out cervi/grella

      and hddd? (how did doyle do)

    3. Isaac says:

      I’m actually pretty deeply disappointed by that.

    4. Benjamin says:

      I am encouraged by Holden and Diskerud getting quality minutes and making real contributions to their club teams, particularly considering their relative youth. I also hope that Jermaine Jones continues his return from injury, and can get games and get back to match fitness.

      I am puzzled about Dempsey’s role now; I understand that there is a new manager, but he was one of their best players last season and had a pretty good World Cup.

      Finally, I am concerned that Jozy and Gooch are going to be mired in season long struggles to not just get minutes, but to even make the bench at their respective clubs. It seems that a loan would have benefited both. Also, Adu seems to have dropped off the face of the earth.

    5. Isaac says:

      I feel that both Jones and Diskerud should get call ups. At the very least, they each should have one cap after the October and January friendlies. I seriously feel like Mix is the Benny Feilhaber of the 2014 cycle. Kid has pace, creativity, touch, skill, a high work rate and is very dynamic. May be the next to take the reigns of the attack like

    6. Benjamin says:

      From watching Dikerud play with the Youth Team, albeit in limited minutes, he passes the “eye” test more so than Feilhaber, meaning he is bigger physically and seems to be more athletically gifted.

    7. Aubie4Prez says:

      Would have liked to have at least a friendly for some of the young players in the Sept date for the Euro Qualifiers. Diskerud, Lichaj, etc.

    8. swoopy says:

      Lovely goal by Mix

    9. bhags says:

      couldn’t agree more with the mix call up. most quality minutes of any of the under 23 pool guys.

    10. afc says:

      Celtic signed Fraser Forster on loan from Newcastle. He started today’s game and kept a cleen sheet.

    11. Kris (Vfb!) says:

      No mention in the post nor comments… how shameful:

      Bradley had one of the best games of his career. Although he didn’t score a goal, HE SHUT DOWN MICHAEL BALLACK for 62 minutes until Ballack was subbed out!

      Bradley had some of the best positioning and passing I’ve seen in his career since either his Herenveen days or the Spain game. Seriously, the guy was the reason for ‘Gladbach’s goals. He connected defense to offense, AND held Leverkusen’s midfield of Vidal and Ballack in check. Wow!

    12. Sonicdeathmonkey says:

      I need to get one of those Hannover Jerseys. Those things look swweeeeeeet!

    13. fenel says:

      Benny Feilhaber needs to returns to mls if he can’t find another club in a higher competition. There are plenty of clubs in the MLS that can use his talents. There’s no reason he should keep playing in the second division in Denmark.

    14. fenel says:

      I don’t remember him playing for any MLS teams before, but he still needs to come home.

    15. hello mrs. lady says:

      a spanish team is said to hav interest in him…his team is waiting till the end of the transfer window to increase his value hopefully…..

    16. Isaac says:

      Was Bradley getting forward like he normally does or was he deep like I’ve heard and seen Gladbach like to play him? It would be really interesting to see how the USA would function if Bradley sat back more, because it would allow someone like Feilhaber, Holden, even Diskerud to step next to/right in front of him. Bradley essentially works as a Xabi Alonso, breaking up attacks, setting them up, dictating the pace and play of the game from deep and helping keep the ball. To be honest, we saw Bradley play that deep against both Spain and England, holding his runs forward to assist on defense. He realizes the games to get forward.

    17. A.S. says:

      For the most part, this is quite the depressing Americans Abroad. The number of players who are starting and contributing to high level teams is so minimal.

    18. Usafootie says:

      Gotta say I’m lovin’ the fact that this list keeps growing

    19. Isaac says:

      ….It’s been this way for a while pal…

      Exactly what’s your definition of “high-level”? A team like Fulham/Bolton/Gladbach? Someone in a top league like EPL, Bundesliga and La Liga? If so, I don’t know why pointing this out now is so…useful/informative?

      I’m not trying to be nasty it just seems like it’s been this way for a while. Is that what you’re trying to say?

    20. martin says:

      onyewu, clark, adu, and spector should come back to the united states.

    21. patrick says:

      whats up with all this not playing?

    22. patrick says:

      of that list, only one is right: Adu .

    23. ian says:

      Spector also conceded a penalty. Seems like that should be mentioned.

    24. Carl says:

      I still can’t believe Onyewu agreed to play for free for a year for Milan. Why do you show such loyalty and good will to a club that has never expressed any faith in your abilities.

      He simply NEVER PLAYS for Milan. He should be planning an escape in the winter, not trying to add salary-less years onto his contract.

    25. t says:

      not an american, but ronaldinho was a total beast tonight. the best play i have seen from him in a long time. amazing to watch.

    26. Test says:

      Who are the guys in the pic in this article?

    27. bla bla says:

      EJ did not Dress?

      whend does he even make the list

    28. Shaun says:

      It seems like Jermaine Jones plays a very similar position to Maurice Edu. I would love to see both of them playing for the US, but the position they share (defensive midfielder of sorts) lends itself to being played consistently by one person. And I would hate to see Mo on the bench for the next couple years…

    29. MadKingGeorge says:

      The amazing fraternal Siamese Twins ( who just happen to be playing on different teams)

    30. Josh D says:

      Had one of the worst showings I’ve ever seen from him. Very disappointed in his progress as he really seems to be losing the plot.

    31. Josh D says:

      The best player plays. Give Edu more drive to do better and he’ll learn a few things from a top player like Jones.

    32. Josh D says:

      Seeing as Doyle was taken off at the 57th minute, I think it’s fair to say he did poorly. But I didn’t watch the game.

    33. B1879 says:

      They kind of look like Union jerseys.

    34. MikeD says:

      I watched BMG-Bayer Leverkusen and Bradley did have a great game. He was winning balls in midfield and starting counter attacks. 3 of the 4 Leverkusen midfielders got subbed, including Ballack, Swiss international Barnetta and Chilean international Vidal. For whoever was asking, BMG plays with 2 box to box midfielders.

    35. Andy in Atlanta says:

      He dressed in mid week last week…

    36. A.S. says:

      I’m not sure why my being depressed about the lack of time for some of the top Americans Abroad is so offensive to you. But it makes me unhappy that Altidore, Davies, Dempsey, Edu, Onyewu, DeMerit and Feilhaber are all not starting, and seeing little or no time, in top leagues for one reason or another. That’s 7 of the US’s top 14 or so players. My apologies if my unhappiness causes you so much pain.

    37. Lorenzo says:

      He won the free kick that M’Gladbach converted for their 4th goal.

    38. dman says:

      has he offically pledged to play for the US and not Norway?

    39. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

      Beasley signs two year deal with Hannover. Good move for both beasley and Hannover! He will fit in fine.

      link to

    40. Lost in Space says:

      A.S. – I agree with you that it’s a little dishartening to see so many DND or DNP. However of the players you listed….

      Feilhaber – went the full 90 for his D-2 team.

      Edu – Went 90 in the previous 2 matches, so maybe the coach gave him limited minutes to keep him fresh for the long haul. Fairly common for teams to rest some of their best players every 3 or 4 matches to develop depth and rest players for the critical Matches.

      Davies – Still recovering from his accedent. Give him until the winter break before being too concerned about his minutes.

      Altidore – Young player who had a Very BAD game in a cup match. Needs to work hard in practice to earn the coaches respect in order to get PT. Will worry about him in 2011/2012 if he’s still not seeing regular time.

      Onyewu – Some players never recover from a Knee injury like he suffered. He looked slow and out of shape during the WC matches he played. He could seriously be on the downward spiral.

      DeMerit still hasn’t found a team. Is 30+ years old and is likely to be at the end of his carrer in Europe.

      Dempsey – is with a New coach at Fulham. the new coach is trying to figure out how best to use players and what line-ups work most effectivly. This should settle down over the next 3-4 matches. At which time if Clint still isn’t going the full 90 often then we can worry.

    41. Josh D says:


      Come on DeMerit!!

    42. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

      Beasley to Hannover..

      link to

    43. Brave1 says:

      Mix has actually scored four times this season (it says 2 in the intro above), and has had 5 assists. He has been named Man of the Match twice.

    44. john.q says:

      the music Stabaek plays after a goal is scored is hilarious. who’s ready to party? stabaek’s ready to party!
      MLS should adopt that (just kidding)!

    45. john.q says:

      i didnt even know UnderArmour started making soccer kits. they look pretty good

    46. HoboMike says:

      It seems as Spector gets torched every time he plays. His poor form has been going on for about 8 months now.

    47. Brian D says:

      Was the Confed cup a mirage? I was so excited about his play a year ago.

    48. afc says:

      He’ll probably to go QPR on loan they are very interested in him.

    49. Hush says:

      EJ did dress! He had a nice pair of jeans and clean looking Fulham jacket. Can the brother get some love for his dressing abilities?!.. I’m just saying.. :)

    50. DosSanta says:

      If Holden isn’t starting in the next WC, it’ll prolly lead to the firing of whoevers the coach. Just going by what I saw of who placed infront of him, clark and edu, and what Ive seen from every EPL match hes been in. Guess Bradley goes by practice, he’d be a good coach for the oakland raiders.

      Never going to get an easier route to the finals than we had this WC. Yes i’m still bitter.

    51. RK says:

      It doesn’t get much later than this…2nd division of Denmark is worse than Derby, that’s for sure.

    52. Hush says:

      This was Spector first game, c’mon! He wasn’t the ugliest player on the field. Giggs is also not some pansy in the EPL either. There is a reason he plays for the biggest club in the world since 1991! Last week West Ham got torched, but nobody here was complaing about Hams weak defensive backline. Spector had too much ground to cover yesterday. It’s tough to play D-fence when your club plays D for 90 minutes. If you watch that game all over again, pay attention to the 75th minute, here is where the Hams coach decides he is going to change his tactics and go with a 4-4-2. I didn’t see Spector get owned after that. Barrera & Spector became more offensive minded during the last 20 minutes. What game were you guys watching? Futbol is not Baseball,Hockey,Football,etc… there is more to the game tactically in futbol.

      Por favor mi gente!

    53. ElHierro says:

      Onyewu is going to struggle mightily to get playing time in a team with 11 defenders out of 28 total players. I think it’s pretty clear he has to move to be able to play regularly. Anybody know of any offers from other teams for him?

    54. Jayboy says:

      Certainly understandable to be bitter, but I think Holden was still recovering from the DeJong assault during the World Cup. He only played a few minutes vs. England… I do agree though that he is in a great spot now and hopefully he grows a lot at Bolton.

    55. swoopy says:

      Is it a sure thing that Mix plays for the U.S. if called?

    56. Colin says:

      I thought Benny Feilhaber was the Benny Feilhaber of the 2014 cycle…

    57. Rory says:

      No. About two years ago he told some Stabaek supporters (including a former foreign exchange student of mine) that he would play for whoever called him up first.

      Since then he made an appearance with the US U-20 World Cup squad. I don’t think he’s played for Norway’s youth set up since then. However, with Norway having some Euro Qualifiers comming up, they could cap-tie him. He isn’t likely to start for Norway yet, but even an off the bench appearance would be enough in a qualifier to lock him up. I’m especially worried that will happen once they are eliminated from Euro contention (or who knows, they could get in now that the field is larger then ever)

    58. Rory says:

      Reminds me of the only Norweigian band I know, Postgyro something or nother.

      Anyway, Stabaek won the Norweigian league a couple years ago (and Mixie was a bit-player off the bench) and opened an AWESOME new stadium last year. It’s a covered roof (this is Norway we’re talking about) and the outside looks like something from the far future. You can see their stadium here: link to

    59. rory says:

      I didn’t know this, but apparently in June 2009 he told Norway he inteded to play for America.

    60. Rory says:

      IVES– would you include a player in the 2nd division of Norway? Ham-Kam (who lead the 2nd division and were relegated last season from the 1st) signed Jonathan Borrajo and he played for them this weekend.

      link to

    61. Aristophanes says:

      Why does everyone assume it’s better to play regularly on a bad team than to be a back-up on a world-class team like AC Milan? It’s AC -effing- Milan!

      All the top clubs in the world have top-class guys on the bench. Do you think that people from Ghana are crying that Boateng just moved from a bottom-table team, where he started, to Milan, where he’ll have to fight for minutes? Doubt it.

      Gooch at Milan is a huge success for Yanks Abroad. We all hope he could play, but, again, it’s AC -effing- Milan!

    62. HoboMike says:

      Please don’t assume I know nothing about the game.

      He regularly got beaten towards the end of last year – he was in the team simply because Ilunga was injured. He was beaten for pace, beat off the dribble, beaten in the air – every which way. West Ham followers were openly deriding him. He followed that up with terrible performances for the USMNT, losing his starting spot that he had a pretty strong grip on. He then puts on a show where he’s responsible for 2 of the 3 goals. And yet, I know what Giggs is – getting beaten is no shame, but compounding that with a terrible takedown for a PK was insane and completely unnecessary. On Berbatov’s goal, he showed a surprising lack of positional sense, and let Berba have an open volley from 6 yards away.

      Why would I complain about WH’s defensive line when Spector doesn’t play? Makes no sense – this is Americans Abroad.

    63. einar says:

      Spector had a horrible game. i dont even know how he stayed on for 90 mins. is it cuz they had no one else for that position? and he played his natural right back position by the way

    64. Louis Z says:

      I noticed that too. Spector seems to have a career slide. hopefuly, he can recover.

    65. inkedAG says:

      And this is why we aren’t going to do any better than what we have in the World Cup. If we don’t play, we won’t play well.

    66. Kevin_Amold says:

      I completely agree. Constantly poor contributions from him. Shocking.

      I like Spector a lot, and initially wanted him to start over Dolo (in March), but clearly he is in a funk and Bradley made the right call.

    67. Kevin_amold says:

      The Soccernet podcast is often hosted by a West Ham fan, and I’ve probably counted at least 3 digs at Jonathan Spector specifically over their past 5 games or so dating to last season. He is strug-a-ling…