Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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U.S. national team fans know all about Carlos Bocanegra's heading ability, and now St. Etienne fans do too.

Bocanegra scored his first goal for St. Etienne in the club's 2-2 draw with Bordeaux by losing his mark and heading home a free kick from close range. The goal, which was Bocanegra's first at the club level since March, gave St. Etienne the lead, but a late score from Bordeaux would negate it.

Michael Bradley also scored this weekend, but his goal came in a losing effort as Borussia Moenchengladbach lost to Hannover 96, 2-1. Bradley whipped in a free kick from distance, but no one got on the end of it and it bounced into the back of the net. Bradley now has three goals in the Bundesliga campaign.

Michael Parkhurst wasn't on the scoresheet, but he did put in a 90-minute showing at right back for FC Nordsjaelland in its 2-1 victory against Horsens. Should Parkhurst continue to get minutes at that position, he might warrant a look there for the U.S. national team.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card for a foul that led to a penalty kick and made three saves in Everton's 1-1 draw vs. Chelsea on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started, played 90 minutes, and had an ASSIST in Fulham's 2-1 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday.


  • Eddie Johnson came off the bench and played 1 minute for Fulham.
  • Brad Friedel and Aston Villa play Liverpool on Monday.
  • Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Liverpool on Monday.
  • Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Liverpool on Monday.
  • Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 3-0 loss vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United's 1-0 loss vs. Sunderland on Sunday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Manchester City on Saturday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.


  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County's 2-1 loss vs. Norwich City on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-1 win vs. Derby County on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.


  • Frank Simek and Carlisle United's game vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday was postponed.
  • Mike Grella and Carlisle United's game vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday was postponed.
  • Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle's game vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday was postponed.
  • Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons' game vs. Plymouth Argyle on Saturday was postponed.


  • Maurice Edu and Rangers did not play this weekend.
  • Dominic Cervi and Celtic did not play this weekend.


  • Jozy Altidore dressed but did not play in Villarreal's 1-0 win vs. Sevilla FC on Saturday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 3-0 win vs. Brescia on Saturday.



  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play for Hannover 96.
  • Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 2-1 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday.


  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-0 win vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.
  • Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 win vs. Mainz on Saturday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 1-0 win vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.


  • Kenny Cooper did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 1-0 win vs. Hertha Berlin on Sunday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made one save in MSV Duisburg's 3-1 loss vs. FSV Frankfurt on Friday.
  • Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Karlsruhe's 1-0 loss vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.
  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress in FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-1 draw vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.



  • Carlos Bocanegra started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in St Etienne's 2-2 draw vs. Bordeaux on Saturday.


  • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 win vs. Valenciennes on Saturday.


  • Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard's game vs. Stade Laval on Friday was postponed.


  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 2-1 win vs. Zulte-Waregem on Saturday.



  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-1 win vs. Horsens on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 6-0 loss vs. Odense on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe did not dress for Aalborg BK. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.


What do you think of these performances? Why do you think Bocanegra is such a threat on set pieces? Should Bradley take free kicks for the U.S. national team from now on? Should Parkhurst get a look at right back for the national team in the future?

Share your thoughts below.

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51 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. tnnelson says:

    some good minutes for the yanks this weekend, but there are a few too many dressed but did not play/did not dress in there. Gooch needs to get out of Milan ASAP. i would really like to see Jozy stick it out and win the starting role at Villareal, but his lack of minutes right now is very disheartening. he needs to at least be getting some sub minutes in the league if I am going to have any faith in him

  2. jose says:

    So wen should davies be back? Didn’t his team say in a month where is he at in his fitness and sharpness? And good 2 see our guys doingg good.

  3. Barca says:

    Not to be a pessimist, but Jozy has zero chance of starting for Villareal unless the entire forward’s crew comes up limp.

    Simply put, the forwards ahead of him are on another level entirely.

  4. golfstrom says:

    Stupid question, but is MB taking free kicks and corners for Gladbach now?

  5. Jao says:

    I live in France and I can tell you that Davies is still struggling in the reserves. He picked up an injury in a reserve match last month on the 7th, I believe, and hasn’t featured since. As a frequent watcher of French football, even if healthy, Davies will struggle to get games with the first team. His replacements Ideye Brown (two years younger) and Modibo Maiga (same age as Davies) have formed an excellent partnership and the club is doing well. On the same note, Sochaux have an 18-year old up and coming striker Cedric Bakambu who is also ahead of him on the depth chart.

  6. MicahK says:

    I wonder that too. Davies was so good, but he got into a lot and is paying for it by not playing for club nor country.

  7. MicahK says:

    I would have to disagree. Jozy is good enough to be on the first team bench. If he does not give up and has consistent form I can see in the next 2-3 years him becoming a regular.

  8. ahm says:

    best chance is if rossi heads to italy this winter. he’s certainly playing well enough to garner interest across europe and i think he felt he was overlooked for the WC squad in part because he was in spain not italy as he said he’s motivated to go there. even then though idk if jozy is the guy who would be put in the starting XI, certainly get more chances tho

  9. Isaac says:

    What’s up with all the postponed League One games, Ives?

  10. BrianVT says:

    Just an observation — whenever Dempsey scores a goal, the first thing he does is go to the player that fed him the assist, and celebrates with him. Is Kamara a knob for not doing the same after that class feed from Demps?

  11. Pete says:

    Does anyone know what position Spector played? Was he in the midfield again?

  12. Lorenzo says:

    I actually am happy when I see Altidore makes the bench. I know that is bizare but honestly how many times do we see “did not dress” for players that go abroad?

    I mean they carry 3 FW’s on their bench? I’m sure if he wasn’t thought well of they would drop him for a midfielder or something.

    He is in a leauge that is perfect to work on his shortcomings as a player, and with a great group of forwards to learn from. Before the world cup was closing in fast and I wanted him to develop fast… but now I am fine in letting him take his time. Especially with Agudelo, Mwanga, and Bunbury to help out with the FW duties.

  13. golfstrom says:

    right center mid next to parker

  14. Isaac says:

    Not really. When you’re behind in a match, you really don’t have time for celebrations.

  15. jig says:

    didnt do such a thing on his last goal

  16. J.M. says:

    It was ridiculously cold and snowy the last week in the UK, and pretty much every stadium in League One was either unsafe or the pitch was unplayable.

  17. Louis Z says:

    I’m afraid I have to agree with you. He is not at that level and for those that think additional playing time is all he needs you have to remember that he had numerous chances to proved lots of people wrong. When I hear that he scored I rush to the replay to maybe see a well placed shot but most of the time is just a tab in. I think only time will tell if he can play at the next level.

  18. Eric says:

    Nice work from Boca. Anyone see that guy trying to bike it and almost catch him in the face. Kinda comical.

  19. BrianVT says:

    Oh, OK. I must have missed that. Tx.

  20. Isaac says:

    Spector continues looking comfortable as a central midfielder/defensive midfielder and was arguably West Ham’s best player behind maybe Tomkins.

  21. Mattmatumbo says:

    Different topic, but Suazo is a god!

  22. camjam says:

    He really was! I watched the game in the hope that he would play (and with the fear that if he did, his performance against Man U was a fluke). But he played very well. He was the only midfielder that seemed to do anything. Boa Morte, dyer, and parker all looked useless.

  23. Nick C says:

    Sorry but disagree…Spector put in a good shift and actually had a really great run with ball that he could have scored on but was def not their best player. That would have to go to Scotty Parker. Spector will need to continue working on his fitness if he will be playing center mid and obviously need to continue learning the position has he played more reacting instead of anticipating

  24. GW says:

    “When I hear that he scored I rush to the replay to maybe see a well placed shot but most of the time is just a tab in. I think only time will tell if he can play at the next level.”

    “Tap ins” count just as much as 30 yard screamers. A tap in means either you are lucky or are smart enough to be positioned properly. Either way,get enough of them and they’ll keep you in.

    I can assure you that if Jozy scored a hat trick that were all tap ins they’d keep playing him.

  25. Peter says:

    Where does he fit in the USMNT midfield?

  26. GW says:

    Seeing as how he hasn’t played much his fitness falls into the category of rustiness.

  27. KEvin_Amold says:

    Sorry, but I’ll have to disagree with you. Parker looked out of it for me. A few nice touches, but apart from a lot of running, not much else.

  28. Kenny_B says:

    I saw that too. Dempsey wasn’t thrilled with Kamara on several occasions. Kamara isn’t much for playing the ball back to his teammates. He seems pretty selfish to me.

  29. Kenny_B says:

    What will Jozy do without your support?

  30. Sean says:

    There was talk from his manager on suggesting that CD9 may go on loan to a second division side in January. He is slowly making progress, and his team is doing well, so they have no need to rush him back.

  31. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    On the bench

  32. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Morales got the start for Hertha Berlin, but was subbed in the 69th minute. He was rated as a 4 out of 6 by Kicker. Not great, but not bad either.

  33. K-Town says:

    OMG! could this be a rational post about Jozy on SBI? Lol. Agreed with all points. Now that the next WC is a ways off, give him time. He is right where he needs to be. Others need to step up, we shouldnt have one 20 year old playing the hero.

  34. bryan says:

    nice goal from boca.

  35. Alex says:

    His fitness looked fine to me. How is it you judge someone’s fitness after only 2 games playing???

  36. 12310431824312 says:

    agree Scott Parker was everywhere, like he usually is. Spector played well but Parker was better

  37. Brian D says:

    Of course Spector is tearing it up as a midfielder now. We are now closer than ever to unveiling the devastating 2-8-0 on international soccer.

  38. EvertonBrian says:

    Haha, awesome…

  39. Igor says:

    Not all of them, but quite a few.

  40. kev says:

    Glad to see Boca scored. It was his 11th match. Not bad.

  41. kev says:

    Obinna is the best player at WH. He seems to keep the blood pumping. Spector has come alive as a mid-fielder. I still think he should play as defender for the NT though. Too many midfielder we have.

    besides Cherundolo has RB until Lichaj is ready so Spector can tidy that role for a while.

  42. ORG says:

    Any news on whether Boca is going to model or not? I remember reading that before the WC>

  43. ORG says:

    And to think despite 4.5years at Fulham, some didnt believe that Bocanegra could fit in at the PL. It shows he can adapt to the French league and prove his worth

  44. ORG says:

    Despite Davies’s injury he’s still the 2nd best striker we have. Odd huh. I think for the Gold Cup, let’s bring

    Altidore, Dempsey, Agudelo and another striker be it Davies or anyone. We have midfield depth so we probably will play a 4-5-1.

  45. winsrz says:

    Dempsey has 6 goals in all competitions, 18 matches to be sure.

    Bradley has 4 goals in all competitions for 17 matches. Our boys are doing it BIG

  46. gaucholic says:

    If only Spector could play central D as well as he is playing central mid… He has some pretty impressive ball skills and playin central mid means that he doesnt need to be super fast (as he is often torched at fullback). it looks like edu or him will have to switch to playing back there if they want playing time in the immediate future. having dempsey play up top would free up some room in the midfield too

  47. GW says:

    Jozy is a single 21 year old male in a country full of gorgeous women, making six figures at a job everyone on this list would die to have.

    He’s played in a World Cup and is on the bench for one of the best teams in Europe and has a pretty reasonable future ahead of him.

    Tell me that anyone should feel bad for him?

    Jozy will do just fine.

  48. GW says:

    “Despite Davies’s injury he’s still the 2nd best striker we have.”

    How do you figure that?

    There is a good chance Davies may never play for the USMNT again. There’s even a good chance he may never play for Sochaux again.

    As good as he was when he was at his best, it wasn’t that easy for Charlie to get there and once he lost it, especially the way he did, there is no guarantee he can just get it back, no matter how hard you work. It’s not like Charlie took a vacation for a year and then decided to come back.

  49. Jack says:

    I think that the spot next to Michael Bradley is still wide open in CM, particularly with the serious problems that Jones has been having at his club (and also, of course, depending on what formation is played). Spector would have to have a lot more experience in the position–i.e. consistently playing it for WH, which honestly (and I’m shocked to say this), seems like it could very well be a possibility–but he might have a shot in the next few months. It would certainly not make sense to stick him in defense if that’s just not his position anymore.

  50. bob says:

    Too bad their teams might end up relegated.