Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


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Robbie Findley had to wait longer than he would have liked, but he finally made his debut abroad this weekend.

Having fully recovered from a thigh injury picked up in February, Findley made his first appearance for Nottingham Forest on Saturday. The U.S. national team forward came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Nottingham's 3-2 win versus Leicester City, and he'll have another chance to see the field when Nottingham faces Bristol City on Monday.

Competition for the U.S. national team's forward spots for the Gold Cup was further raised as Herculez Gomez continued his recent scoring streak with the opener in Pachuca's 1-1 draw against Queretaro. The goal was Gomez's fourth in as many games.

Chris Rolfe also scored this weekend, coming off the bench to net Aalborg BK's second goal in a 3-3 draw with FC Nordsjaelland. Rolfe's second-half goal was his first of the season and second since joining Aalborg in 2010.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and made 5 saves in Everton's 1-0 loss vs. Manchester United on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 80 minutes in Fulham's 1-1 draw vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made 2 saves in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan did not dress for Aston Villa.
  • Michael Bradley did not dress for Aston Villa.
  • Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-1 draw vs. Fulham on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United's 3-0 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 2-1 win vs. Arsenal on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones and Blackburn Rovers play Manchester City on Monday.


  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County's 4-2 loss vs. Burnley on Saturday. Doyle and Derby County play Norwich City on Monday.
  • Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Derby County on Monday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Leeds United's 0-0 draw vs. Reading on Friday. Lichaj and Leeds United play Crystal Palace on Monday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds United. Grella and Leeds United play Crystal Palace on Monday.
  • Robbie Findley came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 3-2 win vs. Leicester City on Friday. Findley and Nottingham Forest play Bristol City on Monday.
  • Eddie Johnson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Preston North End's 4-0 loss vs. Millwall on Saturday. Johnson and Preston North End play Cardiff City on Monday.


  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 3-2 win vs. Rochdale on Saturday. Simek and Carlisle United play Leyton Orient on Monday.
  • Anton Peterlin started and played 89 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 1-0 win vs. Dagenham & Redbridge on Friday. Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Milton Keynes Dons on Monday.



  • Maurice Edu started and played 84 minutes in Rangers' 0-0 draw vs. Celtic on Sunday.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 0-0 draw vs. Rangers on Sunday.



  • Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 did not play this weekend.
  • DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 did not play this weekend.
  • Ricardo Clark started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-1 draw vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.
  • Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg did not play this weekend.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in Nurnberg's 0-0 draw vs. Mainz on Sunday.


  • David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg play Hertha Berlin on Monday.
  • Luis Robles started and played 90 minutes in Karlsruhe's 2-1 loss vs. RW Oberhausen on Saturday.
  • Edson Buddle came off the bench and played 18 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-1 draw vs. FC Union Berlin on Sunday.
  • Amaechi Igwe did not dress for FC Ingolstadt 04. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 3-0 win vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play MSV Duisburg on Monday.



  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in St Etienne's 2-0 loss vs. Bordeaux on Sunday.


  • Quentin Westberg did not dress in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 0-0 draw vs. Le Havre AC on Friday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu came off the bench and played 1 minute in Twente Enschede's 2-1 win vs. ADO Den Haag on Friday.



  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 1 minute in Bursaspor's 2-1 win vs. Manisaspor on Saturday.


  • Freddy Adu and Caykur Rizespor did not play this weekend.


  • Sacha Kljestan was suspended for RSC Anderlecht's 2-1 win vs. Lokeren in the playoffs on Sunday due to yellow card accumulation.



  • Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Nordsjaelland's 3-3 draw vs. Aalborg BK on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 3-3 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe came off the bench, played 29 minutes and scored a GOAL for Aalborg BK.


  • Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play Randers FC on Monday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Helsingborg on Monday.
  • Ryan Miller came off the bench and played 3 minutes in Halmstads BK's 1-1 draw vs. Trelleborg FF on Sunday.
  • Gale Agbossoumonde started and played 62 minutes in Djurgardens IF's 3-1 loss vs. Norrkoping on Sunday.


  • Mixx Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Fredrikstad on Monday.
  • Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Brann on Monday.
  • Sean Cunningham and Molde FK play Brann on Monday.


  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL for Pachuca.


  • Edgar Castillo did not dress in Puebla's 1-1 draw vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
  • Sammy Ochoa did not dress in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 4-4 draw vs. Toluca on Sunday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play America on Sunday evening.
  • Jonathan Bornstein dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL's 3-0 win vs. Morelia on Sunday.
  • Gustavo Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Santos Laguna's 3-1 loss vs. San Luis on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Starting to become more optimistic about the U.S. national team's depth at forward? Think Findley can make the Gold Cup roster? Expecting Gomez to continue his scoring streak? Do you see Rolfe making an impact this season with Aalborg?

Share your thoughts below.

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77 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. maka says:

    Herculez, what are you doing? You aren’t supposed to score until the second half!

  2. K-Town says:

    Herculez! Herculez! Love it. Streaky as heck, but still one of my favorite US strikers. When he is on he just manages to score any way possible. Header, foot, free kick, check. Well timed run, set piece, poached goal, run all by himself, you got it. Wish he could keep up his form instead of being so streaky though.

  3. Mat says:

    Is MB injured?

  4. spencer says:

    are you serious? If you are the answer is no, the manager has never really valued him so he doesn’t dress or anything for the team.

  5. wildchild says:

    Whats up with Buddle? Should be startin every game.

    Hercules shoulda been our starter last world cup.

  6. Jimmy says:

    Gringo Torres is class. Kid should still be in the picture for the national side.

  7. Mat says:

    Yeah I was just wondering since he used to at least be on the bench and then suddenly he’s out of the roster. Seems strange for a player the team got on loan mid-season.
    Thanks for the explanation.

  8. Mat says:

    One thing about Hercules, he knows how to get hot right before major tourneys!

  9. Brian says:

    Gooch and Jozy playing 1 minute each? what’s up with that?

  10. Byron says:

    No, his passing is sh#%

  11. grubbsbl says:

    Have you watched Gooch play defense recently? (Re-apply logic to Jozy)

  12. Bryan says:

    No video of Rolfe’s goal?

  13. glaing says:

    Even Demerrit looked far better than Gooch in the last US games.

  14. MT says:

    He turned out to not be as good as they were expecting.

  15. jess says:

    Altidore getting one minute, lovely.

  16. Evan says:

    Yeah he looked really good yesterday. I really wonder whether or not he will be called in for the Gold Cup.

  17. colin says:

    Really disappointing about Altidore. I am far and away not one of the Altidore haters (i think he already is a solid national team starter) and still think he has plenty of time to amount to something even more impressive but I really thought he would get real time with this team. I understand they are no pushovers but still a little disappointing. Also a little confusing cause i thought he scored two weeks ago, why is he down to 1 min now. I really hope that confidence can come to him one of these days, here is to hoping.

  18. colin says:

    Also I realize that he has started sporadically and could just be rested/may start next week.

  19. EDB says:

    Didn’t even mention the goal he scored, let alone video. Goff has the video

  20. ANM says:

    Via Steven Goff, at about 1:50:

    link to

    Worth watching. His goal is a peach.

  21. skinnyJ says:

    At least MB will be plenty rested to play every possible USMNT this summer.

  22. skinnyj says:

    (every possible minute)

  23. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    I think you mean until the last 20 minutes.

  24. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Demerit has looked better than Gooch for the past year or so.

  25. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Did anybody see this thread about Findley on a Nottingham Forest fan site?
    link to
    The fans are praising him as having a great touch and being a premier league quality player… As a USMNT fan this makes me facepalm. I got the link from shinguardian, btw. Not to steal credit.

  26. spencer says:

    how long has it been since they were in the premier league again? I mean seriously Findley has the touch of a 12 year old.

  27. as says:

    If Findley’s touch looks good then I don’t even want to imagine how bad the rest of his teammates are.

  28. Matt says:

    I think the English know their football well enough to make such a judgment.

  29. Jeremy says:

    I don’t think Gooch ever recovered from his knee injury. A knee injury on a dude that big who wants to run for 90 minutes a week is going to be devestating, not to mention most players who depend on physicality are on their downward cycle once they hit 28. Dude is done. Hopefully Ream will be able to step in when Boca and DeMerit are not both available.

  30. Lil' Zeke says:

    Really, because I was amazed how much they sounded like most voices here, immediately annointing “the next big thing” based on a cameo, and just as quickly turning on “the thing before that”

  31. Paul says:

    Yeah, I’m one of the few members of the Torres bandwagon. His skills just don’t mesh with the team: he’s not an attacking mid, he’s a deep-lying playmaker. His amazing game against Turkey (or was it the Czech republic) made me think he could be the deep-lying player, whose defensive spacing could make up for his lack of size. Still, that position is in such flux and so deep that Bob can be justified–although not completely warranted–to keep Torres out of the picture until he can truly outplay Edu, Kleistan, and Feilhaber. The fact that he tends to cut inside when playing on the wing doesn’t help him make the squad either.

  32. abc says:

    Why, just because they are English?

    Anyone who says Robbie Findley has a “great touch” does not know much about football, regardless of nationality. Findley has the touch of Freddy Kreuger.

  33. NK says:

    How about Jonathan Spector? Great, great play that Robbie Keane should have scored against Chelsea.

  34. torporindy says:

    Should one of us post over there and burst their bubble?

    I think the caption of the thread photo should read “Even English skipper Gerrard grew tired of Findley’s sprints to the byline and tried to point out the direction of the goal.”

  35. Big Chil says:

    He started the Algeria game.

  36. JS says:

    Great post..good strike

  37. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    I don’t think he’s done, but I don’t think he’s healthy, either.

  38. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    That would get my vote if we did a caption contest.

  39. SBI Troll says:

    -1001 đŸ˜›

  40. RedLine55 says:

    hell yeah. he has quietly become a good central midfielder to watch. Starting in place of Parker against chelsea is no easy task but he handled it well and i thought played a great game. He has this strange ability to kind of “float” through defenses. It’s not exactly outstanding ball skills or fancy footwork in particular, but it kinda just.. works, ha.

    And as you mentioned, his deliveries and distribution were excellent yesterday; especially the Keane chance. And heck, he almost had himself a goal if not for a pivotal Cech save.

  41. Brian says:

    Ives, just curious, why are Steve Cherundolo and Hannover listed as not playing this weekend? They defeated Freiburg 3-1 on Thursday, and with Bayern’s draw against Frankfurt, Hannover has again moved back into a Champions League spot.

  42. jrig5 says:

    Yeah, and he didn’t do much in that role. I personally thought Buddle should have played more, especially since the US’s late game tactics seemed to revolve around kicking long balls from the back.

    Exception: The Donovan goal against Algeria. Hmm, maybe smart distribution would be a better strategy than drilling it long with no target forward (Ghana game, when Gomez came in for Jozy)

  43. Ned says:

    Every player is different but Kljestan doesn’t hold a candle to Torres. (It’s a laughing matter if Bradley goes with Kljestan.)

    Edu is a completely different type of player. If Bradley goes with him — I get it. It would be a mistake in my view, but I get it.

    Benny…flashes of promise…but again not as interesting a passer as Torres.

    Obviously Torres needs to step it up in Mexico. But he should still get looks, particularly if we play five in the midfield. It would be such a shame to waste his talent…

  44. Brett says:

    He’s fine, sometimes better, when he gets time on the ball. But when the space in midfield is cramped he struggles to get the passes off quick enough. This is typical for FMF midfield players. The defending in that league is very lax most of the time. They allow teams to build through attack and ball movement. At the highest international level he won’t have that luxury.

  45. Isaac says:

    Actually, Robbie Findley’s first touch is fine and he’s half decent on the 1v1s. The problem is that he mightily struggles with the final ball, decision making, and passing.

    His tactical value was immeasurable against Australia, Turkey, and England, but his techinical quality was less than impressive overall. I think we have to keep in mind his tactical value, because that’s how Bob thinks. He’s not about getting the best players on the field – he’s about getting the tactics right.

  46. Isaac says:

    WEEKEND does not equal THURSDAY.

  47. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    The goal by Rolfe was sweet. Isn’t he only recently back in the mix after recovering from an injury? Would be nice to see him make a move to the BL at some point, especially with a name like Rolfe.

  48. He is class.

    Problem is, he is not Gringo enough for Bob Bradley.

    One of the few American players that is comfortable with the ball on his feet.

    Never get the sense that Bob Bradley gives him the same chances as his Son. Now that Michael Bradley is not playing for his club, does he still get an automatic spot on the National Team?

    Or, does the, “you have to be playing for your club” rule only apply to other players?

  49. shane says:

    Finley had a beautiful pass that set up a goal in the Turkey friendly b4 the world cup. Showed good passing, vision, and decision making. In his Nottingham Forest 10 min debut, he came into a very important game, and beat a man to draw a yellow. He did well.

  50. bizzy says:

    Clark playing 90mins

    Findley making his debut and playing really well

    Chris Rolfe scoring a beautiful goal

    Herc Gomez scoring a goal on a solo effort

    Torres looking good and going a full 90mins

    Spector playing really well in midfield against a team like Chelsea

    This is a little encouraging from our boys, especially when the GOOD news is coming from places we don’t expect.

  51. Shane says:

    Of note is that Lichaj played left back for Leeds, at least in the part I saw

  52. McNulty says:

    Could he get called in for the Gold Cup to replace Holden? I’d like to see that happen.

  53. Zach says:

    I wonder what would happen if people threw out “wetback” or “spic” as casually as they throw out gringo on this board.

    To me, it’s a racial slur and shouldn’t be used. None of you will convince me otherwise on this.

    You’re calling Bob Bradley a racist? Really man? Last time I checked, he loves Bornstein who’s way darker-skinned than Torres and is also Mexican-American. See also: Bocanegra, as well as the numerous black players on the team.

  54. Zach says:

    Following up on my post, and providing actual analysis. As someone above mentioned, he is a deep-lying playmaker who is too small to provide defensive cover. It would leave a big gap in midfield because he would be paired with Jones, Bradley, or Edu who are all (varying) shades of defensive-minded midfielders who pick their forward runs cautiously.

    Jones and Edu are obviously more defensive-minded than Bradley, but a Bradley-Torres pairing wouldn’t work because the midfield would be overrun because of Torres’ weak defense because of his small frame.

    Holden is simply a better all-around player than Torres in every single way

  55. Dennis says:

    You should be ashamed for that Gringo comment.

  56. Dennis says:

    I watched the part of the game Findley played. He did play well and his touch on the few balls that came his way was just fine. He was active and nearly stripped the ball for what could have been an easy goal. He definitely looked looked good.

  57. Tim Stevens says:

    Uhhh, in Jozy’s case, he’s a supposed striker who couldn’t find the back of the net if he was the only guy on the field.

  58. Mingjai says:

    I like Torres and think that he should be getting at least as many looks as Kljestan. For his own personal/professional development, Torres needs to find a different league that will allow him to develop different skills. I’m thinking Netherlands or even the second division in Spain.

  59. Tim Stevens says:

    I was disspointed for the first time in a long time, with Clint Dempsey this weekend. He missed a beautiful cross from Salcido. It was a sitter and he totally flubbed it.

    To make things worse, when he was subbed off, he was pouting like a child and wouldn’t shake hands with his teammate who replaced him.

    THEEEEEN, he had egg on his face b/c the sub scored in like 7 seconds after coming on!

    Let’s be professional Clint, c’mon.

  60. Brian says:

    Yeah but Friday does? And I don’t recall a American Abroad Rewind Thursday edition

  61. Mental Assassin says:

    “are you serious?” Dang Spencer you’re such a badass….not

  62. Ned says:

    As for the “Gringo” moniker — I don’t think it is the cutting slight you make it out to be in Torres’ case.

    Words mean things in different contexts. When the announcers on Mexican television refer to him as “Gringo Torres” it is often in an affectionate tone.

    When US fans do, it is almost always similarly in admiration, happy that we can claim him as one of our own.

    But this is all familiar territory — the “N-word”, “queer”, these things bring up similar questions. We might just have to agree to disagree.

  63. Vince says:

    u got to be kidding me…bornstein is a JEW…

  64. Zach says:

    With a Mexican mother
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  65. MicahK says:

    LMBO. I love it how people say other people are being trolls when in fact they are trolls, too. So like I say point a finger at a troll three fingers pointing back at the troll accuser.

  66. MicahK says:

    Yeah, I and Rebecca Black agree with you on that too Isaac. It’s Friday!!! Friday is the weekend.

  67. MicahK says:

    egg on his face +1. Yeah, that was indeed a slap in the face to Clint.

  68. I’m glad Americans are finally REALLY getting into soccer…we’re a talented nation and would be so good at it…if only there was a littler more interest in it…

  69. Aaron in StL says:

    Racial no, xenophobic maybe. Even then it’s a term from US military presence, that has turned into traditionally apply to white Americans. If your panties are in that much of a wad over that… yeesh.

    As for Torres, he’s a type of player that teams have to build a spot for. Our system doesn’t really allow for an amoeba-type player that can float around with no real responsiblity to structure or defensive cover. Could definitely use his touch and composure, but in our high-detail structure I’m not sure BB can fit him in. Would take an outside the box type coach to make that work.

  70. Zach says:

    How would you employ him then? What formation and lineup would you use that youd think he would excel in?
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  71. Tim Stevens says:

    I actually don’t understand why Altidore is considered a good player. He has not done much at all to impress either on the national team level or at a club. (Other than NY)

    Yes, he scored a side-footed goal against Spain and many goals against teams like Trinidad & Tobago, but that is it.

    So, I am always perplexed as to why people are surprised when he doesn’t get any playing time for a club team. Have you ever thought that all of his clubs actually know what US fans seem to not understand…he’s not that good.

  72. MicahK says:

    Does Freddy Adu play for FC Nordsjaellandlook look at 2:30, lol???

  73. Jeff Awesome says:

    Choosing the forwards for the Gold Cup roster is a really difficult decision. I feel comfortable with Altidore, Agudelo, and Bunbury though. I prefer them over the World Cup guys (Findley, Buddle, & Gomez). I just think the young players are better talents.

  74. Brian says:

    Well SBI includes Mondays? But not Thursdays?

  75. MicahK says:

    Throw Gomez in there and I will be happy.