Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


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DaMarcus Beasley's renaissance continued on Sunday, as he did something for Puebla that he has not done in an official game in nearly two years: he scored a goal.

Earning his sixth start for the club in as many games, Beasley netted the game-winner in Puebla's 2-1 triumph versus Pumas UNAM. The goal, which came off a strong header, was Beasley's first since he scored for Rangers back on December 19, 2009. The U.S. men's national team midfielder also helped set up Puebla's first goal in his strong 90-minute outing, drawing a foul before the ensuing free kick found the back of the net.

Jozy Altidore also enjoyed a good day at the office, earning his first start, going the distance and scoring two goals in AZ Alkmaar's 4-0 victory over NEC Nijmegen. Altidore netted the winner off a header before finishing with a left-footed, one-timed shot that was well placed. Altidore now has three goals on the season.

New American Abroad Fabian Johnson, who just announced he'd be open to switching allegiances and playing for the United States, started his third game for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and he made quite an impact. Johnson, who is capable of playing left back, assisted on the winning goal and drew a penalty kick that was converted by a teammate in Hoffenheim's 2-0 win against FC Augsburg.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started and played 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 loss vs. Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United on Monday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 3-1 win vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj did not dress for Aston Villa.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 3-2 loss vs. Manchester City on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 1-1 draw vs. Stoke City on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.


  • Jonathan Spector started and played 72 minutes in Birmingham City's 3-1 loss vs. Middlesbrough on Sunday.
  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 3-0 win vs. Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 2-2 draw vs. Leicester City on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 2-2 draw vs. West Ham United on Sunday.

League One

  • Frank Simek did not dress in Carlisle United's 2-1 win vs. AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Anton Peterlin started and played 90 minutes in Walsall's 1-1 draw vs. Yeovil Town on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu did not dress in Rangers' 3-0 win vs. Motherwell on Sunday. He was serving a one-game suspension for the red card he received in last week's game.
  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress for Rangers. He is awaiting approval of a visa
  • Carlos Bocanegra did not dress for Rangers. He is awaiting approval of a visa.

  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 1-0 loss vs. St Johnstone on Sunday.



  • Jermaine Jones dressed but did not play in Schalke 04's 4-2 win vs. Mainz on Sunday.
  • Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 4-1 win vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Friday.
  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 1-1 draw vs. Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 2-0 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 1-0 win vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play in Hertha Berlin's 1-1 draw vs. Hannover 96 on Sunday.
  • Daniel Williams started and played 90 minutes in SC Freiburg's 5-3 loss vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.
  • Fabian Johnson started, played 77 minutes, had an ASSIST and drew a penalty kick in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 2-0 win vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.


Bundesliga 2 

  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-0 win vs. FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruher SC's 2-0 loss vs. Energie Cottbus on Sunday.
  • Edson Buddle came off the bench and played 28 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 3-0 loss vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in TSV 1860 Munich's 3-1 loss vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.
  • Matt Taylor dressed but did not play in SC Paderborn 07's 2-1 win vs. Dynamo Dresden on Sunday.


  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 1-1 draw vs. AC Ajaccio on Saturday.


  • Jozy Altidore started, played 90 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in AZ Alkmaar's 4-0 win vs. NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.




  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Sporting CP's 0-0 draw vs. Beira Mar on Sunday.


  • Eugene Starikov started and played 90 minutes in FC Tom Tomsk's 3-0 loss vs. CSKA Moscow on Saturday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in RSC Anderlecht's 2-2 draw vs. Mons on Sunday.



  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-1 loss vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy and Aalborg BK play SonderjyskE on Monday.
  • Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play SonderjyskE on Monday.
  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 0-0 draw vs. AGF Aarhus on Sunday.
  • Brad Rusin did not dress in HB Koge's 3-0 win vs. Silkeborg IF on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play Aalborg BK on Monday.


  • Ryan Miller did not dress in Halmstads BK's 2-1 loss vs. Helsingborg on Saturday.
  • Samuel Petrone and Mjallby AIF play Orebro SK on Monday.


  • Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 1-1 draw vs. Brann on Sunday.
  • Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Lillestrom on Monday.
  • Sean Cunningham and Molde FK play Lillestrom on Monday.


  • Jose Torres started and played 66 minutes in Pachuca's 2-1 loss vs. Estudiantes Tecos on Friday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 22 minutes and scored a GOAL in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-1 win vs. Pachuca on Friday.


  • Edgar Castillo came off the bench and played 39 minutes in Club America's 5-2 win vs. Atlas on Sunday.
  • Isaac Acuna did not dress for Club America. He was removed from the first team after turning up to practice drunk.
  • Sonny Guadarrama came off the bench and played 28 minutes in Atlante's 2-1 loss vs. Toluca on Sunday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 1-0 win vs. San Luis on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in Puebla's 2-1 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.


  • Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 2-1 win vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco came off the bench and played 24 minutes in San Luis' 1-0 loss vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday.
  • Joe Corona started and played 65 minutes in Club Tijuana's 2-1 loss vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Surprised Beasley is thriving in Mexico? How many goals do you see Altidore scoring this season? Hoping Johnson is called into one of the upcoming U.S. men's national team friendlies?

Share your thoughts below.

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82 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. Paul says:

    Hell yes

  2. bottlcaps says:

    Another young (23) German, whose father was a US Serviceman, holds a US passport and who has played for the German U20 and can play LEFT BACK.

    Lets here it for the US Army, who may have fathered us into the elimination rounds at the next WC.

  3. swoopy says:

    Nicely said

  4. MensreaJim says:

    This is the best %@$!$^!#$% opening to weekend review we’ve ever seen.

  5. MicahK says:

    Acuna is a idiot. Also, why is Jones not playing or starting ? Also, i thought Bocanegra played a game for rangers. If he is waiting for a visa why was he allowed to play.

  6. Disgruntled Red Bulls fan says:

    ummm…where’s that guy that is always singing Matt Taylor’s praises on here? Looks like he scored a couple of goals today…oh wait, looks like I misread it.

  7. Brit in Houston says:

    “Johnson, who is capable of playing left back” hahaha love that that’s more relevant than whatever his preferred position is.

  8. Matt says:

    Well they played Malmo away… the visa is about declaring your status (whether tourist or in this case professional athlete) when entering the UK, so maybe he wasn’t eligible to play at home. Just my guess.

  9. Oranje Mike says:

    Has Bradley featured in a match yet?

  10. Andrew says:

    jozy getting loose. americans showing that we love to bang germans. even beasley scoring. great week.

  11. spencer says:

    how did we hear about fabian johnson? Is he a Klinsmann recruit, not that I’m saying Klinsmann contacted him, but that having the German connection to the US team makes it easier for him to decide to play. Overall better week abroad as far as national team players goes.

  12. Missoula says:

    I know, it seems our servicemen are having a really good time over in Germany

  13. David says:

    Is Danny Williams a starter with Freiburg?

  14. David says:

    This is probably the best Americans Abroad report I have seen. JK may have picked his moment well.

  15. Footballgasm says:

    Our troops do some good Shawn Kemp-ing over there in Deutschland.

  16. Lorenzo says:

    Had some injury troubles when he was breaking though. I haven’t heard of him playing much last season.

  17. AcidBurn says:

    Let’s hope that JK has talked to him. If JK can get him to switch, could be a big win for USMNT. I think this board would melt down if Klinsmann called Johnson and George John for the next set of friendlies.

  18. MicahK says:

    Also, is Whitebread made of glass ? He is no use to us if he is never fit.

  19. AcidBurn says:

    Great week, question for discussion: who will be the first USMNT player to be a starter at one of the main clubs in the big leagues (i.e. Barca, Real, Big 4 in EPL, Juve/Inter/AC in Serie A, top Bundesliga team, etc?) That seems to be the “next step” that US has to take: have a starter at a major club.

  20. jonk says:

    Brian Sciaretta (yanks-abroad) reported that he hasn’t heard from Klinsmann yet but he is open to considering the switch.

  21. pancholama says:

    Just doing their patriotic duties. Sir!

  22. Disgruntled Red Bulls Fan says:

    It’s gonna be awhile so I wouldn’t hold your breath. I would have to think Juan Agudelo would have to be in that discussion if he finds a coach that will teach him something about the game. With the way the Red Bulls play defense (or don’t play defense if you are a glass-half-full person), I no longer buy into his “let the kid sit and learn” philosophy.

    If not him, then my vote is Dempsey since he has already shown he can score in the EPL which might entice a club to pay Fulham a transfer fee.

  23. Lorenzo says:

    Some kid we don’t know of yet. No one we know of yet unless it is like Bill Hamis (a keeper)

  24. wides says:

    No, and they won’t play him unless something drastic changes. New coach came in and expected him to be sold at the end of last year. So they planned for life without him.

    If they don’t sell him now, they would get less in January, and Bradley could just opt to play the deal out and they would get nothing.

  25. UTDfan says:

    Tim Howard was a starter at ManUTD before Van der Saar came in.

  26. OT says:

    Tim Howard was at Manchester United several years ago, before Edwin van der Sar arrived.

  27. Poo says:

    This guy has been “known” of for a while…plenty of threads on bigsoccer about him.

  28. downintexas says:

    You see USSF 30 years ago had operation, “Spread the Seed”. They had an elite group of Americans go abroad as service men to impregnate women so that in 20-25 years we would have a super crop of soccer players.

  29. spencer says:

    I know Klins hasn’t talked to him, but i’m wondering if he is open because of the fact we have a German as our coach and plenty of German speaking players, or because of the fact Germany hasn’t called him up, I know it is probably a little of both.

  30. t says:

    And before Howard we had Spector and Jovan there… And who can forget Gooch’s successful stint at Milan?

  31. Cylo says:

    Well said. plus 1

  32. al17 says:

    It’s because he’s seen the writing on the wall with playing for Germany and has probably spoken with both Jones and Chandler about playing for the USA and their experiences. Not a damn thing to do with JK managing the US.

  33. timothy says:

    It sounds like there is a chance it could be Josh Gatt. Sir Alex Ferguson has his eyes on him

  34. Joamiq says:

    New left back candidate! Cap him now!

    Also, Acuna, what the hell? Seriously?

  35. Umlaut says:

    Who coaches the Olympic squad?

  36. marco says:

    Dallas beat Pumas, Beasley beat Pumas, will Bornstein be next?

  37. BJ's are the best says:

    lol Pumas lost again

  38. Lost in Space says:

    Coach for the Olympic team has yet to be determined. Before BB was fired there was talk that he would lead the U-23 team so maybe JK is planning to do the same thing (would give him a solid period of time to work with the young guns in order to groom them for the Senior Squad). If thats not the case look for one of JK’s assistant coaches to be assigned as the U-23 coach….if in the next 4 months he decides who he wants as his full-time assist coaches.

  39. Lost in Space says:

    Anyone know where Williams played? In the past he’s been used as a Left Back, Right Back, and Central Defensive Midfielder. Just wondering as he is age eligable for the Olympic Squad, and is also another player who could be the solution to the blackhole that is LB for the USMNT and could add some significant depth if he can stay healthy.


    LB: Lichaj, Castillo, Johnson, Williams

    CB: Goodson, Bocanegra, John, Orozco, Ream, Gonzalez, Morales, Whitbread, Gooch, Brooks

    RB: Churundolo, Chandler, Lichaj, Williams


    LM: Donovan, Shea, Mixx,

    CM: Jones, Holden, Bradley, Edu, Torres, Adu

    RM: Bedoya, Corona, Gatt


    Dempsey, Jozy, Agudelo, Starikov, Davies, Bunbury, Doyle, Wood

    IF JK can get Johnson, Williams, and Corona to sign on with the US Team then Maybe the pool isn’t as shallow as it was thought to be. There is a good mix of youth and experience out there. The team would have a strong German & Mexican influence that if blended together could prove to be a very strong side.

  40. Artie says:

    I prefer Costco.

  41. CR says:

    I think Ole recommended him, not Ferguson having interest in him. Though I do agree that Gatt could be that first player to break into a squad that makes regular runs in the Champions League. I don’t see Gatt leaving Molde (nor do I think he should) for a while, though. He has a really good position, and is learning at an incredibly fast rate.

  42. Dimidri says:

    Is Gooch not starting/even in the plans @ Lisbon? I thought he played well in the preseason game I saw him in.

    Also, I don’t think the US should just scoop us any player who is technically eligible to play for them. It’s not a nationalist thing, it’s a equity deal. Player’s taking advantage of the international football eligibility system and not playing with a country they actually feel a tie to undermine the whole premise of international football. I mostly have an issue with people saying players who play in MLS should join the team. No, that prioritizes countries with big/good leagues. Play for Honduras, etc. With that being said, I do think their is a window of acceptability, i.e. as long as your within a certain perameters you’re fine.

    I think these German-Americans fall within those, I mean their fathers literally put their life on the line for the US, I assume their is a certain connection there. A majority of them are black also, and they might feel some connection to the large black US population because of that.

    TL DR-players should play for whatever country they want BUT should not make their decision based on anything to do with soccer itself, i.e. playing time, team talent, etc.-it should be based on what feels right, otherwise the international system gets undermined.

  43. Dennis says:

    Really? Projecting Johnson into the US lineup is a bit premature. He admits he hasn’t really thought about it or been approached. He is a midfielder, who has played left back, if it weren’t for the words “left back” this would be a total non-event.

    All the left-back prospects except Bocanegra are still young: Castillo, Lichaj, Williams, and Bornstein will all get better, but will one get good enough?

    It will be interesting to see who actually manages to continue to grow as a defender and becomes capable of forming a strong back line for the USA. Since backs tend to not be hugely successful until they are a bit older, I am concerned that the time of the next world cup (and qualifying) is approaching too quickly.

    I’ll wait to see what happens before I get too excited.

  44. todd nelson says:

    I’ve been watching Kansas City lately, and Bunbury hasn’t done much of anything.

    Yeah, he’s a good looking kid and has decent size, but I wasn’t very impressed.

  45. AS Roma says:

    “Dennis said…
    Really? Projecting Johnson into the US lineup is a bit premature.”

    I heard this about Giuseppe Rossi and Nevin Subotic. Oh… whatever.

    Seriously, let the kids choose the country they want to commit to for what ever reason they have. If they are eligible for a country, why deny them the opportunity if they are good enough. It’s not really any of my business.

  46. freddino says:

    Altidore and Beasley…. most improved yanks. Mexican defenses are finding beasley’s speed to be a problem(and going full 90) and Altidore is scoring goals…. convincingly!!!!!
    Plus we just found 2 new def/mid…..Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams is getting so playing time…..more spices for Klinsmann to cook with

    Now if Adu and Zizzo can re-establish themselves on the national level I’ll be a happy fan

  47. RangerSG says:

    Bornstein isn’t that young (26), and he’s not likely to get better technically. You pretty much lose credibility by suggesting the worst player to put on a US shirt in the modern era should be seriously considered at LB over a player whose held the position in the Bundesliga.

  48. dundasfc says:

    AZ Alkmaar! Great match for Jozy. They make an effort to develop youth. Had a great team already and have moved some good strikers to bigger clubs, El Hamdoui, Lens, Pelle and a couple others in the last couple of years. Gave him a place to play and club who work for young guys to develop. Top 5 for Eredivisie for a number of years. Koeversman played there before moving to PSV. I think we will hear a lot from him this season. He will fit well into the national team formations. Play 4-3-3 and occational 4-4-2. Great situation for Altidore.

  49. pd says:

    Here’s a thought: next MLS all stars match should be against Americans abroad.

  50. hogatroge says:

    A lot of players play different positions for their club and country.

  51. hogatroge says:

    Maybe MLS Alumni

  52. biff says:

    Possibly Jozy, if he keeps working, working, working on his ball handling and finishing and those awesome head shots. He looked great yesterday, and he is so big and strong you cannot bring the guy down. I can see Mourinho unleashing him on Barca :-) I am hoping Jozy and Brek Shea can develop a chemistry–that could be a lethal combination mixed in with Donovan and Dempsey and Torres/Adu and the speed and off-ball savvy of Rogers…

  53. biff says:

    Before BB was officially fired but with the writing on the wall, I thought BB might be offered the Olympics as a consolation. But after Klinsmann’s debut against Mexico, I don’t see it anymore. BB’s style does not mesh with Klinsmann’s. I think Klinsi is going to install someone in his own image.

  54. Cylo says:

    lol brilliant.

  55. Cylo says:

    Williams played RB

  56. gerald says:

    That is correct, not a new name if you played Football manager as well

  57. Silver says:

    I like this Johnson guy. Sounds like he should be an asset if he does play with USMNT.

  58. spencer says:

    anti JK a bit? I know I would be open to a switch if a legend was coaching another national team I could play for.

  59. Aaron in StL says:

    Time for some military bases in Spain and Brazil? At the very least extended R&R time in those two would be good.

  60. DC Josh says:

    Jozy has found himself a new home. He looked good in the full highlights of the game. I also like the words “German”, “left back”, and “USMNT”.

  61. marco says:

    Agree, there is nothing in past performances to indicate that Bornstein is improving.

  62. EA says:

    VERY slick pass from Sacha.

  63. fischy says:

    I come to bury Castillo, not to praise him. Notwithstanding his bravado, his game is not national team level.

  64. pancholama says:

    During the height of the Cold War (1960s-80s) Spain was choked with US military bases. Nike missile bases (our dagger at the throat of the Soviet), air bases, and nuclear submarine bases as one of our NATO allies.

    The submarine base at Rota (SW Spain, near the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and the ancient port city of Cadiz) – my cousin says, was stunning to see as you drove down the coast – submarine after submarine after submarine,…………many of these bases no longer exist as the shift in internal Spanish politics made them unpopular, and the shift in the balance of world power after the fall of the USSR also made them obsolete.

    Yet, it’s funny – how many USMNT players have we had who were products of US service men dancing on table tops with Spanish women in the 70s and 80s – ZERO. Correct me if I am wrong.

  65. fischy says:

    There’s always been a good core of kids on the way — we should be great in 2018. The problem has long been that the cohort between these young kids and the Donovan-Dempsey crowd was a huge disappointment (and the rest of Donovan’s class (Gooch, Beasley, Cronin, etc.)) didn’t really pan out so well, either).

  66. fischy says:

    First off — who are you to pronounce which players feel a tie to which country? Even your oblique reference to Andy Najar — he’s lived int he US for years, gone to school here, his younger brothers are growing up very American — why should he be tied to Honduras just because he was born there? It’s his call to make, not yours.

  67. pancholama says:

    Where is Salvatore Zizzo playing now? I saw him play in the 2007 U20 WC and thought very highly of him.
    He was whisked off to Europe by some Bundesliga team, collected splinters riding the pine, then blew out his knee. Will he truly make a renaissance or go the way of Danny Szetela?

  68. Annelid Gustator says:

    Sacha has been strong for RSCA.

  69. Mike Caramba says:

    Damnit, SBI. Can’t believe you tricked me into listening to Evanescence.

  70. Good Jeremy says:

    Actually I thought it was pretty terrible. Beyond Beasley and Jozy, most of our boys had really bad weeks. The Johnson news is good though and Jozy really excites me.

  71. ronniet says:

    Yo, why didn’t Beasley get a run out in the last USMNT game against Mexico? I know he was called in, did he get hurt in training or something because i didnt even see him on the bench when they showed clips of the bench during the game! He’s ben playing well since his move to the mexican league and i feel he can still contribute to the NATS if he stays healthy and in form!

  72. bryan says:

    probably US Air Force

  73. bryan says:

    given Sasha’s recent form, I’d say he should be included in the CM field. Hell, he even plays in a 4-5-1 with his club.

  74. bryan says:

    Zizzo plays in Portland

  75. bryan says:

    Biggest improvements? Beasley, Sasha and Jozy. Good for them.

    Bradley, Lichaj, Gooch and Jones need to figure their S out because they should be playing every weekend.

    Gomez should absolutely be called into the next camp. Starikov and Mixx should too.

    Acuna is a moron.

    Johnson and Williams could be good additions for depth.

    Chandler needs to be capped in an official game!

  76. bryan says:

    thank god for mute

  77. Brian says:

    You thought Bob Bradley would still coach the Olympic team after USSF hired Klinsmann? Come again?

  78. Brian says:

    TL DR?

  79. Jorge says:

    I read somewhere that Corona has stated that he wants to play for Mexico.

  80. Goalscorer24 says:

    Acuna will most probably end up with Mexico anyways. So drink up.

  81. This Guy says:

    2 guys can’t make a kid. It’s the Army that are making these stars.