Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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If there were fears and concerns from fans and pundits over Tim Ream's move to Bolton Wanderers, you would have been hard-pressed to identify why this weekend.

Three weeks after completing his move to Bolton, Ream made his debut for the club by earning a start and going the distance in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Millwall. According to various reports, Ream had a steady outing, demonstrating his passing ability and defending capably as Bolton recorded a cleansheet to advance out of the fifth round of the tournament.

Another player to make his debut this weekend was Mikkel Diskerud. The U.S. Under-23 men's national team midfielder started and played 76 minutes in KAA Gent's 1-1 draw with KSC Lokeren. The performance should serve as a boost in confidence for Diskerud, who is looking to win a permanent starting spot with the club after spending the past few weeks on the bench.

It was not all good news this weekend. Landon Donovan was unable to play in his final Everton match because of the flu, Robbie Rogers suffered a concussion in his Leeds United debut, and Oguchi Onyewu had to be removed from Sporting CP's clash with Pacos de Ferreira after 27 minutes because of an injury.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made 5 saves in Everton's 2-0 win vs. Blackpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
  • Landon Donovan did not dress for Everton. He was out with the flu.

  • Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play for Everton.
  • Clint Dempsey and Fulham did not play this weekend.
  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham Hotspur's 0-0 draw vs. Stevenage in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
  • Brad Guzan and Aston Villa did not play this weekend.
  • Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa did not play this weekend.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 2-0 win vs. Millwall in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes for Bolton Wanderers.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-1 loss vs. Leicester City on Saturday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
  • Adam Henley and Blackburn Rovers did not play this weekend.


  • Jonathan Spector came off the bench and played 78 minutes in Birmingham City's 1-1 draw vs. Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 4-0 loss vs. Southampton on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley came off the bench, played 45 minutes and scored a GOAL in Nottingham Forest's 2-0 win vs. Coventry City on Saturday.

  • Daniel Potts and West Ham United did not play this weekend.
  • George John and West Ham United did not play this weekend.
  • Robbie Rogers came off the bench and played 11 minutes before being subbed off due to an injury in Leeds United's 3-2 win vs. Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Brentford on Monday.
  • Anton Peterlin came off the bench and played 1 minute vs. Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Rangers' 1-0 loss vs. Kilmarnock on Saturday.
  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes for Rangers.
  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress for Rangers. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 5-0 win vs. Hibernian on Sunday.


  • Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Chievo Verona's 1-0 win vs. Genoa on Sunday.



  • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96's 4-2 win vs. VfB Stuttgart on Sunday. He is recovering from a calf injury.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 4-0 win vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. He is currently serving an eight-week suspension.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 82 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 2-1 win vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.
  • Fabian Johnson started and played 72 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 1-1 draw vs. Mainz on Friday.

  • Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Terrence Boyd did not dress in Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play in Hertha Berlin's 1-0 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 4-1 win vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.


  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 6-1 win vs. FSV Frankfurt on Saturday.
  • Luis Robles did not dress in Karlsruher SC's 2-0 win vs. Energie Cottbus on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 2-1 win vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Matt Taylor came off the bench, played 10 minutes and scored a GOAL in SC Paderborn 07's 2-2 draw vs. Dynamo Dresden on Friday.



  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 2-2 draw vs. Caen on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies dressed but did not play in Sochaux's 0-0 draw vs. AJ Auxerre on Saturday.


  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 45 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's 3-0 loss vs. FC Utrecht on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 27 minutes in Sporting CP's 1-0 win vs. Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 80 minutes RSC Anderlecht's 3-1 win vs. KVC Westerlo on Sunday.

  • Mikkel Diskerud started and played 76 minutes in KAA Gent's 1-1 draw vs. KSC Lokeren on Saturday.


  • Jose Torres started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Pachuca's 1-0 loss vs. America on Sunday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench and played 11 minutes in Santos Laguna's 1-1 draw vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress Atlante's 2-1 loss vs. Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. on Friday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL's 0-0 draw vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started and played 74 minutes in Puebla's 2-1 loss vs. Morelia on Sunday.
  • Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 3-1 loss vs. Toluca on Sunday.
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal dressed but did not play in San Luis' 0-0 draw vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Club Tijuana's 2-0 win vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
  • Joe Corona started, played 84 minutes and received a yellow card for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.


What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Ream's debut? Expecting Diskerud to receive more starts for Gent? How disappointing was it to not see Donovan in action one more time for Everton? Worried by Rogers and Onyewu's injuries?

Share your thoughts below.

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53 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. ACS says:

    Tony Taylor came on in 73rd minute in GD Estoril Praia 3-0 victory of Freamunde, GD Estoril Praia is first in Portugal Liga de Honra (Portugal 2nd division) by 9 points, which would give them automatic promotion to Portugal 1st division next year if they keep it up

  2. bryan says:

    Ugh, I hope gooch will be ok in time for Italy.

  3. ThaDeuce says:

    More info needed on gooch injury. sure hope it isn’t yet another serious injury to that knee of his. if so i think he needs to hang em up johnny o style.

  4. Andy says:

    Anyone know how Mix played?

  5. Jon says:

    What’s up with Hahnemann? Didn’t he sign like a 6 month deal with Everton, basically to allow him to train and stay fit prior to an expected move to MLS (Seattle) in March? Haven’t heard anything lately…

  6. garbaggio says:

    America v Pachuca (with Torres) is in the early 2nd half on Univision right now.

  7. matt says:

    Is it just me or do I read at least once or twice a year that Donovan is out with the flu? Is that just bad diagnoses (i.e. referring to a bad cold as the flu) or is he just incredibly unlucky (who gets the flu every year)? Dude needs to get his shots!

  8. BetaMale says:

    Ok so I’m a Millwall fan and watched the game and I’ll say this, Ream had very little, if anything, to do. Most of our crosses were way off target and our stranded forward got very little support.

    I would make very little of Ream’s debut

  9. Henry says:

    When you go form one continent to another it is very common to get sick.

  10. Lampard in the End Zone says:

    I disagree. Both commentators praised Ream’s distribution, positioning, and clearing. While one game will not determine the success or failure, he had a decent outing, save one mis-marking on a corner, with more than very little to do.

  11. Northzax says:

    And people wonder why he prefers southern california to Liverpool. Ever been to Liverpool in February?

  12. CSD says:

    Since you are a Millwall fan I agree with you, please don’t punch me.

  13. NE Matt says:

    All of our boys getting bit by the ol’ injury bug

  14. NE Matt says:

    *A lot of our boys…*

  15. NE Matt says:

    Gooch suffered a *right* knee strain while going in hard for a tackle and will reassessed Monday to determine the extent of the injury. The silver lining here is the ruptured patellar tendon he suffered back in 2009 was to his *left* knee.

    Never good to pick up a knock, but at least it wasn’t on the same knee he seriously injured.

    Here’s to a speedy recovery for Gooch, although I think this will rule him out of selection for Italy

  16. Rome says:

    Robbie Findley still has the touch of a DONKEY

  17. hogatroge says:

    Well, he’s too good to back up Gspurning in MLS. Seems like he’s Howard’s backup for now.

  18. hogatroge says:

    With Onyewu’s latest knock, it’s gonna be interesting to see the starting CBs against the Azzuri.

    Gooch will be out. Goodson’s in preseason form. Same for DeMerit, and he may or may not be injured. Whitbread is untested on the international level and is injured. Marshall hasn’t seen a minute under Klinsmann yet, so doubtful he’s near the top of the list. Ream just got his first minutes for Bolton and will probably not be called in.

    I’m a big Cameron fan, but this is an awfully high-profile game for him to start. Probably a better choice than Orozco-Fiscal, and a more physical presence than Parkhurst. Plus, of MLS defenders, he’s in good shape after the recent camp.

    I would say Goodson gets the nod since he’s played next to Boca before. I think Cameron’s better, but he has less int’l experience. Spector could slot in at CB, too, but has been playing out wide or in midfield for Birmingham.

    That said, I could see JK slotting in Orozco-Fiscal inexplicably.

  19. Andrew says:

    don’t count out tim ream (as much as i want to)

  20. hogatroge says:

    Well, calling him up’s not out of the question, but since it’s just a friendly, I could see them leaving him to get settled at BWFC.

  21. MensreaJim says:

    Yeah, rearranging tectonic plates takes a lot out of a guy.

  22. Drew says:

    Whatever happened to that guy in the 3rd division in Germany that one guy always was all over his nuts?

    More importantly, whatever happened to that poster?

  23. boosted335 says:

    Ream looks like Klinnsman

  24. Shmenge says:

    Beasley had a nightmare game for Puebla–blew open shots, got beaten badly for speed by Morelia’s right back over 40 yards on a counter, gave the ball away constantly, got a yellow, made a bad dive, and got subbed off.

  25. Artie says:

    But besides that, how was he?

  26. FischyEfis says:

    Looking for a date? Wish I could help you out, but I don’t what you’re talking about.

  27. NE Matt says:

    Dude that guy was Matt Taylor, the one who scored this week. No idea who the poster was though

  28. RedLine55 says:


  29. Award says:

    Andrew Wooten scored another goal that makes 13 in Regionalliga. Still don’t know why Porter didn’t call him in. Damn Gooch going down with another injury hopefully not serious, but that pretty much rules him out of the Italy friendly. Whitbread injured, Gooch injured, well that pretty much leaves Ream, Boca, Goodson, and Cameron to get called up. Should be interesting times at CB against Italy. Oh and Castillo is making a case for himself to be called back in to the USMNT. Dude has been dominant at LB this season for Tijuana. Revised 20 man roster for the USMNT against Italy.
    GK: Guzan, Howard
    Defense: Dolo, Chandler, Castillo, Goodson, Boca, Ream, Cameron
    Middies: Donovan, Bradley, Jones, D.Williams, Kljestan, Torres, F.Johnson, Edu
    FWDS: Altidore, Dempsey, Buddle.
    Possible invite: Charlie Davies or Hercules Gomez.

  30. atd says:

    Nicely done.

  31. Tyler says:

    God I dislike Castillo.. On the pitch only of course

  32. emman says:

    that was a badasz goal by findley

  33. smokeminside says:

    especially when he not only has to play soccer but create geology as well. In So Cal, the tectonic plates are moved for him.

  34. b says:

    Well then this would be the thread for him to make his triumphant return.

  35. Colin says:

    I don’t know if anyone is going to believe me, but I actually spoke to him about this very subject after Everton’s game this weekend (The players all sign autographs and talk to the fans on the way out of the stadium to their cars). When I asked him if he is going to MLS soon, he said that he was “ready to go to seatle” but that it did not look like it was going to go through because the montreal impact have his allocation rights as a former USA international.

    So, the impression I got was this. He has no desire to go to Montreal (stating that it is pretty far away from the USA), so presently he is waiting for a team to be willing to trade montreal for his rights (something he suggested seatle is not presently willing to do). I feel as though he will make it to MLS soon though.

  36. euroman says:

    To say Goodson is out of season is correct but Brondby has been training for two months and had 8 matches. Goodson has been sharp only conceding 3 goals over that period while being undefeated against good competition. He will be ready if called so no worries with him.

  37. taylor says:

    i read that he was very calm on the ball and safe, but not spectacular

  38. jon says:

    let’s go ream!

  39. Tony in Quakeland says:

    From Soccernet: “Ream impressed throughout and was key to Bolton’s clean sheet”

  40. Eric says:

    Davies doesn’t deserve an invite yet. Making the bench for his club team doesn’t automatically get him a call up. He needs to start scoring.

  41. Award says:

    Did I state he deserved an invite. I stated possible invite. Considering the USMNT has a dearth of FWDS right now it’s very possible he gets an invite. And really it’s up to Klinsmann on who he deems worthy of a call-up not the fans.

  42. Yeah, I said "Cracking" says:

    what would make an american a millwall fan other than green street hooligans? I am curious about the criteria that lead to you being a fan… My assumption is that you are a ream/nyrb hater.. that is all.

  43. Bird says:

    Daniel Williams has been playing CB at Hoffenheim a bit lately. Another possible move

  44. Air Jordanz says:

    Danny Williams or Goodson will get the nod next to Bocanegra.

  45. Ski Fast! says:

    Can’t wait until Holden comes back and gets fit enough to play for Bolton. It’ll be nice to see him and Ream together on the pitch in England.

  46. Rees says:

    A lot of yanks started following Millwall in the early 90’s, and it had more to do w/ one of the USA’s greatest ever exports rather than a film. The name Kasey Keller may ring a bell.

  47. J.D. Krug says:

    ugh. None of those are good options, especially against Italy. I can’t take another “moral” victory with the Nats under Klinsmann.

    Hopefully Whitbread is back. Norwich said he was almost back to fitness this last weekend. If he’s healthy and Gooch is out, he’s our best option.

    Fiscal and Ream have been a liability when they’ve played.

    Goodson is ok, but not quite top notch.

  48. J.D. Krug says:

    Is that really a surprise? Everyone keeps talking about a “return to form”, but it’s been in the Mexican League for crying out loud.

    It’s sad because he’s still young, but his best years were all pre knee injury.

  49. J.D. Krug says:

    Castillo gets abused against international level competition.

    Ream too.

    I think Ream can become a bonafide international, but it’s still a few years off.

  50. J.D. Krug says:

    I thought so too, until I realized his was the second goal they showed, not the first.

  51. hogatroge says:

    I forgot about Williams. He’s gone the full 90 w/ Hoffenheim a few times lately, even though they haven’t been stellar.

    I don’t think Whitbread would start when he’s never had a cap for the senior team before. My vote would be give Cameron a trial by fire. After hard lessons learned against Man U in the MLS All-Star game and against Panama, I think he might shine. Clean sheet is dubious, though, unless Howard beasts it up.