Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


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It may have taken a little longer than he would have liked, but Maurice Edu finally made his Stoke City debut.

Edu made his first appearance for Stoke in the club's scoreless draw with Liverpool on Sunday. Edu came off the bench and played the final nine minutes of the match, helping Stoke stymie the Reds' attack to earn a big point at Anfield in his first game at the club level since last May.

Three players found the back of the net this weekend, but no one's goal was bigger than Terrence Boyd's latest finish. Boyd netted his seventh goal of the season across all competitions and fifth in league play when he scored a late equalizer in Rapid Vienna's 1-1 draw with FC Magna Wr. Neustadt.

Michael Bradley and Herculez Gomez were the others to find the back of the net. Gomez opened the scoring in Santos Laguna's 1-1 draw with Queretaro after making a well-timed run to get in behind the defense, while Bradley scored his first goal for AS Roma in a 2-0 triumph over Atalanta in his first game back from injury.

It was not all good news, however. Jozy Altidore had his first major hiccup of the season, getting sent off with a second yellow card for dissent in the 52nd minute of AZ Alkmaar's 3-0 defeat to Twente Enschede, and Brad Friedel's consecutive start streak in the Premiership ended at 310 games after he was benched in favor of Hugo Lloris in Tottenham's 2-0 win against Aston Villa.

Here's how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Everton's 2-2 draw vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham's 2-0 win vs. Aston Villa on Sunday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 82 minutes for Tottenham.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss vs. Tottenham on Sunday.
  • Eric Lichaj dressed but did not play for Aston Villa.
  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City's 0-0 draw vs. Liverpool on Sunday.
  • Maurice Edu came off the bench and played nine minutes for Stoke City.


  • Tim Ream dressed but did not play in Bolton Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. Millwall on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City's 1-0 loss vs. Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City.
  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 0-0 draw vs. Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Leicester City's 2-0 win vs. Bristol City on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Carlisle United's 2-1 win vs. Walsall on Saturday.
  • Robbie Rogers dressed but did not play in Stevenage's 1-0 win vs. Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella started and played 90 minutes in Scunthorpe United's 1-0 loss vs. Stevenage on Saturday.


La Liga

  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Malaga CF's 1-1 draw vs. Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Segunda Division

  • Carlos Bocanega started and played 90 minutes in Racing Santander's 1-0 loss vs. Murcia on Saturday.


  • Michael Bradley started, played 72 minutes and scored a GOAL in AS Roma's 2-0 win vs. Atalanta on Sunday.




  • Steve Cherundolo started, played 81 minutes and received a yellow card in Hannover 96's 1-1 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 3-0 win vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 2-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.

  • Danny Williams started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Timmy Chandler started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for committing a foul for a penalty kick in FC Nurnberg's 3-0 loss vs. SC Freiburg on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-2 draw vs. VfB Stuttgart on Sunday.

2. Bundesliga

  • John Anthony Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin's 3-0 win vs. TSV 1860 Munich on Friday.
  • Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play for Hertha Berlin.
  • Andrew Wooten started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in SV Sandhausen's 1-0 win vs. VfR Aalen on Sunday.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress in St Pauli's 2-2 draw vs. FC Union Berlin on Friday.


  • Jozy Altidore started, played 52 minutes and received two yellow cards in AZ Alkmaar's 3-0 loss vs. Twente Enschede on Sunday.


  • Tony Taylor came off the bench and played 45 minutes in G.D. Estoril Praia's 3-1 loss vs. Rio Ave on Sunday.
  • Caleb Patterson-Sewell did not dress in Vitoria Setubal FC's 0-0 draw vs. Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.


  • Sacha Kljestan dressed but did not play in RSC Anderlecht's 2-1 loss vs. Standard Liege on Sunday.


  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in FC Rostov's 2-1 loss vs. Terek Grozny on Friday.


  • Terrence Boyd started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Rapid Vienna's 1-1 draw vs. FC Magna Wr. Neustadt on Sunday. You can see the goal here.


  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 81 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 3-0 loss vs. Odense BK on Friday.
  • Clarence Goodson did not dress in Brondby IF's 3-1 loss vs. Aalborg BK on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien started and played 90 minutes in SonderjyskE's 3-0 loss vs. AGF Aarhus on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies dressed but did not play in Randers FC's 2-1 win vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress in Helsingborgs IF's 2-0 win vs. Mjallby on Sunday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Brian Span did not dress in Djurgardens IF's 2-2 draw vs. Kalmar FF on Sunday.


  • Josh Gatt started and played 45 minutes in Molde FK's 3-2 win vs. Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.
  • Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Brann on Monday.
  • Mix Diskerud did not dress in Rosenborg BK's 1-0 win vs. Odd Grenland on Sunday.
  • Sean Cunningham did not dress in Stabaek IF's 1-0 loss vs. Tromso on Sunday. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Chad Barrett dressed but did not play in Valerenga's 1-1 draw vs. Stromsgodset on Monday.


  • Jose Torres dressed but did not play in Pachuca's 1-1 draw vs. Leon on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez started, played 64 minutes and scored a GOAL in Santos Laguna's 1-1 draw vs. Queretaro on Saturday.


  • Hector Joya dressed but did not play for Santos Laguna.
  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress in Puebla's 2-1 win vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Jonathan Bornstein dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL's 2-1 loss vs. Puebla on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis play Jaguares de Chiapas on Sunday night.
  • Edgar Castillo and Club Tijuana play Toluca on Sunday evening.
  • Joe Corona and Club Tijuana play Toluca on Sunday evening.
  • Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Toluca on Sunday evening.
  • Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America's 3-1 loss vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Do you see Edu breaking into Stoke City's line-up soon? Impressed with Boyd's latest finish? More disappointed with Altidore's sending off or Friedel's streak coming to an end?

Share your thoughts below.

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53 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. mikebsiu says:

    And that’s a career for Friedel…….done

  2. vik says:

    really? He was playing fine. Announcers mentioned that Lloris was promised a league game b4 the international break… or something like that. I think there’s pressure to play him from the French coaching staff, as he’s France’s #1

  3. Not sure you can say Friedel is done. Lloris made a huge blunder with his distribution and almost got burnt; West Ham just couldn’t conver the easy header.

  4. Danny says:

    It was Aston Villa, though your point stands.

  5. yep, been long a day..thanks

  6. somedude says:

    Chandler went from being not on the radar for Germany to being not even close to the radar in the past few weeks. Focusing on his club form is really working. 😀

  7. Dimidri says:

    Jozy’s second yellow was questionable, but still dumb move.

    Those who think it is a reason not to call him up are bonkers. Still might be the leading scorer in Europe, by all accounts a very good dude. Was defending a teammate, not smart decision, but not earth-shatteringly terrible.

  8. ginhumboldt says:

    Aston Villa, right? Is it just me being an American homer or does Friedel get no love in England? Seems that if he were British he’d be Sir Brad Friedel by now

  9. NATO says:

    should Friedel…

    1. Retire?
    2. Move to another club
    3. Stay and collect a big paycheck

  10. NATO says:

    Looks like Fernando Torres is finally starting to show some of that “Liverpool form”

  11. hmm says:

    Agreed. He’s their no 1 for the next 5 years if not 10. It seems as if they were trying to reassure him amongst the pressure from the higher ups. It seemed kinda funny considering Friedel was in great form and it’s only been 4 PL games that he has missed. Not like that would have hurt him with match fitness.

    Friedel will start against Chelsea I’m sure in 2weeks

  12. hmm says:

    arguably the 3rd best keeper in PL history after the likes of Schmeichel and Cech. He’s underrated outside the PL though. If he would have been no1 at the 2006 WC, who knows.

  13. hmm says:


    That being sad. AZ are overly reliant on him. The next game who will score for them? Jozy is clearly their best player now

  14. bizzy says:

    Jose Torres can’t even have consistent play time with Pachuca, a 12th place team in Mexico but he is considered/selected for the USMNT?? I will never understand the logic…

  15. Black Tide says:

    I still do not see the point of doning this article until monday. There are several players that are playing “Sunday Evening” or play monday. What is the point of updating until those players you know actually play.

  16. M says:

    was wondering where the replacement NFL refs went. The game ad any game should never be about the refereeing

  17. Doug says:

    Don’t forget, Freidel is recovering from a 2011 bankruptcy. No way can he afford to retire. He needs the big paycheck.

  18. fischy says:

    4. None of the above.

    Spurs played Lloris against he most anemic offense in the EPL. Hardly a ringing endorsement. Friedel will continue to be the #1 this year. After teh season, he will have time to reflect on the choices you discuss.

  19. fischy says:

    Que paso con Bornstein????

    Debe regresar al MLS…..

  20. Football player says:

    Maurice might be relegated to League Cup and FA Cup matches at Stoke City since Steven Nzonzi and Charle Adam are their starting central midfielders.

  21. TomG says:

    Just take a step back and smell the roses for a bit. For the first time ever, we’ve got two Yanks (field players) starting and scoring goals for two of the biggest, and most historic clubs in the world in Spurs and Roma. How amazing is this? Remember when it was a huge deal to have one or two guys playing for mid-table EPL clubs?? We have taken a step up, my friends. It’s not the finish line, but it’s certainly a step up.

  22. Football player says:

    You have inside information that Brad will continue to start or just an assumption? Villas-Boas already said today post-match that playing Iloris was a no brainer.

  23. TomG says:

    Good point, but not necessarily true. Bankruptcy doesn’t mean you’re poor. It can be just a way to deal with a bad bit of business. Donald Trump has gone through bankruptcy four times. It doesn’t mean he’s poor.

  24. TomG says:

    Because it’s a damn fine read at the end of a big soccer weekend. NFL primetime didn’t use to run after all the games ended, just after most of them did. Baseball tonight doesn’t run after ALL the games end, either.

  25. Football player says:

    Over Van der Saar? Over Jens Lehman? David Seaman? Some of us have been watching the Premiership since inception. There have been great goal keepers in the league. Be careful before you start naming Brad the third best in the league. Brad’s a consistent goalkeeper and great to have him play this long.

  26. gacm32 says:

    Are you kidding with Jens Lehman and David Seaman on that list? Overrated.

  27. Roy says:

    Seaman was class, Lehman no. Friedel has benefit of many years compared to competition who spent most years in foreign leagues.

  28. kevdflb says:

    He gets tremendous love in England.
    His not getting the start today is all over the British press.

  29. SuperChivo says:

    That wasn’t long ago, either. The progress since 2002 has been amazing. We may not be moving as fast as we we would like but we are moving in the right direction.

  30. Helium-3 says:

    Didn’t his soccer school go bankrupt or something. He isn’t going nowhere then other than choice #4.

  31. Helium-3 says:

    Haha lol dude he doesn’t even get selected for the CCL matches and UANL are using their youth and reserve players!

  32. Jamie Z. says:

    No love for Boyd’s equalizer? That’s his fifth goal of the campaign. He’s off to a flying start in Vienna.

  33. Kenny_B says:

    I think Bradley was offsides. Glad to see him score, but I think he got away with one.

  34. Aero says:

    The box scores say Clint Dempsey got an assist on the Lennon goal.

  35. afgh says:

    how much did he lose? cause he’s making like 3million a year at Spurs

  36. afgh says:

    Adam sucks. Edu will get his chances but being a sub might be best for now

  37. afgh says:

    3rd top scorer in the league. 5goals in 9 matches. Not bad for 2nd teamer at Borussia Dortmund. He needs the start in their EL matches

  38. biff says:

    this is true, Clint Dempsey did get an assist for Lennon’s goal and had decent game and was applauded warmly by the fans when he was subbed off. I do wish Tottenham would not focus almost 100% offensively on wing play, but instead balance wing play with some straight down the middle action, which I think would make better use of Dempsey.

  39. biff says:

    Tijuana beat Toluca 1-0 last night to move into first place in Mexico. Makes me happy as I am big fan of Edgar Castillo and also see potential in Joe Corona. I think Castillo will see some USMNT playing time against Antigua and Guatemala either at left back or left wing. I would rather see Johnson and his defense at left back with his runs up the side. But Castillo’s defense must be pretty good if Tijuana kept a clean sheet against the previous first place team in Mexico.

  40. biff says:

    Danny William‘s yellow card yesterday gives him five for the season and puts him in first place in the Bundesliga for yellow cards, plus he has to sit out the next game. Quite frankly, I am happy to see him playing with more bite like Jermaine Jones, who only has two yellow cards so far.

    Here is a link to yellow cards in the Bundesliga. And if you want, you can klick (upper right corner) the table to go back to the 2011-12 season (any guesses who is at the top of the list :-)

    link to

  41. GTV says:

    So Dempsey was not credited with an assist? One summary and stat sheet I saw gave him the assist.

    Anyone know?

  42. bizzy says:

    Biff whats crazy is Edgar Castillo started and completed the full game and was a menace on the left wing.
    Dude, in the 56th minute, Cas skillfully passed three players in his own half, drawing chants of “olé” from the crowd.
    Over lapping in attack for a goal that was called offside……Against Toluca!!! “Castillo What”!!!! Will the real Castillo please stand up…lol

  43. biff says:

    But, bizzy, Castillo has has some solid performances in a US shirt under Klinsmann. Actually, he was excellent against Mexico in August in Mexico City. I think he is going to grow into a key player next year during the Hex and will be getting minutes in WC 2014 in Brazil (assuming we make it). He is without a doubt when of the most technically gifted players on the team, approaching the level of Fabian Johnson and Jose Torres. Not sure why he gets so much grief and hate on the SBI message boards. Moral of the Story: Don’t believe everything you read.

  44. MLSsnobb says:

    •Joe Gyau did not dress in St Pauli’s 2-2 draw vs. FC Union Berlin on Friday.

    How about that, I’m looking pretty good about saying he wouldn’t play, not that I’m happy about being proved correct.

  45. 2tone says:

    News is coming out that Altidore has been snubbed from the USMNT roster.

    What on gods green earth is Klinsmann doing the national team?

    WHy in the world would you ommitt at striker who is leading a top ten league in goals?

    If this is true than I have lost faith in Klinsmann. Especially if Torres is called-up.

    I have heard of something about a twitter rumor regarding Klinsmann and Altidore. But if KLinsmann’s ego of not bringing in Altidore is the reason for the snub then he is acting childish.

  46. Evan W says:

    Torres played in Pachuca’s game on Wednesday against Puebla and very rarely plays two games in such a short amount of time. Unfortunately his stamina is not the greatest but his ball control, vision and passing ability is still better than 90% of the players Klinsmann will call up today.

  47. bryan says:

    So Bedoya and Beasley are injured. Jones and LD are injured. Jozy might get snubbed. Shea is out. What the hell is this callup going to look like????

  48. Jason says:

    Similar home kits for sure. I get them confused as well.

  49. bizzy says:

    “his ball control, vision and passing ability is still better than 90% of the players Klinsmann will call up today”…
    I strongly disagree…better than who?
    Donovan?…hell no
    Zusi?…close but not really
    Danny williams?…not in a million years
    Edu? one plays for stoke and the other can’t go full 90 for Pachuca( they just dropped to 13th in there league)
    Shea maybe? strong argument
    Fabian johnson…think about it
    Dolo?…..yeah right
    Cameron?….Goes full 90 in midfield for stoke, no contest
    Indecisive Chandler?…better than Torres even in his absence…lol

    so where is the 90% coming from? Freddy Adu will be more productive and have a greater impact on the USMNT than Torres

  50. bizzy says:

    Damn I left out Gomez, Jones, Bradley, Castillo(lol, yup I went there) and Corona

  51. Evan W says:

    What are you talking about? He may lack pace for his position but he is the best distributor on the team.

  52. Football player says:

    Yes Lehman and Seaman. Lehman was part of Arsenal’s invincible and Seaman well go do some research. Those were great Arsenal goalkeepers.

  53. Jason says:

    Bolton looking like they are on a track for league 1. Wonder what will happen w/ our boys over there.