Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

John Anthony Brooks Hertha Berlin 2 (Hertha Berlin)


John Brooks’ new back tattoo was apparently not a hindrance to his performance this weekend.

Brooks gave his World Cup chances a boost on Saturday by scoring the winner and helping Hertha Berlin record a cleansheet in a 2-0 triumph over TSV Eintracht Braunschweig. The goal was the 21-year-old Brooks’ second of the Bundesliga campaign and first since he hit home the winner in the season-opening 6-1 triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt back in August.

Two other German-Americans found the back of the net this weekend. Terrence Boyd bagged a brace for a second straight match to lift Rapid Vienna to a 2-1 win vs. Red Bull Salzburg and his season scoring total to 18 goals across all competitions, and Andrew Wooten also netted twice to help FSV Frankfurt knock off Energie Cottbus, 3-1. Wooten now has three goals in his last two matches.

Other notable outings came in the German Bundesliga, as Timmy Chandler made his return from injury and Joe Gyau enjoyed his league debut. Chandler started and played 45 minutes for the first time since February in FC Nurnberg’s 2-0 defeat vs. Mainz on Saturday, and Gyau played in his first Bundesliga match by contributing 21 minutes off the bench in Hoffenheim’s scoreless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.

It was not all good news, however. Tim Howard and Everton saw their UEFA Champions League bid suffer a big blow with a 2-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday, a surprise result that came about due to two own goals. The Toffees are still just one point behind Arsenal in the standings for that Champions League qualifiers spot, but the Gunners have a game in hand.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton’s 2-0 loss vs. Southampton on Saturday.
  • Jozy Altidore dressed but did not play in Sunderland’s 4-0 win vs. Cardiff City on Sunday.
  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 1-0 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
  • Brek Shea did not dress for Stoke City.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Aston Villa’s 4-1 loss vs. Swansea City on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
  • Cody Cropper did not dress in Southampton’s 2-0 win vs. Everton on Saturday.
  • Sebastian Lletget did not dress in West Ham United’s 1-0 loss vs. West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-1 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams did not dress in Reading’s 3-1 win vs. Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
  • Duane Holmes started and played 63 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 2-0 loss vs. Leicester City on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 3-1 loss vs. Leeds United on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 3-1 win vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Eric Lichaj did not dress in Nottingham Forest’s 4-1 loss vs. AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. He is recovering from a groin injury.
  • Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Derby County’s 4-2 win vs. Watford on Saturday.

League One

  • Gboly Ariyibi did not dress in Tranmere Rovers’ 2-0 loss vs. Leyton Orient on Friday.



  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 0-0 draw vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
  • Joe Gyau came off the bench and played 21 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • John Brooks started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 win vs. TSV Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 45 minutes in FC Nurberg’s 2-0 loss vs. Mainz on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Bundesliga 2

  • Alfredo Morales started, played 90 minutes received a yellow card in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 1-1 draw vs. FC Cologne on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood came off the bench and played 34 minutes in TSV 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Friday.
  • Andrew Wooten started, played 71 minutes and scored  TWO GOALS in FSV Frankfurt’s 3-1 win vs. Energie Cottbus on Saturday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in FC Nantes’ 1-1 draw vs. Marseille on Friday.


  • Aron Johannsson started and played 60 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-1 win vs. ADO Den Haag on Sunday.
  • Juan Agudelo came off the bench, played 26 minutes and had an ASSIST in FC Utrecht’s 4-1 loss vs. SC Heerenveen on Sunday.


  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Besiktas’ 3-0 loss vs. Sivasspor on Sunday. He was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.


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


  • Terrence Boyd started, played 90 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in Rapid Vienna’s 2-1 win vs. Red Bull Salzburg on Saturday.


  • Conor O’Brien came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Odense BK’s 3-2 loss vs. Aalborg BK on Saturday.
  • Babajide Ogunbiyi started and played 90 minutes in Viborg FF’s 3-0 win vs. AGF Aarhus on Sunday.


  • Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Rosenborg BK’s 5-2 win vs. Brann on Sunday.
  • Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Molde FK’s 3-1 win vs. Sandnes Ulf.
  • Josh Gatt did not dress for Molde FK. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  •  Zarek Valentin did not dress in FK Bodo/Glimt’s 2-1 loss vs. Stabaek IF on Sunday.
  • Michael Stephens started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF’s 2-1 win vs. FK Bodo/Glimt on Sunday.


  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress in Puebla’s 3-1 win vs. Morelia on Sunday.
  • Michael Orozco did not dress for Puebla. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
  • Jose Torres started, played 81 minutes and had an ASSIST in Tigres UANL’s 2-1 win vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Atlante’s 5-2 loss vs. Jaguares de Chiapas on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss vs. Club Leon on Friday.
  • Joe Corona started and played 59 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Paul Arriola came off the bench and played six minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza dressed but did not play for Club Tijuana.
  • Herculez Gomez did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Alejandro Guido  did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Fernando Arce Jr did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Joaquin Alonso Hernandez did not dress in Monterrey’s 1-0 win vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday evening.
  • Gabriel Farfan dressed but did not play in Jaguares de Chiapas’ 5-2 win vs. Atlante on Saturday.
  • Michael Farfan did not dress in Cruz Azul’s 2-1 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Saturday.
  • Dennis Flores did not dress in Club Leon’s 2-1 win vs. Club Tijuana on Friday.
  • Miguel Palafox did not dress for Club Leon.


What do you think of these performances? Did Boyd’s performance all but pencil him in for a place in Brazil this summer? Do you see Bedoya making the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup roster? Think Altidore is set for a strong finish to the campaign?

Share your thoughts below.

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87 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. SD says:

    real bummer that wickham scored two goals…i’m not saying jozy is a world beater but is wickham?

    • Josh D says:

      Wickham is a perfect example of a striker who creates his own luck by chasing every ball down, pressuring defenders, and taking shots when possible, not trying to set up the perfect opportunity.

      He’s doing everything we’ve begged Jozy to. I don’t think he’s better than Jozy but he’s playing better than him which is what counts.

      • Increase says:

        He hasn’t been worn out by a season of misery yet. He was off having fun the in the Championship. But blah, hes getting it done. I think he is better in the Air than Jozy and that lends itself to Sunderland.

        • Jesse says:

          I don’t think Jozy scores either of the goals Connor did this week. The header in the box, I just don’t think he beats his man too it. The second goal was a horrible give away, but Jozy rarely creates those the way Wickham did. Tough to say it, but right now Wickham would be a starter for the US national team if he were American.

  2. Robstyles21 says:

    Any update on Beasley’s injury status yet? Good to see the Boyd staying hott this week! I’d have thought Jozy would have earned some PT this week after playing a huge role in their upset last week. What’s the deal with Kljestan? Is there something going in there? For the past few years he was a solid contributor to that team now he can barely get a sniff of action?

    • Marlon says:

      It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than a dive for Jozy to reclaim a starting spot. As big as those thee points were last week he’s a big reason Sunderland is in the predicament they are in.

      • Robstyles21 says:

        I don’t disagree that he should not have been thrown right back into a starting role but some time as a 2H sub would’ve been fair IMO. That being said, blaming Jozy as a big reason Sunderland is where they are right now is a bit unfair. The team is horrendous, with or without him. Management brought in a target striker without the proper weapons around him. The guy does well when he is in the right system, ie NYRB, AZ, USMNT. I know the first 2 don’t compare to the EPL, but he has performed very well for the US against all opponents, big and small on a consistent basis.

        Sunderland has been just as terrible without him in the lineup. When he is gone next year hopefully he finds a team in a strong league where he can get another opportunity to prove himself.

      • Gary Page says:

        Stop with this ridiculous canard that he took a dive. There is absolutely no evidence for it and I have pointed out in previous posts how, given the run of play, it would have been highly unlikely that he took a dive.

  3. John says:

    The US striker pool doing everything they can to make Klinsmann job difficult. The players you would of had going to Brazil a couple months ago have gone cold awhile a couple others have got hot. Just looking at goals in there last 10 appearances. Wondolowski – 6, Boyd – 5, Agudelo- 2, Johannsson -1, EJ- 0, Altidore -0,

    • biff says:

      Speaking as a Jozy supporter, I will admit not looking good and Klinsmann needs to have a strong Plan B for the World Cup roster with Jozy starting on the bench or possibly not even making the 23-man roster. I still have hopes that once Jozy gets in camp he will reclaim at last part of the good form he had last year. But, if that does not happen, then Klinsmann will have no choice to either put him on the bench or cut him from the 23-man roster. It is up to Jozy now to prove he belongs.

      As for the others, my previous strong opposition to Boyd for the World Cup is starting to thaw a bit. Let’s see how he does in camp and in the friendlies. It could be that he is going to be peaking at the right time and could be Raging Bull in Brazil. As for Wondow, I will be surprised if he does not make the final 23 and I actually think there is a chance, depending on Jozy’s form, that Wondow will be starting against Ghana.

      As for Johannson, I am still highly skeptical of his ability to play the international game. he has not impressed me at all, and actually looked bad IMO against Ukriane. At the current time I think he is the second most overrated player by fans on the USMNT, behind on ly Julian Green who should be in discussion for the U-21 team and for the next Olympics, not as one of 23 members of the senior team flying to Brazil.

      • Laszlo says:

        If Wondow is in the starting 11 against Ghana the US will have no chance at winning that game. He’s a very good MLS player, but not up to international standards. Not even close.

        • Brett says:

          Wondo is actually a good choice to go against Ghana. There’s no chance we out-physical them so Wondo’s movement might be our best chance. In any case the point is null because Dempsey is the best choice to start on the point.

        • John Lowe says:

          Just a silly comment. We have no chance if X player plays. I don’t care who you insert to the X spot.

          • Drewbles says:

            If I’m goalie we have no chance.

            • Matt C says:

              Dude, i have faith in you. Even if you’re #13,601st on the US keeper depth chart, you might be called upon.

              I’m #17,230 on the US Right back depth chart and that’s the sole reason i stay in shape. Never know when your country will need you.

        • Josephnsantos says:

          Wondo is doing much for domestic team, so how is he going to do for the US in Brazil?
          Joe S

      • slowleftarm says:

        Jozy not in the 23? Barring injury he’s a certainty to start.

      • Brett says:

        Chicken little over here…. Just because Jozy isn’t one of the best forwards at Sunderland doesn’t mean he’s still not one of the best in our player pool. Training with an EPL team is good enough to keep him fit, he will just need a confidence boost from Klinsmann.

        • biff says:

          I agree that Jozy is still the best striker in the pool and I do think that rejoining his US teammates will probably help jolt him back into better form. But, it struck me over the weekend, what if Jozy is so beat down after this awful year at Sunderland and/or his bad form cannot be shaken off in USMNT camp? Then Klinsmann is going to have to make a momentous decision. As I say, I don’t think that will end up being the scenario. But if Jozy remains in awful form, then I am saying it might make sense to leave him home and replace him with a striker who is cookin’ for his club. The Group Stage of the World Cup is not the time to be playing out-of-form players in an attempt to help them regain their form. That first game against Ghana is crucial. Gotta win that one and we need a striker up top full of confidence and ready and able to take maybe that one chance for that one goal that would give us three points. I like Wondow with his chip on his shoulder to do this and shove it down the throats of all his haters.

          • Matt C says:

            JA will have his chance at the camp and at least one of the games for the send off matches.

    • Eurosnob says:

      First, most of these guys play in different leagues so it is a bit unfair to compare their goals total across the leagues – there is a huge gap in quality between the EPL and MLS or Austrian League. Your point would have been stronger if you compared the players who play in the same league: Wondo to EJ or Agudelo to AJ. Second, the current form is not everything – Herc Gomez was in a good scoring form at a club level in 2010, but failed to score in the three games that he played in the WC. In 1982, Paolo Rossi was in a horrendous form at the start of the WC and his coach was criticized for playing him, but Rossi ended up having a fantastic WC after Italy got out of the group stage.

  4. Louis Z says:

    so much for Jozy’s penalty earn of last week.

  5. Sven Bender's night on the town says:

    Good to see Mix in the mix

  6. Ted Drews says:

    Jermaine Jones out on yellow card accumulation already? That must be some sort of record.

  7. apw says:

    Wow Tim Ream with over 40 appearances for Bolton, a lot of 90 minute games too. Would love to know the breakdown of left-back, centerback, and center-mid he’s played. Could be the Jay Demerit of this tourney (I know Jay came up in the Confed Cup but still). At least he is playing week-in week out on defense in a good league.

    Also Birmingham could go down for league 1 next year, when they were just in the play-off not too long ago. As a Fulham fan I think, if we do go down, we are more likely to end up in league 1 before we get back to the premier league. Scary times ahead.

    • Dan says:

      Reports are that Ream will be heading to West Brom this summer. I wonder how much more likely Klinsmann would be to start him if he were on an EPL roster. Not that it would magically improve his quality, but he does seem reluctant to start players in major matches who play in Championship.

      • biff says:

        I did not realize this. This was reported in the Bolton newspaper weeks ago. Was this ever reported on SBI or other US soccer web sites? As for the effect on Klinsmann, what is says is that if a PL team, even a low-tier team like West Brom, likes Ream enough to shell out 4 million pounds for him, then that is a strong indication that Ream has developed into capable PL defender meaning he could be a real asset for the USMNT. I would pick Ream over John Anthony Brooks, who has been mostly bad most of the season. Brooks is too prone to mistakes and quite simply does not yet have enough international experience to be trusted in Brazil. Ream is older, had some international games in the past, and now is thriving in England. Klinsmann at the very least needs to take a close look at him in May.

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        • John says:

          Also if you’re just looking at either as a backup Ream being able to play left back as well as center back gives you cover in a couple spots.

        • Eurosnob says:

          I agree that Ream probably deserves a look and be invited to the national team’s camp, but why hate on Brooks? Brooks had injuries that caused him miss a lot of games, but he is regaining his form. He scored a goal in his last Bundesliga game, and, frankly, facing teams like Bayern or Dortmund (or even lesser Bundesliga teams) presents a different kind of challenge than facing the likes of Doncaster Rovers or Yovil Town. And, if you talk about being prone to mistakes, Ream has not exactly covered himself in glory in the USMNT’s jersey, when he had his opportunities. Having said that, I think Ream deserves a look at the camp, but he is a very long shot to make it to Brazil.

      • GW says:

        JK has called Ream in a number of times but each time Ream has had to beg off for one reason or another.

        You can’t start a player who is not in camp.

        • ronniet says:

          false…..ream was only unable to make one call up recently and that was for the birth of his first child, which coincidently came during the call up for the Ukraine game! Other than that he’s been in camp a few times but just hasn’t seen the field for some reason! I think with the way he’s been playing you’d have to say he’s a lock for the camp and may eventually end up with a starting role, or at the very least some time in a game or two in brazil! He’s been fantastic!

          • Jesse says:

            hard to say a guy who hasn’t played for the US much at all in the past few years is a “lock”.

          • GW says:


            Ream was called back not the fold for the Bosnia Herzegovina game. He did not get off the bench.
            I don’t know if he impressed or not in camp but it was a wild and competitive game so the fact that he did not get into it does not tell me all that much.

            The next group of games was the final round of WC qualifying and I would not have expected JK to call any newbies in for them.

            After that there was the Nov. 15 Scotland game and the Nov. 19 Austria game. However, Bolton had four league games in November. Ream went 90 on November 9 and November 23. My suspicion is that Bolton, who won both games, was not willing to let him go.

            The next games were the Korea, Ukraine and Mexico friendlies. Again you weren’t going to see any Euros in the Korea and Mexico games which left Ream with only the Ukraine game to impress. It’s unfortunate because, given how it turned out, Ream might have done really well against Ukraine. Still, at least the man has his priorities right.

            His problem is that as well as he has played, he seems to be a carbon copy of Parkhurst and I can’t see displacing Michael for Timmy. Still I expect him to get called into the WC camp.

            Since you seem to be a rabid Ream fan, don’t worry there is still plenty of time for someone on the US defense or midfield to get hurt.

  8. Good Jeremy says:

    I know Chandler only played a half, but his recovery has been miraculously fast so far.

    Thoughts on him making the 30 man provisional roster? Is a month before the final friendlies long enough for him to get enough strength to challenge Evans or push Cameron inside in place of Gonzo?

    • Bac says:

      Biff watched the game and said he looked pretty bad, out of tempo, possibly at fault for both goals- I think off set pieces- and had to be subbed at the half.
      Long way to go, short time to get there…. who knows..

      I’m more curious now about Ream, he’s played a lot, apparently named MOTM last week, getting good reviews, have to wonder if worth a call into the 30 man roster

      • User222 says:

        we know a healthy Chandler can match Ronaldo’s speed… you dont need a whole lotta speed to play CB, I just dont know enough of Ream at LB… he might be too slow, even Fabian might have difficulty covering CR.

        Tim Chandler can be make the 30 list and eventually the 23 list… really he doesnt have to play all-out til the 1st or 2nd group games… in the meantime he just needs to keep working on his regaining his form and tempo.

        • Bac says:

          Nobody can cover Ronaldo. That guy’s on another planet right now, most marvel at his skill and shot without giving enough credit to his speed and power. To contain his chances JK should watch a replay of the Real / Bayern game and watch how Isco and Contreal handled Robben …. and then pray Portugal makes the mistake they made during much of qualifying of sitting back waiting for him to take over.

      • El Hombre says:

        The man has played almost every game, and starting most of them. With an ability to play CB and left side.

      • biff says:

        Just want to note, Bac (bryan :-) ) that I am not the only one to judge Chandler’s performance as awful. named him flop of the match and his local newspaper gave him a 5 rating with 6 being the absolute worst. Here is a video of Mainz’s two goals, both of which Chandler played key roles. I will be surprised if he starts next week.

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        • Bac says:

          Yea like I said the other day I’m glad someone actually watched him vs just reading about him and overstating his return just because some people are desperate to see him get into camp.
          (I don’t get the Bryan reference)

          • biff says:

            I did not check the web site you mentioned indicating that Chandler was having a good game. that is strange. I think Saturday’s performance was the final nail in the coffin for Chandler’s chances at WC 2014. And I would imagine his Nurnberg teammates are not happy with his role in allowing those two goals, which means Nurnberg now needs not only a win Saturday against Hannover for the 16th relegation playoff spot, but also help from the soccer gods.

            Chandler will have a clean slate to try for WC 2018, assuming he is willing to change his ways and put out the tremendous effort and sacrifice it takes to be an international player. As for bryan, on Saturday he warned that SBI readers should not trust my game reports on Chandler.

            • Bac says:

              I never said he was having a good game, I just said the espn gamecast showed that he’d taken 4 of the 5 shots attempted by Nurnberg, and asked if anyone was actually watching it live. Seemed odd and desperate for them to throw him in as a starter after being out for months.

        • bryan says:

          I didn’t say he was good. But listening to you about Chandler is like asking the tea party for an objective opinion of liberals.

          He didn’t play great but give him a break. He was in fine form before the injury. And the coach said he was only gonna play a half anyway.

      • bryan says:

        Chandler could score three goals and Biff would say he played bad. He’s been anti-Chandler for awhile.

        It’s also well known that Chandler was only going to play 45 in that game. That was the plan they had. Nothing to read into about being subbed off. Other than the club wanting to make sure he didn’t re injure.

        • John says:

          Is Nurnberg really in the position to be putting him in a match he can only play 45 in? Is there really time to bring him back slowly? They have 2 matches left where the best they can hope for is for a relegation playoff.

          • bryan says:

            Not saying if it’s a good or bad idea, but that’s what they decided to do:

            “Working under a pre-set minutes limit, the US World Cup hopeful nearly put his side on the board first by capping a fine team move with a drive just wide of the post on 25 minutes. Despite that highlight near miss, Chandler showed plenty of rust on the ball in his first match since February 8.”

          • GW says:

            Nurmberg is in the unpleasant position they are in for a reason.

            Otherwise, I doubt you see Chandler on the field for any amount of time.

        • biff says:

          @bryan: I do try to be objective when judging performances of players. I could reply that Chandler could be responsible for allowing a team to score five goals and you would not be able to admit that he had an bad game, but would be making excuses for him and saying he generally had a decent game (and almost scored a goal), but had a few weak moments. As for the coach starting Chandler in a must-win relegation-tainted game with the plan of pulling him at half-time, sorry, I don’t believe that. Even if the coach said it after the game, which I did not see any such quotes in any news accounts, this is sometimes said after the fact by a coach to save the player embarrassment for a bad day at the office. As I noted above, I will very surprised if Chandler starts again next week after his miserable performance against Mainz.

          • bryan says:

            That would be true if I had an obsession with him. I have no problem admitting when he plays poorly. But you actively discredit him with any chance you get. GW said it best in another thread. I’ll leave it at that.

          • bryan says:

            I provided a quote on the pre determined limited minutes.

    • Lost in Space says:

      If he gets minutes each week i could show that he’s healthy enough. But even that may not be enough to bring him in so late in the process.

  9. Gary Page says:

    Did Danny Williams have a knock? I thought he was playing regularly and well and it seems a surprise that he didn’t play at all this weekend.

    • Josh D says:

      He’s had an injury since the last US game. It’s on a game-to-game basis. I don’t think it’s serious, just bothersome.

  10. Birgit Calhoun says:

    Altidore is not likely to see much playing time.

  11. Joe says:

    Nice to see gyau making some progress.

    • biff says:

      +1 I always felt he got a raw deal at St. Pauli last year under the previous coach and it shows strong character that he has kept working hard through the adversity to win a spot on senior team. His Hoffenheim contract, I think, is up either this summer or summer of 2015. Wonder if a move is in the works or better yet a contract extension.

  12. Jacknut says:

    What happened to Sacha? He was tearing it up earlier but seems to have fallen off the radar screen.

  13. DC Josh says:

    Let’s hope Klinsmann can work his magic in camp, because it looks like Jozy’s time is up at Sunderland. I’d be shocked if he played another minute for them.

    • Dennis says:

      They have more than a game a week. Jozy will get some time at least to rest Wickam as is appropriate to the situation.

      With Wickam scoring, there is little chance Jozy gets a start. I wish it weren’t so, but it is!

      • Chicago Josh says:

        My hunch is Jozy will get minutes away vs. Man U to rest Wickam for the big matches at home.

      • GW says:

        When you are in Sunderland’s position it is all hands on deck.

        Assuming they maintain their form Sunderland look good and Jozy’s chances of getting pt seem low .

        But they did not get into this position by being consistent

    • NC Jeff says:

      You would allow ANYTHING that Sunderland may do surprise you? There is a reason they are facing relegation, and it’s not because of their superior team management.

    • John says:

      Sunderland has 3 matches over 9 days I think, he could still get some minutes.

  14. Matt C says:

    Allow me to start the brush fire: What is the deal with AJ’s form? He’s lost it. When is the last time that guy scored?

    • NC Jeff says:

      I’ve been thinking the same thing: Is his mid-fielders struggling? … has he picked up a minor injury that’s slowed him down? … have opponents figured out his game or paying extra attention to him while his teammates haven’t picked up the slack? … or is it just that his chances simply haven’t been there this half the season?

      • John says:

        I think he’s just hit a wall, and needs a break. AZ kind of ran him into the ground, as he’s seen more then twice as many minutes this year then in any of his previous seasons. He’s getting looks and was even in on goal yesterday but that same sharpness, and foot work just isn’t the there right now. What does this mean going into a World Cup I’m not sure.

        • Increase says:

          They did played a lot of Games. They went really far into the Europa League and he started a lot every game he was healthy this year.

    • GW says:

      It just might be that AJ is human.

      He had been scoring at a phenomenal rate. You guys evaluate these players on a game to game basis which is unrealistic.

      The truth is that few players can keep scoring at that rate and a slow down is normal.

      Plus, in spite of the fact that everyone on SBI thinks Dutch defenders are useless, they actually aren’t and eventually most every attacker gets figured out.

      • Matt C says:

        Agreed GW, i was being sarcastic. My wife often fails to pick it up too, which puts me in trouble.

  15. Eric K says:

    What? No highlights of our boys racking up stats?

  16. Justin El Matador says:

    Hot damn, this J Brooks has some cojones! Fresh off his back tattoo and scoring goals as a Center Half… please JK, pick him, or anybody but Omar!

    Quick Jozy, go get a blazing bald eagle tattoo on your entire back, with a caption that says Gus Sucks… then come off the bench and score a few!! Your country needs you!

    On a serious note, does Tim Ream have the capabilities to play as a Center Half at the International level? My last memory of him in the position was getting outmuscled on a header goal at Red Bull Arena against Ecuador. It sucked. To add insult to injury, there were more Ecuadorian fans than Mericans. Not the best atmosphere for a USMNT match!!!

  17. bryan says:

    Mix had an assist.

  18. Matt C says:

    Where’s the report on what Julian Green did this past weekend?