Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

 Oguchi Onyewu 4 (Getty Images)

by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Charlie Davies continued his scoring ways as he net the lone Americans Abroad goal of the weekend in Hammarby's 1-0 win over Malmo FF. Davies' goal, which came in the 57th minute, was his fourth of the season and further established him as the team's leading scorer.

U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege forced a two-game playoff to decide the Belgian League championship with a 1-0 win vs. KAA Gent. Liege now faces Anderlecht

Maurice Edu also had a solid weekend, going 90 minutes in Ranger's 2-1 win against Aberdeen. The win once again put Rangers in first place of the Scottish Premier League with one game to go.

Midfielder Michael Bradley's weekend was not as bright. Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach let a golden opportunity to maintain themselves in Bundesliga 1 next season slip away as they were crushed 5-0 at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen. Moenchengladbach can still assure themselves of another season in Germany's top flight with a win in against Borussia Dortmund in the season finale.

Here is how the rest of the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:

England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 3-1 win vs. West Ham on Saturday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Middlesborugh on Saturday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday.

  • Clint Dempsey started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Fulham's 1-0 win vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.

  • Jonathan Spector came off the bench, played 45 minutes and received a yellow card in West Ham's 3-1 loss vs. Everton on Saturday.

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Jay DeMerit and Watford have finished their season.

  • Eddie Johnson and Cardiff City have finished their season.

  • Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday have finished their season.

  • Marcus Hahnemann and Reading have finished their season. Hahnemann has been released from the club.

LEAGUE ONE

  • Jemal Johnson did not dress in MK Dons' 0-0 tie vs. Scunthorpe United on Friday. 

  • Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes in Millwall's 1-1 tie vs. Leeds United on Thursday.

  • Mike Grella came off the bench and played one minute for Leeds.

  • Ian Joyce and Southend United have finished their season.

Scotland

  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Aberdeen on Saturday.

  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Aberdeen on Saturday.

Germany

BUNDESLIGA

  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 5-0 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
  • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96's 5-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 5-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
  • Bryan Arguez did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 0-0 draw vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.

BUNDESLIGA 2

  • Heath Pearce did not dress in Hansa Rostock's 0-0 draw vs. Nurnberg on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Kaiserslautern's 5-3 loss vs. MSV Duisburg on Sunday.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 2-1 win vs. St Pauli on Sunday.
  • Matt Taylor started and played 90 minutes in TUS Koblenz's 2-1 win vs. St Pauli on Sunday.
  • Grover Gibson did not dress in Ahlen's 2-2 draw vs. VfL Osnabruck on Sunday.

Spain

  • Jozy Altidore did not dress in Xerez's 1-0 win vs. Castellon on Sunday. He is recovering from a toe injury.

Italy

  • Danny Szetela and Brescia play Grosseto on Monday. 

France

LIGUE 1

  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rennes' 1-1 draw vs. Nantes on Sunday.

  • Freddy Adu dressed but did not play in AS Monaco's 1-1 draw vs. Valenciennes on Sunday.

LIGUE 2

  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Troyes' 1-1 draw vs. Metz on Friday.

Belgium

  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege's 1-0 win vs. KAA Gent on Saturday.
  • Jared Jeffrey did not play in Club Brugge's 4-1 win vs. Royal Excelsior Mouscron on Saturday.

Denmark

  • Danny Califf started and played 90 minutes in FC Midtjylland's 1-0 loss vs. Esbjerg on Sunday. 
  • Jeremiah White started and played 67 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 1-1 draw vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
  • Benny Feilhaber came off the bench and played 23 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 1-1 draw vs. Randers FC on Sunday.

  • Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Vejle on Monday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg's 2-2 draw vs. AC Horsens on Sunday.


Austria

  • Preston Zimmerman did not dress in Kapfenberg SV's 3-3 draw vs. SK Sturm Gaz on Friday.

Norway

  • Troy Perkins started and played 90 minutes in Valerenga's 2-1 win vs. Fredrikstad on Saturday.

  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 1-1 draw vs. Brann on Saturday.

  • Hunter Freeman started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 1-1 draw vs. Brann on Saturday.

Sweden

  • Charlie Davies started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Hammarby's 1-0 win vs. Malmo FF on Sunday.
  • Alejandro Bedoyacame off the bench and played 21 minutes in Orebro's 2-0 win vs. GAIS on Sunday.

Mexico

  • Jose Francisco Torres came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Pachuca's 2-0 win vs. Chiapas on Sunday.
  • Michael Orozco and San Luis have finished their season.
  • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 0-0 draw vs. Toluca on Sunday.

  • Daniel Hernandez and Necaxa have finished their season.

  • Jesus Padilla and Chivas de Guadalajara have finished their season.

American-born Players Playing for Other Countries

  • Giuseppe Rossi (Italy) started and played 90 minutes in Villarreal's 3-2 win vs. Real Madrid on Saturday.

  • Edgar Castillo (Mexico) and America have finished their season.

  • Brede Hangeland (Norway) started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 1-0 win vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.

  • Boaz Myhill (Wales) started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Hull City's 1-1 draw vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

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What do you think of these performances? Do you see Davies' goal-scoring ways translating over to another league if he transfers this summer? Will Edu and Rangers win the Scottish title next week? Is Bradley and Moenchengladbach's loss a cause for concern?

Share your thoughts below.

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31 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. Supsam says:

    You know that the Norwegian league isnt all that great when Hunter Freeman regularly starts and plays 90 minutes cuz he was starting to stink up during his last couple of months in the MLS

  2. CaliNick says:

    Torres scored a goal in the midweek playoff game. A hard shot from distance really good goal.

    Vidal made an incredible slide, that redirected the goal for the other team. With that one goal, vidals team would have been out.

  3. M says:

    So good to see Spector back after that horrific injury.

  4. Ted says:

    Mix Diskerud played 18 in Stabæk’s 4-1 victory against Sandefjord.

    Kid has been Stabæk’s first player off the bench all season, but is never mentioned, even when he scored a goal like last weekend.

  5. kevindjohnson says:

    I could see Charlie Davies going on a consistent goal scoring streak and transfering to either a top Dutch club or a mid-table French/German club. Not bad.

  6. Drew D (From FL) says:

    Very exciting to see davies thriving in a european league, even if a smaller one. Hopefully this will open doors to bigger clubs during the summertime, I remember sochaux from ligue 1 being interested in him earlier.

  7. DC Josh says:

    exciting to watch Spector in action on Sunday, although he was unfortunate to have the responsibility of marking Stephen Pienarr all night. Hope to see Beas and Jozy in a couple weeks, or else!!

  8. Tom P says:

    DC JOSH – it was good to see Spector back but Pienarr was all over him and is really in form right now.

    Hope they rest him for the FA Cup this week vs. Fulham!

  9. Mr. Derp says:

    Charlie Davies was not the only YA to score this weekend. Lee Nguyen put one in for HAGL in a 5-2 win.

  10. dstark says:

    Clint Dempsey was also given man of the match for his performance v newcastle by the broadcast crew for his effort all over the pitch.

  11. allie says:

    Mix Diskerud played 18 in Stabæk’s 4-1 victory against Sandefjord.

    Kid has been Stabæk’s first player off the bench all season, but is never mentioned, even when he scored a goal like last weekend.

    There are a lot of yanks they don’t include on the list. I’ve been trying to get them to include Jon-Paul Pittman who plays for Wycombe and helped them get promoted to League One, but it doesn’t work.

  12. js says:

    Pienaar completely undressed Spector on that goal. It’s nice to see him back but that was embarrassing.

  13. Scott in Houston says:

    Aston Villa’s result for the season is all but final: they can’t climb above fifth or fall below sixth, and therefore they’re in UEFA Cup (a.k.a. EuropaLeague?) for certain.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Brad Guzan got some playing time? Or is Brad Friedel’s start streak too important?

  14. Isaac says:

    JS,

    If Spector is JUST back, then of course he’s not going to be sharp on the 1v1.

  15. fubar says:

    Dalby also scored this weekend…

  16. Isaac says:

    Essientally, Davies is building a portfolio. He needs to go to France to improve the sharpness of his passing. I see Davies fittig in as a right-winger/forward and France develops those kinds of players. Ex: Florent Malouda and Frank Ribery. I’ve only seen Davies shine in games indiviudually. I’d like to see him perform better in games where a team effort is required; like the Sweden game.

    Edu could go to France or Italy, too. He seems to be improving his defensive game majorly, which was already great. He needs some help with his passing as well; sometimes his passe will be really creative and sharp, while other times it’ll be really erratic.

  17. CSD says:

    Moenchengladbach will guarantee staying up with a tie next weekend. They are even fairly safe with a loss as long it isn’t a bad loss.

    Their form has been very good after the winter break. Going into the break they looked to be in a nearly impossible position.

  18. Joe B. says:

    Anyone know if Eddie Johnson is going back to Fulham?

  19. The Athority says:

    CaliNick,

    Thanks for the descriptions, I don’t watch Mexican league mathes often and your report helps bring it to life.

    Good experience for Edu getting minutes in big matches down the stretch. Espeically, with full stadiums in hostile atmosphere’s. Rumor is Steven Davis is going back to Premirship or Championship next season. That may open a spot for Edu to become a full time starter.

  20. allie says:

    Anyone know if Eddie Johnson is going back to Fulham?

    Yes he is. His loan at Cardiff ended so he is going back to Fulham. He is still under contract until 2011.

  21. Joe B. says:

    Thanks, Allie.

  22. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Eddie Johnson is currently back @ Fulham training. He actually would have had a decent chance to make an appearance this week had Spurs not scored a late goal because that would have meant Fulham solidified 7th place and could play several fringe players as the result would not mean anything…now however it appears that they need at least a draw if Spurs somehow win impressively enough to make up 5 goals against Liverpool who have very little to play for minus the home fans adoration.

  23. Kung Fu Kangaroos says:

    Gooch should grow a huge afro like what Ben Wallace used to have … it’ll go well with the beard thingy he’s got going.

  24. The Athority says:

    Kung Fu,

    I agree.

    It can be a Belgium Standard Liege thing……he and Felliani can have a contest to see who can grow the biggest fro.

  25. Colin says:

    Can we even call Giuseppe Rossi a Yank anymore? He’s pretty much turned his back on the country he was raised in… can someone call Obama and have Rossi’s citizenship removed?

  26. Jose A. V. says:

    If Fulham wins, woudld they qualify for Europa League?

  27. Andy in Atlanta says:

    If Fulham wins on Saturday or even if they draw mosy likely then they will qualify for the Europa League as they will finish 7th in the league with a win and the other spot would normally go to the winner of the FA Cup but Everton and Chelsea already have places in Europe so it goes to the 7th place finisher.

  28. Robert says:

    Preston Zimmerman appears to have been released due to a discipline problem. Any info on that?

  29. Kizz says:

    Whats with all the hate towards Rossi? He made a move he felt was in his best interest; I would never knock a man for doing something he wanted to even if it meant he sat on the Italian national team bench.
    Also please save the space, if a player didn’t do anything, its boring to read didn’t dress or was on the bench, is that an achievement? That’s more of an insult than an update.

  30. Tomas says:

    Why isn’t anyone mentioning the horrific gaffe Gooch made that almost handed Anderlecht the title? I think that was noteworthy here.

    link to goal.blogs.nytimes.com

  31. The Athority says:

    Kizz,

    I’m one of the few who agree with you on Rossi.

    The reason Ives needs to report out on guys, even if they didn’t do anything is to keep everyone in the loop. Imagine if there was no update on Freddy Adu? There would be 50 posts saying, “What happened with Freddy this weekend?”

    Tomas,

    I had no idea. Thanks so much for that link!! What drama!