Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Oguchi Onyewu 1 (Reuters)

by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

It was an overall positive weekend for the Americans Abroad as three U.S. national team players won league titles while another scored in a blow-out victory.

Oguchi Onyewu helped Standard Liege keep a cleansheet in the second-leg of the Belgian league title play-off en route to capturing their second consecutive league title. Onyewu went the distance in the 1-0 win over rival Anderlecht.

Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley won the Scottish Premier League crown as Rangers defeated Dundee United, 3-0. Edu played 90 minutes while Beasley did not dress in the victory that gave Rangers its first league title since the 2004-2005 season

The loan goal this weekend came from IK Start defender Clarence Goodson, who scored the game-winner in his team's 4-0 dismantling of Bodo/Glimt.

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

England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton's 2-0 win vs. Fulham on Sunday.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Newcastle United on Sunday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Newcastle United on Sunday.

  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Everton on Sunday.

  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham's 2-1 win vs. Middlesbrough on Sunday.

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

  • The Coca Cola Championship season is finished.

LEAGUE ONE

  • Jemal Johnson and MK Dons' have finished their season. 

  • Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes in Millwall's 3-2 loss vs. Scunthorpe United on Sunday.

  • Mike Grella and Leeds United have finished their season.

  • Ian Joyce and Southend United have finished their season.

Scotland

  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 3-0 win vs. Dundee United on Sunday.

  • DaMarcus Beasley did not dress in Rangers' 3-0 win vs. Dundee United on Sunday.

Germany

BUNDESLIGA

  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-1 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
  • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96's 2-2 draw vs. Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 2-2 draw vs. Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
  • Bryan Arguez did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 4-0 loss vs. Karlsruhe on Saturday.

BUNDESLIGA 2

  • Heath Pearce did not dress in Hansa Rostock's 1-1 draw vs. SV Wehen on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Kaiserslautern's 4-3 loss vs. SC Freiburg on Sunday.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 4-0 loss vs. FC Ingolstadt 04 on Sunday.
  • Matt Taylor dressed but did not play in TUS Koblenz's 4-0 loss vs. FC Ingolstadt 04 on Sunday.
  • Grover Gibson did not dress in Ahlen's 4-2 loss vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Sunday.

Spain

  • Jozy Altidore did not dress in Xerez's 2-1 loss vs. Gimnastic de Tarragona on Sunday. He is recovering from a toe injury.

Italy

  • Danny Szetela did not dress in Brescia's 4-2 win vs. Sassuolo on Saturday. 

France

LIGUE 1

  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rennes' 3-1 win vs. Lorient on Saturday.

  • Freddy Adu did not dress in AS Monaco's 1-0 loss vs. Bordeaux on Saturday.

LIGUE 2

  • Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Troyes' 3-2 loss vs. Sedan on Friday.

Belgium

  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege's 1-0 win vs. Anderlecht on Sunday.
  • Jared Jeffrey and Club Brugge have finished their season.

Denmark

  • Danny Califf started and played 90 minutes in FC Midtjylland's 1-1 draw vs. Odense BK on Sunday. 
  • Jeremiah White started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in AGF Aarhus' 1-0 win vs. Brondby on Sunday.
  • Benny Feilhaber started and played 66 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 1-0 win vs. Brondby on Sunday.

  • Michael Parkhurst came off the bench and played 17 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 3-2 win vs. AC Horsens on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy started and played 79 minutes in Aalborg's 1-1 draw vs. Sonderjyske on Sunday.


Austria

  • Preston Zimmerman did not dress in Kapfenberg SV's 5-1 loss vs. SC Rheindorg Altach on Thursday.

Norway

  • Troy Perkins started and played 90 minutes in Valerenga's 1-0 win vs. Stromsgodset on Sunday.

  • Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in IK Start's 4-0 win vs. Bodo/Glimt on Sunday.

  • Hunter Freeman started and played 90 minutes in IK Start's 4-0 win vs. Bodo/Glimt on Sunday.

  • Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek face Aalesund on Monday.

Sweden

  • Charlie Davies did not play in Hammarby's 0-0 draw vs. Halmstad on Saturday. He is serving a five-game suspension.
  • Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro play Brommapojkarna on Monday.

Mexico

  • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 78 minutes in Pachuca's 2-0 win vs. Indios de Ciudad Juarez on Thursday in the Mexican League playoff semifinals. He started and played 71 minutes in Pachuca's 3-2 loss on the second leg on Sunday.
  • Marco Vidal started and played 45 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez's 2-0 loss vs. Pachuca on Thursday. Vidal played 90 minutes in the second leg.
  • Michael Orozco and San Luis have finished their season.
  • 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 3-1 win vs. Valencia on Saturday.

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

  • Brede Hangeland (Norway) started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 2-0 loss vs. Everton on Sunday.

  • Boaz Myhill (Wales) started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Hull City's 1-0 loss vs. Manchester United on Sunday.

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What do you think of these performances? Think Onyewu is ready for the likes of Kaka and Robinho? Do you see Edu helping Rangers to another league title next season? Is Clarence Goodson deserving of a call-up in the Gold Cup?

Share your thoughts below.

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35 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. DC96 says:

    great to see spector back in the mix

  2. Sean Monaghan says:

    That pic is awesome!

    Gooch thinks he is back at a party in Clemson lol

  3. allie says:

    Zak Whitbread is being chased by Rangers and Sunderland. And you posters said he wasn’t good enough because he was in League One LOL. I’ve heard Rangers are close to signing him, pending a medical.

    link to mirror.co.uk

  4. TheJester525 says:

    haha, what a pic.

  5. Karl says:

    @ allie

    Scottish Football is crap and I dont even think that he would sniff the reserve bench at Sunderland, so your point is meh.

  6. CSD says:

    “could be prepared to listen to offers for the 25-year-old Texan, rated at £1.5 million.”

    Dempsey flashback…

  7. CSD says:

    Now that Celtic have an American keeper a Yank will win the SPL every year.

    Congrats to Gooch for winning the league title two years in a row. I think a good showing at the Confeds Cup could be huge for his career. His agent should not take any offers until after the tournament. Then he can do the cover his mouth and make phone calls like Tevez’s consortium agent did.

  8. Man says:

    Daaamn, Gooch is a playa. That chica is hot though, what do you expect.

  9. Chase says:

    @Karl,

    Quit drinking the Hateraid, a move to either of those clubs would be great for Whitbread and his future with the Nats (Wouldn’t you agree that Edu’s move to Ibrox has been had a positive impact on his development?)

  10. Sean Monaghan says:

    Karl your clueless.If you think sunderland are a better team than rangers…you should probably go to the doctors. I guarentee if Celtic or Rangers went to the Premier league…both with make atleast the Europa League, the home crowd of both teams is second to none, and really is the 12th man

  11. Jamie Z. says:

    Now THAT is a caption contest photo. Maker it happen.

  12. Unoriginal Aaron says:

    Please…let that pic be in a “You Write the Caption” post!

  13. Supsam says:

    haha too bad that chick wasnt wearing white ;]

  14. Bob says:

    I got one “You write the caption”

    What we got here is a prime example of Alabama white snake, but it ain’t G-D- boo koo

  15. Joey says:

    Spain

    Jozy Altidore did not dress in Xerez’s 2-1 loss vs. Gimnastic de Tarragona on Sunday. He is recovering from a toe injury.

    ^^^^^^^^

    He’s in NY

  16. George says:

    Joey’s right. Look at Jozy’s Twitter:
    link to twitter.com

  17. kevindjohnson says:

    Yeahhhhhhhhh!!!

    Gooch won another Belgian league. He’s a legend at Standard Liege. Part of Rangers recent emergence has been due to Edu, they have him to thank and look forward to see him starting for them in the CL.

  18. Austin says:

    hope this one happens for Zak. He and Mo Edu playing in the Champions league next season could be two crucial developments to watch in the build-up to next summers world cup.

  19. hank says:

    Barring an injury Goodson is a lock to be on the Gold Cup team. He was POY last season in Adecco League and now is the highest rated defender in the Tipp League where he has his team in second place. He’s rated the #4,#7 player league-wide by the three bigest media sources in Norway. Yeah he’ll be called in for GC and will likely transfer to a bigger club in August.

  20. beckster says:

    Bradley should play Spector at right back to give him experience against Concacaf. We know what Hedjuk can do and Spector is in form. Longer term, Spector is our best prospect at right back. I hope Bradley gives him the shot that he has given other younger players including his son.

  21. ryan says:

    let’s see who the new manager at sunderland is before anything happens with spector. i’d much rather see him with rangers.

  22. Isaac says:

    wait so….did Torres win the semifinal or lose….you didn’t put home or away so I’m confused.

  23. Ives says:

    Isaac, if Pachuca won the first leg 2-0 and lost the second leg 3-2………

  24. Isaac says:

    my b Ives, my common sense meter doesn’t work with only 3 hours of sleep.

  25. nico says:

    I like the “American-born Players Playing for Other Countries” section…makes me wonder about a “Foreign-born Players Playing for the USA section. Would be interesting.

  26. allie says:

    let’s see who the new manager at sunderland is before anything happens with spector. i’d much rather see him with rangers.

    There talking about Zak Whitbread, not Spector. Spector still plays for West Ham, Zak has most likely played his last game for Millwall and looking to move.

  27. HomeyBoehme says:

    photo caption contest for above photo: (sing to the chorus of Gangsta’s Paradise or Amish Paradise, whichever version you prefer):

    We pour champagne on chicks all night living in a belgian paradise
    Been champions once or twice in this Jupiler league paradise

  28. ryan says:

    ahh you’re right. i meant to say whitbread but wrote spector, thanks.

  29. DC Josh says:

    With Spector starting again, I don’t see how Bradley doesn’t put him on the field. He is ahead of Pearce in my book on the depth chart.

  30. jdavids says:

    These comments sections are getting more and more juvenile day by day. What is this? YouTube,Perez Hilton, Vice Magazine, or A MANLY AND PATRIOTIC FUTBOL BLOG?

  31. Brad says:

    Anyone know who the girl is?

  32. Rageman says:

    Caption contest?

    “This is what we in America call a good old fashion wet t-shirt contest, babydoll”

  33. jdortega3 says:

    How about Sonny Guadarrama playing for Merida who won the Primera A championship, and has a chance to be promoted to Mexico’s first division. I saw the first leg and he played with a lot of creativity in the midfield.

  34. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Dempsey…went from being “not up for it at this level” according to many of the Fulham fans in 2007-2008 as they staved off relegation twice thanks in part to Duece to now saying…”he is one of our 3 best players” and we are “going on a European tour next season”… WAY TO GO DEMPSEY!!!

  35. Chris says:

    Sonny Guadarrama played both legs helping Merida win the Primera A title over Tijuana… He was born in Austin, TX, very good, and young, midfielder.