Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers were in need of a confidence boost heading into 2013, and they might have just gotten it on Saturday.

Bolton ended the year on a winning note, defeating Birmingham City, 3-1. Ream started and went the distance in defense for a second consecutive game for the Trotters, who are now in 14th place in the Championship and only five points shy of seventh.

Other good news came out of Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday, as Clint Dempsey made his return from injury. Dempsey came off the bench and played 14 minutes for a Spurs side that currently sits in fourth place in the Premiership table.

It was not all good news, however. Maurice Edu failed to dress for Stoke City again despite Geoff Cameron being suspended due to yellow card accumulation, and Brad Guzan and Aston Villa continued to leak goals in a 3-0 loss to Wigan Athletic.

Here’s how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton’s 2-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Sunday.
  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham’s 2-1 win vs. Sunderland on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey came off the bench and played 14 minutes for Tottenham.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villa’s 3-0 loss vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 64 minutes for Aston Villa.
  • Geoff Cameron did not dress in Stoke City’s 3-3 draw vs. Southampton on Saturday. He was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
  • Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke City.
  • Sebastian Lletget did not dress in West Ham United’s 1-0 loss vs. Reading on Saturday.

Championship

  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 3-1 win vs. Birmingham City on Saturday.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 59 minutes in Birmingham City’s 3-1 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City.
  • Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County’s 1-1 draw vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Leicester City’s 1-0 win vs. Burnley on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest’s 2-2 draw vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United’s 2-1 win vs. Bury on Saturday.
  • Robbie Rogers and Stevenage’s match vs. Notts County on Saturday was postponed due to inclement weather.
  • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Scunthorpe United’s 1-0 loss vs. Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

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What do you think of these performances? Think Ream and Bolton will string together some wins at the start of 2013? Should Edu make a move during the winter transfer window?

Share your thoughts below.

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27 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. MemRook says:

    If Edu can get a transfer or a loan he should absolutely do that. Playing time is always better than not even makin the bench.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Guy killed his development by going to the SPL – a league with a pretty thuggish approach to defense. When he left MLS I would have taken bets on his future developments. I would have lost. A cautionary tale about looking for the right league to grow as a player.

      • Josh D says:

        I was never impressed with Edu’s technical ability in MLS. his athleticism helped him stand out more than anything. I agree the SPL was the wrong choice, but rather than costing him what he had technique-wise, it stunted him from learning technique and tactics.

        I think he was part of the last generation of MLS athletes to move abroad. I hope we now see proper soccer players making the jump. I think before, it was hard to stand out if you didn’t have size or athleticism. Now the technical players are stepping up and getting counted.

        Edu needs to head to the Netherlands or Serie B to learn. Portugal too would offer him a lot.

  2. Good Jeremy says:

    I didn’t know Bolton had dropped that far. Besides Holden being out what else happened?

    • Thomas says:

      Fabrice Muamba

    • Jake says:

      They had a couple of other big injuries recently too. Also, they just aren’t that good and haven’t been since Stuart got injured.

    • ... says:

      14th is actually higher than they’ve been for most of the season, sadly. They were missing a bunch of players other than Holden, some long term and some shorter term. A few have started coming back and getting back into form (such as Chung-Yong Lee, who scored the winner yesterday) and others should be coming back soon.

      • malkin says:

        Exactly. They had a really rough start to the season, but are starting to play a lot better. Great news that Ream now has to 90 min games in a row, just as they are turning around a bit (and maybe a month away from Holden returning).

        NY Times Goal Blog had a good Q&A with Ream a month ago (link to goal.blogs.nytimes.com), and he mentions the new manager starting to approach him. It’s really nice being able to fast forward a month later and see that starting to turn into a success.

        Also, I mentioned Holden maybe next month, that came from a quote from the manager a couple days ago where he mentioned Stuart Holden looked good in 60+ minutes in a closed-door scrimmage vs Wigan.

  3. Dan in New York says:

    Where did Dougie have Tim Ream slotted for Bolton? I’d read that he might be playing a defensive midfield role instead of centerback?

  4. Paul Miller says:

    Good recap of longball land, but what about Americans elsewhere?

  5. homerica7 says:

    Dempsey should have had an assist in the 81 minute with his backheel to Adebayor, who missed a sitter.

  6. Bobb says:

    Ives,
    No coverage of Sepp Blatter’s latest idiotic comments?

  7. PD says:

    Shame about Everton. They can’t seem to win when they’re up against it.

    • Glenn says:

      Don’t say that to the Spurs, who lost a lead in the last few minutes. Everton has shown surprising resiliency this season. Jelly will come through in the 2nd half of the season, too.

  8. bojensen says:

    Is Whitbread hurt again?