Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Steve Cherundolo Hannover (Kicker)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Steve Cherundolo may be known as the Mayor of Hannover, but he now holds another distinct title for his club: all-time leader in Bundesliga appearances.

Cherundolo set the Hannover 96 record for most league matches played in on Saturday, as he took part in his 299th game for the club. Earning the milestone that signifies his longevity and consistency since joining Hannover in 1999 may have been a proud moment for Cherundolo but the result of the game was one to forget, as Hannover suffered a 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Alfredo Morales is another player who enjoyed a memorable weekend. Celebrating his 23rd birthday on Sunday, Morales made the day even more special by scoring the first goal of his professional career in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win over FC Cologne. The goal was not only the eventual winner in the match, but it also assured that promotion-bound Hertha Berlin would finish their impressive season as 2. Bundesliga champions.

Clint Dempsey also made an impact for his respective team, scoring a goal and assisting on another in Tottenham’s 2-1 come-from-behind win over Stoke City on Sunday. Dempsey first pulled Spurs level in the game with a great left-footed strike from distance before setting up Emmanuel Adebayor’s winner seven minutes before the final whistle. Dempsey’s goal gave him seven in league play and 12 across all competitions this season, and also helped keep Tottenham’s hopes of earning a UEFA Champions League spot alive.

Here’s how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Geoff Cameron came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-1 loss vs. Tottenham on Sunday.
  • Brek Shea did not dress for Stoke City.
  • Sebastian Lletget did not dress in West Ham United’s 2-0 loss vs. Everton on Sunday.
  • Clint Dempsey started, played 84 minutes, had an ASSIST and scored a GOAL in Tottenham’s 2-1 win vs. Stoke City on Sunday.

  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play for Tottenham.
  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Everton’s 2-0 win vs. West Ham United on Sunday.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Aston Villa.

Championship

  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Leicester City’s 3-1 loss vs. Watford in the second leg of their promotional playoffs semifinals series on Sunday. Leicester City lost on aggregate, 3-2.

SPAIN

La Liga

  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Malaga CF’s 0-0 draw vs. Sevilla on Sunday.

Segunda Division

  • Carlos Bocanega started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Racing Santander’s 1-0 win vs. Real Madrid Castilla on Sunday.

ITALY

  • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in AS Roma’s 0-0 draw vs. AC Milan on Sunday.

GERMANY

Bundesliga

  • Fabian Johnson came off the bench and played 45 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 4-1 loss vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • Timmy Chandler did not dress in FC Nurnberg’s 2-1 win vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Augsburg’s 3-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.
  • Jermaine Jones started and played 90 minutes in Schalke 04′s 2-1 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-1 win vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday.
  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96′s 3-1 loss vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

  • Joe Gyau did not dress in St Pauli’s 5-1 win vs. TSV Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.
  • Alfredo Morales started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win vs. FC Cologne on Sunday.

  • John Anthony Brooks started and played 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin.
  • Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 3-0 loss vs. Energie Cottbus on Sunday.
  • Bobby Wood came off the bench and played five minutes in TSV 1860 Munich’s 2-0 loss vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.

NETHERLANDS

  • Jozy Altidore started and played 73 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 loss vs. Willem II Tilburg on Sunday.

PORTUGAL

  • Tony Taylor came off the bench and played 13 minutes in G.D. Estoril Praia’s 2-1 win vs. Beira Mar on Saturday.
  • Caleb Patterson-Sewell did not dress in Vitoria Setubal’s 2-1 loss vs. Moreirense on Saturday.

RUSSIA

  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in FK Rostov’s 1-1 draw vs. Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday.

TURKEY

  • Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Eskisehirspor K on Monday.

BELGIUM

  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht’s 2-1 win vs. Racing Genk in the Pro League playoffs on Sunday.

DENMARK

  • Clarence Goodson started, played 64 minutes and scored a GOAL in Brondby IF’s 1-1 draw vs. Aalborg BK on Sunday. You can see the goal here.
  • Charlie Davies dressed but did not play in Randers FC’s 3-0 loss vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.
  • Conor O’Brien came off the bench and played 12 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland’s 4-1 win vs. Odense BK on Friday.

AUSTRIA

  • Terrence Boyd came off the bench and played 76 minutes in Rapid Vienna’s 0-0 draw vs. Wolfsberger AC on Saturday.

SWEDEN

  • Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg IF play BK Hacken on Monday.
  • Brian Span dressed but did not play in Djurgarden IF’s 3-2 win vs. Malmo FF on Sunday.

NORWAY

  • Josh Gatt started and played 90 minutes in Molde FK’s 0-0 draw vs. Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.
  • Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Honefoss BK on Monday.
  • Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Rosenborg BK on Monday. 

MEXICO

  • Herculez Gomez started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Santos Laguna’s 3-1 win vs. Atlas in the second leg of their Liga MX quarterfinals series on Sunday. Santos Laguna won on aggregate, 3-1.
  • Benji Joya did not dress for Santos Laguna.
  • Joaquin Alonso Hernandez came off the bench and played five minutes in Monterrey’s 1-1 draw vs. Tigres UANL in the second leg of their Liga MX quarterfinals series on Saturday. Monterrey won on aggregate, 2-1.
  • Jose Torres started and played 54 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 1-1 draw vs. Monterrey in the second leg of their Liga MX quarterfinals series on Saturday. Tigres UANL lost on aggregate, 2-1.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL.
  • Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America’s 2-1 win vs. Pumas UNAM in the second leg of their Liga MX quarterfinals series on Saturday. Club America won on aggregate, 3-1.

BRAZIL

  • Freddy Adu did not dress in Bahia’s 7-3 loss vs. Vitoria in the first leg of the Baiano finals on Sunday.

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What do you think of these performances? How amazed are you by Cherundolo’s longevity with Hannover? More impressed with Morales scoring his first professional goal on his birthday or Dempsey’s performance?

Share your thoughts below.

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35 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. 2nd borg on the right says:

    Goodbye AZ, hello Fiorentina

    link to espnsoccernet.com

  2. Joamiq says:

    Dempsey was awesome today. With Dembele and Lennon still not quite at full fitness and Huddlestone not playing well for a couple of games in a row now, they really needed Dempsey to step up, and he did. Great all around game.

  3. Siberian says:

    What is going to happen with our Hoffenheim players when the team is relegated? Also, what will happen to Bocanegra if Racing Santander is relegated to the 3rd division? Can he come back to MLS now?

    • Josh D says:

      Johnson is good enough to get a transfer. Doubt Williams would.

      Boca is on a season long contract. He’s free to move.

      • MikeG says:

        Most have an out clause or relegation clause that makes them free if the team is relegated. Not saying Williams and Johnson do, but just saying.

      • dcpohl says:

        Isn’t Boca still in the middle of a Rangers contract?

    • Nate Dollars says:

      wouldn’t mind danny williams sticking with hoffenheim and getting some minutes.

  4. atd says:

    Bradley was immense against Milan — one of the better defensive performances I’ve seen from him.

    • Eric says:

      He really was fantastic.

    • biff says:

      Saw the last 40 minutes of Milan-Roma game and, gotta say, Mikey Bradley was impressive as defensive midfielder with a few runs toward the box. Did not see one bad pass from him and defensively was maybe the strongest I have ever seen him.

      If Bradley and Jones can put their silly little competitive spats behind them and truly join hands and work together for the common cause as dual Sixes or Six-Eight or whatever you want to call it and taking turns in joining the attack, then we have the potential to have an awesome backbone to the midfield, providing cover for the CBs and allowing our fullbacks to freely move forward in attack.

      And, speaking of attack, when are we going to see Klinsmann develop that part of the USMNT strategy? Any guesses? Isn’t it about time?

  5. gtv says:

    Adu not making it in Brasil or is he injured?

    • Nate Dollars says:

      don’t believe he’s injured, and if they’re losing 7-3 (is that correct?), i don’t think a player with his attacking abilities is what they’re missing right now.

    • Pablo says:

      Brazilian clubs are in state championships. The Serie season starts in 2 weeks. We should know more then whether Adu fits in to Bahias plans.

    • bryan says:

      league hasn’t started yet. he hasn’t really played a role in their cup games.

  6. Thomas says:

    Both Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey got MOTM.
    link to goal.com
    link to goal.com

  7. Lost in Space says:

    Anyone see the AV game? Howed Lichaj play? With Chandler currently sidelined with injury and Parkhurst still not seeing time with his club…maybe he gets called in as Dolo’s backup.
    Will be interesting to see who gets the call in the next couple weeks….really looking forward to the upcoming games.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      depends on who you ask. i didn’t think he did too badly, although he was at fault on the winning goal. chelsea started out by purposefully targeting him, and then moved away as he was defending well.

      probably depends on your expectations–mine were low. check out saturday’s running commentary to see other opinions.

      • biff says:

        Disagree with you, Nate Dollars. I think even with moderate expectations for Lichaj it can be said that Lichaj had a solid performance. Let’s not forget that Chelsea is a great team chock full of world class players and Lichaj is surrounded by a weak defensive team that is still fighting relegation (if Wigan beats Arsenal). Perhaps Lichaj could have covered differently on the winning goal, but that might have opened up other attacking options. And Lichaj did a great job of denying the speedy Hazard a third goal when Hazard beat the off-side almost at midfield and Lichaj raced back keeping pace with him and avoiding a foul and denied him the goal. I would be happy to see Lichaj finally called up by Klinsmann for a tryout.

        In my mind, the loser of this game Benteke for that vicious elbow that earned him a yellow and the studs up jab that ended in red.

    • cj says:

      Alfredo Morales perhaps as the back up over there or Cameron and stick with the Gonzalez/Besler backline

    • biff says:

      @Lost in Space: At the current time, Cameron is Dolo’s backup.

    • Chicago Josh says:

      I thought Lichaj looked pretty good for someone who a) hasn’t played a lot lately, and b) was marking a world-class player in Hazard. He got beat on the winning goal, but as the ESPN broadcasters said during the replays, not a lot of people can stick with Hazard. I thought he defended well and got forward a few times to deliver some good crosses, including one that was VERY nearly an own goal. I’d give him a 5 out of 10. Some might say 4 or 6. They really had this game in the bag until Benteke got his 2nd yellow.

      On another note, another strong performance by Guzan, but holy crap his distribution is horrible!

  8. Nate Dollars says:

    on tottenham’s second goal, did anyone think it should have been offside?

    i know the ball never got to the player who was in an offside position, but it’s obviously who bale was aiming for, so wouldn’t he technically considered to be in play?

  9. adam tash says:

    imagine if all these guys played in mls….nice little bump in level of play

    • Beto says:

      Yes that would really make MLS an even better league! Even if the guys in the bundesliga and epl stayed and all the ligamx, scandinavians, div2 players returned it would be a huge plus. Hopefully we see some signage this summer.

  10. Kevin says:

    ^^^hell yea it would…that would be sooo sick

  11. Beto says:

    For what it is worth boca seems to be playing full 90′s every week now for a while now. The spanish second div isnt too bad either especially madrid and barcalona’s b teams. Any chance of a USNT comeback? Or has omar/besler/cameron blown past him? Regardless good development for him, but i hope he is back in MLS soon. Chicago, Chivas, Colorado, Portland, Seattle would all be great fits for him

  12. bryan says:

    also, Dolo got beat on two of the goals. F. Johnson had an assist on a nice backheel in the box.

  13. bryan says:

    also, Dolo got beat on two of the goals. F. Johnson had an a$$ist on a nice backheel in the box.

    • bryan says:

      should also note that it was Cameron who left Ade wide open on Spurs’ second goal.

    • bryan says:

      Edu not even on the bench today. his move has become very disappointing.

      Clark went 90 and Mix went 87 today.

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