Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

Tim Howard of Everton

Photo by Paul Greenwood/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

For Tim Howard and Everton, Tuesday could not have been much been better.

The Toffees leapfrogged Tottenham and further solidified their place in next season’s European competition by going on the road and picking up a 3-0 win against Newcastle United. Howard made three saves to help post his 11th clean sheet of the campaign. Everton also benefited from Manchester United dropping points to Manchester City. The Toffees now have a six-point lead over the Red Devils, who are looking to avoid the disaster that would be missing out on Europe.

Oguchi Onyewu also helped his club post a shutout victory. Onyewu started and went the distance for Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion that came as a result of a second-half stoppage-time goal. The win was the Owls’ third in their last four league matches and raised them into 13th place in the Championship.

Fellow center back John Brooks also saw substantial playing time, as he got the nod for Hertha Berlina despite being part of a defense that conceded three goals over the weekend. Brooks and Hertha once again surrendered three goals on Tuesday, but this time it came in a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich that clinched the Bundesliga title for the German powerhouse two months before the end of the season.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared on Tuesday:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton’s 3-0 win vs. Newcastle United.

Championship

  • Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 win vs. Brighton & Hove Albion.
  • Danny Williams did not dress in Reading’s 3-1 loss vs. Barnsley. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Duane Holmes did not dress in Huddersfield Town’s 2-2 draw vs. Middlesbrough.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes Birmingham City’s 3-2 win vs. Millwall.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 win vs. Blackpool.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Eric Lichaj did not dress in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 loss vs. Charlton Athletic. He is recovering from a groin injury.
  • Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Derby County’s 2-1 loss vs. Ipswich Town.

League One

  • Gboly Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in Leeds United’s 2-1 loss vs. Swindon Town.

GERMANY

Bundesliga

  • John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 3-1 loss vs. Bayern Munich.

Bundesliga 2

  • Alfredo Morales started and played 90 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04′s 3-0 win vs. VfL Bochum.

MEXICO

  • Jose Torres started and played 64 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 3-0 win vs. Veracruz in the Copa MX semifinals.

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What do you think of these performances? Do you see Howard and Everton finishing the season with a European berth? Like what you saw from Brooks against Bayern Munich?

Share your thoughts below.

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21 Responses to Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

  1. John says:

    Brooks starting to look a little better in each start. Reacting instead of just watching everything develop in front of him. Seemed to read the game better in the second half. Stepped in to break up a few things and had a couple solid challenges. A work in progress but going in the right direction I’d say. No doubt the best team any American center back will see this year anyway.

    • Justin says:

      Also, you know the best team. Period.

    • malkin says:

      Interesting situation to say the least. Obviously him and gooch were garbage vs ukraine, but besler and (particularly) gonzo still have questions abound. Does JAB’s Ukraine performance get a slight pass given he hadn’t been receiving a lot of playing time if he finishes out the rest of the season with 90 minute performances and we see him get one more look in May? Or do we forget about it because need every last second of those friendlies to shore up Gonzo/Besler?

  2. Nihal says:

    Joe Gyau scored for Hoffenheim II today.

  3. David says:

    I might be wrong, but don’t fifth AND sixth place in the Premier League this year get a ticket to the Europa League? The winners of the League Cup usually get a Europa League pass, but since Man City is (essentially) guaranteed a Champions’ League place, the next best team would take their place and play Europa League.

    • Mo says:

      You are correct. And if Arsenal win the FA Cup and finish in the top 4, the Cup runner-up gets the third Europa slot

    • ASA says:

      I don’t think the league cup determines Europa placings. I think it’s only the FA winner or runner up and the team in 5th place.

  4. JayAre says:

    whats the deal with Alfredo Morales he gets alot of playing time but he flies under the radar.

  5. Randy says:

    Why was Will Packwood not in the 18? Dropped due to performance or injury?

  6. Joe+G says:

    There’s a reason Gboly Ariyibi did not dress for Leeds United yesterday. He has been loaned to Tranmere in League One for the rest of the season and played 48 minutes for them.

  7. MiamiAl says:

    Nobody sees a scenario where Jonathan Spector could slot in at RB or CB?

    • Increase0 says:

      I mean… Maybe RB but…. like….ya I doubt it would happen.

    • Herschel Skywalker says:

      He might get a look – I think he should as he would certainly be better than Brad Evans as a backup right back, and he has more experience in better leagues.

  8. Dan says:

    I think we could see Brooks and/or Morales sneak onto the 30 man provisional roster

  9. bryan says:

    Morales had an assist…

  10. Zak1FCK says:

    Not only did Duane Holmes dress for Huddesfield, but he come on in the 85th minute. link to bbc.com