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Americans Abroad: Cameron’s Stoke win again, Boyd on the scoresheet

Sep 4, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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It has been a busy week for Americans playing across the globe so here, in our new series “Americans Abroad,” we break down the top performances by American players across the planet.

Across many countries from Eastern Europe to Central America, US soccer players are stamping their authority on the beautiful game.

(MORE: American Abroad Archive)

So it’s time to check on how they’ve been doing, with Liga MX, CCL action and the European leagues in full flow before the international break.

Let’s get to it.

ENGLAND

On Saturday it was a largely successful day for the American Abroad as Geoff Cameron’s Stoke City grabbed another victory.

Cameron was steady as a rock at right back and despite picking up a late yellow card, the Potters held on for a 1-0 win away to West Ham.

Tim Howard was barely tested as Everton drew 0-0 away at Cardiff City. The USMNT ‘keeper was called into action early on to deal with some vicious inswinging corners from the Bluebirds but only had one save of note the entire game as he posted his second-straight shutout.

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Two shutouts in a row for Tim Howard and Everton.

In the Championship Danny Williams came on a sub for Reading in their 1-0 away win down in Somerset against Yeovil Town. Arriving in the 37th minute, Williams helped to stem the home sides lively attack as the Royals grabbed all three points to move into the top 10.

Elsewhere in England’s second-tier, Nottingham Forest right back Eric Lichaj was cautioned as his side lost 2-1 to Wigan Atheltic despite going ahead early on. The Midlands club threatened throughout and Lichaj put in some great deliveries from the right flank.

Also tasting defeat was US central defender Zak Whitbread, as Leicester City lost 2-1 at Charlton. It was the Foxes’ first defeat of the season. Rounding up the action in England, Jonahan Spector’s Birmingham City drew 1-1 as the American played in central midfield against Ipswich Town but the Blues are still languishing towards the foot of the table in 19th spot.

EUROPE

Over the weekend plenty of Americans were in action on the European continent before they prepare to join up with Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers.

John Brooks is one of those but it wasn’t a happy outing for the young defender as Hertha Berlin lost their unbeaten record in the Bundesliga after falling 2-0 at Wolfsburg. Brooks didn’t have the best of games, giving the ball way cheaply in the first half and being involved in the penalty kick that led to the opener against the Capital club.

Elsewhere in Germany, USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones only played the final 12 minutes as the Gelsenkirchen side beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0. Jones helped create the second goal as he set up Jefferson Farfan to win a penalty. It was Schalke’s first league win of the season, they must be hoping for a better start to Champions League play later this month.

On Sunday the USA’s left sided star Fabian Johnson was involved in an ugly loss as Hoffenheim were turned over by Stuttgart 6-2 in the South West derby. It was Hoffenheim’s first defeat of the campaign as Johnson failed to mark his man at the back post for one of the goals against his side at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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Three goals in four games so far for Sacha Kljestan in Belgium.

US midfielder Mix Diskerud played 82 minutes of Rosnborg’s 2-1 home win over Aalesund in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, the victory gave Mix’s team some breathing space at the top of the standings.

Another USMNT midfielder, Alejandro Bedoya, was in action across the border in France but his Nantes side drew 0-0 with Reims. As usual Bedoya put in a tireless display and whipped in some great deliveries that his Canaries teammates just couldn’t get on the end of.

On Sunday in Belgium Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan scored the opener but the Brussels club lost an incredible match 4-3 to Zulte-Waregem. The goal was the former Chivas USA attackers third in four league games as he’s certainly found his shooting boots this season. However his side now drop to fourth following the defeat.

A short skip across the border to Holland, Aron Johannsson came on as a second half sub for AZ Alkmaar in their 1-1 home draw with Vitesse. Johannsson was powerless to help stop a late equalizer.

Moving South and across the Alps to Austria, Johannsson’s fellow USMNT striker Terrence Boyd remained in good form as he scored again for Rapid Vienna in their 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg. He stuck just before the hour as Europa League qualifiers Rapid haven’t won in four.

Further South to Italy and the heartbeat of the US national team, Michael Bradley, was only a late sub for As Roma who beat Hellas Verona 3-0. Two wins from two for the Capital club who are second in Serie A.

Finally on Sunday, there were several US players in action up in Scandinavia. Babajide Ogunbiyi’s Viborg side lost 4-1 to reigning Danish champions FC Copenhagen. In Norway goalkeeper Steve Clark made six saves Hønefoss equalized late to draw 1-1 at Tromsø and US youngster Ben Spencer made his debut for Molde who beat Vålerenga 4-0.

MEXICO, SOUTH AMERICA

Last Wednesday Freddy Adu finally started his first game in Brazil as Bahia drew 0-0 with Portuguesa to go through to the last 16 of the Copa Sudamericana. Adu was subbed out in the 70th minute after impressing Bahia’s supporters with a tireless midfield display however Adu didn’t feature in the league game between the two sides this weekend.

In CONCACAF Champions League action, Club Tijuana defeated El Salvador’s Firpo 1-0 as they moved close to securing a place in next years quarterfinals. American Greg Garza played the entire game at left wingback. The 21-year-old missed a great chance in the second half after being played in by fellow American Paul Arriola who had beat three players.

Another American was in action for Xolos as Joe Corona played the first hour in central midfield and looked tidy as usual.

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Freddy Adu made his first start for Bahia in Brazil.

On Sunday Jose Torres put in a solid 84 minute shift and left the game as Tigres were beating in-form Veracruz 1-0. But in the second minute of stoppage time U.A.N.L let three points slip as the USMNT midfielder was left disappointed.

Elsewhere in Mexico last weekend, Club Tijuana’s America contingent lost 3-1 to Chiapas despite taking the lead. USMNT defender Edgar Castillo and American Arriola started the game for Xolos, with Castillo have two shots on goal from right back. American Garza came off the bench and Gold Cup winner Corona was left in the bench as Xolos tasted defeat.

On Sunday USMNT duo DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco Fiscal started for Puebla in their 1-0 home win against Atlante. The bottom feeders outshout Puebla 14-9 but Beasley and Orozco Fiscal held the backline firm to record a shutout at the Estadio Cuauhtémoc. 

REST OF THE WORLD

Over in Israel Bryan Gerzicich played the full 90 minutes as Hapoel Tel Aviv lost 2-0 against early season frontrunners Hapoel Be’er Sheva. The Californian was booked in the 31st minute as the Capital club lost for the first time this season.

  1. creek0512 - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Jozy up top; followed by Zusi, Dempsey, Donovan all free to switch sides; Bradley and Jones; backline of Beasley, Besler, Gonzalez, Cameron; Howard in the net

  2. notaretard - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Joe Prince-Wright, seriously man, where did you learn to write? This is the second week in a row your “Americans Abroad” article looks like it was written by a high school dropout. You need to get yourself an editor. And learn how to use commas properly ffs. Normally I wouldn’t care about a mistake or 2, but you make so many blatant ones it distracts from the article. here we go:

    you: “Across many countries from Eastern Europe to Central America, US soccer players are stamping their authority on the beautiful game.”

    someone who can write properly (swcwp): “Across many countries, from Eastern Europe to Central America, US soccer players are stamping their authority on the beautiful game.”
    Or
    “In countries from Eastern Europe to Central America, US soccer players are stamping their authority on the beautiful game.”

    you: “On Saturday it was a largely successful day for the American Abroad as Geoff Cameron’s Stoke City grabbed another victory.

    Cameron was steady as a rock at right back and despite picking up a late yellow card, the Potters held on for a 1-0 win away to West Ham.”

    swcwp: “Saturday was a largely successful day for an American abroad as Geoff Cameron’s Stoke City grabbed another victory

    Cameron was steady as a rock at right back and, despite picking up a late yellow card, the Potters held on for a 1-0 win away to West Ham.”

    you: “Over the weekend plenty of Americans were in action on the European continent before they prepare to join up with Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers.”

    swcwp: “Over the weekend plenty of Americans were in action on the European continent as they prepared to join up with Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers.
    OR
    Over the weekend plenty of Americans were in action on the European continent before joined up with Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers.”

    you:”Elsewhere in Germany, USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones only played the final 12 minutes as the Gelsenkirchen side”

    What side? You need to specify before referring to Schalke as “the Gelsenkirchen side”

    you:”It was Hoffenheim’s first defeat of the campaign as Johnson failed to mark his man at the back post for one of the goals against his side at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.”

    swcwp: “It was Hoffenheim’s first defeat of the campaign and Johnson failed to mark his man at the back post for one of the goals against his side at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.”

    you: “US midfielder Mix Diskerud played 82 minutes of Rosnborg’s 2-1 home win over Aalesund in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, the victory gave Mix’s team some breathing space at the top of the standings.”

    swcwp: “”US midfielder Mix Diskerud played 82 minutes of Rosnborg’s 2-1 home win over Aalesund in the Norwegian Tippeligaen. The victory gave Mix’s team some breathing space at the top of the standings.”
    OR
    “”US midfielder Mix Diskerud played 82 minutes of Rosnborg’s 2-1 home win over Aalesund in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, the victory gaving Mix’s team some breathing space at the top of the standings.”

    you (directly following the previous paragraph): Another USMNT midfielder, Alejandro Bedoya, was in action across the border in France but his Nantes side drew 0-0 with Reims.”

    France is not across the border from Norway. There are multiple countries between the two.

    you: “On Sunday in Belgium Anderlecht…A short skip across the border to Holland…”

    swcwp: “On Sunday in Belgium, … A short skip across the border in Holland…”

    in addition to being grammatically incorrect, Belgium doesn’t border Holland, it borders the Netherlands. Holland is a region within the Netherlands that does not border Belgium.

    you: “Finally on Sunday, there were several US players in action up in Scandinavia…”

    You already talked about Scandanavia when mentioning Diskerud in Norway above. You should either have kept that for this section or say something along the lines of “Returning to Scandanavia…”

    On top of all of this, you have an ungodly amount of missed punctuation. You left out about 20 commas, don’t really know when to use a comma or a period half of the time it seems, don’t know when to use a semi-colon, don’t know when to capitalize words or leave them lowercase, don’t know when to use apostrophes, don’t know how to use proper verb tenses, and don’t bother to check your spelling. Or, perhaps, you do and you’re just incredibly lazy or you write and submit your articles while drunk. Either way, this level of writing is pathetic

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