Americans Abroad Update: Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard Lose Valuable EPL Positions
With Americans flocking to be Stateside it has made the Americans Abroad picking slim. But fear not, there still is a large contingency of players playing at high levels across Europe. Sunday concluded what can be considered a lackluster week for the Americans. No goals were scored and top teams lost. On a positive note, American’s playing in the English Championship were able to propel their squads to victories.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland ran into a squad, Arsenal, that was looking to get revenge after their 2-0 midweek defeat. And that they did. Sunderland was never in the game, losing 4-1. Altidore got the start over Steven Fletcher and went 45 minutes before giving way to Emanuele Giaccherini. The American’s hold-up play continues to improve but it is evident that he lacks technical abilities.
Stoke City fared better but was unable to produce any real attack. Their 1-0 loss saw Geoff Cameron go the distance on the right side of defense.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa played a close game but his four saves were one short, as the Villains could not overcome a 92nd minute tally. Fellow American keeper, Tim Howard’s OG in extra time sealed the deal for Everton in a match it deserved a point from.
Clint Dempsey did not make the substitutes bench after fighting back from an injury.
In the Championship, things were different.
Brek Shea and Barnsley continued a good run as their 1-0 win propelled them closer to the top of the regulation zone. Shea put in 28 minutes of work on the right flank. Tim Ream went the full 90 in Bolton’s 2-0 win. Shefflied Wednesday’s Oguchi Onyewu was only able to go 69 minutes in their 2-0 win. The only defeat of the weekend was Danny Williams and Reading, however Williams continued his good form in the midfield.
In Germany TSG Hoffenheim drew 2-2 in a match that saw Fabian Johnson draw a well deserved penalty, which helped his team stay seven point clear of the relegation zone. John Anthony Brooks returned from injury to play the last five minutes in a 1-2 win for Hertha Berlin.
Elsewhere in Europe.
Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya was left on the bench until the 79th minute during their 3-0 defeat. Aron Johannsson’s AZ Alkmaar moved further down the table as they were beat by the leaders, Ajax. Also in Holland, Juan Agudelo continues to find the field and his four shots show that he is creating chances. The American’s FC Utrecht was able to leave their home grounds with a victory. Terrence Boyd played but did not show up on the score sheet.
If you are interesting in seeing how the American’s Abroad performed over then weekend then check back in every Monday to see who played, who scored, and who did not make the substitutes bench.
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