Americans Abroad Soccer Roundup
There were plenty of Americans in action throughout Europe and Mexico this weekend, from the English Premier League to the German Bundesliga to the Mexican Primera and everywhere in between.
See how your favorite American players performed in this week’s edition of the Americans Abroad Roundup.
The Tottenham-Chelsea match was full of plotlines from their traditional rivalry, to the fact that Chelsea essentially stole Tottenham’s place in the Champions League this year, to the fact that former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas—who was fired from Chelsea in less than one season—now manages Tottenham.
The match didn’t disappoint as the lead changed hands three times and the goals flew as Chelsea won 4-2.
Clint Dempsey started at left midfield for Gareth Bale, who left the game less than an hour before kickoff to be at the birth of his child.
However, less than halfway through the first half, Dempsey was moved to the withdrawn forward position as he and Gylfi Sigurdsson switched positions.
Dempsey’s overall game was up and down. While he was fairly inactive and uncharacteristically lost possession on a number of occasions, Dempsey was also involved in both of the Spurs' goals.
After the Spurs went down 1-0, Dempsey drew the foul that set up the free kick that Spurs equalized on. Then, Dempsey was involved on the play that put Spurs ahead 2-1.
Dempsey was then involved on the other end as Chelsea leveled the game at two goals apiece. He tracked Juan Mata all the way into the Spurs' defensive third, but as the two approached the penalty area, Dempsey allowed Mata to cut inside of him and Mata got on the end of a soft Spurs clearance to put Chelsea back in the game.
For much of the match, Dempsey did not look on the same page as his teammates, either not seeing them, or missing his passes when he attempted to link up. Perhaps it was fatigue after two time changes and two long flights in last week and a half.
Dempsey was eventually removed in the 74th minute for Emmanuel Adebayor. Adebayor didn’t fare much better, as he also lost a couple of key possessions and missed a gilt-edged chance late in the game.
The Stoke City Contingent
Like his earlier performances, Cameron made the mistakes one would expect out of a center back playing wide, coming narrow too often, not choosing the right moments to go forward and not getting wide to give his center backs options when Stoke was in possession.
Cameron was clearly at fault when United scored their third goal, as Danny Welbeck snuck inside of him to put away the cross from Wayne Rooney and made the same mistake a few minutes later on a chance that Welbeck failed to capitalize on.
Cameron is clearly a good player, but playing at right back he looks like a fish out of water.
Maurice Edu was not in the 18 for Stoke.
The Aston Villa Duo
Brad Guzan retained his place over Shay Given for the Villains, making two brilliant saves in the first five minutes and had a great push in the 83rd minute. Unfortunately for Guzan, on the resulting corner, Fulham was able to score on a deflection Guzan could do little about.
Eric Lichaj came on in the 62nd minute at right back and was cautioned for a tackle than looked worse than it probably was.
In the English Championship
Jonathan Spector and Zak Whitbread started as Birmingham City tied Leicester City 1-1. Whitbread went the distance. Spector almost went the distance, but was sent off in the 90th minute. Will Packwood made the bench, but did not play.
Tim Ream returned to the starting lineup in Bolton’s 3-2 win over Bristol City. Ream went the distance.
Joe Corona came on as a 64th minute substitute in Tijuana’s 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul. Edgar Castillo did not play.
Jose Torres played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 1-1 draw with Monterrey.
Herculez Gomez came off the bench at the half, but couldn’t stop Santos Laguna from being trounced 4-1 by Toluca.
Fabian Johnson recovered from the flu that kept him out of the U.S.’s World Cup qualifiers to play 90 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 3-3 draw to Greuther Furth on Friday. Danny Williams missed the match due to yellow card accumulation.
Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes in Hannover’s 3-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Jermaine Jones was a 79th minute substitute in Schalke’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Tim Howard took up his customary place in Everton’s net in his team’s 1-1 draw with QPR.
Howard gave up an early goal in the 2nd minute on a QPR counter as he was wrong-footed on a shot that deflected off Leighton Baines and into Everton’s net.
In the second half, Howard had a trio of good saves to secure the point for Everton, who sit 4th in the English Premier League.
Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Racing Santander’s 0-0 draw with Lugo.
Mix Diskerud went the distance in Rosenborg’s 2-0 win over Sandnes.
Josh Gatt played 45 minutes in Molde’s 1-1 draw with Stromsgodset. After earning an early yellow card, he was withdrawn at the half.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench as a halftime substitute, but was unable to stop Rapid Vienna from losing 2-0.
Michael Parkhurst came off the bench as a 73rd minute substitute as Nordsjaelland won 3-0.
Michael Bradley was an 88th minute sub as Roma beat Genoa 4-2.
Alejandro Bedoya started and earned the assist in Helsingborg’s 1-1 draw with Bedoya’s former club Orebro.
Sacha Kljestan, Oguchi Onyewu and Jozy Altidore did not play for their respective clubs this weekend.
Clarence Goodson’s Brondby did not have a game this weekend.
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