Americans Abroad Wrap
There was plenty of action for Americans playing abroad this week.
While most of Europe is still on its winter break, in England, the games were focused on the FA Cup where one American scored two goals and another suffered a season-ending injury.
The Mexican League also kicked off this weekend with most Americans involved for their respective clubs and one American scoring.
Here’s the wrap-up.
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham picked up two wins this week, first beating Reading 3-1 in midweek league action and then beating Coventry 3-0 in the FA Cup.
Against Reading, Dempsey was a 76th-minute substitute and came on with the score 2-1. Dempsey didn’t take long to impact the game, scoring the goal that sealed the win three minutes later.
Against Coventry in the FA Cup on Saturday, Dempsey scored two more goals as Tottenham won, 3-0.
Brad Friedel also made a rare start in the win against Coventry, but Hugo Lloris was favored in the match against Reading.
Maurice Edu did not make the 18 for either game and may even be released from Stoke to attend the USMNT’s January camp.
Everton continued to display their talent for the comeback, beating Newcastle 2-1 in midweek league action after falling behind early.
In the match, Cisse beat Howard with a lofted header before Everton came back via goals from Leighton Baines and Victor Anichebe.
Everton faces Cheltenham in FA Cup action tomorrow.
Villa managed to turn around their recent slide this week, tying Swansea 2-2 midweek and beating Ipswich 2-1 in weekend FA Cup action.
Against Swansea, Guzan started while Eric Lichaj stayed on the bench.
Villa held a 2-1 lead before Swansea equalized in the 95th minute.
There was little Guzan could do on either of Swansea’s goals.
Against Ipswich, Irish international Shay Given was preferred to Guzan while Lichaj started and went the distance.
In the game, Villa went down early after Lichaj inadvertently directed an Ipswich cross into his own net before the Villans came back to win the match.
U.S. U-20 international Will Packwood, who just recently made his first 90-minute effort for Birmingham, started for Birmingham in their 1-1 draw with Leeds.
However, Packwood had to be stretchered off in the game and it was later announced that Packwood has broken both his tibia and fibula and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Jonathan Spector was not in the 18 for Birmingham.
Also in England
The Continental Contingent
Many of the European leagues are still on winter hiatus, but there is still some news to report.
Scandinavia-based players Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya and Josh Gatt were all called up for the USMNT’s January camp.
It was also announced on Fox Soccer on Sunday that Jermaine Jones may be called into the camp due to his Bundesliga suspension.
Conor O’Brien, Steve Clark and Clarence Goodson were not called into the camp.
Michael Bradley and Roma lost 4-1 to Napoli. Bradley went the distance.
Carlos Bocanegra was not part of Racing Santander’s 2-1 win over Ponferradina.
Oguchi Onyewu was not in the 18 for Malaga’s 1-0 loss to Deportivo La Coruna.
South of the Border
Herculez Gomez played 73 minutes and scored in Santos’ 1-1 draw with San Luis.
Tijuana beat Puebla 2-1. Edgar Castillo went the distance for Tijuana and Joe Corona played 60 minutes. Greg Garza did not feature.
Jose Torres’ new club, Tigres, beat Jaguares 3-0, but Torres did not play.
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