Americans Abroad Wrap: Brek Shea Makes Debut for Stoke City
There was a full slate of action for Americans playing abroad this weekend, but the big news was Brek Shea making his official debut for Stoke City.
Elsewhere, Terrence Boyd got back among the goalscorers, and Timmy Chandler, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones racked up assists. Alejandro Bedoya also scored in a friendly.
Check it all out in this week’s edition of the Americans Abroad Wrap.
Stoke City vs. Fulham
It was a tumultuous affair at Craven Cottage on Saturday despite the meager 1-0 scoreline. Fulham got the better of Stoke 1-0.
The game had at least three incidents which could have had a player sent off including Dimitar Berbatov’s elbow of Steven N’Zonzi, N’Zonzi’s half-punch/half-slap of Bryan Ruiz and finally, Robert Huth’s forearm shiver to the face of Philippe Senderos.
The big news for American fans was the debut of Brek Shea who entered the match in the 24th minute for an injured Matthew Etherington.
It was a mixed performance from Shea who did well in earning a penalty for Stoke, fizzed a shot just wide of the Fulham net at the hour mark and put in a very dangerous corner kick service in stoppage time (The penalty Shea earned was missed by Jonathan Walters). Shea also entered the match to a short series of “USA! USA!” chants.
On the negative side, Shea’s lack of a competitive match since last September showed as he tried to shake off the rust. Shea lost possession for Stoke a number of times, was frequently drawn too narrow, killing Stoke’s width and struggled to find a rhythm with Stoke left-back Marc Wilson. Defensively, Fulham got far too many crosses off from Stoke’s left side, many of them because Shea did not close down the attack quickly enough.
Geoff Cameron also started for Stoke, once again in the withdrawn forward role that Stoke manager Tony Pulis tried him in against Arsenal three weeks ago. Cameron was, not surprisingly, ineffective in the role and was switched to a wide midfield role midway through the first half.
With Stoke down a goal, Cameron was withdrawn in favor of Cameron Jerome in the 51st minute.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke beat Fortuna Dusseldorf, 2-1. Jones assisted on the opening goal for Schalke, heading a set-piece service back across the face of goal for the easy tap-in. Jones also picked up his obligatory yellow card in the match.
Jones also scored (video) in mid-week Champions League action against Galatasaray.
Timmy Chandler picked up the game-tying assist (video) in Nurnberg’s 1-1 draw with Stuttgart, although Chandler did little more than make a simple pass on the play.
In another troubling sign for Michael Parkhurst’s international career, Parkhurst didn’t even make the bench for Augsburg in their 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim. For Hoffenheim, Fabian Johnson started and went the distance while Danny Williams was an unused substitute.
Steve Cherundolo is still recovering from knee surgery and missed Hannover’s 5-1 win over Hamburger.
In Bundesliga 2, Joe Gyau played the last eight minutes of St. Pauli’s 3-0 win over Frankfurt, Andrew Wooten played 71 minutes in Sandhausen’s 3-1 loss to Paderborn, and Bobby Wood played 53 minutes in 1860 Munchen’s 2-1 win over Braunschweig.
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play on Monday.
Elsewhere in Europe
Michael Bradley got back into the starting lineup for Roma and assisted on the game-winning goal in Roma’s 3-2 win over Atalanta.
Terrence Boyd scored the opening goal for Rapid Wien in their 3-3 draw with Salzburg.
Maurice Edu was sent off in the 80th minute of Bursaspor’s 2-1 loss to Gazientepspora after accumulating two yellow cards—the first of which cost Bursaspor a penalty. Both yellow cards can be seen starting at the 2:43 mark of this clip.
Sacha Kljestan played 79 minutes in Anderlecht’s 2-2 draw with Club Bruges.
Carlos Bocanegra did not feature in Santander’s 2-0 win over Mirandes.
Malaga lost to Betis—Onyewu was not in the 18 for Malaga.
The Scandinavian contingent is still on winter hiatus, but Alejandro Bedoya did score against FC Copenhagen in a friendly. The goal can be seen at the 2:14 mark of this clip.
Everton vs. Norwich City
It was Tim Howard’s 300th appearance for Everton, and excepting a couple of nice catches in traffic, he had a fairly easy game until the last six minutes of the match.
In the 84th minute, former Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara, who had come on as a second-half substitute, thundered home a header on a Norwich corner kick past Howard. Perhaps more impressive on Kamara’s goal was that he was being man-marked on the play by 6’4” Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Then, deep into stoppage time, Norwich forward Grant Holt found a loose ball in front of the Everton net which he tapped home for the game winner.
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal
Brad Guzan took his usual place in the net for Aston Villa on Saturday as they took on Arsenal.
Guzan, as usual, acquitted himself well in the match, making a number of solid stops. However, as usual, Villa was unable to come away with any points from the match, losing 2-1 and falling into the EPL relegation zone.
Guzan started the game off strong with a solid save in the fourth minute before being beaten by Santi Cazorla in the sixth minute. On the goal, Cazorla’s shot went between the legs of a Villa defender, and Guzan did well to get a hand on the ball despite being unable to keep it out of the net.
Late in the first half, Guzan did well to stop a chance by Olivier Giroud, and Guzan had a solid grab on a near-post effort by Arsenal near the hour mark.
Villa’s defense must be given credit as well, as they repeatedly threw their bodies in front of shots and protected Guzan multiple times with gritty last-ditch defending.
In the 81st minute, Guzan had a great push to preserve the 1-1 scoreline for Villa, but Arsenal found the game-winner in the 85th minute as Carzola tapped in a ball slotted across Villa’s six-yard box.
Elsewhere in England
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham play West Ham on Monday.
Jonathan Spector went the distance in Birmingham’s 2-0 win over Peterborough.
Both Tim Ream and Stuart Holden missed the 18 for Bolton in their 4-1 win over Hull.
South of the Border
Joe Corona was an 86th-minute substitute in Tijuana’s 2-0 win over Atlante. Greg Garza and Edgar Castillo did not play.
Santos Laguna beat America 1-0 with Herculez Gomez getting the start and playing 61 minutes.
Tigres beat Cruz Azul 2-1 with Jose Torres going the distance.
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