Americans Abroad Soccer Wrap

John D. HalloranContributor IIApril 7, 2013

Americans Abroad Soccer Wrap

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    It was a weekend of Americans battling Americans abroad as three separate matches featured contests pitting United States men’s national team stars against one another.

    In England, Tim Howard’s Everton battled Clint Dempsey’s Tottenham and Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa took on Geoff Cameron’s Stoke.

    In Mexico, Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo’s Tijuana took on Herculez Gomez’ Santos.

    Terrence Boyd also picked up a goal in action in Austria.

    Check all that out and much, much more in this weekend’s Americans Abroad Wrap.

Everton vs. Tottenham

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    With Everton and Tottenham both in contention for spots in Europe as the English Premier League season comes to a close, Sunday morning’s match had a lot on the line.

    In the end, the teams split the points at White Hart Lane as Everton and Tottenham drew at two goals apiece.

    Both Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey started for their respective clubs and both went the full 90.

    There was little Howard could have done on either of Tottenham’s goals. The first goal came in the first minute of play as Emmanuel Adebayor pushed home a nice cross from Jan Vertonghen. Adebayor’s effort was from point-blank range and went through Howard’s legs as he tried to react.

    On Tottenham’s second goal, Adebayor fired a shot off the post. Howard dove for the shot, leaving the net wide open for the rebound which fell to Gylfi Sigurdsson for the put back.

    Throughout the game, Howard was strong, coming off his line to claim a number of crosses and set pieces. In the 53rd minute, Howard had his best moment of the contest as he was somehow able to push a deflected shot taken by Mousa Dembele onto the crossbar and then strongly punched away the loose ball. Howard also looked good as he slapped away a blast by Kyle Walker in the 64th minute.

    Clint Dempsey had an up-and-down game for Spurs. Dempsey was listed in Spurs lineup as the withdrawn forward, but spent most of the game on the right flank. He was involved in a number of nice combination plays on the day, but his teammates could not, or did not, find him on a number of nice diagonal runs in the first half.

    Dempsey was also involved on Tottenham’s second goal as he dummied the pass from Kyle Walker for the shot by Emmanuel Adebayor that set up the goal.

    Brad Friedel did not play for Tottenham.

Aston Villa vs. Stoke City

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    Aston Villa picked up a big three points in their battle to avoid relegation by beating Stoke 3-1.

    Brad Guzan made two saves for Villa in goal, and Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes for Stoke. Eric Lichaj was an unused substitute for Villa, and Brek Shea did not make the 18 for Stoke.

    Stoke are now winless in their last six games and, sitting on 34 points, may find themselves in the relegation battle if things don’t turn around soon.

Germany

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    Jermaine Jones remains injured from the knock he took in the U.S.–Costa Rica match during the recent international break and missed Schalke’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen.

    Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover’s 0-0 draw with Stuttgart.  This was Cherundolo’s first game with Hannover since December. He has not played since then due to a knee injury.

    Nurnberg beat Mainz 2-1. Timmy Chandler started and went the full 90 at right midfield for Nurnberg.

    On Friday, Hoffenheim picked up three points with their 3-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. Fabian Johnson went the distance. Danny Williams was not in the 18. With only six games to go in the Bundesliga season, Hoffenheim currently finds themselves six points from safety.

    Michael Parkhurst was once again not in the 18 as Augsburg lost to Borussia Dortmund 4-2. Augsburg find themselves five points from safety with six games to go.

    In Bundesliga 2, Hertha Berlin and their Americans John Anthony Brooks and Alfredo Morales play Monday. Hertha leads Bundesliga 2 by one point with seven games to play.

    Joe Gyau and St. Pauli lost to Dynamo Dresden, 3-2. Gyau played 72 minutes and picked up an assist. Gyau's assist can be seen at the 2:05 mark of the embedded video (via socceroverthere.com). It comes off a very nice run.

    1860 Munich tied Cottbus 1-1. American Bobby Wood made the 18 for 1860 Munich, but did not get into the game.

In the English Championship

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    Jonathan Spector started Birmingham’s 1-1 draw with Millwall but had to be stretchered off in the 45th minute after injuring his ankle.

    Tim Ream did not play in Bolton’s 2-0 win over Wolves.

    Stuart Holden played 59 minutes in Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Blackburn. It was a big three points as Wednesday sit only three points above the drop zone with six games to go.

Elsewhere in Europe: Terrence Boyd Scores

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    Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander beat Alcorcon 1-0. Bocanegra played 90 minutes and with the win, Santander are now above the drop zone on goal differential.

    Oguchi Onyewu did not make the 18 as Malaga lost 4-2 to Real Sociedad.

    Michael Bradley and Roma play Lazio tomorrow.

    Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Besiktas tomorrow.

    Jozy Altidore started and went the distance as AZ Alkmaar drew 1-1 with NEC Nijmegen.

    Terrence Boyd got on the scoresheet as Rapid Vienna drew 1-1 with FC Wacker Innsbruck. Rapid Vienna couldn’t find the winner despite playing a man up for the last 70 minutes and two men up for the last 20 minutes.

    Sacha Kljestan started and went the distance for Anderlecht as they drew 0-0 with Standard Liege.

    Mix Diskerud started and went the full 90 as Rosenborg beat Sogndal 4-0.

    Josh Gatt came on in the 58th minute of Molde’s 1-0 loss to Brann.

    Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg play Osters IF Monday.

    Conor O’Brien played the last nine minutes of Nordsjaelland’s 2-0 win over AC Horsens.

    Clarence Goodson and Brondby have the weekend off.

    Steve Clark and Honefoss lost 4-3 to Aalesund.

South of the Border

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    Santos tied Tijuana 0-0 with Herculez Gomez playing 55 minutes for Santos. For Tijuana, Joe Corona played 77 minutes, Edgar Castillo started and went the distance and Greg Garza did not make the 18.

    League-leading Tigres tied Leon 0-0. Jose Torres played 73 minutes for Tigres.

    Puebla tied America 1-1. For Puebla, Michael Orozco started and went the distance while DaMarcus Beasley played 75 minutes.

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