Americans Abroad Wrap: Dempsey and Altidore Score Again
It was another big week for Americans playing abroad as Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore scored huge goals for their respective clubs.
There’s also injury news on Timmy Chandler, two Player of the Year awards and a possible transfer for Brad Guzan, an assist for Fabian Johnson, a record-setting appearance for Steve Cherundolo and goals for Alfredo Morales and Clarence Goodson.
Herculez Gomez may also be on his way back to Major League Soccer, and there is news that dual-national John Anthony Brooks is leaning towards the U.S.
Check all that out and much, much more in this week’s Americans Abroad Wrap.
Clint Dempsey Scores and Gets an Assist
Clint Dempsey was the hero of Tottenham’s big 2-1 victory over Stoke City on Sunday, scoring both the opening goal in the 20th minute and assisting on the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute.
The win puts Tottenham into fourth place and Champions League qualification with one game left to play. Arsenal is two points behind with a game in hand.
For Stoke, Geoff Cameron came on as a 75th-minute substitute in the loss. Brek Shea was not in the 18.
For Spurs, Brad Friedel was in the 18, but did not play.
Brad Guzan Wins Aston Villa Player of the Year—Villa Still Face Relegation
Earlier this week, Guzan won both Villa Player of the Year awards, one voted on by the fans and one by the players themselves.
Another big story line for Villa and the USMNT was the rare start given to American Eric Lichaj. Unfortunately for Villa, Lichaj couldn’t stay with Eden Hazard on a give-and-go in the 89th minute that led to Chelsea’s winner.
Finally, rumors this week linked Guzan with a summer transfer to West Ham, who are reportedly looking at the American keeper for a fee believed to be around $7.5 million (h/t Sky Sports).
The Rest of the English Contingent
Tim Howard and Everton beat West Ham 2-0 in David Moyes’ final game at Goodison Park.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood, Tim Ream and Stuart Holden are all done for the year as the English Championship season ended last weekend.
Ze Germans: Relegation and Champions League Races Abound
Jermaine Jones and Schalke lost to Stuttgart 2-1, leaving Schalke holding onto the last Champions League place in the Bundesliga by one point with one game to go. Jones started and went the distance.
Steve Cherundolo made his record-setting 299th appearance for Hannover in their 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Cherundolo played the full 90.
It was reported earlier this week that Timmy Chandler tore ligaments in his knee and will miss the rest of the Bundesliga season. He is expected to be out 3-4 weeks and may now miss the USMNT’s games in May and June.
Hoffenheim lost to Hamburger 4-1, making it very likely the team will be relegated. Fabian Johnson came on at halftime and provided the assist on Hoffenheim’s lone goal on a nifty backheel. Danny Williams was not in the 18 for Hoffenheim, who will need to leapfrog two teams on the last day of the season to avoid the drop.
Michael Parkhurst did not make the 18 for Augsburg, who lost to Bayern Munich 3-0 and face relegation going into the final game of the season.
In Bundesliga 2, Hertha Berlin beat Cologne 2-1 with both John Anthony Brooks and Alfredo Morales starting and going the distance. Morales scored the game-winning goal for Hertha, who have already won promotion to the Bundesliga next season. It was also reported this week that Brooks, who is a dual national, is leaning towards the U.S. at the moment.
Bobby Wood was an 85th-minute substitute in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 loss to Paderborn.
St. Pauli won 5-1, but Joe Gyau was not part of the game-day squad.
Jozy Altidore Scores; Wins Dutch Cup
Altidore was also big news in USMNT circles this week for another reason—the discussion about when AZ is going to release Altidore for international duty this summer.
Last year, AZ did not release Altidore for the opening of the U.S. camp, and it appears that may happen again. Earlier this week, it was reported that Altidore will likely not be released until June 3rd, missing the two friendlies the U.S. has scheduled on May 29 and June 2 (h/t ProSoccerTalk).
However, contrary reports emerged later in the week that claimed AZ is attempting to work out a deal that would make Altidore available for those games (h/t Yahoo! Sports).
Elsewhere in Europe: Goodson Scores, Diskerud Talks USMNT Future
Clarence Goodson scored in Brondby’s 1-1 draw with AaB.
Michael Bradley went the distance in Roma's 0-0 draw with AC Milan.
Carlos Bocanegra started and went the distance in Santander’s 1-0 win over Real Madrid Castilla.
Terrence Boyd played 76 minutes of Rapid Vienna’s 0-0 draw with RZ Pellets WAC.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht beat Genk 2-1 with Kljestan going the distance.
Josh Gatt went the full 90 in Molde’s 0-0 draw with Sandnes.
Conor O’Brien was a 78th-minute substitute in Nordsjaelland’s 4-1 win over OB.
Steve Clark and Honefoss play Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg on Monday. Earlier this week, Diskerud opened up to Goal.com in a piece about his failed move to Portland and about his USMNT future.
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg play on Monday.
Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play on Monday.
Oguchi Onyewu was an unused substitute in Malaga's 0-0 draw with Sevilla.
South of the Border
Herculez Gomez and Santos tied Atlas on Friday in the Liga MX playoffs. Gomez was an 82nd-minute substitute.
Last week, a report came out that indicated Gomez may be willing to return to MLS (h/t mlssoccer.com). This week’s Chivas USA’s trade of Juan Agudelo to the New England Revolution fueled speculation that the move may have been made to make room for Gomez on Chivas’ roster.
Jose Torres played 31 minutes before being subbed off in Tigres’ 1-0 playoff loss to Monterrey earlier this week. Torres and Tigres then drew 1-1 in the second-leg and were eliminated. Torres played 54 minutes in the second leg.
Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Tijuana play in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla are done for the season.
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