Americans Abroad Wrap
Most leagues around the world are wrapping up their play for the 2013-14 season, but there were still many Americans in action this week.
Terrence Boyd was the big winner with a goal and an assist, but plenty of other Americans shone as well with Conor O’Brien also scoring and Josh Gatt picking up an assist.
Plus, find updates on contract situations for Eric Lichaj and Stuart Holden, Roma and Michael Bradley’s attempt to win the Coppa Italia, an update on John Anthony Brooks’ availability for the U.S. U-20 team this summer, relegation-battle updates for Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Clarence Goodson and Carlos Bocanegra and an update on Freddy Adu.
Read about it all in this week’s edition of the Americans Abroad Wrap.
The English Contingent
The English contingent is finished until the 2013-14 campaign, but the big news from England this week came from action off the field.
With only nine league starts this season, a move could help Lichaj find more first-team football. But if he couldn’t find a consistent place with one of the league’s worst defenses, is it likely any other EPL club will want him? A move to the English Championship, a league down, is a more probable scenario.
In brighter news for Lichaj, he tweeted on Sunday that he is now engaged.
I'm a fiancee! @ericlichaj finally sealed the deal, so so so so happy!— Kathryn Perkins (@KatPerko) May 24, 2013
Also on a more positive note, Stuart Holden will reportedly be offered a new one-year contract with Bolton, according to Richard Jolly of ESPNFC.com.
Holden, Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard are all currently with the United States men’s national team preparing for the friendly this Tuesday against Belgium.
Despite the fact the Bundesliga season is over, there were a number of big stories out of Germany this week.
First, Fabian Johnson helped Hoffenheim to a 3-1 victory in their first-leg promotion/relegation playoff against Kaiserslautern. Johnson played 90 minutes in the effort; Danny Williams did not make the 18 for Hoffenheim. The second leg of the playoff is Monday.
The other big piece of news this week regarding German-based players was the announcement that John Anthony Brooks was left off the U.S.’ provisional 35-man roster for the U-20 World Cup. Citing a need to recover from his Bundesliga 2 campaign in order to prepare for next year in the full Bundesliga, as well as not making his decision to represent the U.S. by the FIFA filing date, Brooks was left off the team.
Jermaine Jones and Michael Parkhurst are with the USMNT preparing for the team’s upcoming games.
Steve Cherundolo was, somewhat controversially, left off the U.S.’ roster.
On Sunday, Michael Bradley and Roma lost the Coppa Italia 1-0 to bitter rivals Lazio and, with it, a place in next season's Europa League.
Bradley had a solid first half, narrowly missing Roma's best chance of the game when he broke through Lazio's defense in the 10th minute and put a shot just wide of the net.
Bradley was also involved in one more of Roma's better chances, starting a play that resulted in a good chance on goal in the 18th minute.
Bradley will now make his way to the U.S. to join the USMNT for their upcoming games.
Elsewhere in Europe
Terrence Boyd had a big weekend, picking up a goal and an assist in Rapid Vienna’s 3-0 win over Ried. Earlier in the week, Rapid picked up a 2-0 win over Adm/Modling. The six-point week for Rapid secured their place in the Europa League next season. Boyd finished with 17 goals for his Austrian club this season.
Molde and Rosenborg played to a 0-0 draw on Monday with Mikkel Diskerud playing 63 minutes for Rosenborg. Gatt, however, did not make the 18 for Molde.
On Saturday, Gatt played 59 minutes and picked up an assist as Molde beat Steve Clark’s Honefoss, 4-0.
Earlier in the week, Clark earned the shutout in Honefoss’ 1-0 win over Lillestrom.
Diskerud was also in a second game this week, playing 61 minutes in Rosenborg’s 2-1 win over Valerenga.
Clarence Goodson and Brondby beat AC Horsens 1-0 on Monday on the last day of the Danish season to avoid relegation. Goodson went 90 minutes in the effort.
Conor O’Brien scored the lone goal in Nordsjaelland’s 1-0 win over Esbjerg on an excellent effort from distance.
Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes earlier this week in Helsingborg’s 2-1 win over Elfsborg.
Maurice Edu, Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan are with the USMNT preparing for the team’s upcoming games.
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander tied Guadalajara 0-0. Bocanegra went 86 minutes in the effort; Santander sit four points from safety with two games to go.
Malaga beat Deportivo La Coruna 3-1, but Oguchi Onyewu did not make the 18 for Malaga.
South of the Border
Liga MX is over, but Tijuana was in action in the Copa Libertadores this week, tying Atletico Mineiro 2-2. Edgar Castillo got the start and went the distance while Joe Corona was a 70th-minute substitute.
Castillo and Corona will be joining the USMNT after their second-leg Copa Libertadores game next week and will join fellow Liga MX players Herculez Gomez and DaMarcus Beasley in camp.
Freddy Adu, who recently moved to Bahia in Brazil, picked up his fourth appearance for the club on Sunday and his first in Brazil’s Serie A, coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute in Bahia’s 3-1 loss to Criciuma.
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