With the United States men’s national team having finally completed their long summer, attention now returns to club duty.
Although a few teams are already midseason, the bulk of the European contingent is getting ready to kick off a new season, starting with the typical slate of preseason friendlies.
So, here it is, your Americans Abroad: Preseason Friendlies Edition.
The English Premier League Boys
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Jozy Altidore has already made his debut for Sunderland, playing in both the team’s 3-1 win over Tottenham and the team’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City. Sunderland next plays Danish side FC Midtjylland on Wednesday.
Stoke City and their American contingent of Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu have also been busy with games against several Major League Soccer sides, including the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union, and Welsh side Wrexham. Against Philadelphia, Brek Shea scored a goal but also suffered a hard tackle from Union midfielder Matt Kassel that has caused damage to Shea’s MCL and should keep him out for four weeks. Geoff Cameron played in all four games, starting three of them. Maurice Edu has yet to feature.
Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa has been busy with seven friendlies already under their belt. Guzan played the second half in Villa’s friendly on Wednesday, a 5-0 win over League One side Walsall. Guzan also started in Villa’s 2-0 win over Shamrock Rovers on Sunday.
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Jermaine Jones started in Schalke’s 2-1 win over Leipzig on Monday. Schalke take on Nottingen in the German Cup on Monday.
Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo is still recovering from knee surgery. Reports this week say he will resume training mid-August.
Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg were leading Sandhausen in the German Cup when a foul by Chandler in the box led to a Sandhausen penalty, which they converted. The game ended 1-1, and Nurnberg lost in penalties.
SANDHAUSEN PENALTY! Oh, Timmy Chandler. Schauerte SCORES! It's 1-1. #DFBPokal— Kaiser Sweeper (@KaiserSweeper) August 4, 2013
Neither Fabian Johnson nor Joe Gyau dressed for Hoffenheim, who beat SG Aumund 9-0 in German Cup action.
Julian Green has been getting a lot of attention this preseason, appearing a number of times for Bayern Munich’s first team and scoring two hat-tricks for Pep Guardiola’s squad late in June. He recently dressed for Bayern’s preseason friendly against Manchester City.
Michael Parkhurst made the 18 but did not play in Augsburg’s 2-0 win over RasenBallsport Leipzig to open up the German Cup.
John Anthony Brooks started for Hertha in their 3-2 win over VfR Neumunster in the German Cup.
Bobby Wood started for 1860 Munich in their 2-1 win over Heidenheim.
In the English Championship
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Birmingham lost their opener 1-0 to Watford. Jonathan Spector was not in the squad for the match, but there was some good news in that Will Packwood has returned to training after his horrendous leg break last season.
Passed my fitness test and am going to integrate into full training now! Only 4-5 months ahead of schedule as well. So excited #returning— William Packwood (@WPackwood) August 4, 2013
Bolton tied Burnley in the opening fixture of their English Championship campaign. Tim Ream made the 18, but did not feature. Stuart Holden tore his ACL in the final game of the Gold Cup and will require surgery.
Eric Lichaj and new club Nottingham Forest beat Huddersfield 1-0 on Saturday. Lichaj started and went the distance.
Danny Williams received praise for his substitute role in Reading’s 2-1 win over Ipswich after entering the match in the 67th minute.
Elsewhere in Europe
Roma beat the MLS All-Stars 3-1 on Wednesday, with Michael Bradley going the distance and receiving plaudits for his effort in the game.
Terrence Boyd has been on a roll, scoring three goals in two recent friendlies with Rapid Vienna, but he was left on the bench for Rapid’s win over Sturm Graz yesterday. Some have speculated that Boyd was left out of the game because of recent reports that English Championship side Watford are trying to sign him.
Mix Diskerud came on at the half for Rosenborg in their 2-0 win over Sogndal. Rosenborg currently lead the Tippeligaen, 18 games into the season.
Sacha Kljestan started and went the distance in Anderlecht’s 4-0 win over Cercle Bruges. This was no small feat considering that Kljestan had to leave a match last week as he nearly lost his ear after catching an errant elbow.
Oguchi Onyewu looks to be on the move again after reportedly heading back to Portugal to terminate his contract.
Oguchi Onyewu rehabbed high ankle sprain & knee sprain from Gold Cup. Off to Lisbon tonite for contract settlement (free agency?) #usmnt— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 1, 2013
Josh Gatt is recovering from ACL surgery and will miss the next few months of play with Molde.
Alejandro Bedoya is in contract limbo after his deal with Helsingborg expired.
Conor O’Brien was not in the squad for Nordsjaelland’s 2-1 loss to AGF.
Steve Clark’s Honefoss got wrecked 5-2 by Aalesund and are in trouble, sitting 15th out of 16 teams in the Tippeligaen.
South of the Border
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For Tijuana, now dubbed TijuanAmerica by some U.S. fans, Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona all started in their 2-1 loss to Morelia. Paul Arriola came off the bench to provide the assist on Tijuana’s goal. Herculez Gomez is recovering from a knee injury.
Puebla lost 4-2 to Chiapas, with Michael Orozco starting the game and DaMarcus Beasley entering at the start of the second half.
Jose Torres played 88 minutes of Tigres’ 2-0 win over Pumas.
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