Americans Abroad Wrap: New USMNT Internationals on the Scoreboard

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIAugust 12, 2013

Americans Abroad Wrap: New USMNT Internationals on the Scoreboard

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    In a brace of coups over the past week for the United States men’s national team, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann seems to have secured the services of dual internationals Aron Johannsson and John Anthony Brooks. Then, with both expected to accept a call-up next week for the U.S. international friendly with Bosnia, the duo both scored in play for their respective clubs.

    Brooks scored in his Bundesliga debut for Hertha Berlin, while Johannsson, playing for Jozy Altidore’s former club AZ Alkmaar, scored in a victory over Dutch powerhouse Ajax.

    Brooks and Johannsson weren’t the only U.S. internationals to score, however, with Sacha Kljestan scoring in Anderlecht’s win in the Belgian Pro league.

    See Brooks and Kljestan’s goals and read about all of the roster leaks for this week’s U.S.-Bosnia friendly in this week’s edition of the Americans Abroad Wrap.

Ze Germans

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    The Bundesliga kicked off this weekend and the big story out of Germany was the performance of German-American John Anthony Brooks.

    Brooks started in Hertha Berlin’s 6-1 win over Eintracht and scored Hertha’s second goal. Brooks also apparently appears to be leaning toward the U.S. national team as he reportedly will be joining the squad for their friendly against Bosnia after rejecting a call-up for the German U-21 squad.

    Augsburg lost 4-0 to Borussia Dortmund, but apparently still think they’re better off without Michael Parkhurst, who didn’t make the game-day squad. After a frustrating spring where Parkhurst only made two appearances for Augsburg, things haven’t started off much better in the 2013-14 campaign.

    Jermaine Jones and Schalke tied Hamburg 3-3, with Jones playing the full match.

    Fabian Johnson’s Hoffenheim and Timmy Chandler’s Nurnberg tied 2-2, but neither played. Johnson is recovering from injury; Chandler was apparently benched after conceding a penalty last week that helped knock Nurnberg out of the German Cup.

    Steve Cherundolo’s Hannover won 2-0 over Wolfsburg, but the veteran ful-backis still recovering from knee surgery.

    Alfredo Morales started and went the distance in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 loss to Karlsruhe. Ingolstadt now have zero points from three games and are in last place in Bundesliga 2. Morales has, however, apparently earned a call-up for the Bosnia friendly.

    Bobby Wood started and played 59 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. The young forward has played in all three games for 1860 Munich so far this season, starting the last two, and will also reportedly be in Sarajevo to face Bosnia.

    Joe Gyau played the last 30 minutes of Hoffenheim II’s 2-0 loss to Kickers Offenbach in the Regionalliga, the fourth tier of the German soccer system.

In the English Championship

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    Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest were winners in the English Championship this weekend as they pulled off a 1-0 win over Blackburn. Lichaj started and has gone the distance in both games for the Nottingham back line this young season.

    Midfielder Danny Williams came on for Reading in the 85th minute as they tied Bolton 1-1. Williams is among those reportedly being called up for the Bosnia game.

    Bolton have two points from two games. For Bolton, Tim Ream made the bench, but did not play. Stuart Holden, of course, is recovering from knee surgery.

    Surgery all done and a success! Day 1 on the road to recovery and I'm more than up for the fight! #noholdenback

    — Stuart Holden (@stuholden) August 5, 2013

    Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood are both recovering from injuries and did not feature in Birmingham’s 1-0 win over Yeovil.

Waiting for the Start of the Premier League

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    Brad Guzan gave up two goals in net to Spanish side Malaga, but Aston Villa came away winners, 3-2, on Saturday.

    Stoke City tied Genoa 0-0 in a preseason friendly. Geoff Cameron got the start and played 64 minutes at right-back. Teammates Maurice Edu and Brek Shea are recovering from injuries.

    Jozy Altidore and Sunderland open up their 2013-14 EPL campaign next Saturday against Fulham.

    Tim Howard and Everton beat La Liga's Real Betis 2-1 on Sunday in a final friendly tune-up. Howard played the entire game for Everton.

Elsewhere in Europe

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    Newly declared U.S. international Aron Johannsso scored a penalty to help AZ Alkmaar beat Ajax, 3-2, on Sunday in Eredivisie action. Johannsson will reportedly suit up for the Americans against Bosnia.

    Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht beat Gent 4-1. Kljestan went the distance and scored the opening goal, which can be seen at the 2:11 mark of the clip at left.

    Michael Bradley had a busy week, playing 88 minutes in Roma’s 4-1 win over Toronto FC midweek and then the full 90 in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea Saturday night.

    Attacking midfielder Alejandro Bedoya signed with newly promoted Ligue 1 side Nantes in France this week after leaving Helsingborg and Sweden, but did not play in Nantes' 2-0 win over Bastia.

    Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna tied Austria Vienna 0-0. Boyd started the match but was withdrawn at forward in the 30th minute after Rapid went down a man due to a red card earned by teammate Stefan Palla in the 27th minute. Boyd is in the list of players reportedly called up for the U.S.-Bosnia friendly.

    Two Americans saw action in Norway's top flight. Mix Diskerud played the first 59 minutes in Rosenborg's 2-2 tie with Stromsgodset, while Steve Clark started in the net for Honefoss, who lost 1-0 to FK Haugesund. Molde's Josh Gatt, meanwhile, is recovering from ACL surgery.

    Conor O’Brien and Nordsjaelland drew with Copenhagen 2-2, with O'Brien getting the start and going the distance in Danish Superliga action.

    Oguchi Onyewu is still awaiting a resolution to his contract situation with Sporting Lisbon and his search for a new club.

South of the Border

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    Tijuana and its American contingent beat Pumas 2-0 on Friday night. Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo started and played the entire match, while full-back Greg Garza came off the bench in the 82nd minute. Paul Arriola did not play. Forward Herculez Gomez is expected to be out four to six weeks with a knee injury.

    Jose Torres and Tigres beat Monterrey 3-1, with Torres going the distance. U.S. U-20 midfielder Alonso Hernandez suited up, but did not play for Monterrey.

    DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both started in Puebla's scoreless draw with Veracruz. Beasley went the distance, with Orozco playing 89 minutes.

    In Brazil, Freddy Adu's Bahia lost to Gremio 3-0, but Adu was not on the squad.


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