American Abroad: Orozco and Johannsson Score, Brooks Gets Hurt
It was another event-filled week for Americans plying their trade abroad. Michael Orozco and Aron Johannsson were the big winners, both scoring.
John Anthony Brooks, only a week before a crucial United States men’s national team camp, was subbed out with an injury, Timothy Chandler and Jonathan Spector finally returned to the field and we have injury updates on Brek Shea and Steve Cherundolo.
Alejandro Bedoya got his first start for new club, Nantes, and Eric Lichaj continued his red-hot start to the 2013-14 season.
Also, in some of the most shocking news of the week, Michael Bradley could be on his way to the English Premier League.
Read about all of that and much, much more in this week’s Americans Abroad wrap-up.
The Premier League Boys
Stoke City picked up their first points of the EPL season with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Geoff Cameron took his regular place at right-back and went the distance. Brek Shea and Maurice Edu did not make the team, but it was reported this week that Stoke manager Mark Hughes hopes that Shea will finally get some playing time next week as he continues to recover from an injury.
Mark Hughes today "Brek Shea has had a decent week and has progressed quickly, hopefully next week he'll get some game time" via @stokecity— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) August 23, 2013
John Anthony Brooks started Hertha Berlin’s match against Hamburg but was withdrawn early with an injury. There are no details yet if this will affect Brooks’ ability to play for the U.S. next week in their World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.
Injury concern for #usmnt as John Anthony Brooks was subbed out of Hertha Berlin's 1-0 win vs HSV in 23rd minute with apparent thigh problem— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) August 24, 2013
Jermaine Jones and Schalke fell to Hannover 2-1 with Jones playing the full 90. Schalke only have one point from their first three games. Steve Cherundolo is still recovering from injury and recently underwent a third knee operation. However, it was reported that this latest surgery was only to remove scar tissue, and the club expects him back soon.
Timmy Chandler worked his way back into the starting XI for Nurnberg on Saturday after recently being benched, but unfortunately, they lost to Bayern Munich, 2-0. Nurnberg have two points from three games.
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim tied Freiburg, 3-3. Johnson played the entire match. Hoffenheim have five points from three games—a decidedly bright start for them considering their Houdini-like escape from relegation last season.
Michael Parkhurst once again did not make the 18 for Augsburg as they took on Stuttgart on Sunday. His continued problems getting into the lineup are likely to cause his place in the USMNT pool to become tenuous.
In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood started 1860 Munich’s match against Paderborn. He played 58 minutes in their 1-0 loss.
In the English Championship
Jonathan Spector returned from injury to go the distance in Birmingham’s 3-2 loss to Leicester. Birmingham only have three points from four games. Will Packwood remains injured.
Tim Ream started and played 72 minutes for Bolton in their 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers. Stuart Holden remains injured.
Elsewhere in Europe
Michael Bradley and Roma opened up their Serie A campaign Sunday with a 2-0 win over Livorno. Bradley played the entire match.
Aron Johannsson started and played 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in their 2-0 loss to Utrecht. Midweek, Johannsson scored again—his fifth of the season in all competitions. The goal came off a nifty dribbling effort from the American striker.
In the Norwegian Tippeligaen, Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg beat Sandnes, 3-2, to stay atop the league. Diskerud came on for the last six minutes. Josh Gatt is recovering from injury.
Steve Clark and Honefoss finally won a game, stopping their five-game slide, with Clark in the net for the 3-1 win over Sarpsborg.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht beat Sporting Charleroi, 5-2. Kljestan played the entire match.
Alejandro Bedoya got his first start for new club Nantes, but they lost 2-1 to PSG. By all accounts, Bedoya played well.
In Denmark, Conor O’Brien played the full 90 in Nordsjaelland’s 1-0 loss to OB.
Terrence Boyd is still injured and was not in Rapid Vienna’s squad this weekend.
South of the Border
Tijuana and Santos tied 1-1 on Friday. For Tijuana, Edgar Castillo started and went the distance and Paul Arriola came on at the half. Greg Garza and Joe Corona were on the bench and Herculez Gomez is recovering from injury. For Santos, Benji Joya was not in the squad but did play midweek in the Copa MX.
Jose Torres started and played the full 90 for Tigres in their 2-2 draw with Chiapas.
Alonso Hernandez made the bench but didn’t play in Monterrey’s 3-1 loss to Leon.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla lost to Cruz Azul, 2-1, but Orozco opened up the scoring with a nice header on a free kick. Both Beasley and Orozco started and played the full match..
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