Americans Abroad Wrap: Michael Bradley and Steve Cherundolo Return from Injury
Despite being an international week, there was plenty of news and action from Americans playing abroad.
Brad Guzan and Oguchi Onyewu were in the transfer talk this week and there are injury updates on Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, John Anthony Brooks, Jermaine Jones and Stuart Holden.
German-American and Bayern Munich starlet Julian Green may have also decided his international future this week, Brad Friedel may be on his way to Major League Soccer and Brek Shea picked up an assist in a reserve game.
Read about all that and much, much more in this week’s edition of the Americans Abroad Wrap.
The Premier League Boys
Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Jozy Altidore were all on duty with the United States men's national team this week. The team won 2-0 over Jamaica with Howard, Cameron and Altidore all starting and going the distance. Altidore scored the goal that sealed the win and Cameron got a rare start at center-back.
Jurgen Klinsmann stated that he hopes that Cameron begins to play more at center-back at Stoke City by kicking Robert Huth or Ryan Shawcross out of the starting lineup.
Klinsmann says Geoff Cameron's best position is as a center back. He wants Cameron to "kick somebody out at Stoke City." #usmnt— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 10, 2013
Guzan is in line to start for the U.S. on Tuesday against Panama with Howard being sent home due to what U.S. Soccer is calling a “planned rotation of players.”
Brek Shea and Maurice Edu played in a U-21 match for Stoke on Monday with Shea picking up an assist.
In bad news for Americans, Julian Green played in a U-19 match for Germany, tying himself to the German program unless he were to later file his one-time international switch.
American-born Julian Green is now provisionally tied to Germany after playing in today's U19 qualifier against Belarus.— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) October 10, 2013
In big news for the U.S.'s right-back woes, Steve Cherundolo made a return to action in a charity match on Thursday, playing 45 minutes. Cherundolo has undergone successive knee surgeries in the past year, making him a major doubt for the 2014 World Cup.
John Anthony Brooks returned to training this week after dislocating his elbow several weeks ago. However, he is missing the last two World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. and, not being cap-tied, is still eligible to represent Germany on the international stage.
In the English Championship
The English Championship is taking a break from the international action this week, but there was some news on Stuart Holden.
Holden tweeted this week that his recovery is going well, and it was also reported that Holden is targeting a December return to action and plans on fighting for a spot on the U.S. 2014 World Cup team.
In a good place mentally + physically w my recovery! I know my hardwork and dedication to rehab will pay its dividends!! #noholdenback— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) October 10, 2013
Elsewhere in Europe
Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan and Alejandro Bedoya are all on duty this week with the United States men's national team. Diskerud and Bedoya started and went the distance in the U.S.'s 2-0 win over Jamaica. Johannsson started and played 72 minutes and was replaced by Kljestan. Boyd did not play.
There was also speculation this week that Spanish side Valencia may be in the market for Oguchi Onyewu.
South of the Border
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Edgar Castillo are currently on duty with the United States men's national team. Beasley started Friday's match against Jamaica but was replaced in the 66th minute with what was reported as a hamstring injury. Castillo replaced Beasley and assisted on Jozy Altidore's goal that sealed the U.S. win, but Castillo also missed an open chance of his own. Orozco did not play.
Jose Torres was involved in some media controversy this week after it was alleged he went partying shortly after being ejected from a game with Tigres. Torres denied the allegations.
The rest of the Liga MX contingent is on international break.
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