Americans Abroad Wrap: Alejandro Bedoya and Aron Johannsson on the Scoreboard
Coming off the international break, Americans playing abroad got right back to work with their clubs.
Aron Johannsson netted a double and picked up an assist, Alejandro Bedoya scored a game-winner and Terrence Boyd picked up a goal as well.
Will Packwood made a big return from injury in the English Championship and there's transfer news on Brek Shea, Oguchi Onyewu, Daniel Cuevas and Benji Joya.
Catch up on all that action, as well as injury updates on Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Spector and DaMarcus Beasley in this week's Americans Abroad Wrap.
The English Premier League Boys
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After last week's international break, goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan were the lone starters this weekend for the American contingent in the English Premier League.
Jozy Altidore came on as an 82nd-minute substitute in Gus Poyet's first game in charge of Sunderland. The Black Cats were already down 4-0 to Swansea when Altidore entered. Altidore had two half-chances, but did nothing with either.
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu all missed the 18 for Stoke's 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion, but news came out this week that Shea may soon be loaned out to a side in the English Championship.
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Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes in Nurnberg's 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Jermaine Jones is still recovering from his knee injury and did not feature in Schalke's 3-2 win over Braunschweig.
Steve Cherundolo is close to a return for Hannover, but missed their 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
Fabian Johnson is still suffering from his ankle injury and missed Hoffenheim's match with Bayer Leverkusen.
Michael Parkhurst once again missed the 18 for Augsburg as they took on Wolfsburg.
John Anthony Brooks has almost recovered from the elbow injury he suffered before the recent international break, but was not fit enough to play in Hertha Berlin's 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich take on Cologne on Monday.
In the English Championship
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Will Packwood had the big weekend for Americans playing in the English Championship. Midweek, it was announced that Packwood would join Bristol Rovers, then on Saturday Packwood started the first game with his new club.
It was the first Championship appearance for Packwood since suffering a horrific leg break in January. And most impressive of all, in his first game back, Packwood won man of the match honors.
Tim Ream started at center-back for Bolton, who tied Sheffield Wednesday 1-1. Stuart Holden continues to recover from knee surgery.
Danny Williams was not in the 18 for Reading's 4-1 win over Doncaster.
There was some very bad news on the injury front for Jonathan Spector, who injured his thigh and is expected to miss 2-3 months of action.
Elsewhere in Europe
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Aron Johannsson had a new manager to impress this weekend and did just that, scoring twice and picking up an assist in AZ Alkmaar's 3-1 win over Cambuur.
Alejandro Bedoya came on in the 81st minute for Nantes and promptly scored the game-winner in their 1-0 victory over Ajaccio.
Michael Bradley made the 18 for the first time since the ankle injury he suffered in September, but did not play in Roma's 2-0 win over Napoli.
Terrence Boyd came on at the half for Rapid Vienna and scored a penalty in their 2-2 draw with Sturm Graz.
Oguchi Onyewu is still looking for a club. Reports emerged this week that English Championship side QPR and Belgian side Gent are the latest contenders.
Mix Diskerud came on as a 61st-minute substitute in Rosenborg's 1-0 win over Start.
Steve Clark started in the net as his Honefoss side lost 1-0 to Molde.
Sacha Kljestan did not play in Anderlecht's 2-0 win over Mons.
Josh Gatt is still recovering from knee surgery.
Conor O’Brien and OB play SonderjyskE on Monday.
South of the Border
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Tijuana's American contingent of Herculez Gomez, Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Paul Arriola play later on Sunday as well as the Puebla contingent of Michael Orozco and DaMarcus Beasley.
Beasley tweeted some worrisome news on Saturday, saying that he was going in for an MRI.
U.S. U-20 internationals Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas, who both play with Santos Laguna, may be coming to Major League Soccer. A report this week emerged that the San Jose Earthquakes may be interested in taking the youngsters in on loan next season.
Jose Torres did not play in Tigres' 3-1 win over Atlante.
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