Americans Abroad Wrap: Goals for Michael Bradley and Terrence Boyd

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIOctober 27, 2013

Americans Abroad Wrap: Goals for Michael Bradley and Terrence Boyd

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    Americans were front and center for their respective teams this weekend, contributing all over the field.

    Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, Sacha Kljestan and Joe Gyau all scored, and Timmy Chandler and Jozy Altidore picked up big assists.

    Tim Howard and Brad Guzan faced each other in a derby of American keepers in England, and Will Packwood and Conor O'Brien earned special accolades as well.

    In news off the pitch, it looks like German-American Julian Green will be joining the U.S. men's national team camp for their matches in November, and Jermaine Jones may be heading to Major League Soccer.

    Finally, Oguchi Onyewu joined Queens Park Rangers, and, shockingly, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann reportedly said Gooch will be with the U.S. team when it heads to Brazil next summer.

    Read about all that and much, much more in this week's Americans Abroad Wrap. 

The English Premier League Boys

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    It was a battle of American goalkeepers as Everton traveled to Aston Villa on Saturday, and both Tim Howard and Brad Guzan had their moments of brilliance. In the eighth minute, Howard had a terrific stop, denying Christian Benteke on a penalty, then did it again on Benteke on a breakaway in the 23rd minute and to Andreas Weimann on another breakaway in the 25th minute.

    Not to be outdone, Guzan denied Romelu Lukaku on a point-blank header just seconds later in the 26th minute.

    In the end, however, Everton got the better of Villa 2-0, and Guzan could have done better on both of the Toffees' goals. In the 68th minute, Guzan was caught backtracking and beaten near post on an effort from just inside the 18 by Lukaku. He was beaten again on the near post by an effort from Leon Osman in the 81st minute, this time from just outside the 18.

    Geoff Cameron took up his usual spot at Stoke at right-back as the Potters took on Manchester United. Stoke went up on United twice, but in the end Manchester United at Old Trafford was too much and Stoke lost 3-2. Neither Brek Shea nor Maurice Edu was in the 18 for Stoke.

    Jozy Altidore started for Sunderland as they took on Newcastle on Sunday. He didn't score, but he did win the corner kick that resulted in the Black Cats' first goal and assisted on the game-winner in the 84th minute.

Ze Germans

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    The biggest news for Americans playing in Germany this week didn't even happen on the field. Reports emerged this week that 18-year-old German-American and Bayern Munich starlet Julian Green has been called up by the United States men's national team for their November camp.

    Because Green has already played for the German youth teams and has not filed his one-time international switch, Green will not suit up for the U.S. in the games, but he will be there to participate in the team's camp.

    Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg tied Stuttgart 1-1, with Chandler playing 90 minutes at right-back and contributing the assist on Nurnberg's goal.

    There were reports in the German media that Steve Cherundolo would be in the squad for Hannover as they took on Hoffenheim, but ultimately he was not included on the matchday squad. Fabian Johnson missed the match as well for Hoffenheim, as he still recovers from an ankle injury.

    Jermaine Jones came on in the 76th minute for Schalke, but was unable to turn things around, as they fell 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund. There were also reports this week that Jones has hired American representation to explore a transfer to Major League Soccer.

    John Anthony Brooks continues his recovery from injury and made the gameday squad for Hertha Berlin, who fell to Bayern Munich 3-2. Brooks didn't play, but his recovery may make him available for the U.S.' European friendlies next month.

    Michael Parkhurst made a rare appearance for Augsburg, but it was only on their bench, as they lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen.

    Bobby Wood did not make it off the bench in 1860 Munich's Bundesliga II match on Sunday.

    In Regionalliga action, Joe Gyau scored for Hoffenheim II in their 3-0 win over KSV Baunatal.

In the English Championship

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    The big news of the week in the English Championship for Americans was the signing of Oguchi Onyewu by Queens Park Rangers. And even more surprising were the comments made by QPR coach Harry Redknapp, who said that USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann called him and told him that Onyewu was "almost certainly" going to be part of the U.S. World Cup squad next summer.

    American teenager Duane Holmes started his first match for Huddersfield and played the first half as they beat Leeds 3-2. 

    Eric Lichaj played 90 minutes at right-back for Nottingham Forest, who lost 3-1 to Yeovil.

    Bolton tied Ipswich 1-1 with Tim Ream starting and going the distance at center-back. Stuart Holden continues to recover from knee surgery.

    Jonathan Spector missed Birmingham's match with Derby as he recovers from a thigh injury.

    Danny Williams was not in the squad for Reading, who played Millwall.

    Down in League Two, Will Packwood, on loan from Birmingham City, played 90 minutes in Bristol Rovers' 0-0 draw with Chesterfield. He was named the man of the match for the second week in a row.

Elsewhere in Europe

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    Michael Bradley got back in the swing of things at Roma, coming on in the 78th minute, then scoring the game-winner in the 82nd minute in their 1-0 victory over Udinese.

    Terrence Boyd also picked up a game-winner. His came in the 88th minute as Rapid Vienna beat Austria Vienna. 

    Sacha Kljestan scored in the first minute of Anderlecht's 1-1 draw against Standard Liege.

    Aron Johannsson played 74 minutes of AZ Alkmaar's 2-0 win over PEC Zwolle.

    Mix Diskerud started and went the distance in Rosenborg's 1-0 loss to Molde.

    Conor O'Brien started OB's game against Brondby on Sunday. He also picked up team of the week honors this week for his performance last weekend.

    Steve Clark and Honefoss picked up a point in their 0-0 draw with Braunn, but they will still need a strong finish to avoid relegation in the Tippeligaen with two games to go.

    Josh Gatt is still recovering from knee surgery.

    Alejandro Bedoya did not play in Nantes' 1-0 loss to Lille on Friday.

South of the Border

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    DaMarcus Beasley, returning from injury, and Michael Orozco both started for Puebla, who lost to America 3-1. Both Americans went the distance.

    Tijuana tied Tigres 0-0 on Friday night. Paul Arriola, Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo all started for the Xolos. Castillo played the full match, Corona was replaced by Herculez Gomez in the 61st minute and Arriola came off in the 76th. Greg Garza did not make it off the bench.

    For Tigres, Jose Torres entered the match in the 60th minute.

    Puebla, Tijuana and Tigres all remain outside the qualifying spots for the Liga MX playoffs with two weeks left in the Apertura.

    None of the U.S. U-20 youngsters in Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez or Daniel Cuevas played for their respective teams.

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