Americans Abroad Wrap: Goals for Jermaine Jones and Terrence Boyd
It was another action-packed week for Americans playing abroad, highlighted by goals from Terrence Boyd and Jermaine Jones. Also topping the headlines were reports, once again, linking Landon Donovan with a January loan move to England.
In the English Premier League, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard earned shutouts while Brek Shea made a rare EPL appearance and Jozy Altidore's Sunderland career hit a new low.
In Germany, Steve Cherundolo made his long-anticipated Bundesliga comeback and American youngster Julian Green got on the field for Bayern Munich.
There are also injury updates on John Anthony Brooks, Jonathan Spector and Danny Williams, and videos of both Jones' and Boyd's goals.
Check it all out in this week's edition of the Americans Abroad Wrap.
The English Premier League Boys
Geoff Cameron took his usual place at right-back for Stoke and Brek Shea made a rare first-team appearance, coming on in the 59th minute. Unfortunately for Shea, he was largely responsible for Everton's fourth goal. Maurice Edu was not in the squad for the Potters.
Howard may soon have some American company with the Toffees as reports this week linked Landon Donovan with a third January loan stint to the club.
Brad Guzan also earned a shutout as Aston Villa and Sunderland tied 0-0. It was, however, a low point in Jozy Altidore's Sunderland career. After weeks of decreasing playing time, Altidore was not used at all against Villa, despite the fact that the Black Cats couldn't break down Villa's defense.
Jermaine Jones scored a nice strike from a distance in Schalke's 3-0 win over Stuttgart and went the distance.
Steve Cherundolo continued his recovery from injury, logging his first Bundesliga minutes since last May as he came on as a stoppage-time substitute in Hannover's 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Cherundolo recently spoke about his World Cup hopes in a piece by ESPN on November 28.
John Anthony Brooks picked up another injury this week, hurting his knee in practice. However, a subsequent MRI revealed no ligament damage and he is expected back in training next week. Brooks was not part of the Hertha Berlin squad that tied Augsburg. Michael Parkhurst was not in the squad for Augsburg.
German-American youngster Julian Green made his Champions League debut for Bayern Munich midweek, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute against CSKA Moscow and made the game-day squad this weekend for the German giants.
Fabian Johnson played only the last three minutes of Hoffenheim's 4-4 draw with Werder Bremen.
In Bundesliga 2, Alfredo Morales played 57 minutes of Ingolstadt's 2-0 loss to Sandhausen. Bobby Wood played the final 17 minutes of 1860 Munich's 2-1 win over Bochum.
In the English Championship
It was announced this week that Jonathan Spector suffered a setback in his injury recovery and will now be out until January.
Tim Ream conceded the penalty that Middlesbrough used to beat Bolton 1-0. Ream went the distance.
Oguchi Onyewu made the bench for Queens Park Rangers and Duane Holmes made the bench for Huddersfield, but neither played.
Elsewhere in Europe
Terrence Boyd scored in Europa League action midweek in Rapid Vienna's 2-1 win over Thun. On Sunday, he didn't get off the bench as Rapid took on FC Wacker Innsbruck.
Michael Bradley started and went the distance for Roma in their 1-1 draw with Atalanta.
Sacha Kljestan took up his usual starting spot and played the entire match as Anderlecht beat Cercle Bruges 2-1.
Alejandro Bedoya played 83 minutes of Nantes' 1-0 loss to Guingamp.
Conor O'Brien played the last 15 minutes for OB in their 4-1 win over AGF.