Americans Abroad Wrap: Alejandro Bedoya Scores Two Goals for Nantes
It was another action-packed week for Americans playing their football abroad, highlighted by two goals for Alejandro Bedoya in Ligue 1 action and Jozy Altidore opening his English Premier League account for Sunderland.
Also, Danny Williams picked up an assist in the English Championship and Fabian Johnson and John Anthony Brooks made important progress in their return from injuries.
On the transfer front, there is news about five of America's Liga MX contingent with updates on DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Daniel Cuevas and Benji Joya.
Read about all that and much, much more in this week's Americans Abroad Wrap.
The English Premier League Boys
Jozy Altidore scored midweek against Chelsea to open his account this season for the Black Cats. On Saturday, Altidore started again, this time against Tottenham, and was a big part of Sunderland's opening goal. However, Spurs came back to win the game 2-1. Altidore went the distance.
Geoff Cameron took up his usual spot at right-back as Stoke City beat Chelsea 3-2. Last week, Brek Shea played his first EPL minutes for Stoke in nine months. This week, he was dropped from the 18 altogether. Maurice Edu also did not make the game-day squad.
The big story from the Bundesliga this week was the return to the starting XI of John Anthony Brooks. Brooks had been missing from Hertha Berlin's lineup since dislocating his elbow back in September, but re-claimed his spot this week against Braunschweig.
Fabian Johnson continues to work his way back from injury, but did manage to play the final 17 minutes of Hoffenheim's 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Timmy Chandler played 61 minutes of Nurnberg's 1-1 draw with Mainz, but left the game with an apparent injury.
Jermaine Jones did not make it off the bench for Schalke's 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Steve Cherundolo made the 18, but did not play in Hannover's 4-2 loss to Stuttgart.
Michael Parkhurst, as usual, did not even make the bench for Augsburg.
In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood played the last minute of 1860 Munich's 2-1 win over Union Berlin.
In the English Championship
Danny Williams had a big week for Reading, starting their midweek game against Charlton and providing the game-winning assist in a 1-0 win. He also started for Reading on Saturday, playing 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton's 3-0 win over Doncaster.
Duane Holmes came on in the 90th minute for Huddersfield, who lost 2-1 to Ipswich.
Oguchi Onyewu did not make the bench for Queens Park Rangers' 0-0 draw with Blackburn.
In the FA Cup, Will Packwood did not play for Bristol Rovers in their 0-0 draw with Crawley.
Jonathan Spector and Stuart Holden are both recovering from injury.
Elsewhere in Europe
Alejandro Bedoya scored twice this week, first in Nantes' midweek 2-1 win over Valenciennes and then again in their 1-0 win on Friday over Marseille.
Sacha Kljestan played 70 minutes of Anderlecht's 2-0 win over Waasland-Beverlen.
Aron Johannsson played 79 minutes of AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 loss to Twente.
Michael Bradley was a 90th-minute substitute in Roma's 2-1 win over Fiorentina.
Conor O'Brien played 69 minutes of OB's 2-0 loss to Nordsjaelland.
Terrence Boyd came on in the 83rd minute, but Rapid Vienna lost 2-1 to RZ Pellets WAC.
The Norwegian league contingent of Mix Diskerud, Steve Clark and Josh Gatt are on their winter break.
South of the Border
It was also reported this week via Tom Marshall on MLSSoccer.com that Joe Corona is likely to stay at Tijuana, but Xolos teammate Edgar Castillo is considering offers from overseas.
Marshall also reported this week that U.S. U-20 international Daniel Cuevas has moved on loan to the Mexican second division. Furthermore, in the story, it stated Cuevas and his Santos Laguna and U.S. U-20 teammate Benji Joya could both be on the move to Major League Soccer in the near future.
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