Americans Abroad Wrap: Sacha Kljestan and Terrence Boyd Both Score
It was a week of big ups and downs for Americans playing abroad with goals for Sacha Kljestan and Terrence Boyd, but a number of disastrous performances elsewhere.
John Anthony Brooks and Jozy Altidore suffered through poor showings for their respective clubs and Eric Lichaj appears to have lost the faith of his manager at Nottingham Forest.
There's also transfer news on Clint Dempsey, Timmy Chandler, DaMarcus Beasley and Will Packwood.
Check it all out in this week's Americans Abroad Wrap.
The English Premier League Boys
It was a fairly rough week for Americans playing in the English Premier League.
Jozy Altidore got another start for Sunderland but finished as the team's lowest-rated starter. He squandered an open chance early in the first-half and also missed a couple of half chances. His hold-up play was poor as well and his giveaways led to a number of dangerous counter-attacks for West Ham. He was withdrawn in the 73rd minute and the game ended 0-0.
The lone American on a winning side in the EPL this weekend was Tim Howard, who was in the net for Everton's 4-1 win over Fulham. Unconfirmed reports also emerged this week claiming that Clint Dempsey is on his way back to Fulham for a winter loan spell.
As rough as things were for Americans in the EPL this weekend, they weren't much better for Americans playing in the Bundesliga.
Hannover and Nurnberg tied 3-3 with Timmy Chandler going the distance for Nurnberg and Steve Cherundolo not getting off the bench for Hannover. Reports out this week also claimed that West Bromwich Albion are keeping tabs on Chandler.
Jermaine Jones came on in the 58th minute for Schalke in their 2-0 win over Freiburg.
Fabian Johnson was a 71st-minute substitute for Hoffenheim in their 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund.
As usual, Michael Parkhurst wasn't in the squad for Augsburg.
In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich take on St. Pauli tomorrow.
In the English Championship
Reading beat Huddersfield 1-0 with Danny Williams starting and going the distance as a center midfielder for Reading. Duane Holmes came on in the 73rd minute for Huddersfield.
Tim Ream got the start at center-back for Bolton as they lost 3-2 to Wigan.
Eric Lichaj has been steadily losing playing time for Nottingham Forest. After being dropped from the starting XI last weekend and appearing only as a substitute, Lichaj did not feature at all this week in Forest's 0-0 draw with Ipswich.
Oguchi Onyewu was not in the squad for Queens Park Rangers this weekend. Jonathan Spector and Stuart Holden continue to recover from injury.
Elsewhere in Europe
Terrence Boyd and Sacha Kljestan were the lone bright spots for Americans playing in other European leagues this week as both scored for their respective clubs.
Boyd scored in midweek Europa League action against Dynamo Kiev, but Rapid Vienna lost 3-1. In Austrian Bundesliga action, Boyd and Rapid are set to play late on Sunday.
Sacha Kljestan also scored in midweek action. In the Champions League, he tallied Anderlecht's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Olympiakos (goal here at 0:40 mark). Kljestan and Anderlecht take on Gent in Belgian league action late on Sunday.
Michael Bradley and Roma are set to take on AC Milan on Monday.
Aron Johannsson played 90 minutes as AZ Alkmaar lost 2-0 to Heracles.
Alejandro Bedoya played 75 minutes as the withdrawn forward in Nantes' 2-1 loss to Toulouse.
The Norwegian contingent of Mix Diskerud, Steve Clark and Josh Gatt are on winter break as is the Danish league's Conor O'Brien.
South of the Border
The Liga MX season is over for Americans playing south of the border, but DaMarcus Beasley was involved in a series of bizarre transfer reports this week.
After being linked with a move away from Puebla to Queretaro, Beasley took to Twitter to deny the move. However, just days later, MLSsoccer.com's Tom Marshall reported the move was official, as Queretaro announced the deal.
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