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Americans Abroad Wrap: Aron Johannsson Has 4-Goal Week

John D. HalloranContributor IIDecember 22, 2013

Americans Abroad Wrap: Aron Johannsson Has 4-Goal Week

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    It was another busy week for Americans playing abroad, capped by Aron Johannsson's four goals in the Netherlands.

    In the English Premier League, Geoff Cameron notched a game-winning assist; in the Austrian Bundesliga Terrence Boyd picked up a red card, and there is an injury update on Sacha Kljestan.

    Finally, on the transfer front, DaMarcus Beasley, Herculez Gomez, Michael Farfan, Jose Villarreal, Steve Clark and Aron Johannsson were all in the news.

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

The English Premier League Boys

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    Geoff Cameron took his usual place at right-back for Stoke on Saturday as the Potters took on Brad Guzan's Aston Villa. Cameron picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in Stoke's 2-1 win, while Guzan finished the match without a single recorded save. Neither Brek Shea nor Maurice Edu made the 18 for Stoke.

    Tim Howard made three saves in Everton's 2-1 win over Swansea. Everton are currently fourth in the English Premier League table.

    Jozy Altidore got the start for Sunderland and played 68 minutes of the Black Cats' 0-0 draw with Norwich.

    Cody Cropper was on the bench for Southampton's 3-2 loss to Tottenham.

Ze Germans

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    The big news for United States men's national team fans out of the Bundesliga this weekend was the return of Steve Cherundolo to the starting XI of Hannover. Dolo played 81 minutes in his return in a 2-1 loss to Freiburg.

    Both Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes as their respective clubs, Schalke and Nurnberg, tied 0-0.

    Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Braunschweig.

    John Anthony Brooks missed out on Hertha's match this weekend due to the flu; Michael Parkurst, as usual, was not in the 18 for Augsburg.

    In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood did not play in 1860 Munich's 2-2 draw with FSV Frankfurt.

In the English Championship

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    Tim Ream started and went the distance in Bolton's 1-1 draw with Charlton. Stuart Holden continues his recovery from injury.

    Danny Williams played 90 minutes for Reading in their 2-1 loss to Wigan.

    Eric Lichaj didn't start again for Nottingham Forest, but did come on at the half in their 0-0 draw with Birmingham. For Birmingham, Jonathan Spector is recovering from injury and Will Packwood did not make the 18.

    Duane Holmes came on in the 60th minute for Huddersfield in their 0-0 draw with Brighton.

    Oguchi Onyewu did not make the game-day squad for Queens Park Rangers.

Elsewhere in Europe

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    Aron Johannsson was the big story for Americans playing abroad this weekend. In midweek Dutch Cup action, he scored a brace and then converted his penalty in the shootout as AZ Alkmaar advanced over Heerenveen. Then, this weekend, he scored again against Heerenveen, this time in Eredivisie league action, but AZ fell 5-1. 

    Johannsson was also in the news this week regarding a possible transfer to Scottish powerhouse Celtic.

    Michael Bradley played 90 minutes in Roma's 4-0 win over Catania.

    Alejandro Bedoya went the distance in Nantes' 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne.

    Terrence Boyd's Rapid Vienna didn't play this week as the winter break in the Austrian Bundesliga has started, but he did see red in their last contest of the calendar year, a midweek 2-0 loss to Sturm Graz.

    Sacha Kljestan missed Anderlecht's clash with Standard Liege with a calf injury, but is expected back soon.

    The Norwegian trio of Mix Diskerud, Josh Gatt and Steve Clark are on winter break; however, Clark will not be back with Honefoss next season—he was acquired by Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew this week.

    Conor O'Brien and Danish side OB are also on winter break.

South of the Border

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    Even with Liga MX on winter break, Americans playing in Mexico were part of numerous transfer moves this week.

    DaMarcus Beasley's on-again, off-again move to Queretaro is now officially off with the club announcing the deal had fallen through.

    Herculez Gomez is also drawing interest from other Liga MX clubs with MLSsoccer.com's Tom Marshall reporting that Atlas would like to sign the American striker.

    Finally, it was reported by Goal.com's Ives Galarcep this week that Cruz Azul has signed American midfielders Michael Farfan (full transfer) and Jose Villareal (on loan).

     

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