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Americans Abroad Wrap: Clint Dempsey and Brek Shea Make Debuts for New Clubs

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John D. HalloranContributor IIJanuary 5, 2014

It was an exciting week for Americans playing abroad as Clint Dempsey and Brek Shea debuted for new clubs on loan.

America's youngsters also got into the mix as Sebastian Lletget made his senior debut for West Ham and teenager Duane Holmes helped English Championship side Huddersfield to an FA Cup win. 

Finally, there were plenty of transfer rumors out this week with potential new clubs for Aron Johannsson, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud and Jermaine Jones.

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

 

In England

In a weekend full of FA Cup action, Clint Dempsey made his second debut for Fulham as the Cottagers tied Norwich City 1-1. Dempsey went the distance.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Sebastian Lletget of West Ham United battles with Andy Reid of Nottingham Forest during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Nottingham Forest and West Ham United at City Ground on January 5, 2014 in Notti
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Sebastian Lletget made his senior debut for West Ham, playing all 90 minutes in their 5-0 FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj started and played 58 minutes for Forest.

Geoff Cameron took his usual starting spot in Stoke City's lineup as they beat Leicester City 2-1. Maurice Edu was not in the squad for Stoke.

Aron Johannsson was also linked with a move to Stoke this week as The Mirror's Steve Bates reported that Mark Hughes was interested in the American striker.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - NOVEMBER 19:  Gyoergy Garics of Austria competes for the ball with Brek Shea (R) of USA during the International friendly match between Austria and USA at the Ernst-Happel Stadium on November 19, 2013 in Vienna, Austria.  (Photo by Chris
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Brek Shea signed a short-term loan this week with Barnsley and made his debut against Birmingham on Wednesday in English Championship action. He was not a part of the squad for Barnsley in their weekend FA Cup match.

Juan Agudelo may also be heading to England. He was initially listed on the roster for the United States men's national team's January camp on Friday before almost immediately being taken off. This led to speculation that a transfer to Europe was in play. On Saturday, Agudelo was spotted (h/t World Soccer Talk) at Stoke City's FA Cup match. Agudelo had been set for a move to Stoke this fall, but his work permit was denied. 

American teenager Duane Holmes came off the bench in the 58th minute to help lead Huddersfield to a 3-2 comeback win over Grimsby Town. Holmes' shot in the 86th minute resulted in a rebound which Huddesfield scored to tie the game, shortly before winning the match four minutes later.

Jozy Altidore started for Sunderland in their FA Cup match with Carlisle United and, despite being roundly blasted on Twitter for his performance, contributed an assist in the their 3-1 win.

Brad Guzan was on the bench as Aston Villa lost 2-1 to Sheffield United. Tim Howard was also rested as Everton beat Queens Park Rangers 4-0. Oguchi Onyewu made the squad for QPR, but did not play.

Bolton beat Blackpool 2-1 with Tim Ream going the distance for the Wanderers.

Danny Williams came off the bench for the last 17 minutes of Reading's 1-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Youngster Gboly Ariyibi made the 18, but did not play in Leeds United's 2-0 loss to Rochdale.

Cody Cropper was not in the squad for Southampton's match.

Birmingham City and their American contingent of Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector were not in FA Cup action due to pitch problems.

 

Elsewhere in Europe

BERGAMO, ITALY - DECEMBER 01:  Michael Bradley of AS Roma looks on during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and AS Roma at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on December 1, 2013 in Bergamo, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Most of the major European leagues are still on winter break, but Michael Bradley's Roma is set to take on Juventus Sunday afternoon.

Bradley was also linked this week with more transfer moves, this time to Hellas Verona and Bayer Leverkusen.

Mix Diskerud also made the transfer rumors this week, being linked with moves to Roma and Werder Bremen.

Jermaine Jones looks to be on his way out of Schalke as it was reported this week that he has asked for a transfer. The club confirmed he will not be with the squad during their preseason trip to Qatar.

 

South of the Border

Liga MX was back in action this weekend with Herculez Gomez, Greg Garza and Joe Corona all starting in Tijuana's 0-0 draw with Atlas. Gomez and Garza went the distance and Edgar Castillo replaced Corona in the 71st minute. Paul Arriola didn't make it off the bench for the Xolos.

Jose Torres was injured and missed Tigres' match this weekend.

Puebla and their contingent of DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco play on Sunday afternoon.

 

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