In an exciting week of action for Americans playing abroad, five Yanks got on their team’s respective scoresheets with a goal, including Aron Johannsson, Brek Shea, Timmy Chandler, Oguchi Onyewu and Paul Arriola.
There’s also transfer updates on Maurice Edu and Jermaine Jones and injury news on Steve Cherundolo and Fabian Johnson.
Check all that out and much, much more in this week’s Americans Abroad Wrap.
In FA Cup action
The English Premier League and English Championship took a break this week for FA Cup action, highlighted by a game-winning goal by Oguchi Onyewu in Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Rochdale.
When regular league action does return, Maurice Edu will be with a different club as Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep reported that a deal with the Philadelphia Union was finalized after weeks of negotiations.
Clint Dempsey was not in the squad for Fulham’s match against Sheffield United.
Jozy Altidore played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Kidderminster.
Tim Howard got the day off as Everton beat Stevenage 4-0.
Cody Cropper was not in the squad for Southampton’s 2-0 win over Yeovil.
Tim Ream went the distance for Bolton as they lost 1-0 to Cardiff City. Stuart Holden is still recovering from his knee injury, but his recovery appears to be going well.
Will Packwood put in a 90-minute effort for Birmingham City in their 2-1 loss to Swansea. Jonathan Spector was not in the squad for Birmingham.
Eric Lichaj went the distance in Nottingham Forest’s 0-0 draw with Preston.
Duane Holmes was on the bench for Huddersfield, and did not play in their 1-0 loss to Charlton.
Danny Williams, in a rare English Championship match this weekend, played 90 minutes in Reading’s 2-0 loss to Ipswich.
Barnsley took their weekend off to play a friendly against Irish side Dundalk and Brek Shea scored a goal in the 4-1 win.
The Bundesliga was back in action this week, with a goal by Timmy Chandler being the big news (video here). Chandler’s goal came in a 4-0 win over Fabian Johnson’s Hoffenheim and Johnson was subbed out of the match with a hand injury.
The other big news for United States men’s national team fans out of Germany this week was that Steve Cherundolo has begun training on his own again due to continued problems with his knee. Struggling with the injury for over a year, Cherundolo’s World Cup hopes are slim.
John Anthony Brooks was not in the squad for Hertha Berlin.
Elsewhere in Europe
Aron Johannsson played 90 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven in weekend league play, but Johannsson did score in their midweek Dutch Cup win over Roda (video here).
Mix Diskerud is in camp with the USMNT for the team's annual January camp.
Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes tied Reims 0-0. Bedoya played 76 minutes in the match.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht play Club Bruges later today.
Terrence Boyd, Josh Gatt and Conor O’Brien are all still on winter break with their respective clubs.
South of the Border
For Tijuana, Herculez Gomez and Edgar Castillo started in Xolos’ 1-0 win over Morelia. Castillo went the distance, Gomez came off in the 67th minute. Paul Arriola (who did score a midweek Copa MX goal for Tijuana second-tier side Dorados) and Greg Garza were on the bench, but didn’t make it off. Joe Corona was not in the squad.
Jose Torres played the second half of Tigres’ 2-1 loss to Pumas.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla play later today.
Michael Farfan and Jose Villareal still have not been involved in a senior match for Cruz Azul.
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