Americans Abroad Wrap: Jermaine Jones Moves to Besiktas

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Americans Abroad Wrap: Jermaine Jones Moves to Besiktas
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It was another busy week for Americans playing abroad, highlighted by a goal for Danny Williams and transfer news for Jermaine Jones and Brek Shea.

On the injury front, there are also updates on Fabian Johnson, Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Oguchi Onyewu.

Check all that out and much, much more in this week’s Americans Abroad Wrap.

Note: All player ratings courtesy of

The English Premier League Boys

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Jozy Altidore got another start for Sunderland and played fairly well in a 3-0 win over Newcastle. Altidore held the ball up well and contributed the key pass on the Black Cats' second goal. He did, however, miss a golden chance to put the game away in the second half when Sunderland was only up 2-0 and finished as the team’s lowest-rated starter.

Geoff Cameron started for Stoke in their 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Brad Guzan and Tim Howard faced off as Everton won 2-1. Howard finished as the Toffees' lowest-rated player in the match.

Clint Dempsey played the last 25 minutes for Fulham, who lost 3-0 to Southampton. Dempsey finished as the Cottagers lowest-rated player in the match and Fulham are now rooted firmly at the bottom of the English Premier League table.

Ze Germans

Jermaine Jones sealed a move to Turkish side Besiktas on the day before the transfer deadline. It is a loan until the end of the season.


A week after surgery to repair a broken hand, Fabian Johnson made the bench for Hoffenheim, but he did not play in their win over Hamburg.

Timmy Chandler was Nurnberg’s second-highest-rated player in their 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin. John Anthony Brooks is still recovering from injury and was not in Hertha’s gameday squad.

Steve Cherundolo was not in Hannover’s squad this weekend.

In the English Championship

Brek Shea extended his loan deal with Barnsley this week until the end of March and played 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Oguchi Onyewu got another start for Wednesday, but came off in stoppage time with an apparent calf strain.

Danny Williams scored and played the full 90 in Reading’s 3-0 win over Millwall.

Tim Ream played 90 minutes in Bolton’s 1-0 loss to Ipswich only a few days after suffering a broken nose. Stuart Holden is also reportedly looking to be back in action by the end of the month.

Will Packwood went the distance in Birmingham’s 3-3 draw with Derby. Jonathan Spector is still out injured.

Eric Lichaj was not in the squad for Nottingham Forest’s weekend match.

Duane Holmes did not play in Huddersfield’s 5-1 loss to Leeds.

Elsewhere in Europe

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Juan Agudelo played in his first game for Utrecht and picked up an assist in their 1-1 draw with Ajax.

Aron Johannsson played 90 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Groningen.

Rosenborg’s Mix Diskerud played 60 minutes for the United States men’s national team in their 2-0 win over South Korea on Sunday.

Alejandro Bedoya played 62 minutes in Nantes' 1-0 loss to Sochaux.

Sacha Kljestan was in the squad but didn’t play in Anderlecht’s 2-0 loss to Lierse.

Terrence Boyd, Josh Gatt and Conor O’Brien’s clubs are all still on winter break.

South of the Border

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both started and played 90 minutes in Puebla’s 1-0 win over Veracruz.

Jose Torres played the last four minutes of Tigres’ 0-0 draw with Monterrey.

Tijuana’s American contingent of Herculez Gomez, Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Paul Arriola play late on Sunday.

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