Americans Abroad Wrap: John Brooks and Jonathan Spector Return from Injury

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIFebruary 23, 2014

US national soccer team player John Brooks during the friendly soccer match between Austria and United States in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
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After a horror show of injuries over the past few weeks, a number of Americans abroad, including John Anthony Brooks and Jonathan Spector, returned to action this weekend. With the United States men's national team set to play a friendly against the Ukraine in just 10 days, this has to come as welcome news to American fans and U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Besides Brooks and Spector, Eric Lichaj and Oguchi Onyewu also returned to action. Fabian Johnson also played his second game in a row at right-back, perhaps giving the USMNT more options than previously thought at the position.

Finally, USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog was watching Birmingham this weekend, possibly giving away some information about who might be included on the U.S.'s roster for their March friendly.

Here's a recap of all the action.


The English Premier League Boys

Jozy Altidore started for Sunderland, but was withdrawn at the half of their 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Arsenal. Worse for Altidore was that his substitute scored the Black Cats' lone goal.

Clint Dempsey was not in the squad for Fulham.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Tim Howard of Everton makes a save from Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/
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Geoff Cameron started and went the distance in Stoke City's 1-0 loss to Manchester City.

Tim Howard made a number of strong saves in Everton's match against Chelsea, but was unable to keep out a last-minute effort by John Terry and the Toffees lost 1-0.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa lost 1-0 to Newcastle.


Ze Germans

Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 plays Bayern Munich later today.

Timmy Chandler is still out injured and missed Nurnberg's match on Saturday.

Nick Wass/Associated Press

Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes, again at right-back, in Hoffenheim's 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.

John Anthony Brooks returned from injury and played the final five minutes of Hertha Berlin's 2-1 win over Stuttgart.

Bobby Wood made the 18 for 1860 Munich, but did not play in their 2-2 draw with Paderborn.


In the English Championship

Brek Shea came on in the 63rd minute of Barnsley's 1-0 win over Millwall. He finished as Barnsley's second-lowest rated player, as per WhoScored.

Danny Williams started and went the distance for Reading in their 1-0 loss to Blackburn.

Both Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood started for Birmingham in their 2-1 win over Blackpool. It was Spector's first game since suffering a thigh injury back in October. Andi Herzog, assistant coach for the United States men's national team, was on hand to watch the game.

Tim Ream started and went the distance at left-back in Bolton's 2-0 win over Watford. Stuart Holden is still recovering from his knee injury. 

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Oguchi Onyewu of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday at Spotland on January 25, 2014 in Rochdale, Englan
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Eric Lichaj returned from injury to make the bench, but did not play in Nottingham Forest's 3-1 loss to Burnley.

Oguchi Onyewu returned to the starting lineup after missing the last few weeks with a calf injury in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win over Huddersfield. 

Duane Holmes, only days after heading to Yeovil on loan, started and played 77 minutes in their 1-0 win over Doncaster.


Elsewhere in Europe

It was thought that Jermaine Jones might make it back from injury in time to play this weekend for Besiktas, but he wasn't in the 18 for their game against Galatasaray.

Juan Agudelo started and played 90 minutes for Utrecht in their 1-0 victory over Groningen.

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 11: Aron Johannsson #9 of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team prepares for the next play against Jamaica at Sporting Park on October 11, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Aron Johannsson went the distance for AZ Alkmaar in their 4-0 loss to Ajax.  Johannsson was AZ's second-lowest rated player for the match, as per WhoScored.

Terrence Boyd started and went the full 90 for Rapid Vienna in their 0-0 draw with SV Grodig.

Conor O'Brien made the bench for OB, but did not play in their game on Saturday. 

Sacha Klejstan started and went the distance for Anderlecht in their 2-1 loss to Lokeren.

Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes play Rennes later today.

Mix Diskerud, Josh Gatt and their respective clubs are still on winter break.


South of the Border

Edgar Castillo was in the starting lineup for Tijuana's 3-0 loss to Chiapas. Joe Corona, Paul Arriola and Herculez Gomez all came on for the Xolos in the second half.

Jose Torres came on in the 74th minute of Tigres' 1-0 win over Veracruz.

Michael Orosco, DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play later tonight.


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