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
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa lost 1-0 to Newcastle.
Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 plays Bayern Munich later today.
Timmy Chandler is still out injured and missed Nurnberg's match on Saturday.
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
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.
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
Juan Agudelo started and played 90 minutes for Utrecht in their 1-0 victory over Groningen.
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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