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Americans Abroad Wrap: Aron Johannsson and Jose Torres Find the Net

ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 27:  Aron Johannsson of AZ in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between AZ Alkmaar and FC Slovan Liberec at the AZ Stadium on February 27, 2014 in Alkmaar, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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John D. HalloranContributor IIMarch 9, 2014

Coming off the international break, several Americans made the headlines, topped by a brace from Aron Johannsson and a goal from Jose Torres.

Brek Shea is also in the news again, and not in a positive light, and there's some important club news for Alejandro Bedoya.

There are also injury updates on Jozy Altidore, Stuart Holden and Eric Lichaj.

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

 

In the English Premier League

Jozy Altidore was not in the 18 for Sunderland's 3-0 loss to Hull and has reportedly picked up an injury.

Geoff Cameron started and went the distance for Stoke in their 1-1 draw with Norwich.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa did not play this weekend.

Finally, after a brilliant display midweek with the United States men's national team, Tim Howard was on the bench for Everton's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal.

 

Ze Germans

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Fabian Johnson #23 of the United States against Costa Rica during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional on September 6, 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Fabian Johnson started again at right-back for Hoffenheim as they lost 4-0 to Schalke. Johnson was Hoffenheim's lowest-rated player.

Steve Cherundolo was not in the 18 for Hannover's 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen.

Timmy Chandler is still recovering from a knee injury and was not in the squad for Nurnberg this weekend.

John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Mainz later today.

Down in Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood was in the squad but did not play in 1860 Munich's 4-0 win over Aalen.

Alfredo Morales started and went the distance in Ingolstadt's 1-1 draw with Union Berlin.

 

In the English Championship

Neither Brek Shea nor Eric Lichaj were in their respective squads for Barnsley's 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. However, there was news about both.

On Monday, the Stoke Sentinel reported that Shea was being investigated for an inappropriate gesture toward fans. Shea took to Twitter later in the week apologize.

For Lichaj, it was announced this week that he is facing groin surgery to repair a recent injury.

Tim Ream played 90 minutes at left-back in Bolton's 5-1 win over Leeds. Stuart Holden returned to action for Bolton on Monday in a U-21 game, but went off injured. It is feared that he has torn his ACL once again.

Both Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood started and went the distance this week in Birmingham's 2-0 loss to QPR.

Danny Williams wasn't part of Reading's squad for their 1-1 draw with Brighton.

Both Duane Holmes and Oguchi Onyewu started for their respective sides as Yeovil beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0. Holmes played 67 minutes; Onyewu went the distance.

 

Elsewhere in Europe

Aron Johannsson scored twice in AZ Alkmaar's 4-0 win over Heracles.

Alejandro Bedoya played 66 minutes in Nantes' 2-2 draw with Ajaccio. There was some bad news this week, however, for Nantes, as they were hit with a 16-month transfer ban.

Juan Agudelo and Utrecht lost 1-0 to PSV Eindhoven. Agudelo came off the bench in the 61st minute.

Terrence Boyd played 90 minutes for Rapid Vienna, who tied 1-1.

Sacha Kljestan did not play in Anderlecht's 1-0 loss this weekend.

Jermaine Jones and Besiktas play later today.

Conor O’Brien and OB play FC Copenhagen later today.

Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud and their respective clubs have not yet restarted club play from their winter breaks.

 

South of the Border

Tijuana beat Guadalajara 2-0. Greg Garza and Joe Corona started and went the distance, while Herculez Gomez came on in the 77th minute. Edgar Castillo made the bench but did not play, while Paul Arriola was not in the 18.

Jose Torres started and scored in Tigres' 3-0 win over Cruz Azul.

Both DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco started in Puebla's 3-0 loss to Toluca. Beasley went the full 90, while Orozco came off in the 63rd minute.

 

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