Americans Abroad Wrap: Aron Johannsson Tallies Again

John D. HalloranContributor IIMarch 16, 2014

AZ’s Aron Johannsson and Serhiy Rybalka of FC Slovan Liberec vie for the ball during their Europa League round of 32  second leg soccer match   at the AFAS AZ stadium in Alkmaar, Netherlands, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)
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In a week full of plenty of bad news for Americans playing abroad, Aron Johannsson was once again a bright spot, tallying his 25th goal in all competitions.

Also on scoresheet this week were Fabian Johnson and Paul Arriola, who both picked up assists.

There are also injury updates on Stuart Holden, Eric Lichaj and Danny Williams as well as some interesting tidbits on Brek Shea, Michael Orozco and DaMarcus Beasley.

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


The English Premier League Boys

Geoff Cameron went the distance for Stoke in their 3-1 win over West Ham. Brek Shea, who recently returned to Stoke from his loan to Barnsley, did not make the 18. Shea's release from Barnsley is believed to be related to an incident with a fan that Shea recently apologized for on Twitter.

Jozy Altidore came on at the half for Sunderland in their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa beat Chelsea 1-0.

Tim Howard and Everton beat Cardiff City 2-1.


Ze Germans

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Fabian Johnson played 87 minutes and picked up an assist in Hoffenheim's 4-2 loss to Mainz.

Timmy Chandler is still recovering from a knee injury and did not play for Nurnberg this weekend.

John Anthony Brooks made the 18, but did not play in Hertha Berlin's 3-0 loss to Hannover. Steve Cherundolo was not part of Hannover's squad.

In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood made the 18, but did not play in 1860 Munich's 2-2 draw with Aue.

Alfredo Morales played 90 minutes in Ingolstadt's 1-0 loss to Frankfurt.


In the English Championship

Stuart Holden had another knee surgery after he once again damaged his ACL only one game into his comeback from the same injury this summer.

Eric Lichaj, after missing the last few weeks due to injury, will also be undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.

And continuing the injury news, Danny Williams missed out this weekend with swelling in his knee.

Tim Ream played 90 minutes in Bolton's 2-0 loss to Brighton.

Duane Holmes got the start, but played only 29 minutes before being withdrawn in Yeovil's 3-0 loss to QPR.

Oguchi Onyewu was one of three Americans to go the distance in Sheffield Wednesday's 4-1 win over Birmingham. While Onyewu's side got the win, both Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood were on the field for the Blues.


Elsewhere in Europe

Jermaine Jones made the bench for Besiktas, but did not play in their match against Rizespor.

Juan Agudelo played 90 minutes for Utrecht this weekend.

Aron Johannsson played 60 minutes of AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 loss to Twente, but scored another goal midweek to bring his season total to 25 goals in all competitions.

Terrence Boyd went the distance in Rapid Vienna's 1-0 win over Reid.

Sacha Kljestan started for Anderlecht this weekend in their 4-0 win over Oostende.

Alejandro Bedoya didn't get off the bench in Nantes' 0-0 draw with Lille.

Conor O’Brien wasn't part of OB's squad for their match against Viborg.

Mix Diskerud and Josh Gatt's clubs are still on winter break.


South of the Border

Tijuana lost 2-1 to Cruz Azul with Edgar Castillo and Paul Arriola getting the start and going the distance. Herculez Gomez started and came off in the 64th minute. Greg Garza and Joe Corona were not in the squad. Arriola was credited with the assist on Tijuana's goal.

Jose Torres, DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco all started on Sunday as Torres' Tigres took on Beasley and Orozco's Puebla. But more interesting than Sunday's game was the fact that Beasley and Orozco are part of a protest at Puebla because the team has not paid the players' wages since November.


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