Americans Abroad Wrap: Steve Cherundolo Retires; Julian Green Commits to USA

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIMarch 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Steve Cherundolo #6 of the U.S. National Team controls the ball against Jamaica on September 11, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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In a week full of news from Americans playing abroad, Steve Cherundolo’s long and decorated career came to an end while Julian Green’s senior international career began.

Cherundolo announced his retirement this week only a day after Green committed his international future to the U.S.

There were also a number of American goal scorers, led by Geoff Cameron and Jose Torres. Fabian Johnson, Oguchi Onyewu, Edgar Castillo and DaMarcus Beasley also ended up on the scoresheet with assists.

On the injury front, there’s an update on Timmy Chandler and a transfer move for youngster Duane Holmes.

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


In the English Premier League

Geoff Cameron took up his usual spot at right-back for Stoke and scored a goal in their 4-1 drubbing of Aston Villa. Brek Shea made the 18 for Stoke, but didn’t play. Brad Guzan was in the net for Villa and finished the match with one save.

Jozy Altidore played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-0 loss to Norwich.

Tim Howard and Everton beat Swansea 3-2. Howard had five saves.


Ze Germans

Steve Cherundolo and Julian Green were fighting each other for the biggest news out of Germany this week. After over a year of struggling with a knee injury, Cherundolo announced his retirement from the game. He played for 16 years with Hannover 96, earning 370 appearances and played for the United States men’s national team 87 times in his career.

Green, on the other hand, announced the beginning of his career with the U.S. as USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted that Green had committed his international future to the U.S.

It was also announced this week that Timmy Chandler, who has missed the last several weeks with a knee injury, may be done for the year, as per SoccerByIves.

Fabian Johnson started again at right-back for Hoffenheim and picked up an assist in their 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen (video here).

John Anthony Brooks, who has been through an up-and-down season with Hertha Berlin, got the start and went the distance in their 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend.

In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood made the bench, but did not play for 1860 Munich in their 1-0 loss to Kaiserlautern.

Alfredo Morales went the distance in Ingolstadt’s 0-0 draw with St. Pauli.


The English Championship Boys

Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood both started for Birmingham in their 2-1 loss to Reading. Danny Williams is still injured and missed the lineup again for Reading.

Tim Ream went 90 minutes at center-back for Bolton in their 2-2 draw with Yeovil.

Duane Holmes’ loan to Yeovil was cut short this week as he returned to parent-club Huddersfield, where he made the bench, but did not play in their weekend match, as per the BBC.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday lost to Doncaster 1-0 on the weekend, but Gooch did pick up an assist in their midweek 3-0 win over QPR.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Bobby Zamora of QPR in action with Oguchi Onyewu of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Sheffield, England,
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Eric Lichaj is still out injured.


Elsewhere in Europe

Jermaine Jones played the final 37 minutes for Besiktas in their win this weekend.

Aron Johannsson played 73 minutes and missed a penalty in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle.

Terrence Boyd went the full 90 in Rapid Vienna’s 3-0 win over RZ Pellets WAC.

Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht did not play this weekend.

Alejandro Bedoya played the final 39 minutes of Nantes’ 2-1 win over Montpellier.

Conor O’Brien played the final 18 minutes of OB’s 2-1 win over Brondby.

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


South of the Border

Edgar Castillo started for Tijuana in their 3-1 win over Puebla. Herculez Gomez came off the bench in the 75th minute. Castillo picked up a nice assist in the match. Greg Garza and Joe Corona made the bench, but did not play. Tijuana also advanced midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League with a win over the LA Galaxy.

For Puebla, both DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco started and went the distance and Beasley picked up the assist on Puebla’s lone goal.

Jose Torres played 32 minutes of Tigres’ 2-0 loss to Queretaro this weekend and had a very impressive goal in their midweek match against Atlante.


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