International Football

Americans Abroad Wrap: Juan Agudelo Scores a Goal and Picks Up an Assist

United States forward Juan Agudelo (9) celebrates as Mexico forward Javier Cortes (7) walks away following Agudelo's goal on a corner kick in the first half of an under-23 international friendly soccer match at FC Dallas Stadium, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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John D. HalloranContributor IIMay 4, 2014

It was another big week for Americans playing abroad, with Juan Agudelo's goal and assist being the highlights.

Tim Ream and John Anthony Brooks were also awarded this week for their outstanding play, while a number of Americans were involved in relegation and promotion drama on the final day of the season in the English Championship.

Finally, Tim Howard had a rough day for Everton as the Toffees' hopes of Champions League football ended.

Read about all that and much more in this week's edition of the American's Abroad Wrap.

 

The English Premier League Boys

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City scores his team's second goal past Tim Howard of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on May 3, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Phot
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Jozy Altidore played the last 25 minutes of Sunderland's 1-0 win over Manchester United. Sunderland now sit 17th in the English Premier League table with two games to go.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke beat Fulham 4-1, with Cameron going the full 90. Brek Shea did not make the 18 for Stoke.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa beat Hull City 3-1, with Guzan in the net for the Villains.

Tim Howard and Everton lost 3-2 to Manchester City, which ended the Toffees' chance of playing Champions League football next season. Howard was the lowest-rated starter for Everton.

 

Ze Germans

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Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg lost to Hannover 2-0, with Chandler going the distance.

Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes at right-back for Hoffenheim in their 3-2 loss to Dortmund. Joe Gyau came off the bench and played the final 29 minutes for Hoffenheim.

John Anthony Brooks went the distance for Hertha Berlin in their 2-0 loss to Werder Bremen. Midweek, he was honored as the Bundesliga Player of the Week for his performance last weekend.

Down in Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood made a rare start for 1860 Munich in their match against Bochum. Alfredo Morales was not in the 18 for Ingolstadt.

 

In the English Championship

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Tim Ream of Bolton looks on during the FA Cup fifth round match between Millwall and Bolton Wanderers at The Den on February 18, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Jonathan Spector and Tim Ream both started for their respective clubs as Birmingham City and Bolton tied on the final day of the season. With the point, Birmingham avoided relegation by the slimmest of margins—goal differential. Stuart Holden is still recovering from injury. Will Packwood was not in the squad for Birmingham. Ream was also honored this week as Bolton's Player of the Year.

Eric Lichaj is still recovering from injury and did not feature for Nottingham Forrest.

Danny Williams was not in the 18 for Reading, who missed the Championship's promotion playoffs by a single point after drawing 2-2 with Burnley.

Duane Holmes made the bench, but did not play for Huddersfield this weekend.

Oguchi Onyewu went the distance for Sheffield Wednesday in their 2-1 loss to Ipswich.

 

Elsewhere in Europe

Juan Agudelo scored a goal, picked up an assist and was named man of the match in Utrecht's 2-1 win over Vitesse.

Jermaine Jones and Besiktas won 2-1, with Jones playing the final 65 minutes.

Aron Johannsson was not in the squad for AZ Alkmaar's final league team of the season.

Terrence Boyd, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan, Alejandro Bedoya and their respective clubs play on Sunday.

Conor O’Brien and OB play on Monday.

Josh Gatt is still recovering from injury.

 

South of the Border

Tijuana's contingent of Herculez Gomez, Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Paul Arriola play the second leg of their playoff against Toluca on Sunday. The first leg tied 0-0.

 

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