USMNT Watch: Tim Howard to Take Break; Geoff Cameron May Be on the Move

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIAugust 24, 2014

Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) shakes hands with defender Geoff Cameron (20) following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There was as much action off the field as on it this week for Americans playing abroad, including an announcement from U.S. Soccer that Tim Howard will be taking a sabbatical from international competition and potential transfer moves for fellow United States men's national team players Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea.

On the field, there were goals for Herculez Gomez, Conor O'Brien and Ventura Alvarado, an assist for Fabian Johnson and a Man of the Match performance from Brad Guzan.

There's also an injury update on Aron Johannsson.

Check it all out in this week's edition of the USMNT Watch.


The EPL Boys

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Action off the field is at the top of the headlines for Americans playing in the English Premier League. Geoff Cameron, who has lost his starting position at Stoke, is reportedly looking to make a move, according to Ives Galarcep of However, that report was contested by Martin Spinks of the The Sentinel, who claims that Cameron has not put in a transfer request.

Either way, Cameron was once again not in the lineup for Stoke this weekend. The other American at Stoke, Brek Shea, was also in the news this week, with Kristan Heneage of reporting that several clubs, including Utrecht, Nurnberg, 1860 Munich, Birmingham and Millwall, are in the market for the winger.

On the field, Jozy Altidore played the final 13 minutes of Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

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Brad Guzan made four saves and earned Man of the Match honors, according to, in Aston Villa's 0-0 draw with Newcastle.

And finally, Tim Howard and Everton drew 2-2 with Arsenal, but the big story involving the American keeper this week was his announcement that he will be taking one year off from international competition.


Ze Germans

Fabian Johnson played the final 17 minutes of Borussia Monchengladbach's 1-1 draw with Stuttgart and picked up the game-winning assist in their 3-2 Europa League win over FK Sarajevo in midweek action.

Timmy Chandler, John Anthony Brooks and Julian Green were all on the bench for their respective clubs but did not play. 

In Bundesliga II, Bobby Wood started and played 83 minutes in 1860 Munich's 2-2 draw with FC Heidenheim.

Alfredo Morales started and went the distance for Ingolstadt in their 2-0 win over Greuther Furth.

Terrence Boyd is injured and did not dress for RB Leipzig.


In the English Championship

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Jonathan Spector of Birmingham City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Andrews (stadium) on August 16, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Mark Tho
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Jonathan Spector started and went the distance in Birmingham's 1-1 draw with Brentford. Will Packwood did not dress for the Blues.

Tim Ream started and played all 90 minutes in Bolton's 2-1 loss to Brighton.

Eric Lichaj played the second half for Nottingham Forest in their 4-0 win over Reading. Danny Williams is out injured for Reading.

Emerson Hyndman was an unused substitute for Fulham, which has lost its first four games of the Championship season.

Duane Holmes did not dress this weekend.


Elsewhere in Europe

Conor O’Brien scored in his Austrian Bundesliga debut for Wiener Neustadt in their 5-4 win over Admira Wacker Modling.

Aron Johannsson had groin surgery this week and will be out for at least six weeks.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for Utrecht this week after making his Eredivisie debut last week.

Mix Diskerud started and went the distance in Rosenborg's 2-0 win over Sarpsborg.

Alejandro Bedoya started and went the distance for Nantes in their 1-0 loss to Monaco.

Sacha Kljestan was an unused substitute for Anderlecht.


South of the Border

Herculez Gomez scored for Tigres in their midweek Copa MX matchup. It was his first club goal in nearly a year. This weekend, Jose Torres was an unused substitute in Tigres' 5-1 loss to Morelia.

Arizona native Ventura Alvardo scored in Club America's CONCACAF Champions League win midweek.

Greg Garza and Joe Corona each played 90 minutes for Tijuana in their 1-1 draw with Pumas. Paul Arriola was an unused substitute.

Edgar Castillo started and went the distance in Atlas' 3-1 loss to Pachuca.


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