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Not a great week for Americans abroad, especially those in England, who mostly struggled. But a few elsewhere made their impacts felt positively in a busy week throughout Europe.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron had a week to forget for Stoke. It began with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, who dominated Cameron at the right back position. Things went from bad to worse at the weekend, as Cameron was sent off for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity in the box in the 45th of his side’s 4-1 FA Cup loss to Blackburn. Even worse, the penalty he conceded gave the Rovers
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan played in Villa’s mid-week 2-0 league loss to Hull. The yank surrendered two goals, the first a ridiculous deflection and the second a rebound. Somewhat worryingly, backup Shay Given was brilliant in Villa’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester, making a world-class finger-tip save and leading the Villains into the last eight of the tournament.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard played well in his return and made six saves against Chelsea. He did enough for Everton to deserve a point, but in the 89th minute, Willian won the game for Chelsea with a low effort from the edge of the 18. As he moved to his left to save, the ball was just deflected out of his reach by a defender for an agonizing dropped point. However, we both agree that Howard should have made a better effort to save the ball.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Once more, Yedlin was not selected in Tottenham’s loss to Liverpool. Spurs begin Europa League play again Thursday, which could possibly lead to minutes for Yedlin, but it’s unlikely.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s U-18s beat Leicester 1-0, with Zelalem playing a full 90 minutes for the Gunners. That’s all the information we can find about it, but at least he continue to play for Arsenal’s youth teams.
Regular national teamers not in the Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Bedoya had non-noteworthy performances in both of Nantes 2-0 losses this week. Firstly in the cup PSG outclassed outclasses their visitors and then on the weekend, Bedoya’s side were beaten at home by Bastia. Nantes are secure for this season as they are in 10th and Bedoya should see more first team football.
Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
Despite the Belgian outfit having two games this week, Kljestan did not feature in either match. Anderlecht are in second place, so if Kljestan can break back into the first team, he could important part of a title push.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks played well this weekend despite Berlin falling 2-0 to Freiburg. The loss is ill-timed for Hertha, who have now allowed Freiburg to jump them in the table and have slipped into the relegation zone themselves. Brooks could be looking at second division football if Hertha cannot turn their season around.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Early in the second half Saturday, Chandler delivered an excellent, curling, first-time cross that Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon headed home for the only goal in Eintracht’s 1-0 win over Schalke. Chandler also had a pair of tackles for the home side, who are in ninth, but only sit a point back of seventh.
Julian Green (Hamburg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Green was not in Hamburg’s squad this week as they were crushed 8-0 by Bayern. This is bittersweet for Green, who watched as his potential future teammates annihilate his current ones.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson watched on as a sub as Gladbach beat Cologne to affirm their third-place position in the current table. If Johnson gets into form, he could see Champions League football next year.
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)
Johannsson was a reserve during Alkmaar’s 4-2 defeat against PSV.
Others on the USMNT fringes (or other notables)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman remains sidelined with a broken collarbone.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
Ream was selected twice this week, playing 90 minutes in Bolton’s win Tuesday over Hyndman’s Fulham and 90 more in a 4-3 loss to Watford on Saturday. As his team won three of six points, Ream was solid if unspectacular.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Another who played 180 Championship minutes, Lichaj started in both Forest’s 3-0 midweek win over Wigan and their 4-4 draw with Blackpool on Saturday. He was better Wednesday (as expected given the number of goals in the games and the fact that Lichaj is a fullback), but didn’t provide any notable moments in either game.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd was not selected in Leipzig’s 1-0 loss this weekend to FSV Frankfurt.
Bobby Wood (Erzegebirge Aue)
Wood made quite an impact in his second game starting for his new Bundesliga II club, with the Honolulu native netting twice to lead his team over Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2. Both goals were simple finishes after runs to the edge of the six-yard box, but that won’t matter to the 22-year-old, as the win boosted Wood’s loan club out of the drop zone.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
Utrecht rocked Dordrecht 6-1 Sunday, but Rubin only played seven minutes of the 90, coming off the bench for four-goal scorer Sebastian Haller and helping his team score two more, though he wasn’t directly involved in either.