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Our weekly trip around Europe shows a lot of teams relaxing and a few USMNT stalwarts rumored to be heading to North America.
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)
It looks like Altidore’s Sunderland career may be winding down, as Jozy didn’t make the matchday roster for the 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday. The more interesting news about Altidore this week was about his future and a potential move to Toronto FC. We’ll keep you updated on this situation as it continues to unfold, but it appears that America’s top striker could be on his way to MLS
Well, to put it lightly, Cameron had a rough Sunday. He played 90 minutes for Stoke at Arsenal, but there weren’t many other positives. Up against a destructive force in Alexis Sanchez, Cameron was torched, to the tune of two goals and an assist for the Chilean superstar. It’ll be interesting to see if a bad game against one of the world’s best negatively affects Cameron’s playing time.
Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hostpur)
While we love Big Bad Brad, he’s almost definitely not going to play another game in his professional career. We’re going to take him out of our weekly updates, but if he does play, we’ll let you know.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan again fell victim to his team’s complete inability to score, and the keeper was beaten by Leicester’s Paul Konchesky in a 1-0 Villa loss. It was a nice finish from Konchesky, but Guzan will be disappointed to concede on a shot at his near post. He will almost certainly be between the sticks for the foreseeable future for the Birmingham side.
Tim Howard (Everton)
After being injured on Boxing Day against Stoke, Howard has yet to play in 2015. He was ruled out for 5-6 weeks on New Year’s Eve, so don’t expect to see him until mid-February at the earliest.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs gave their newest American a debut for the U-21 squad in a 3-1 win over West Ham. Yedlin played 60 minutes at his preferred spot of right back and was effective for Tottenham’s developmental group. Another potentially interesting (not nearly as interesting as anything going on with the league, but still interesting for Americans) storyline down the stretch is how long he remains with the U-21s.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem will likely be playing with the U-21s for the rest of the season, but we’ll continue to let you know how he plays. The young Gunners don’t play again until February 9, though, so don’t expect much in the near future.
Regular national teamers not in the Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
The USMNT’s World Cup winger played 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with Metz. He has been good all season and was promising again Sunday, with three shots and four aerial balls won, but was unable to break the deadlock for Nantes against a team mired in a relegation battle.
Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
Belgium remain on its winter break, with teams returning to action this weekend. More on Kljestan next week (maybe).
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
The Bundesliga is also on winter break, as Brooks and his German-Americans friends remain on vacation until the final weekend of the month.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
On winter break.
Julian Green (Hamburg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
On winter break.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
On winter break.
Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)
The Dutch league gets back from its winter break this weekend, with Johannsson’s Alkmaar side hosting last place FC Dordrecht.
Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg)
The Norwegian league (the Tippeligaen, one of the most sweet-sounding names for a league ever) begins play in April, but it looks like Diskerud won’t be a part of it, as the midfielder is rumored to be on the verge of a move to New York City FC. This one could be announced as soon as today, so stay on the lookout.
Others on the USMNT fringes (or other notables)
Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers)
Holden is still injured and his status with Bolton is unclear at the moment, so we’re taking him off the list for now with hopes that he’ll come back and prove us wrong.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
The 18-year old midfielder did not feature in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Cardiff City on Saturday.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
Ream played 90 minutes at left back in Bolton’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United. As far as we can tell, nothing notable happened to or for Ream in the game, which is good for a defender.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
In a 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, Lichaj played a full 90 minutes with no standout moments, but a 2-0 loss is not a good thing for a defender.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
On winter break until the 6th of February.
Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
On winter break until the 9th of February.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)
On winter break until this Saturday, when Utrecht host Heerenveen.
Freddy Adu (Currently unattached)
We’re not sure what’s going with the former starlet, but he’s off the list for now.