American Update - Week of January 20th
We say goodbye — and welcome home — to two of our favorites this week, as a pair of big names head to MLS. Most of those still sticking around Europe this weekend either didn’t play or didn’t play much, but a few notables continue to turn heads.
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)
After an extended nightmare at Sunderland, Jozy has left England for greener pastures in Toronto. You can read all about that here, but it also means he’s off our list. We’ll discuss him again in due time, but for now, goodbye Jozy.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
After a disastrous performance in a 3-0 loss to Arsenal, Cameron was dropped to the bench for the weekend’s clash with Leicester. He played six minutes as a substitute in Stoke’s 1-0 away win, but the performance of Stoke’s defense without Cameron may raise a few doubts about the 29-year-old American’s playing time moving forward.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
While Villa lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool, Guzan made three saves and wasn’t at fault for either Liverpool goal. Despite Villa’s pathetic performances in recent weeks, Guzan has been a bright spot and will keep his spot as the No. 1 in Birmingham barring injury.
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)
Yedlin was not in Tottenham’s matchday squad for the 2-1 win over Sunderland. The U-21s, whom he featured for on Jan. 9, did not play last week.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
As expected, Zelalem did not play for Arsenal in the win over Manchester City, nor did he play for the U-18s in a loss to Reading.
Regular national teamers not in the Premier League
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Nantes fell 1-0 to Monaco on Saturday, with Bedoya playing 86 minutes as an attacking midfielder. He had three shots, all off target, in the loss.
Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
Kljestan played seven minutes as a substitute in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win over Lierse, but he was not on the field for any of the second-place team’s goals.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks and his American friends are getting closer to returning to action, but they remain on winter break until the end 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 Icelandic-American had one shot in 15 minutes off the bench in Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Dordrecht on Saturday in the Eredivisie’s return from vacation.
Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg)
We say goodbye to another on our list, as Mix heads for New York City to team up with fellow Internationals David Silva and (in the summer) Frank Lampard at NYCFC. It’s a good career move for Mix, but it takes him out of Europe and, therefore, off our list.
Others on the USMNT fringes (or other notables)
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Hyndman was a reserve this weekend as Fulham defeated Reading 2-1.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
Bolton got full points this weekend with a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday, with Ream playing a fairly average game at left back. Being selected every week is good for Ream, who continues to gain experience in a quality league as he tries to work his way back into the American setup.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj played left back once again for Forest, who beat then co-leaders Derby 2-1 away. The only goal Derby conceded came from an own goal, but Lichaj was not responsible. Forest still have an outside chance at promotion, and Lichaj will have to continue to put forth quality efforts.
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)
The 18-year-old Oregonian had a couple of shots but was average overall in Utrecht’s 2-1 loss to Heerenveen. Even though Rubin didn’t score, it’s good to see him get picked in the first squad for Utrecht.