Americans Abroad: Crazy Week for USA Internationals

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IISeptember 23, 2013

Americans Abroad: Crazy Week for USA Internationals

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    It was one of the most action-packed weeks ever for Americans playing abroad with goals for Terrence Boyd and Geoff Cameron and assists for Eric Lichaj, Danny Williams, Tim Ream and Alonso Hernandez.

    There are also updates on the injury situations for John Anthony Brooks, Stuart Holden, DaMarcus Beasley and Herculez Gomez, a new manager for Jozy Altidore, a Man of the Match performance for Brad Guzan and fresh transfer speculation regarding Boyd possibly coming to the English Premier League.

    Check out all the details, including video of the goals and assists in this week's edition of the Americans Abroad wrap.

The English Premier League Boys

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    Jozy Altidore was dropped from the starting XI for Sunderland and came off the bench in the 59th minute in their 3-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion. There was some speculation that Altidore was still suffering from the hamstring injury suffered before the international break, but that rumor was dismissed by his agent via Twitter.

    Just to make it clear and address the rumor, @JozyAltidore is completely healthy and isn't suffering from any sort of injury. @YoungSunEcho

    — Jeremy Pond (@JeremyPond) September 21, 2013

    Sunderland sit firmly at the bottom of the table with one point from five games. After Sunday's match, Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio got into a bizarre interaction with fans. Only hours after the loss, word broke in the Guardian that Di Canio was fired after a post-game fight with his players.

    Brad Guzan also had a noteworthy weekend, saving a penalty in Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Norwich City (video here). He was named Man of the Match by WhoScored.

    Continuing the big news from the Americans in the EPL, Geoff Cameron picked up his first goal in England in Stoke's 3-1 loss to Arsenal (video here). He went 90 minutes at right-back for the Potters.

    Neither Maurice Edu nor Brek Shea made the 18 for Stoke.

    Tim Howard and Everton beat West Ham 3-2, with Howard taking his usual place in Everton's net.


Ze Germans

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    One week after Hertha Berlin's John Anthony Brooks made Kicker's Bundesliga Team of the Week, he had to be taken off in the 20th minute of their match against Freiburg.

    Brooks was injured and apparently dislocated his elbow.

    The Hertha Berlin match report says #USMNT CB John Anthony Brooks have suffered a dislocated elbow

    — Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) September 22, 2013

    Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg picked up a point against Borussia Dortmund, with Chandler getting the start and going 90 minutes.

    Jermaine Jones and Schalke lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich, with Jones starting and going the distance.

    Hannover beat Augsburg 2-1, but neither Steve Cherundolo nor Michael Parkhurst made their teams' respective 18s.

    Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim lost 2-1 to Wolfsburg, with Johnson playing 90 minutes on the left wing.

    In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood's 1860 Munich beat Aue 3-1, but Wood didn't make it off the bench.

In the English Championship

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    Jonathan Spector went 90 minutes as a right wing-back in Birmingham's 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Will Packwood is still recovering from injury.

    Tim Ream started and went 90 minutes as a holding midfielder in Bolton's 3-1 loss to Brighton. Midweek, Ream picked up an assist against Derby (video here).

    Stuart Holden is still recovering from his knee injury, but posted an update with a video clip of his rehab efforts on Twitter.

    Week six update! Let's do this! #NoHoldenBack #cantstopwontstop Thanks @karalynwest!

    — Stuart Holden (@stuholden) September 19, 2013

    Eric Lichaj took his regular place at right-back for Nottingham Forest, which tied Doncaster 2-2. Midweek, Lichaj picked up an assist against Middlesbrough (video here).

    Danny Williams was not in the squad for Reading's 3-1 win over Derby, but did pick up an assist midweek in Reading's 1-0 win over Leeds (video here).

Elsewhere in Europe

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    Terrence Boyd picked up his sixth goal of the season in Rapid Vienna's 2-0 win over Ried (video here). There was also speculation this week that West Ham may be in the market for Boyd when the transfer window opens in January.

    Michael Bradley was not in the squad for Roma's 2-0 win over Lazio.

    Aron Johannsson started and went the distance for AZ Alkmaar in their 3-0 loss to NAC Breda.

    Mix Diskerud started and went the distance in Rosenborg's 1-1 draw with Haugesund.

    Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht suffered a 4-0 loss at the hands of Club Bruges, with Kljestan starting and going the full 90 minutes.

    Josh Gatt is still recovering from injury.

    Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes lost 3-1 to Lyon, with Bedoya starting and playing 79 minutes. Bedoya also did an interview this week for Nantes' website that is worth seeing (video here).

    Conor O’Brien played 73 minutes of OB's 2-1 loss to Copenhagen.

    Steve Clark and Honefoss picked up an important three points in their relegation battle with a 2-1 win over Lillestrom. Clark took his normal place in the net for Honefoss.

South of the Border

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    Tijuana tied Cruz Azul on Friday, with Edgar Castillo starting and going the distance. Greg Garza came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute. Joe Corona made the bench, but did not play.

    Herculez Gomez is almost back to fitness, playing 45 minutes for Tijuana in a reserve match this week.

    Alonso Hernandez picked up an assist (video here) in midweek Copa MX action, but not make the 18 for Santos' 1-1 draw with Pachuca.

    Benji Joya did not make the 18 for Monterrey's 3-1 win over Morelia.

    Jose Torres played 68 minutes in Tigres' 0-0 draw with Puebla. For Puebla, Michael Orozco went the distance while DaMarcus Beasley missed the game due to a hamstring injury.

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