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Americans Abroad: Aron Johannsson and Herculez Gomez Net Hat Tricks

John D. HalloranContributor IISeptember 29, 2013

Americans Abroad: Aron Johannsson and Herculez Gomez Net Hat Tricks

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    It was another action-packed week for Americans playing abroad. Aron Johannsson scored four goals this week, was linked with a transfer and saw his coach get fired after a big win.

    Herculez Gomez scored three goals this week in a dramatic comeback from his summer knee injury, while Paul Arriola, Jose Torres and Will Packwood also scored.

    There are also injury updates on Danny Williams, Steve Cherundolo, Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson as well as potential transfer news on Joe Corona.

    Read about all that and much, much more in this week's Americans Abroad wrap.

The English Premier League Boys

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    Brad Guzan and Aston Villa picked up a huge 3-2 win over Manchester City with Guzan picking up the assist on Villa's game-winning goal.

    Jozy Altidore went 90 minutes for Paolo Di Canio-less Sunderland in a 3-1 loss to Liverpool. Altidore put in a good effort, but is still goalless in the Premier League.

    Stoke lost to Norwich 1-0 with Geoff Cameron playing 90 minutes at right-back. Maurice Edu and Brek Shea did not make the 18 for Stoke.

    Tim Howard and Everton play Newcastle on Monday.

Ze Germans

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    In a Bundesliga battle of Americans, both Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson started as Schalke tied Hoffenheim 3-3. Johnson played 70 minutes for Hoffenheim before being withdrawn, Jones came off in the 86th minute.

    After the game, additional news broke about both players. Jones will be undergoing surgery on his meniscus and will miss the next six weeks. Johnson apparently bruised his ankle and is now a doubt to play next week against Mainz.

    Steve Cherundolo is still recovering from knee surgery, but according to a report this week, he is set to start training again.

    Timmy Chandler started and went the distance in Nurnberg's 3-3 draw with Werder Bremen.

    Michael Parkhurst continues to struggle finding any playing time with Augsburg and once again did not even make the 18 this weekend.

    John Anthony Brooks is still recovering from a dislocated elbow suffered in last week's action.

In the English Championship

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    Tim Ream put in a 90-minute effort for Bolton as they tied Yeovil, 1-1.

    Eric Lichaj started and played the full 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest as they beat Derby, 1-0.

    Reading beat Birmingham 2-0, but Danny Williams was ruled out due to injury for Reading.

    TEAM NEWS: Injuries rule out seven first team players today: Blackman, McAnuff, Drenthe, Williams, Karacan, Leigertwood and Roberts.

    — Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 28, 2013

    For Birmingham, Jonathan Spector played as a right center-back in a 3-man defensive line and went the distance. Will Packwood continues his recovery from injury and netted a nice half-volley in a reserve game this week.

Elsewhere in Europe

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    Aron Johannsson was in the news all week. Midweek, the American forward bagged a hat trick against Sparta Rotterdam in Dutch Cup action. On Thursday, reports linked Johannsson with a move to Scottish powerhouse Celtic.

    Then, on the weekend, Johannsson scored again with a nifty chip (video here) in a 2-1 win over PSV. After the game, Johannsson's coach, Gertjan Verbeek, who was instrumental in the development of both Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, was fired.

    Terrence Boyd played 90 minutes for Rapid Vienna, but they lost 4-2 to RZ Pellets WAC.

    Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht beat Lierse, 2-0, with Kljestan starting and going the full 90.

    Alejandro Bedoya played 66 minutes for Nantes in their 3-1 win over Rennes.

    Steve Clark and Honefoss tied Viking, 2-2, with Clark getting the start in the net. Honefoss are in the relegation zone with five games to play.

    Conor O’Brien did not play this weekend due to yellow card accumulation.

    @twelfthyank Conor is suspended because of too many yellow cards

    — Odense_Boldklub (@Odense_Boldklub) September 29, 2013

    Michael Bradley is still recovering from the ankle sprain he suffered during the U.S. September camp.

    Mix Diskerud was not in the 18 for Rosenborg as they took on Sarpsborg 08.

    Josh Gatt continues to recover from knee surgery.

South of the Border

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    It was a big week for Club Tijuana's American contingent. Midweek, Herculez Gomez netted a hat trick and Paul Arriola also scored in CONCACAF Champions League action.

    News also broke this week that Joe Corona may be looking for a new club after his lack of recent playing time with Tijuana. Additionally, Tijuana youngsters Arriola and Greg Garza were in the news this week as both were named to Goal.com's list of youngsters making a mark in Liga MX.

    On Sunday, seven Liga MX Americans were involved as Puebla beat Tijuana, 2-0. DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both played 90 minutes for Puebla. For Tijuana, Edgar Castillo started and went the distance, Corona started and played the first half, Arriolla replaced Corona at the half and finished the game and Gomez played the final 31 minutes.

    Jose Torres played the first half of Tigres' 2-2 draw with Queretaro. Midweek in Copa MX action, Torres netted a nice shot from distance (video here).

    Neither Benji Joya, nor Alonso Hernandez made the squads for Santos or Monterrey this weekend.

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