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Americans Abroad Wrap: Sacha Kljestan Scores, Julian Green Not Joining USMNT

John D. HalloranContributor IINovember 3, 2013

Americans Abroad Wrap: Sacha Kljestan Scores, Julian Green Not Joining USMNT

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    It was another solid week for Americans playing abroad this week with goals by Sacha Kljestan and Alejandro Bedoya leading the way.

    In other good news, Brek Shea some saw game time midweek in cup action, Michael Bradley earned his first 90-minute effort with Roma this season, and Tim Howard received some honors from the BBC.

    In late-season action, Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg will head into the final week of the Tippeligaen within reach of the championship, and six Americans in Liga MX will head into the final week of the Apertura fighting for playoff spots.

    The big blow for American fans this week came when it was announced that German-American and Bayern Munich starlet Julian Green would not, after all, be joining the United States men’s national team for its upcoming November friendlies.

The English Premier League Boys

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    In the English Premier League, Tim Howard made six saves for Everton as they tied Tottenham, 0-0. Midweek, Howard was also named to BBC's Team of the Week for his efforts last weekend against Aston Villa.

    Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes for Stoke City in their 1-1 draw with Southampton. He was also WhoScored’s highest-ranked player for Stoke in the match.

    Neither Brek Shea nor Maurice Edu dressed for Stoke’s game with Southampton, but Shea did get 15 minutes in a midweek cup match against Birmingham.

    Jozy Altidore earned the start but was withdrawn at the half as Sunderland went down to nine men against Hull City just before the half. Sunderland lost 1-0.

    Brad Guzan made four saves as Villa tied West Ham, 0-0.

Ze Germans

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    The big news out of Germany this week was the announcement that Julian Green will not be joining the United States men’s national team camp in November after all. But a piece this week by Charles Boehm of MLSsoccer.com did quote his father as saying that he thinks Green “feels American,” so there is hope for U.S. fans that he will still join the team at a future date.

    Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes for Nurnberg, which lost 3-0 to Freiburg.

    Jermaine Jones played the last 10 minutes of Schalke’s 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin. John Anthony Brooks did not dress for Hertha.

    Steve Cherundolo’s Hannover and Fabian Johnson’s Hoffenheim played each other Saturday, but both Americans were injured and did not dress.

    Michael Parkhurst did not make the 18 for Augsburg.

    In Bundesliga 2, Bobby Wood did not make it off the bench for 1860 Munich’s loss to Dynamo Dresden.

In the English Championship

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    Tim Ream played 90 minutes at centre-back as Bolton beat Bournemouth, 2-0. Stuart Holden continues to recover from knee surgery.

    Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes as Nottingham Forest lost 1-0 to Blackpool.

    Jonathan Spector is injured and missed Birmingham’s 1-0 loss to Charlton.

    Danny Williams did not make Reading’s squad as they lost 5-2 to Sheffield Wednesday.

    Queens Park Rangers beat Derby 2-1, but Oguchi Onyewu didn’t make it off the bench.

    Will Packwood continues his remarkable recovery and went the distance in Bristol Rovers' 1-0 win over Oxford down in League 2.

Elsewhere in Europe

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    On Sunday, Michael Bradley got his first start in Serie A for Roma this season. They tied Torino 1-1 for their first non-win of the season. Bradley was WhoScored’s lowest-rated starter for Roma.

    Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar beat ADO Den Haag, 2-0. Johannsson played the entire match.

    Terrence Boyd started and played 55 minutes in Rapid Vienna’s 4-2 win over Adm/Modling.

    Mix Diskerud played the last 20 minutes of Rosenborg’s 2-1 win over Viking. Rosenborg are one point behind in the Tippeligaen championship race with one game to go.

    Sacha Kljestan scored twice this week, once in Anderlecht’s midweek match (video here) and then again (video here) in their 3-1 win Saturday over Oud-Heverlee.

    Josh Gatt continues to recover from knee surgery.

    Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes as Nantes’ withdrawn striker in their 1-1 draw with Montpellier. Midweek, he scored against Lorient in League Cup action (video here).

    Conor O’Brien went 90 minutes in OB’s 1-0 loss to AaB.

    Steve Clark and Honefoss got a big 3-1 win over Sogndal on Sunday. Honefoss will need a win next week and some help to avoid relegation.

South of the Border

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    Tijuana beat Atlante 4-1 to keep their playoff hopes alive. They are in 10th place with one game to go and two points out of a playoff spot.

    For Tijuana, Greg Garza started and went the distance while Edgar Castillo came on at the half and Herculez Gomez entered in the 78th minute. Joe Corona did not make the game-day squad. Paul Arriola did but didn’t make it off the bench.

    Alonso Hernandez made the 18 but did not play for Monterrey in their 3-0 win over Veracruz.

    Neither Benji Joya nor Daniel Cuevas was in the 18 for Santos.

    Jose Torres came on in the 69th minute of Tigres’ 1-1 draw with Leon. Tigres find themselves in ninth place in Liga MX with one game to go. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

    DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both went the distance for Puebla in their 1-1 draw with Pachuca. The result eliminated any chance of Puebla qualifying for the Liga MX playoffs heading into the last game of the Apertura.

     

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