Americans Abroad recap: Altidore’s run continues

The AZ striker continued to dominate his Dutch competition, scoring two more goals in two games during the week.
Jozy Altidore’s dream season continued last week as he scored two goals for AZ Alkmaar. First, on Thursday, Altidore converted a late penalty kick to help AZ to a 4-1 Dutch Cup victory over SC Veendam. The U.S. international’s strike beat the keeper as he placed it in the top left corner of the net.

On Sunday, Altidore scored AZ’s second goal as the club played a wild game against RKC Waalwijk. The goal itself was splendid as Altidore outmaneuvered several defenders before slotting one past the keeper. The final score was 3-3 and despite Alkmaar’s mid-table position, Altidore has been a revelation thus far. His eight Eredivisie goals are a league best and his nine goals in all competitions put him on pace for a spectacular season.

Everton in top two

Everton fielded a sub-standard side on Tuesday and subsequently lost 2-1 to Leeds in Capital One Cup action. Tim Howard received the day off. On Saturday, the Merseyside outfit jumped into second place with a 3-1 victory over Southampton. Howard conceded one goal early but made four saves as Nikica Jelavic’s double powered the hosts to a win.  

Dempsey scores first goal for Spurs

Clint Dempsey started on Wednesday, playing 75 minutes as Tottenham defeated Carlisle United 3-0 to progress in the Capital One Cup. The U.S. international tested the keeper early but could not make the breakthrough.

On Saturday, Dempsey scored his first goal for Tottenham, netting the eventual winner against Manchester United. Spurs went up 2-0 early but Nani tallied in the 51st to halve the lead. However just moments later, Dempsey pushed in a rebound after Gareth Bale’s shot was blocked. The goal sent the visiting section into a frenzy as the former Fulham man finally got on the score sheet. Tottenham was on its heels a minute later as Shinji Kagawa made it 3-2, but Spurs were able to preserve the lead to bag the win.

Friedel good enough against United

Brad Friedel got the day off on Wednesday in league cup action but was back in action on Saturday as Spurs defeated Manchester United 3-2. Friedel let in two goals inside three minutes early in the second half but was keen to stop a Paul Scholes strike late Spurs held on.

American Hoffenheim core looking good

The U.S. contingent at TSG Hoffenheim had a solid week, helping the team pick up four Bundesliga points. On Wednesday, Fabian Johnson scored the final dagger as Hoffenheim beat up on VfB Stuttgart 3-0. Johnson’s goal came on a rebound effort after Stuttgart halted the previous two attempts at the net. Both Danny Williams and Johnson played the entire contest.

On Saturday, TSG played a half-hearted contest, drawing 0-0 against FC Augsburg. Both squads struggled to find the net, mustering just four shots on goal between the two sides. Both Williams and Johnson played the whole game and despite the poor play, the point puts the club back in the middle of the table, which is a good sign considering TSG started the season with three straight losses.

Hannover splits two

Steve Cherundolo played 180 minutes last week as Hannover 96 picked up a win and a loss in the Bundesliga. On Wednesday, the club destroyed Nurnberg 4-1 but on Saturday lost a close contest 1-0 to Hamburg.

Jones quiet for Schalke

While Schalke bagged four points last week, Jermaine Jones was relatively average for the German club. He did not start midweek as Schalke blanked Mainz 3-0 and on Friday against Fortuna Dusseldorf, Jones played 73 minutes before being replaced with just a yellow card to his name. The contest finished 2-2 but Schalke remains in the top four of the Bundesliga.

Boyd comes close as Rapid wins

Terrence Boyd nearly scored twice but Rapid Vienna still prevailed 2-0 over FC Wacker Innsbruck on Saturday. The victory propels the club back into the top spot of the Austrian Bundesliga.

Lichaj heads to bench as Villa draws

Defender Eric Lichaj was demoted to the bench for Aston Villa during Sunday’s fixture against West Brom. The 23-year-old did not get on but Brad Guzan started in goal and made two saves as Villa drew 1-1. Shane Long put one past Guzan early in the second half but Darren Bent equalized late to split the points. Guzan notably saved shots from Long and Romelu Lukaku late.

Stoke gets first win

Geoff Cameron started once again and played well as Stoke picked up its first league win of the season against Swansea on Saturday. The 2-0 victory was orchestrated by Peter Crouch, who bagged a first-half double. Cameron took a shot at goal but was off target while Maurice Edu suited up but failed to get on.  

Bradley returns to training        

AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley returned to training last week but did not play as Roma drew 1-1 with Sampdoria and lost to Juventus 4-1.

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