Jozy Altidore scored his first goal for Sunderland on Tuesday, poking in a crucial strike which sparked a mega run as the Black Cats bested MK Dons 4-2 in the second round of the Capital One Cup. Down 2-0 late, Altidore notched a nice goal from short range, opening the floodgates as his teammates tacked on three goals over the next 17 minutes to advance to round three.
Saddled with a hamstring injury, Altidore was held out of Saturday’s contest against Crystal Palace which the Black Cats lost 3-1. Although he will travel with the team, the striker’s participation in U.S. World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico is in question.
Boyd back in action and on the mark
Terrence Boyd returned from injury on Sunday, playing a great game while scoring a huge equalizer as Rapid Vienna drew 1-1 against Red Bull Salzburg. The striker picked up a yellow card early as Salzburg took the lead, but Boyd was resilient and notched a valuable goal in the 65th to give his squad a share of the spoils.
Kljestan stars in high-scoring defeat
Sacha Kljestan played a fantastic game on Sunday against Zulte-Waregem, scoring the opening goal in the 18th minute as Anderlecht fell 4-3. It was Kljestan's third goal in four league matches. Both teams traded leads in the game, with Anderlecht grabbing a late equalizer which looked to be the end of the scoring binge. However, Zulte had one final push and scored in the 90th minute to settle the scoreline.
Everton draws again as questions loom
The Merseyside outfit drew for the third straight time on Saturday, leaving Cardiff with a 0-0 stalemate. Tim Howard started in goal and made one save as Everton dominated possession. However, with only three points so far this season, and both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines rumored to be leaving for Manchester United, the outlook for the Toffees is not strong. Earlier in the week, Howard got the day off as Everton advanced in the Capital One Cup by defeating Stevenage 2-1.
Shea and Cameron both start in Stoke victories
Brek Shea got the start in Capital One Cup action on Wednesday, playing the first half as Kenwyne Jones notched a hat trick in a 3-1 victory over Walsall. Shea looked decent but wasn’t heavily involved in the attack. On Saturday, Geoff Cameron was the starter while Shea failed to dress. The defender was solid, doing a nice job of stunting the West Ham attack, which failed to get one shot on goal. In the end, Jermaine Pennant notched the winner in the 82nd minute to give Stoke a 1-0 league win.
Friedel starts in European blowout
Brad Friedel started on Thursday and played well as Tottenham dominated Dinamo Tbilsi 3-0 in Europa League action. Tottenham wound up taking the tie with an 8-0 aggregate score. Spurs were powered by Jermain Defoe’s double. On Sunday, Friedel was a spectator as Arsenal defeated Spurs 1-0.
Bradley back to the bench in win
After starting last week, Michael Bradley played a substitute role on Sunday, coming on for the final 18 minutes as Roma defeated Hellas Verona 3-0.
Johannsson cools off
Aron Johannsson’s blazing start came to a halt last week as the striker failed to score. On Friday, despite losing 2-0 to Atromitos, AZ progressed to the group stage of the Europa League. Johannsson started but obviously failed to score. On Sunday, the Icelandic-American came on in the 71st minute but couldn’t make an impact as his team dropped two points late, drawing 1-1 against Vitesse Arnhem.
Guzan gets a breather
Brad Guzan got the day off on Wednesday as Aston Villa dominated Rotherham United 3-0, advancing in the Capital One Cup.
Jones sent off and subsequently hits the bench
Jermaine Jones started on Tuesday but was shown a red card in the 64th minute after being booked for a second time. Despite the departure, Schalke 04 rallied, scoring twice a man down to defeat PAOK Salonika 3-2 (4-3 aggregate) in the second leg of a Champions League qualifier. On Saturday, Jones did not start but came on for the final 14 minutes as his squad defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-0.
Johnson starts in embarrassing loss
Fabian Johnson started again on Sunday but was blitzed early and often as Hoffenheim could not handle the attack of Vfb Stuttgart. The hosts scored three goals inside the first 28 minutes and ultimately won by a 6-2 score.
Brooks starts but plays poorly in defeat
John Anthony Brooks was back in action on Saturday after picking up a minor injury last week. Unfortunately, the defender was not at his best, conceding a crucial penalty just before the half which allowed Wolfsburg to take a 2-0 lead, a margin which ultimately proved to be the final score.
Chandler subs on in loss
Timothy Chandler came on for the final six minutes on Saturday but didn’t make much of a difference as Nurnberg fell to FC Augsburg 1-0.