Brad Guzan's latest shutout and Terrence Boyd's latest goal highlighted a weekend of mixed results for Americans Abroad.Although his team is already qualified, Jurgen Klinsmann has stated that the U.S. national team will be fielding a full-strength team for October’s World Cup qualifiers. With the form of several back-ups and fringe players though, some lineup experimentation may not necessarily be a bad thing.
Brad Guzan turned in a stellar performance in Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory vs. Norwich City on Saturday, saving an early penalty before pulling off a jaw-dropping save in the final minutes to preserve the shutout.
Geoff Cameron scored his first English Premier League goal in Stoke City’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Saturday. The goal was small consolation for Cameron, but his continued role as a starter for the Potters bodes well for his return to the national team fold in October.
Terrence Boyd continued his hot streak with Rapid Vienna, netting his sixth goal in all competitions in his club’s 2-0 victory over SV Josko Ried. The 22-year-old striker was left out of the September qualifiers, but looks a good bet to return to the team after having been a part of the USA squad for June’s qualifiers.
Jonathan Spector continued his steady play for Birmingham City, starting in his team’s 4-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. The start was Spector’s fourth straight, and the win was Birmingham City's first of the season.
Eric Lichaj continued his solid play for Nottingham Forest, starting his eighth straight match for the team, which recorded a 1-1 draw vs. Doncaster. The result helped Forest hold onto sixth place in the League Championship.
In Germany, Timmy Chandler started and went the full 90 minutes in Nuremberg’s 1-1 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund, spoiling Dortmund’s perfect record in the Bundesliga.
Jermaine Jones returned to the starting lineup for Schalke, but his 90-minute performance wasn’t enough to help his team avoid a 4-0 thrashing by Bayern Munich on Saturday.
In Mexico, U.S. teammates Michael Orozco and Jose Torres both earned starts in Puebla’s 0-0 tie against UANL Tigres on Saturday. DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Puebla due to a hamstring injury.
As far as other USA regulars, Tim Howard didn’t record a save, but still did his part on the Toffees’ 3-2 win at West Ham United. The victory leaves Everton the lone unbeaten team in the Premier League, and sixth place in the table.
It wasn’t all good news for Americans Abroad this weekend. Jozy Altidore was benched in Sunderland’s 3-0 loss versus West Bromwich Albion, and he couldn't find the net in a substitute appearance. The result dropped the Black Cats even further in the Premier League basement, and also led to the firing of manager Paolo Di Canio.
Tim Ream continued to hold onto a starting role with Bolton this weekend, but the Trotters’ 3-1 loss to Brighton on Saturday leaves them winless and at the bottom of the League Championship table.
Joe Corona’s struggles to earn playing time continued last Friday as Club Tijuana tied Cruz Azul 0-0. Corona failed to see the field, while Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes. Paul Arriola did not dress for the Xolos.
John Brooks' chances of being cap-tied by the U.S. national team in October’s qualifiers took a hit after he suffered a reported dislocated elbow in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw vs. Freiburg.