Americans Abroad Rewind: Johannsson and Diskerud shine

Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson are good friends and the future of the U.S. national team attack, and this weekend they both found the net in club action in Europe.
Aron Johannsson and Mix Diskerud have become fast friends during their time as teammates on the U.S. men’s national team. The two Scandinavian-raised standouts have found much in common off the field, while on the field the young attackers have done well with their opportunities and played their way into consideration for starting roles.

Both Diskerud and Johannsson continued their successful club campaigns over the weekend by each scoring goals. Diskerud scored a beauty for Rosenborg in a Norwegian Cup Final loss to Molde, while Johannsson continued his torrid scoring run, notching his 15th goal in all competitions, as well as an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-2 tie vs. Roda JC on Saturday.

Other than the two goals, the weekend was a relatively quiet one, with Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan set to play on Monday and several Americans failing to play.

German-based tandem Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones each worked their way into starting roles this weekend. Johnson made his first start since returning from injury, playing a full 90 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 2-0 loss to FC Augsburg on Saturday. Jones played the entire match in Schalke 04’s 3-3 tie with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler also started, playing 90 minutes for Nuremberg in a 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Two other German-based Americans failed to see the field. Steve Cherundolo made the bench for Hannover, but did not make his 2013 debut. John Brooks continues to be the odd man out of Hertha Berlin’s defense since returning from an elbow injury suffered in October, as he failed to make the bench in his team's 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

In England, Tim Howard and Everton played arch-rival Liverpool to a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday. Howard made two saves on a day he allowed the most goals he has all season.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City scored a big 2-0 victory against Jozy Altidore and Sunderland on Saturday. Cameron went the full 90 minutes for Stoke while Altidore settled for a five-minute cameo for the Black Cats. In a bit of a positive, Brek Shea made the substitute’s bench for Stoke City, though he failed to make his season debut.

In France, Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Nantes’ 2-0 loss to AS Monaco on Sunday.

Perhaps the biggest result involving an American in Europe was turned in by Terrence Boyd’s Rapid Vienna side, which beat runaway Austrian League leader Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 on Sunday.

In Mexico, Jose Torres and UANL Tigres opened their Apertura playoff series against Club America with a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Torres came off the bench and played 40 minutes for Tigres.