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Americans Abroad Rewind: Guzan one of the few bright spots

The Aston Villa goalkeeper's second straight shutout stood out on a weekend that saw several U.S. national team players fail to take the field.

The past weekend was a forgettable one for the Americans abroad contingent, and was memorable more for the players who didn't see the field than those who did.

Geoff Cameron went a second straight week without playing for Stoke City. While he did make the bench for the Potters, it is becoming increasingly clear the U.S. World Cup utility man is on his way out the door via transfer.

Freddy Adu's journey to Serbia has him still waiting for his FK Jagodina debut, as he sat on the bench for a third straight match. Jagodina recorded a 3-1 victory, but the American playmaker played no part.

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It wasn't all doom and gloom for Americans playing outside the U.S. Brad Guzan made four saves and posted his second straight shutout in Aston Villa's 0-0 tie with Newcastle United on Saturday. The clean sheet made Guzan the first Aston
Villa goalkeeper to start a season with consecutive shutouts since former England International David James in 1999.

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Tim Howard and Everton recorded a respectable 2-2 draw against Arsenal, but a blown two-goal lead at Goodison Park will make the result tough to consider a positive. Everton has squandered leads in its first two matches of the season.

Jozy Altidore's Sunderland also has two draws to start the season, but the mood at the Stadium of Light is far different. The Black Cats earned a 1-1 tie against Manchester United, and Altidore put in a good shift, playing 17 minutes.

In England's Championship, Tim Ream went 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. Jonathan Spector also played 90 minutes, helping Birmingham City earn a 1-1 draw against Brentford on Saturday. Eric Lichaj came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 4-0 thumping of Reading on Saturday.

It was a disappointing weekend for the German Bundesliga-based contingent of Americans. John Brooks, Julian Green and Timmy Chandler failed to make it off the bench for their respective teams, while Fabian Johnson settled for 17 minutes in Borussia Monchengladbach's 1-1 tie with VFB Stuttgart on Sunday.

The Americans in the German second tier enjoyed a better showing, with Bobby Wood starting and playing 83 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 2-2 tie with Heidenheimer SB and Alfredo Morales going 90 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 win over SpVgg Greuther Furth on Sunday.

In France, Alejandro Bedoya regained his starting job with Nantes, but couldn't keep his team from avoiding a 1-0 loss to Monaco on Sunday.

Perhaps the best performance of the weekend for Americans abroad involved Norwegian side Stabaek. The club coached by former U.S. national team boss Bob Bradley registered a 3-2 victory against defending Norwegian champion Stromsgodset. Andrew Jacobson and Michael Stephens both played 90 minutes in a win that helped Stabaek climb into the top half of the Tippeligaen standings.

In Mexico, Joe Corona and Greg Garza played 90 minutes each in Club Tijuana's 1-1 tie with Pumas on Sunday. Garza regained his starting spot after missing a match with a broken nose.

Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Atlas’ 3-1 loss to Pachuca, the first loss of the season for Castillo’s new club. Michael Orozco started in Puebla’s 1-0 loss to Monterrey on Saturday, while young forward Joaquin Alonso Hernandez came off the bench and played 28 minutes for Monterrey.

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