Americans Abroad Recap: Jozy Altidore lifts Dutch Cup

Jozy Altidore scored the winning goal on Thursday as AZ Alkmaar captured its first Dutch Cup in 31 years.
Jozy Altidore continued his brilliant season on Thursday night at De Kuip Stadium, scoring in the 14th minute against PSV Eindhoven. Teammate Adam Maher opened the scoring in the 12th and Altidore followed suit just two minute later, chipping a ball past the keeper to give his club a 2-0 lead. It was his tournament-leading eighth goal of the competition. PSV responded in the 31st minute but, ultimately, Altidore and his teammates lifted the cup for the first time since 1982.  

On Sunday, Altidore played 73 minute before being removed as AZ Alkmaar lost to cellar dwellers Willem II Tilburg 2-0.

Howard banks another clean sheet

Tim Howard made two saves and Kevin Mirallas notched a brace as Everton gave David Moyes a fitting send off from Goodison Park, dispatching West Ham 2-0. It was Howard’s 10th clean sheet of the season and third in a row. The Merseyside outfit is locked into a sixth-place finish.  

Clint Dempsey keeps Spurs' CL hopes alive

The tenacious Texan was the difference maker on Sunday, playing a key role as Spurs bested Stoke 2-1, keeping its Champions League hopes alive. After Stoke shocked Tottenham in the third minute, Dempsey equalized, smashing a ball in from 30 yards out to knot the score at 1-1. The midfielder was clutch late, providing a low cross to Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored the winner in the 87th minute. 

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, Clint Dempsey came on for the final 20 minutes as Spurs nabbed an impressive draw at Stamford Bridge. The U.S. international tested the keeper once and played aggressively as Tottenham’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored an equalizer late to settle the score at 2-2. 

Cherundolo sets record in blowout loss

American defender Steve Cherundolo set a club record on Saturday as he made his 299th Bundesliga appearance, breaking Jurgen Bandura’s mark which had stood for nearly 40 years. Unfortunately, a win was not in the cards as Hannover 96’s European hopes took a hit. It lost to Bayer Leverkusen 3-1. Cherundolo started and played the full 90 but Hannover struggled defending and were down 3-0 midway through the second half.

Villa duo stumbles late against Chelsea

Brad Guzan made five saves on Saturday but he would have needed seven. Frank Lampard scored twice, breaking the all-time Chelsea goal-scoring record and the hearts of the Villa Park faithful in the process. The Villains went up 1-0 early but Lampard’s second-half brace sunk the hosts. Eric Lichaj started and played alright, although he did look overmatched late. Aston Villa has just one game left and, though the club is five points clear of the drop zone, its safety isn’t secure just yet.

Earlier in the week, Guzan was honored as Aston Villa’s Player of the Season at the annual awards dinner. Guzan has six clean sheets this season and has made a number of clutch saves for the Villains.

Bradley has average week for underwhelming Roma

Michael Bradley came on for the final 13 minutes on Tuesday as Roma squandered an opportunity to move up in the Serie A table, losing at home 1-0 to Chievo Verona. Roma dominated possession and looked to push for the winning strike late but Chievo’s counterattack sunk the hosts in the 90th minute.

On Sunday, Bradley started and played the entire contest as Roma and AC Milan played to a 0-0 draw. The capital club can no longer qualify for the Europa League through its league position, though the Coppa Italia final against Lazio provides one final path to European soccer next season.

Jones aggressive but Schalke falls

Jermaine Jones started on Saturday and played tenaciously as he was involved in quite a few tackles. He tested the goalkeeper once but Schalke stumbled, losing 2-1 at Stuttgart. With the loss, Schalke is pretty much out of the running for an automatic Champions League place, although the club can still book fourth place which is for preliminary qualifying.

Johnson subs on during lopsided defeat

Fabian Johnson came on at the start of the second half but wasn’t too effective as TSG lost to Hamburg 4-1. TSG has been on the fringe of relegation all season and remains stuck near the bottom as the season winds down.

Stoke sputters

Stoke failed to register a win last week, picking up just one point out of a possible six. First, on Monday, the club drew 1-1 with Sunderland. Geoff Cameron came on to start the second half and looked shaky at times, nearly giving the ball away on a few occasions. On Sunday, Cameron came on for the final 15 minutes as 10-man Stoke lost to Spurs 2-1. Both sides were knotted at 1-1 until the last few minutes when Stoke’s disadvantage finally proved to be the difference. Brek Shea was not involved in either contest.

Kljestan starts in win

Sacha Kljestan started and played the full 90 on Sunday as Anderlecht inched closer to another title, beating Racing Genk 2-1.