Americans Abroad recap: Johannsson on fire

The American striker scored once again last week, helping AZ Alkmaar grab a lead in the first leg of the Europa League playoff.
Aron Johannsson scored the second goal of the match on Thursday, tallying in the 74th minute to give his club a 2-0 lead against Atromitos. The goal itself was a brilliant one. Johannsson broke down the right side, juked a defender and blasted a shot past the keeper.

The Dutch squad eventually prevailed 3-1 on the road, which is a tremendous advantage heading into next week’s second leg. On Sunday, Johannsson started and played the entire contest but was shut out as FC Utrecht defeated AZ 2-0.

Villains drop two

Brad Guzan's week started on Wednesday as Aston Villa played valiantly but eventually fell to Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. After an early mix up which led to an Antonio Luna own goal, Guzan played well, making two saves as Villa equalized through Christian Benteke. Finally Branislav Ivanovic grabbed the winner late for the London outfit. On Saturday, Guzan wasn’t forced into a save as the hosts played aggressively. However, Daniel Sturridge put one past Guzan in the 21st to sink Aston Villa 1-0.

Bradley starts as Roma prevails

After rumors of a move to Sunderland were shut down earlier in the week, Michael Bradley suited up for Roma on Sunday. The midfielder started and played the entire contest but was not involved in either goal as Roma bested Livorno 2-0. The visitors scored two goals in quick succession, breaking through in the 65th and 67th minute.

Altidore still seeking first goal

Jozy Altidore played the entire game on Saturday and nearly scored once but didn’t get on the board as Sunderland blew the lead late, drawing 1-1 with Southampton. Altidore had a tough time getting shots and did squander a few quality opportunities. He should improve as he gets more acclimated to the team.

Howard stops two in draw

Everton is still seeking its first win of the season after once again drawing, this time against West Brom. The 0-0 match at Goodison Park was an entertaining affair with the Toffees dominating possession. Tim Howard started in goal and made a pair of stops but ultimately both sides came up empty.

Cameron plays well in victory

Geoff Cameron started and was very effective as Stoke came back from 1-0 down to defeat Crystal Palace 2-1. Cameron was stout in defense as the hosts maintained a strong rearguard after the break to grab the win.

Jones has average week

Jermaine Jones played the full 90 on Wednesday, playing a relatively subpar game as Schalke 04 drew 1-1 with PAOK Salonika in a Champions League qualifier. On Saturday, his club went down two goals before ultimately losing 2-1 to Hannover 96. Jones played better, testing the keeper a few times.

Kljestan plays great in big win

Sacha Kljestan played the full 90 on Sunday and was instrumental in the midfield as Anderlecht beat up on Royal Charleroi SC 5-2. Although Kljestan didn’t score, he was active in setting up a few of his team's goals.

Johnson starts in dramatic draw

Fabian Johnson started again on Saturday and played well in an exciting affair as Hoffenheim and Freiburg traded leads. In the end, Hoffenheim got a late equalizer to settle the scoreline at 3-3.

Brooks goes down

John Anthony Brooks started on Saturday but was removed after just 23 minutes due to an injury. Hertha Berlin won against Hamburg 1-0 in Brooks’ absence. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious at this time.   

Chandler starts in loss

Timothy Chandler started on Saturday but was overpowered by German powerhouse Bayern Munich as Nurnberg fell 2-0. Chandler getting the start was a good sign, especially against a top club like Bayern, as he hadn't started either of his team's first two games. However, he’ll have to continue improving if he wants to remain in the starting XI.

Friedel continues to ride the pine

Brad Friedel was dressed on Thursday but was not involved as Spurs dominated Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 in Europa League action. On Sunday, Friedel was once again on the bench as Tottenham bested Swansea 1-0.

Cherundolo to undergo additional surgery

Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo must endure a third knee operation within the last calendar year and will be sidelined for an undisclosed amount of time. The 34-year-old has expressed his urgency in getting back on the field, and will need to return strong to figure into Jurgen Klinsmann's plans going forward.