Americans Abroad Rewind: Guzan posts shutout in opener

Brad Guzan kicked off the English Premier League season in style, posting a shutout in Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Stoke.
If Tim Howard really is ready to pass on the torch for the U.S. national team, then Brad Guzan has certainly put a strong foot forward in his quest to be his successor.

Guzan kicked off the new English Premier League season in style, making two saves in Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory against Stoke City. Guzan was the only American to start in a victory in the Premier League’s opening weekend.

Conspicuous in his absence was U.S. World Cup veteran Geoff Cameron, who was not in uniform for Stoke City. A regular starter for the past two seasons, Cameron has been the subject of heavy transfer speculation, and his absence from Saturday’s match could be a sign that the U.S. defender is ready to make a move.

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Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-2 tie with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Having only recently returned from the hamstring injury that kept him out of most of the World Cup, Altidore faces a tough battle for playing time in a loaded stable of Sunderland forwards.

Howard was just four minutes away from a season-opening victory, but Leicester City spoiled that chance with an 86th minute equalizer in a 2-2 tie with Everton on Saturday. Howard made one save in his first match since his outstanding showing in the USA's World Cup round of 16 loss to Belgium.

In the English League Championship, Jonathan Spector played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-0 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion. Tim Ream went 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-2 tie with Nottingham Forest, a match that also saw Eric Lichaj come off the bench and play four minutes for Forest.

Teenage midfielder Emerson Hyndman earned his second straight start for Fulham, but couldn’t prevent the Cottagers from losing 1-0 to Millwall on Saturday.

In the Netherlands, U.S. Under-20 forward Rubio Rubin made his professional debut, starting and playing 90 minutes for FC Utrecht in a 2-1 win against Willem II. Generously credited with an assist on Utrecht’s opening goal after having a mis-hit shot fall to teammate Jens Toornstra, Rubin was active and caused problems for the Willem II defense in an impressive first match.

In France, Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Nantes’ 1-1 tie with FC Metz on Saturday.

In Norway, Mix Diskerud started and played 79 minutes in Rosenborg’s 3-1 loss to SK Brann on Sunday. Bob Bradley’s Stabaek suffered a 3-1 loss to Odds BK, with Andrew Jacobson and Michael Stephens both starting for Stabaek.

In Serbia, Freddy Adu’s wait to make his debut for FK Jagodina continues as he was left on the bench for the team’s 3-0 loss to Crvena Zvezda. Adu has been dealing with a hamstring injury.

The Liga MX-based contingent of Americans enjoyed a good weekend in Apertura action. Joe Corona played 90 minutes and delivered the game-winning assist in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 victory against Chiapas on Friday night.

Corona’s former Xolos teammate, Edgar Castillo, drew an 89th-minute penalty kick that produced the winning goal in Atlas’ 1-0 victory against Leones Negros on Saturday. Castillo went the full 90 minutes for an Atlas squad that has been the surprise of the Apertura season, starting 4-0-1 through five matches.

Jose Torres went 90 minutes for UANL Tigres in Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Puebla. Herculez Gomez came off the bench and played nine minutes for Tigres.

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