Americans Abroad recap: Altidore back in business

Jozy Altidore netted a brace on Saturday to lead AZ Alkmaar past PEC Zwolle.
Jozy Altidore broke out of his funk in a big way on Saturday, scoring two first half goals to give his club a much needed 2-1 victory. Altidore tallied in the second and 33rd minute and although Zwolle hit back in the second stanza, the visitors' held on for the three points. The goals were only his second and third since September. Atlidore, the club’s top scorer, now has 11 league goals this season. The win lifted Alkmaar to 12th place in the Eredivise.

Everton settles for another draw

Tim Howard stopped four shots and parried several corners awa,y but Everton squandered a few opportunities and had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Stoke on Saturday. The Toffees took an early lead but Kenwyne Jones scored a headed equalizer in the 52nd to settle the score line. Everton now has nine draws in league play, tied with Stoke City for the most stalemates in the league.

Spurs back in top four

Tottenham dominated Swansea on Sunday but only came up with one goal, prevailing 1-0 at White Hart Lane. Clint Dempsey played very well, uncorking a few shots, one of which tested the keeper. The midfielder played 70 minutes and shortly after his removal, Jan Vertonghen fired in the winner. The victory moves Tottenham back into fourth place.

Bradley helps Roma in cup action

Michael Bradley started on Tuesday and played well as Roma defeated Atalanta 3-0 in Coppa Italia action. Although the midfielder was not involved in the buildup to any of the goals, he did a nice job controlling possession. On Sunday, Bradley started but was removed after 68 minutes as Roma gave up a goal late, losing 1-0 to Bradley’s former club Chievo Verona.

Rapid Vienna blanked on the road

Terrence Boyd did not score on Saturday as Rapid Vienna went goalless in a 1-0 loss to FC Magna Wr. Neustadt. The American striker played the full 90 minutes in the defeat.

Cameron solid in draw

Geoff Cameron started on Saturday and was solid defensively as Stoke picked up a second-half equalizer to get a point against Everton. Maurice Edu again failed to make the game-day roster.

Jones suspended

The German federation handed down a four game suspension for Jermaine Jones after reviewing his straight red card against Stuttgart on Saturday. The midfielder, who has seen his fair share of yellows, had never received a straight red before but was punished heavily for his aggressive tackle. Schalke lost 3-1 to SC Freiburg in his absence on Saturday, which was the last straw for Huub Stevens. The manager was sacked after leading the club to just two points in its last six matches

Lichaj powers Villa to cup semifinal

Eric Lichaj played great on Wednesday, notching an assist while testing the keeper on a few occasions as Aston Villa destroyed Norwich City 4-1, booking a spot in the Capitol One Cup semifinal. The defender assisted on the winning goal in the 79th minute when he powered down the right flank and found Andreas Weimann inside the six-yard box. Brad Guzan received a day off. On Saturday, Lichaj played the full match as the Villians spanked Liverpool at Anfield 3-1. The Reds dominated possession but Villa took advantage of its opportunities. Brad Guzan played well, stopping seven shots as the Birmingham outfit moved up to 14th place with the victory.

Hoffenheim duo loses again

Fabian Johnson started on Sunday but wasn’t very effective as Hoffenheim fell 3-1 at home against Borussia Dortmund. Danny Williams did not dress for the contest. Hoffenheim is currently seven points adrift of safety in the Bundesliga.

Kljestan aids Anderlecht victory

Sasha Kljestan played well on Sunday as his club bested OH Leuven 2-1. The American was active and played a solid role in keeping the home side in control of the match.

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