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Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-1 FA Cup win over Aston Villa
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-1 FA Cup loss to Everton
Brad Guzan did not play in Aston Villa's 3-1 FA Cup loss to Everton
Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 2-0 win over Ingolstadt
Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 1-1 tie with Nancy
Oguchi Onyewu 67 in Standard Liege's 4-0 win over Tubize
Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 3-1 FA Cup loss to Chelsea
Steve Cherundolo did not play in Hanover's 3-3 tie with Stuttgart
Jonathan Spector did not play in West Ham's 1-1 tie with Middlesbrough
Gregg Berhalter did not play in 1860 Munich's 2-1 win over Ahlen
Michael Orozco not in the 18 for San Luis' 1-0 loss at Tigres
Frank Simek not in the 18 for Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 loss at Doncaster
Heath Pearce and Hansa Rostock vs. Freiburg on Monday
Michael Bradley 90 (goal) in Moenchengladbach's 1-1 tie at Bremen
Jose Francisco Torres 90 in Pachuca's 3-2 win over Pumas
Clint Dempsey 30 in Fulham's 1-1 FA Cup tie at Swansea City
Danny Szetela did not play in Brescia's 1-0 loss at Ascoli
Maurice Edu did not play in Rangers' 0-0 tie at Celtic
DaMarcus Beasley not in the 18 for Rangers' 0-0 tie at Celtic
Sal Zizzo not in the 18 for Hanover's 3-3 tie with Stuttgart
Landon Donovan 55 in Bayern Munich's 2-1 loss at Hertha Berlin
Jemal Johnson 90 in M.K. Dons' 3-1 win over Hartlepool
Jozy Altidore not in the 18 for Xerez's 2-1 win over Salamanca
Freddy Adu not in the 18 for Monaco's 1-0 loss to Marseille
Matt Taylor not in the 18 for Koblenz's 3-1 win at Wehen
Eddie Johnson and Cardiff City at Arsenal on Monday in FA Cup

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Any word on why Xerez took Jozy on loan if they're not going to play him?

Posted by: ImThatGuy | February 15, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Great question.

I was wondering the same thing.

Perhaps he didn't make the 18 this week because he was with the U.S. team all week.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 15, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Thats my feeling too Goff. Seems like most of their goals come from the midfield, so one would assume he could crack the forward spots. I guess we will see next week!

Posted by: strago | February 15, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, the first two games, Altidore did not play because the manager though him and the other transfer signing were not ready to play with the team yet.

Meaning that they had not had enough time to practice with the team for the manager's last liking.

That was before last week's game, and then Altidore came over here for nearly the entire week for the Mexico game. So that meant it was even more unlikely that he would play today, which did not happen.

But, given another week with the team, I think it is likely that he will be coming off the bench in the next match.

Posted by: hokieunited | February 15, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

do you think Adu stands any chance of gaining any more playing time? All these DNP and 15 mins at the end of the game. I know he's still young, but I don't really see why Monaco bother to get him if all they wanted was a late game sub at best. Its not like they are exactly lighting up the league either (mediocre record). What do ya think? Let him stick it out and earn the time or better to go somewhere where he can start?

Posted by: doh1 | February 15, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Adu has been with two teams that play in leagues slightly below the level in Spain, Italy, Germany and England. He hasn't cracked the starting line-up, indeed often doesn't make the "18" for teams in lesser leagues. Time for him to go to Belgium, Holland, Greece or back home. Reality has taken a bite out of hype. Freddy might turn out to be a serviceable player someday, but he's not going to light up the top tier leagues -- ever. Right now, he's way behind Michael Bradley and even Klejstan on the US depth chart.

Posted by: griffin1108 | February 15, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Sad to see so many "Did Not Play"s.

I'm hoping a lot of that is due to players being away for US training camp and the game against Mexico.

Posted by: WorldCup | February 15, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Also saddened by Freddy's DNP; he obviously has talent as we have seen before.If I were his agent, I would suggest PSV Eindhoven in the Ere Div. They had DM Beasley--same size--also Ronaldo at 17,etc.
The Dutch league worked for MB and John O'Brian(sp?)

Posted by: bechtoldpk | February 15, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Adu. I'm sorry but he is argueablly as skilled technically as anyone on the US roster, save landon. Sure he's small and doesn't defend well but please there are tons of players out there like that.

I especially don't see why these teams don't play different players when they're sucking (like Monaco). It'd be different if they were doing well and didnt want to disrupt the chemistry, or investing in their future and developing him (by playing him limited minutes or in certain situations).

He's never really gotten a fair shake. I didnt see the point in DC not playing him regularly when he first signed (at times he was the best on the field, or at least most exciting) and he did well in Portugal with limited opportunities. All he needs is someone who will give him gametime and i think he'll be fine. He's never gonna be the greatest ever or anything but he is definitely skilled, creative and exciting to watch. Someone will do it eventually and the pundits will all say he "came back" or finally turned the corner or something stupid like that when all he needed was a real chance to show what he has.......but i guess there are a lot of players out there like that who never get a break.....we just dont know them as well.

Posted by: Brian76 | February 15, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand why Adu left the MLS. I know it was his dream to play in euro, but it makes no sense to go there unless he was dominating the MLS, which he clearly was not. He should have stuck around in MLS some more to develop and then go to Euro when he knew he'd get playing time. He is creative, something that is sorely lacking from the US squad. He may never be a star, but he can definitely be a solid contributor.

Posted by: doh1 | February 15, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

So, it turns out Salcido was shown a yellow card for that pair of reckless tackles on the US' 2nd goal. He and Marquez will miss the next game.

Posted by: fischy | February 16, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Donovan flat-out sucked in the match against Berlin. He was dispossessed with ease, failed to be aggressive, backpassed the ball to safety as soon as he could get rid of it, and, on the two occasions where he made a nice run and someone fed him, muffed the shots on goal. If you haven't seen the match, try to watch it this week (I'm sure GolTV will re-run it). He was awful.

I expect we'll see him back this next season.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 16, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

I see Hertha Berlin on there, what about the greatest bench warmer in United history, Bryan Arguez (poor soccer investment, but solid financial investment).

And does Lee Nguyen still exist? When was the last time he played for one of the junior national teams?

Also any word on Frankie Simek's health, or if Jay Demerit will transfer to a better team this summer?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 16, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Jay DeMerit played really well for Watford, despite conceeding three late goals. Took advantage of his chance to play - captained the side as well.

I'm surprisingly happy with the pool of US central defenders at the moment. There's even some depth there.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 16, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Actually Ricardo has said several times that Freddy doesn't fit into his scheme and that he didn't want him in the first place. Monaco's owner, an American, had wanted to bring in a couple countrymen for the team last summer. He (supposedly) tried for Adu and Bradley, but only signed Freddy on loan. A player the coach doesn't want will not play for him. Period.

Posted by: Josh8 | February 16, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Love your work, Goff, but even you make the very occasional mistake: "Gregg Berhalter did not play in 1860 Munich's 2-2 win over Ahlen"

Posted by: mab9 | February 16, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Steve Goff | February 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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