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Americans Abroad

Landon Donovan was not on the game-day roster for Bayern Munich, which didn't need any additional firepower during a 5-0 rout of Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of a Euro Champions League round-of-16 series. The return leg is March 10. It was also a good day for English clubs as Chelsea won at home, 1-0, over Juventus and Liverpool took a 1-0 victory at Real Madrid.

Other Americans in action -- er, inaction:

F Eddie Johnson in the 18 but did not play in Cardiff City's 0-0 tie with QPR
D Jonathan Spector in the 18 but did not play in West Ham's 2-0 loss at Middlesbrough.

Tomorrow
UEFA Cup
GKs Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa at CSKA Moscow
D Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege vs. Braga
F Marcus Tracy and Aalborg at Deportivo de Coruna
Copa Libertadores
D Michael Orozco and San Luis vs. Libertad (Paraguay)

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2009; 4:55 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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reposted from earlier thread:

hey y'all. just back from bayern-sporting. wanted to post from the game but for some reason the blackberry version wouldn't allow me to sign in. ah well, I'll try to fix that before the algarve cup.

anyway, showed up to electric atmosphere. was sitting seventh row, next to the corner with the drums and giant flags. first disappointment of the night came as i realized no skinny bald guys were warming up. yep, donovan didn't make the 18.

sporting hung right in throughout the first half, outshooting bayern 9-5, even if most of those 9 shots were silly attempts with no chance of success. sure enough, late in the half, they let their guard down and ribery makes a beautiful solo run for a great goal.

second half pretty much all goes bayern's way, leading to the second disappointment. sporting gave up mentally after the secong goal; shoulders slumped and heads down across the team. interesting point that Toni was clearly having knee trouble. it buckled under him twice and he couldn't make cuts, yet they didn't sub him out. he was his typical petulant self, though, so I vowed to hate him forever. sure enough, late in the game when bayern was just pouring it on, he got two garbage goals. 5-0 finish and they still have to play the second leg in munich. how much fun you think that trip will be?

and heather mitts is in country but not at the match. disappointment number three and time to call it a night.

going to visit with the wnt on friday. that should help raise my spirits.

Posted by: troy6 | February 25, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

and on Gooch's game, Braga kicked the snot out of them last week, so it won't be much fun to watch Braga bunker for 90 minutes.

Posted by: troy6 | February 25, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Friedel got left home for the UEFA Cup tie with CSKA Moscow (along with 7 other starters), so Guzan is getting the start tomorrow in Moscow. You can go ahead and type Brad Friedel - not in 18 for Aston Villa (reserves) UEFA Cup X-Y loss to CSKA Moscow.

Posted by: daandre3 | February 25, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Not reporting on the only American playing, and scoring, in the Champions League today?

Rossi on a PK for Villarreal. It sounds like he had many more chances, though.

Posted by: Reignking | February 25, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Steve, you can add Chicago native Eric Lichaj to your list. He's been included in Villa's 18 for tomorrow.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | February 25, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Villa tips

Rossi no longer an "American" player since he committed to Italy. Same with Subotic/Serbia.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 25, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Who is this American on Villa and why have I never heard of him and why doenst he get any national team hype, he most be one of our best players if he made Villa.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 25, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

although Spector didn't get in today, the defensive line that Zola put together had real issues so we might be seeing Spector back soon!

Posted by: Beckster1 | February 25, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article on Joe Gaetjens with quotes from Jozy at the end.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blackhistory2009/news/story?id=3920046

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 25, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

What's with Eddie Johnson not getting any playing time in Cardiff? Is he really that bad? His physical presence should get him a starting role I would think...

Posted by: bighungry | February 25, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Surely Donovan will get some decent minutes in Munich- after all they can afford a 0-4 loss and still move on

Posted by: carmines757 | February 25, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Who is this American on Villa and why have I never heard of him and why doenst he get any national team hype, he most be one of our best players if he made Villa.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 25, 2009 6:09 PM

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Why haven't you heard of Guisseppe Rossi? I don't know. Maybe you don't follow international soccer...You certainly can't be an SI regular.

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

When did Aalborg relocate to South America?

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

He played a year at UNC before joining their reserves. Good to see he's making the squad.

Posted by: Colm1 | February 25, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

That's a heck of a lot of people in Montreal. Good stuff

Posted by: Kev29 | February 25, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Fischy, just in case your post wasn't sarcastic, I'm pretty sure he was referring to Eric Lichaj who apparently plays for (Aston) Villa

Posted by: carmines757 | February 25, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for setting the record straight on Rossi and the other guy who doesn't give a crap about the US... Screw em. Forget em. Thank you!
And thanks for the giving your summary of the match Troy6, tell them ladies dadryan said heeeeeeeeyyy!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 25, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@Carmine -- Thanks for setting me straight. I missed the comment above that regarding Lichaj -- seemed to me to be following the one about Rossi. (Villareal, not Aston Villa). My apologies for my sarcasm and my error.

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I love doing research. Here's a profile on Lichaj:

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=597503&sec=americansabroad&root=americansabroad&cc=5901

Apparently, his youth coach -- who is now with Chivas USA -- had Lichaj, Will Johnson and Quavas Kirk...and he thought Lichaj had the most potential. Definitely one to follow.

Posted by: fischy | February 25, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the reason Donovan wasn't in the 18 because he isn't registered for the CL?

Posted by: StewartDC8 | February 26, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey fischy,

There were some things about Lichaj during the transfer season as well. I believe that he was about to go out on loan (can't remember where, but probably the Championship), but O'Neil wanted him to stick around.

Also, he recently signed a two year extension at the club. So he does have a future in the club.

But (and not referring to you in the least bit) this is a theme that seems to go on with Americans abroad. A lot of the times, we hear about guys going over there, and not playing immediately, and some go hog wild over this, and argue that they should have stayed.

But, just cause we don't hear about things, does not mean that things aren't happening for them.

In Lichaj's case, it sounds like he might get some first team opportunities next year, which is great for him. Hopefully people will notice that though! And not assume the worse!

Posted by: hokieunited | February 26, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Donovan is registered for CL. Not bringing him along when Toni is fragile seems strange. There is more to this than meets the eye.

Posted by: troy6 | February 26, 2009 3:56 AM | Report abuse

"His parents, Stan and Ann [Lichaj], were born in Poland,"

Calls to cap him NOW in 3...2...1...

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 26, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"His parents, Stan and Ann [Lichaj], were born in Poland,"

Calls to cap him NOW in 3...2...1...

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 26, 2009 10:03 AM

Ha! Normally, I wouldn't be excited, but he IS a central defender. Not exactly our deepest position as a nation...

Posted by: Kev29 | February 26, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"His parents, Stan and Ann [Lichaj], were born in Poland,"

Calls to cap him NOW in 3...2...1...

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 26, 2009 10:03 AM

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He would be ineligible to appear for Poland as of November 17th of this year, if he has not asked for a change of countries.

He appeared for the U20's, so he only has until his 21st birthday to apply for a change in country.

Posted by: hokieunited | February 26, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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