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With the World Cup approaching, I am going to begin limiting the weekly list to players in contention for a U.S. roster slot, well-known veterans and other notable performances. Scandinavian-based Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Clarence Goodson (Start) and Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro) have yet to begin the season while Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Charlie Davies (Sochaux), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Steve Cherundolo (Hanover) remain sidelined while recuperating from injuries.

GOALKEEPERS
Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-1 win over Manchester United
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 5-2 win over Burnley
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-0 loss to Chelsea
Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra first 45 in Rennes' 2-1 loss to Lille
Jonathan Spector 90 in West Ham's 3-0 win over Hull City
Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 2-2 tie at Scunthorpe
Frank Simek 90 in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Ipswich
Edgar Castillo 90 in Tigres' 2-2 tie at America
MIDFIELDERS
Landon Donovan 90 in Everton's 3-1 win over Manchester United
Michael Bradley 90 in Moenchengladbach's 2-2 tie at Hoffenheim
Jose Francisco Torres 51 in Pachuca's 2-2 tie at Chiapas
Stuart Holden not in 18 for Bolton's 3-0 loss at Blackburn
Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley for Rangers at St. Johnstone, postponed (frozen pitch)
FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore 26 in Hull City's 3-0 loss at West Ham
Kenny Cooper 14 in Plymouth's 1-1 tie with Leicester
Freddy Adu first 45 in Aris' 1-0 loss at AEK Athens
Eddie Johnson 90 for Aris
Herculez Gomez 75 (goal) in Puebla's 3-2 loss at Chivas

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2010; 8:12 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Correction: El Gringo Torres went the full 90 for Pachuca. It was the other Torres who was subbed out.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 21, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Landon Donovan 90 in Everton's 3-1 win over Manchester United


You can pin that one up and save it for later!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 21, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Freddy subbed after 45? Sounds like a Tommy Soehn move.

Posted by: Pete803 | February 22, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Everton beats Chelsea and ManU in quick succession, with the defeat of ManU being so thorough that Howard gets a crap rating for the game because he had nothing to do. Quite remarkable--and Landon keeps getting high marks from the British press for his play. I think he's being a touch over-hyped, but one of the keys to Everton's victory was shutting down Valencia's crosses from the right, and Landon's tracking back was a significant part of that.

Makes me think to last year, when a Beckham who had been distinctly average in MLS went to AC Milan and was all of a sudden a star, and we were all thinking what that said about the relative strengths of MLS and Series A. Not that an MLS team is going to step in and win Series A or the EPL, but perhaps the gap between the leagues is not as wide as we tend to think.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 22, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Freddy subbed after 45? Sounds like a Tommy Soehn move.

Posted by: Pete803 | February 22, 2010 12:18 AM
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No, if it were Soehn, he'd have been subbed on 43 or 44... ;)

Posted by: schmuckatelli | February 22, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

but perhaps the gap between the leagues is not as wide as we tend to think.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 22, 2010 8:15 AM
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I have to disagree. I think what it says is that soccer is a team sport. Donovan needs good crosses, Beckham needs a good striker at the end of his crosses. When good players are surrounded by average players they remain good players. When good players are surrounded by great players they can become great players. Can you compare Michael Jordan with the Wizards to Michael Jordan with the Bulls?

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | February 22, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

With the World Cup approaching, I am going to begin limiting the weekly list to players in contention for a U.S. roster slot, well-known veterans and other notable performances.

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Is Freddy "in contention for a US roster slot" or "well-known veteran"?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | February 22, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

MLS All-Stars--Dempsey, Donavan, R Nelsen...frankly play even better when surrounded by better players, that is what you see with their play in the Premier League. That is where the difference in quality of play really shows through. MLS is becoming a strong league, when we start averaging 20K+ in attendance on a league-wide basis, we'll be close to top-tier league. Seven to Ten years away, but MLS is getting there.

Posted by: jnel | February 22, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Disappointed in Man Utd's performance. With that said, I was pleased to see the Yank's do well. LD's loan spell has proven to be very successful move for him as well as Everton. I don't think anyone would have predicted Everton would secure 16 out of 21 points playing against the top 4 in a string of 7 matches.

Posted by: peridigm | February 22, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Can you compare Michael Jordan with the Wizards to Michael Jordan with the Bulls?

That might have something to do with Jordan being over the hill with the Wizards vs. in his prime with the Bulls.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 22, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hercules! Hercules!

Posted by: CYork1 | February 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Bocanegra subbed at halftime?? Did he get injured? You don't see backs subbed off at half very often.

Posted by: PattersonPark76 | February 22, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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