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Americans abroad

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Three Americans on the field for an English Premier League match? It happened in the second half Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park in Liverpool as Everton routed Hull City, 5-1. Midfielder Landon Donovan, who is scheduled to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy soon, had a goal and an assist in a 20-minute reserve role, goalkeeper Tim Howard anchored the Everton defense and forward Jozy Altidore played the final 28 minutes for struggling Hull City.

With the World Cup approaching, our Sunday roundup will be confined to players in contention for a U.S. roster slot, well-known veterans and other notable performances. Clarence Goodson (Start) and Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro) have yet to begin their respective seasons while Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus) and Charlie Davies (Sochaux) are recuperating from injuries.

GOALKEEPERS
Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 5-1 win over Hull City
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 1-0 loss to Manchester United
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 4-2 FA Cup win at Reading
Brad Guzan in the 18, didn't play for Aston Villa

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra 90 (goal) in Rennes' 1-0 win over Monaco
Jonathan Spector 90 in West Ham's 2-1 loss to Bolton
Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 2-0 loss at Derby
Steve Cherundolo 11 in Hanover's 2-1 win at Freiburg
Frank Simek last 45 in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win over Leicester
Edgar Castillo 90 in Tigres' 1-0 win at Indios
MIDFIELDERS
Landon Donovan 20 (goal, assist) in Everton's 5-1 win over Hull City
Michael Bradley 64 in Moenchengladbach's 3-0 loss at Dortmund
DaMarcus Beasley 64 in Rangers' 3-1 win over St. Mirren
Maurice Edu 26 for Rangers
Jose Francisco Torres 90 in Pachuca's 3-0 loss at Monterrey
Ricardo Clark in the 18, didn't play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-1 loss to Schalke
FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore 28 in Hull City's 5-1 loss at Everton
Eddie Johnson 10 in Aris' 1-1 tie at Kavala
Freddy Adu in the 18, didn't play for Aris
Herculez Gomez 90 (goal) in Puebla's 4-1 loss at Pumas
Kenny Cooper in the 18, didn't play in Plymouth's 1-1 tie with Preston North End

By Steve Goff  |  March 7, 2010; 1:43 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Comments

This is a couple game Freddy has not featured now. I hope he turns it around.

I think this short list tells us that we need to get healthy.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

All we need are four Americans to start for Liverpool. We'll have the American Invasion, but not in rock n roll.

"You say you want a revolution..."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 7, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed that O'Neil hasn't allowed Guzan to finish these Cup runs. Dicey to have him as the backup to Howard right now, when he's just not playing.

Posted by: fischy | March 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Guzan should know by now that Friedel is good for another two years if not more, and seek a 1yr loan or flat out transfer from Villa. There are teams in Greece, Spain and Mexico that could use him.

At this point if Howard goes down during the WC, I would not hesitate to make Hahnemann the starter over Guzan. Hahnemann has proven himself in real pressure situations week in week out.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | March 7, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Goffster-

Can you confirm Chelsea trade rumors for Donovan?

Posted by: redskinsux | March 7, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

You could make a case that there were four Americans on the pitch. Hull's keeper is Wales capped but California born and raised. Either way, spectacular day for soccer fans. The game itself (at least the way Everton played) is the way the game should be played. Fast paced, lots of movement off the ball, crisp passing, and quality goals. My only complaint in general concerning the EPL is how it can occasionally be a bit thuggish. No sign of that today. About as cleanly played a match as you could have.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | March 7, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Herculez Gomez's goal this week wasn't notable?

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Updated with Edgar Castillo details and Herculez Gomez goal

Posted by: Steve Goff | March 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Charisma Man, Hahnemann has proven himself week in and week out against many of the best players in the world and would be a better back-up than Guzan. Guzan needs playing time and experience - should try to get a loan. Marcus deserves this shot.

Posted by: Beckster1 | March 7, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Man, Gomez is red hot these days. When's he gonna get a look from Coach USA? I swear he'd be great running off of a holding Jozy.

Posted by: keepunitedindc | March 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The Tigres-Indios game was just crazy. Tigres played with 10 men for 30 minutes, then with 9 men for 30 more minutes, and still managed to win 1-0. The goal came when they had 10 men on the field. I've never heard of anything like that. And it's not like Tigres are a top-flight team; I guess it just goes to show how god-awful Indios are.

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 7, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Go take a look at the match ratings at the bottom of the Telegraph match report Goff linked to, pretty kind to our boys

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 7, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

who's got a highlights link??

Posted by: DadRyan | March 7, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Highlights and last game tribute to Landon on YouTube from today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP7UvVKW-wg

Posted by: ussccr | March 7, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The Mexican League is miles better technically than MLS but I am not so sure about defenders. While Gomez is on form, and there is not any striker scoring for USMNT, I am not so sure about a World Cup call up. And when else can he be called up? Lets remember this guy couldn't score in MLS a year ago. He might be on better form than Findley or Cunningham but I really do not think they should be in a final 23 either. Does anybody remember the Copa America 2007?

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 7, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Others:

Michael Hoyos went 80 for Estudiantes in a 0-0 draw at Lanus yesterday.

Marco Antonio Vidal went 90 in the 1-0 loss to Tigres you mentioned.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | March 7, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Grubbs--

The big difference is that Herc Gomez wasn't played as a forward for KC. He was stuck at right mid with significant defensive responsibilities.

In fact, the only time he looked good in MLS was as a forward for the Galaxy. That's the Herc we're seeing--the same guy who scored those goals for the Galaxy when he first broke into the league.

Posted by: StanShmenge | March 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I have nothing against calling him into camp. I mean, he's probably a better finisher than Ching, why not?

Really wish players like Hoyos weren't so stupid. Is possibly getting a cap for Argentina the extent of his ambitions? Does he really think he's going to beat out the Higuains to come?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 7, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"Go take a look at the match ratings at the bottom of the Telegraph match report Goff linked to, pretty kind to our boys"

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That's a nifty little application there on the Telegraph site--Steve Goff, can you add something like that to this blog?

Posted by: DCB23 | March 7, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I feel Herc deserves a callup as much as Findlay does. They have similar characteristics as speed-reliant strikers who have other significant weaknesses. There's not much time left and they are probably equally unlikely to score goals in the World Cup.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 7, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Neville shouting "U S A! U S A!..." with the Goodison crowd was PRICELESS!

Posted by: DaninFL | March 7, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

It would be criminal for MLS to not sell LD to the highest bidder.

Posted by: peridigm | March 7, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

StanShmenge:

There's two sides to that argument, though.

Sure, Gomez was not the best fit as a right midfielder. However, if he was such a good forward in MLS, shouldn't he have forced his way into a starting role up top for a Kansas City Wizards team that was often toothless?

My point is that either Gomez's game is a much better fit for Mexico than it is in MLS, or that Gomez has found a level of focus and intensity that he had previously lacked. Some players just mature late.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 7, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

@redskinsux:
Can you confirm New York Times trade rumors for Goff :-)

Posted by: DCUSince96 | March 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Chest_Rockwell:

I agree with your point. It may be that Gomez is a better fit for Mexico. Seeing the highlights of the goal does not give be the best of confidence in the defending.

Can Gomez help to US play on the counter-attack? If the answer is no; he can wait for the 2014 cycle to be considered for a call up.

In regards to Hoyos: I might try to break into the Argentina set up over the USA set up. Even if it only meant one cap.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 7, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

@DCUSince96

Am I missing something here?

Posted by: redskinsux | March 7, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

@Chest -- Maybe, the problem is that Gomez' coaches have lacked the imagination to see him as a striker. Onalfo included.

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

viva Goff!

Posted by: diego_r | March 8, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

I'd say a strike rate of more than a goal every ninety minutes is worth a serious look, even if the defending is a little worse in Mexico.

I don't see the point in waiting until 2014 when we need help at striker now. Plus, if Davies can recover, a 32 year-old Gomez will probably be of little use to us then.

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 8, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

@redskinsux

A play on your request to "Goffster" higher on the page.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | March 8, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

It would be criminal for MLS to not sell LD to the highest bidder.

Posted by: peridigm | March 7, 2010 9:17 PM

Well, they'll have to wait till after the World Cup. A lot could change by then.

As a US fan and someone who doesn't care about the fortunes of the Galaxy, I wish Donovan could stay with Everton another two months.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 8, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Let Donovan stay until the end of the Prem league season.

Posted by: nairbsod | March 8, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

As a US fan and someone who doesn't care about the fortunes of the Galaxy, I wish Donovan could stay with Everton another two months.
Posted by: Kev29
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Another two years.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 8, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

You could make a case that there were four Americans on the pitch. Hull's keeper is Wales capped but California born and raised.
Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey
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Born but not raised. He's been capped 7 times for Wales. But yes, you could make the case for 4 Americans.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 8, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to chip in my 2 cents to vote for a fans' player rating app. Ya gotta think that would drive up traffic to the page, though it might invite trollers from Seattle. They're all intravenously connected to the Web up there, right? COffee flowing in one arm, the internet in the other?

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to chip in my 2 cents to vote for a fans' player rating app. Ya gotta think that would drive up traffic to the page, though it might invite trollers from Seattle. They're all intravenously connected to the Web up there, right? Coffee flowing in one arm, the internet in the other?

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Is that your attempt at voting twice, fischy? You could have at least put on a fake beard and glasses :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | March 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Times have changed, it used to be heroin in the arm and coke up the nose, but you are probably accurate with the male cheerleading mass that the most popular vice these days in the Pac NW is Coffee, Internet, Martian Barf Jerseys and face paint.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 8, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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