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With the World Cup approaching, our Sunday roundup is now limited to players in contention for a U.S. roster slot, well-known veterans and other notable performances. Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus) and Charlie Davies (Sochaux) are recuperating from long-term injuries. (I am excluding injured Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones because, although eligible, he has never formally been with the U.S. squad.)

Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 0-0 tie at Wolves
Marcus Hahnemann 90 for Wolves
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 7-1 loss at Chelsea
Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa

Carlos Bocanegra 90 (left back; assist) in Rennes' 3-1 win at Le Mans
Jonathan Spector 90 (left back) in West Ham's 1-0 loss to Stoke
Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 1-1 tie with Middlesbrough
Clarence Goodson 90 in Start's 1-1 tie with Molde
Steve Cherundolo 90 (goal) in Hanover's 4-1 loss to Cologne
Frank Simek in 18, didn't play in Sheffield Wed's 1-1 tie at Coventry
Edgar Castillo first 36 (injured?) in Tigres' 1-0 loss to Toluca
Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's 2-0 loss at Hull City
Michael Bradley not in 18 (suspension; broken nose) for Moenchengladbach's 1-0 win over Hamburg

Maurice Edu 26 in Rangers' 4-1 win at Hearts
DaMarcus Beasley in 18, didn't play for Rangers
Jose Francisco Torres 70 in Pachuca's 1-0 win over Morelia
Ricardo Clark in 18, didn't play in Eintracht's 2-1 win at Bochum
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro at Mjaellby on Monday
Jozy Altidore 79 in Hull City's 2-0 win over Fulham
Freddy Adu 90 (attacking MF) in Aris' 1-0 win over Levadiakos
Eddie Johnson 62 for Aris
Kenny Cooper in 18, didn't play in Plymouth's 2-0 loss to Blackpool
Herculez Gomez 31 (goal) in Puebla's 2-1 win over America

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2010; 4:19 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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"Freddy Adu 90 (attacking MF)"

90 minutes? Attacking MF? Aris win? Must be a typo in there.

Seriously though, good for Freddy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 28, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Freddy is regaining form and usefulness, but EJ has scored in Greece and he was invisible vs. the Netherlands.

Sigh. Maybe simply we should simply be happy that he is playing, getting paid, and isn't so hyped anymore.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 28, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jhgodfrey1 | March 28, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the exact status of Onyewu? When is it simply "did not play?" I think I am premature right now because he is still recovering but hasn't he been training? I am still not convinced a fully fit Onyewu will get a game for Milan this season (or next).

Also, Robbie Findley looked good yesterday. Kidding.....

Lastly, good for Freddy.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 28, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Brad Guzan, in 18, grateful not to play for Aston Villa's debacle"

Posted by: troy6 | March 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

OT, but who is this Wale fellow who is doing a pregame concert? Worth leaving the grill and cooler in lot 8 a little early?

Posted by: troy6 | March 28, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse


Local rapper who is getting national attention now. I'm planning on heading over there.

Posted by: Ol_Brob | March 28, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

There is no reason to track Adu, Castillo, Cooper, Fridel or Simek because these guys have no chance to go to SA. Save some effort and space SG.

Posted by: euroman | March 28, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Gooch is back doing light training with AC Milan but is still a ways from actually playing....after all he wasn't playing before he got injured. Nasta being out with possible season ending injury helps him quite a bit though.

Posted by: euroman | March 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I thought I read something saying Gooch was rehabbing in LA this week. At any rate, he was at the Galaxy game last night.

euroman- Why not continue to track Castillo? You can't tell me that Bornstein is a better option.

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | March 28, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Jozy technically received an assist for drawing the PK...

Adu had a bad first half, but much better in the second. His shooting was pretty bad.

Posted by: Reignking | March 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

After ESPN got DC's starting lineup so horribly wrong, I can't trust them for diddly. Yahoo even listed an MLS game as in the 60th minute, even though it was played yesterday. So, I'll believe Freddy started when I see it. "Let's go to the videotape!"

Posted by: delantero | March 28, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Jozy not only drew the PK, but he fought off the defender and just had the keeper to beat. Great shield of the ball. Now if he can just do that to John Terry in T minus 2 months or so . . .

Posted by: delantero | March 28, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Hercules Gomez just scoured in the 77th minute. I am using Soccernet as my source so Delantero may have some objections.... haha. Puebla is winning 2-1 and the other team just got a red card.

Robby Findley, Eddie Johnson, Conor Casey, and Brain Ching may have competition for South Africa World Cup roster spot officially known as "striker who will ineffectively run around if put into game action."

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 28, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hercules Gomez just scoured in the 77th minute. I am using Soccernet as my source so Delantero may have some objections.... haha. Puebla is winning 2-1 and the other team just got a red card.


Is it me or does Hercules Gomez score every week? Is he not under consideration for a roster spot considering our options up top?

Posted by: CYork1 | March 28, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

This goal takes his tally to 7. I would imagine Coach Bradley is aware of Gomez. The question for me is can Gomez help the USMNT play on the counterattack. Or, does Gomez fit into our system? If Bradley feels that these answers are a yes I bet he is under serious consideration. Especially because he is in great form. Certainly if Gomez keeps scoring it will be hard to ignore him.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 28, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Good job Freddy.
I would love a MATURED Freddy Adu with. It would be interesting to see him compete for a spot like any other Joe Schmoe.

Lots was expected of the 14 year old kid. He was expected to be soccers first American golden goose.

Adu was practacly expected to shoot Fiber One commercials during pre-game warm ups and fart goals for ESPN Sport Center cameras.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 28, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Just added Herculez Gomez to the list after scoring another goal

Posted by: Steve Goff | March 28, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Hercules has worked his way into Goff's consideration now, so Bradley will obviously call him up.

Posted by: Reignking | March 28, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget to start making considerations for your Champions League Fantasy team gang... It's crunch time.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 28, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"There is no reason to track Adu, Castillo, Cooper, Fridel or Simek because these guys have no chance to go to SA. Save some effort and space SG.

Posted by: euroman"


Friedel is retired obviously but I wouldn't be hugely shocked to see one or two of the others you mention included as backups. Bradley's got to make some tough decisions and there's bound to be a surprise or two.

If Freddy keeps starting at MF I wonder if Bradely will go down there for a scouting trip (or maybe he already is for EJ?).

Posted by: JoeS3 | March 29, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Herculez Gomez' goal was mostly thanks to bad goalkeeping by Memo Ochoa. He got handcuffed by a short hop right at his feet but should have had it covered.

But a goal is a goal and Herc's freekick did get over the wall and on frame. Puebla's coach had promised to quit if they lost, so their 2-1 win over America was the lead story on Contacto Deportivo last night.

The other Puebla goal was by everyone's favorite player, Carlos Ruiz.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 29, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Very notable that Jozy Altidore not only played--but that he played exceptionally well. The best game I've seen him play all season long for Hull. First time in a while I can say I was impressed.

New Bob Bradley not happy with interviewer:

Posted by: dwreck1971 | March 29, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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