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Herculez! Two more goals for Puebla's Herculez Gomez:

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) and Charlie Davies (Sochaux) are recuperating from long-term injuries.
Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-2 win at Blackburn
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 0-0 tie at Fulham
Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play in Aston Villa's 2-1 win at Portsmouth
Brad Friedel 90 for Aston Villa

Carlos Bocanegra not in 18 (injured) for Rennes' 0-0 tie with Nancy
Jay DeMerit 56 in Watford's 4-1 loss at Leicester
Jonathan Spector and West Ham at Liverpool on Monday
Steve Cherundolo 90 in Hanover's 7-0 loss at Bayern Munich
Clarence Goodson 90 in Start's 3-1 loss at Stromsgodset
Frank Simek in 18, didn't play in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 tie with Sheffield United

Edgar Castillo not in 18 (injured) for Tigres' 2-1 win at Atlante
Clint Dempsey not in 18 (injured) for Fulham's 0-0 tie with Wolves
Michael Bradley 90 in Moenchengladbach's 3-1 loss at Schalke
Maurice Edu in 18, didn't play in Rangers' 2-0 win over Hearts
Ricardo Clark in 18, didn't play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-2 tie with Hertha Berlin

Benny Feilhaber 90 in Aarhus' 1-0 loss at Brondby
DaMarcus Beasley not in 18 for Rangers
Jose Francisco Torres last 45 in Pachuca's 1-1 tie with Toluca
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro at Gefle on Monday
Jozy Altidore 15 in Hull's 0-0 tie at Birmingham
Herculez Gomez 90 (two goals) in Puebla's 4-1 win over Cruz Azul
Eddie Johnson 30 in Aris' 2-1 loss at Olympiakos
Freddy Adu in 18, didn't play for Aris
Kenny Cooper and Plymouth vs. Newcastle on Monday

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By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: AC Milan, Aston Villa, Charlie Davies, Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Bayern Munich, Herculez Gomez, Puebla, Soccer, World Cup  
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I really think Cooper can be safely dropped from the list at this point.

Posted by: BooThisMan | April 18, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. Beside Gomez, that's a disappointing weekend for Yanks abroad.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | April 18, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Rossi scored ;)

Posted by: Reignking | April 18, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: weliveindc | April 18, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Edu not playing=BS.

I'm starting to wonder if it would be possible to bring both Buddle and Gomez to the world cup. What's the worst that could happen, not bringing Casey?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 18, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Right there with you UD.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

If Freddy isn't getting time on a Greek team, think we'll see him back in MLS soon

Posted by: Irrlicht | April 18, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

How far further down can Freddy go below Aris to get PT? Hungary? Botswana? Fifa 2010 on XBox 360? I think he'd be a valuable addition to the US team if there was any evidence of his actually playing professional soccer. It's a bit of a broken record, but what's going on with Freddy?

I hope our meager pickings at Forward (including Jozy as an automatic starter) force the team not to consider advancement to the 2nd round over Algeria and Slovenia (both of whom have top-flight players who get PT) a foregone conclusion. Let's put our Underdog Hats on in June, okay?

Posted by: DWE4 | April 18, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

On twitter Edu said he woke up with a bad cold this morning.

Posted by: grabowcp | April 18, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow, didn't notice Adu on the list when I posted my first comment. That's even worse.

RE Casey: He got a brace of his own today! (Maybe Bob will willfully ignore the fact that they were both PKs.)

RE World Cup: I would be pretty shocked in Algeria advances ahead of us, but not surprised in the slightest if Slovenia makes the cut.

Posted by: BooThisMan | April 18, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty cool that there are US players playing in the Mexican league. We're definitely thin at forward and I could see a scenario in which both Buddle and Gomez go to South Africa. I probably won't make a lot of friends with the following statement, but I think I'd bring Brian Ching before Buddle, Gomez, or Casey.

Posted by: diego_r | April 18, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Freddy Adu started last week. They played Olympiakos, away, and most likely played in a defensive set up that Adu doesn't work with. So Freddy started his loan stint well there, fell out of the team, and has recently worked his way back in. That doesn't sound all that bad.

Here is Grant Wahl's article in which the Aris coach does say some positive things about Freddy.

I think some of you want to hate Freddy, just to hate him. Again, Freddy has featured more in Europe since Jan then Holden/Clark/Cooper combined. I have not added it up but I bet he is somewhat close to game played as Beasley (I could be widely off on this one though.)

Posted by: grubbsbl | April 18, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"Steve Cherundolo 90 in Hanover's 7-0 loss at Bayern Munich"

Sometimes, I'd rather read that our guy sat one out.

Posted by: fischy | April 19, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Just to continue. Beasley has appeared 10 times in all competitions this season. Adu has appeared 7 times in all competitions.

I agree Fischy, that is a tough loss to take.

Posted by: grubbsbl | April 19, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

EJ went 60 minutes, not 30. He also drew a pk that led to the Aris goal.

Posted by: Metzengerstein | April 19, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

just read on the MLS website...yeah, that crappy one which is slightly getting better...that Herculez got a second yellow card for diving in the 66' no 90 minutes this week. He scored the two after 37 mintues today and is tied for the league lead heading into last weekend of matches (which he can't play in).

Posted by: LAfanofSI | April 19, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff - In the spirit of including only those players who are in contention, I noticed that you put in Hercules Gomez, but at least give a shout out to Edson Buddle. If the criteria is that they are putting their shots in the back of the net, Edson's your guy. The man is mad-focused right now.

Thanks for the continued great writing!

Scott - San Diego

Posted by: nytshade71 | April 19, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff - In the spirit of including only those players who are in contention, I noticed that you put in Hercules Gomez, but at least give a shout out to Edson Buddle. If the criteria is that they are putting their shots in the back of the net, Edson's your guy. The man is mad-focused right now.

Posted by: nytshade71 | April 19, 2010 2:41 AM

Uh, Scott, does "Americans Abroad" explain why Buddle's not included in this particular wrap-up?

Posted by: sec133row5 | April 19, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Lol. Freddy went 90 in a couple games in a row. Now he sits and the haters come out spewing about how he needs to come back to MLS. Aris and Cuper appear to be good fits for Freddy at this point. And the Greek league is solid, well above MLS level. That said, Freddy's chances of a 2010 roster spot are probably cooked. The two wasted years (second half of the season at Benfica, full season at Monaco, and half a season at Belenenses) set him back. But we know from 2008 he can help against top competition. If he continues to play, he'll be a contributor with the national team again soon.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | April 19, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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