Altidore Helps Lift Sunderland Out of Relegation

Jozy Altidore plays a part in an important win for Sunderland whilst other action occurs abroad
by Austin Farrow   |   Thursday, January 30, 2014

Americans Overseas – column on USA soccer players playing abroad for clubs outside of North America

England

Clint Dempsey and Fulham faced Swansea Tuesday and Fulham lost the game 2-0. Dempsey played 71 minutes for Fulham. Dempsey has yet to put his name on the scoresheet for Fulham after 3 games with the club.

Tim Howard and Everton also had a disappointing outing on the day. Unfortunately, it was a lot more disappointing as Everton lost to Liverpool 4-0. Howard played the entirety of the match for Everton. Brad Guzan’s goal was also under attack as Aston Villa played West Brom. In Guzan’s 90 minutes, he conceded 3 goals but it ended in a 4-3 win for Aston Villa.  

Jozy Altidore may not have scored Wednesday but he did play a vital part in the 67 minutes that he played against Geoff Cameron and Stoke. In the 52nd minute, Altidore sprung free from Stoke defenders before Steven N’Zonzi mistakenly put his hands on Altidore right outside of the area. Altidore went to ground and referee Bobby Madley brandished a second yellow card of the match to N’Zonzi. Altidore also had a chance to make the match 2-0 in favor of Sunderland, but Asmir Begovic luckily denied the striker with his left foot as Altidore tried to send the ball through the Bosnian keeper’s legs. Despite not scoring, it was an active performance from the American. As for Geoff Cameron, he had yet again another solid 90 minutes for Stoke but couldn’t prevent Adam Johnson’s winning goal. Sunderland went on to win 1-0 and now sit in 17th place, effectively out of the relegation zone, for the moment.

In the Championship, Brek Shea’s loan stint with Barnsley has been extended an additional 2 months. He played 90 minutes for the club in their most recent fixture against Blackburn, a match that ended 2-2.

Elsewhere, Bolton and Tim Ream faced Queens Park Rangers Tuesday. Ream was substituted in the fifth minute, however, after a head collision. Bolton would eventually lose to QPR 2-1.

As for other American defenders in the Championship, Will Packwood has made his emphatic return to the Championship after injuries. The Massachusetts native played a solid 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Leicester Tuesday. Oguchi Onyewu also played 90 minutes on the day, for Sheffield Wednesday, against Millwall in a game that ended 1-1.

Danny Williams had another solid 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest in a 5-1 win against Blackpool. Duane Holmes made the bench for Huddersfield as they faced Bournemouth but Holmes did not make an appearance in the match.

Germany

Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler squared up against each other Saturday. Nurnberg and Chandler had an impressive outing, defeating Hoffenheim 4-0. The win could go a long way in getting Nurnberg out of the relegation zone. Chandler played 90 minutes, scored the first goal, and received a yellow card while Johnson played the first 45 minutes for Hoffenheim.

Netherlands

Aron Johannsson played 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar against PSV Eindhoven. Johannsson couldn’t get a goal but did receive a yellow card for his time. Juan Agudelo, now with FC Utrecht after a loan move from Stoke City, made his debut for the club with a 32-minute cameo against Roda. Roda won the match 1-0.

France

Alejandro Bedoya started and played 76 minutes for Nantes in a 0-0 draw. Nantes are currently in eighth place in Ligue 1.

Belgium

After a curious absence from the Anderlecht first team for roughly a month, Sacha Kljestan was back on the bench Sunday. However, the Serbian-American did not see any minutes on the field. 

Mexico

Tijuana took down Morelia 1-0 last week. Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes. Herculez Gomez started and played 63 minutes. Otherwise, Greg Garza and Paul Arriola made the bench for Tijuana but did not enter the proceedings.

Elsewhere in the Mexican league, Damarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both played 90 minutes for Puebla in a 3-2 loss to Chiapas. Orozco came away from things with a yellow card. Jose Torres was also in action for a Mexican club in the last week as he played the final 46 minutes for Tigres in a 2-1 loss to Pumas. 

Austin FARROW

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USA
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All MLS clubs
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Manchester City
Bringing you news on soccer players across MLS and American players playing in top leagues around the world, Austin is a journalism major who enjoys the fine arts. He doesn't favor one club over another, but just enjoys all MLS play.
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