Injuries, Postponements and Fair Results Abroad

Several Americans pick up injuries this week while two EPL matches are postponed Wednesday
by Austin Farrow   |   Friday, February 14, 2014

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


With his loan to Fulham coming to an end soon, Clint Dempsey was not included in Fulham’s squad for their last 2 Premier League fixtures.

Jozy Altidore also hasn’t had the greatest of weeks with Sunderland. The forward played 90 minutes against Hull City, but Wes Brown was sent off in the fourth minute, which effectively may have ruined the match for Altidore's squad. The fixture ended 2-0 in Hull’s favor. Sunderland’s game against Manchester City was then cancelled Wednesday due to bad weather conditions in Manchester.

Tim Howard and Everton’s match Wednesday was also called off but because of more specific reasons. Weather caused "building damage which (has) led to safety concerns," according to an official Everton release.

Brad Guzan and Geoff Cameron are continuing to have a very solid season with their respective clubs. Guzan played 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Cardiff Tuesday while Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against another Welsh team, Swansea.

In the Championship, players also found barriers between themselves and playing time. Oguchi Onyewu was ruled out of Sheffield Wednesday’s match against Wigan and possibly 3 more weeks with a calf injury. Duane Holmes and Eric Lichaj also did not feature for their respective sides. Huddersfield is reportedly looking to loan out Holmes and Lichaj is currently suffering from a groin injury.

Brek Shea, Tim Ream, Will Packwood and Danny Williams did contribute to their sides over the past week. Shea, however, pulled out of Barnsley’s match against Ipswich at halftime with food poisoning. As for the rest of the Americans in the Championship, Danny Williams started and played 65 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday Saturday. Reading lost 2-0. Ream played 90 minutes at leftback once again for Bolton, which fell 1-0 to Burnley. Birmingham City and Will Packwood also suffered a loss. Packwood went 90 for City but the side fell 1-0 to Watford.


After announcing that he will be departing Hoffenheim at the end of this season, Fabian Johnson seems to be out of favor with the club at the moment. Johnson made the bench for their last Bundesliga fixture and Hoffenheim’s most recent DFB Pokal match but did not play in either one.

Timothy Chandler is now out for at least 8 weeks after being subbed off in the 10th minute against Bayern Munich. The subsequent prognosis of the injury was a lateral meniscus tear, putting Chandler’s hopes for the 2014 World Cup in grave danger.


With Aron Johannsson also out injured for AZ Alkmaar, Juan Agudelo was the lone American playing this week in the Eredivisie. Agudelo played 90 minutes FC Utrechtin a 5-2 loss to Waalwijk. Utrecht currently sits in 14th place in the Eredivisie after only earning a point from their last 5 fixtures.


Sacha Kljestan has now made the bench with Anderlecht for the last 4 fixtures but has not played in the last 3, including Anderlecht’s most recent game against Kortrijk, which it drew 2-2.


Tijuana faced Monterrey 6 days ago in what ended in a 2-1 win for Tijuana. Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes for Tijuana. Gomez also started but was subbed off in the 60th minute. Otherwise, Joe Corona was subbed on in the 76th minute while Greg Garza and Paul Arriola made the bench but did not play.

Elsewhere in the Mexican league, DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco continue to be mainstays in the Puebla starting XI. Orozco started and played 90 minutes while Beasley started and played 73 minutes in a 1-0 loss against Guadalajara Sunday. As for Jose Torres, he did not feature in Tigres’ last match against Santos Laguna but did make the bench. Tigres currently reside in last place in the Mexican league. 


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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.