No EPL Action as Williams and Kljestan Thrive

FA Cup sees EPL take a break while Sacha Kljestan, particularly, has a huge week in Belgium
by Austin Farrow   |   Friday, February 21, 2014

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


With the fifth round of the FA Cup occurring this week, Americans from the Premier League did not play. Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore could have played for their sides still in the tournament but they were rested instead.

However, the Championship was alive and well. Will Packwood, Tim Ream, Danny Williams and Brek Shea all played for their respective clubs this week. Will Packwood played 90 minutes for Birmingham as they lost 2-1 to Huddersfield. Packwood had another strong outing despite the loss. Tim Ream also played 90 minutes as his side Bolton drew to Millwall 1-1.

Like Ream and Packwood, Williams also played 90 minutes. Williams and his club, Reading, gained a stronger grasp on sixth place and a promotion playoff place with a 3-1 away win against fourth place Queens Park Rangers. Not only did Williams play 90 minutes, but he also scored the first goal of the match in the tenth minute. Williams also came away with a yellow card. Brek Shea, on the other hand, played the final 45 minutes for relegation-threatened Barnsley as they lost 2-0 to Wigan Athletic. 


After being benched for 2 matches in a row, Fabian Johnson made a return to Hoffenheim’s starting lineup Saturday in a 4-1 defeat of Stuttgart. Johnson played 90 minutes at rightback. Meanwhile, John Anthony Brooks made the bench for Hertha Berlin but did not play in the 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg.


Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes haven’t had the greatest of months. Nantes has not won any of its last five games. They continued that trend this week as they drew 0-0 to Nice. Bedoya played 90 minutes and received a yellow card.


Aron Johannsson and Juan Agudelo went toe-to-toe Saturday. Utrecht and AZ Alkmaar tied 1-1 but Johannsson perhaps got the best of his fellow countryman with scoring the opening goal in the 21st minute. Agudelo started and played 74 minutes while Johannsson played the entirety of the match.


Sacha Kljestan came away from this week with a goal and assist after a rough go of it since early December. Kljestan hasn’t played in Anderlecht’s past three matches but was put into the line-up against Mons Sunday. Kljestan used his head to not only score in the 37th minute but also to finish Mons off with a headed assist in the 50th minute. Kljestan played all 90 minutes of the 2-0 showing and now has 8 goals this Belgian campaign.


Terrence Boyd also got on the scoresheet this week. The German-American scored in the 90th minute for Rapid Wien after being introduced to the game against Admira Wacker in the 82nd minute. However, his goal wasn’t enough to save Rapid after former DC United midfielder, Branko Boskovic received a red card in the 66th minute for Rapid which indirectly led to two goals for Admira. The fixture ended 2-1.


Edgar Castillo continues to be a key piece of the puzzle for Tijuana. The left-footed player played 90 minutes for Tijuana once again as they fell 3-2 to Santos Laguna. Joe Corona played 30 minutes off of the bench as Herculez Gomez played the final 27 minutes. Greg Garza made the bench but did not play. 

Elsewhere in the Liga MX, Damarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco played for Puebla in a 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul. Orozco played 90 minutes while Beasley was introduced to the match in the 46th minute. As for Jose Torres, he did make a 12-minute cameo for Tigres in a 0-0 draw against Chiapas. It’s not getting any better for Tigres however as they still have not won a match this Clausura after 7 games played. 


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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.