Tuesday August 17th, 2010

After all the hype and speculation surrounding a major transfer for Michael Bradley in the aftermath of the World Cup, the 23-year-old New Jersey native stayed put at Borussia Monchengladbach, and the Bundesliga club couldn't be happier to have him.

Bradley scored the opening goal in his team's DFB Pokal (German Cup) first-round victory on Saturday, executing a give-and-go with Mohamadou Idrissou and bouncing a sliding volley from about nine yards out into the goal in the 39th minute to keep up his run of good form.

While Bradley did play for his club, the U.S.' midweek 2-0 friendly loss against Brazil perhaps affected the playing time for some of Bradley's national teammates: Carlos Bocanegra, Sacha Kljestan, Clarence Goodson and Jonathan Spector did not feature for their respective clubs over the weekend. Here's a brief summary of the last week for the Americans plying their trade abroad (season statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Clint Dempsey, M, Fulham -- In the 18-man gameday roster, came on as a 75th-minute substitute in the Cottagers' 0-0 draw at Bolton on Saturday. It appears that Dempsey will have to win over new manager Mark Hughes for a consistent spot in Fulham's starting XI. SEASON: 1 game

Brad Friedel, GK, Aston Villa -- Started, played 90 minutes and made one save in the Villans' 3-0 home victory over West Ham on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 1 save, 1 clean sheet, 0 goals allowed

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- In the 18, did not play in Aston Villa's 3-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday. Barring a Friedel injury or transfer, Guzan doesn't figure to see much time for Aston Villa in league play for yet another season. SEASON: 0 games

Marcus Hahnemann, GK, Wolves -- Started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Wolves' 2-1 home victory over Stoke City on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 2 saves, 1 goal allowed

Stuart Holden, M, Bolton -- Started, played 90 minutes in Bolton's 0-0 draw with Fulham on Saturday. Holden impressed manager Owen Coyle upon his arrival to Reebok Stadium, and he should be a fixture in a young but promising midfield for Bolton this season. He hit the post on a shot during the match and said on the team Web site, "We can take pride in the fact that we know we should have won that game and the chances are coming. You'd be worried if we weren't creating chances, but the goals will come if we maintain that energy level and that type of team spirit throughout the season." SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- Started, played 90 minutes and made one save in the Toffees' 1-0 loss at Blackburn on Saturday, but the normally sure-handed Howard committed an uncharacteristic error and was solely to blame for the lone goal. Howard came off his line to try to beat Nikola Kalinic to a flicked-on ball at the top of the area, and after leaping to grab the ball, he dropped it as he came to the ground, leaving Kalinic with an empty net and a clear look at goal. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 1 save, 1 goal allowed

Eddie Johnson, F, Fulham -- Not in the 18 for Fulham's 0-0 draw with Bolton on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa -- In the 18, did not play in Aston Villa's 3-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday. The fact that Lichaj, 21, is already cracking the gameday roster for Villa is a sign of good things on the horizon for one of the U.S. top fullback prospects. SEASON: 0 games

Jonathan Spector, D, West Ham -- In the 18, did not play in the Hammers' 3-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- In the 18, came on as a 70th-minute substitute in Derby County's 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game

Mike Grella, F, Leeds United -- In the 18, did not play in Leeds' 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games

Zak Whitbread, D, Norwich City -- Not in the 18 for Norwich City's 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

League One

Anton Peterlin, M, Plymouth Argyle -- Started, played 90 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Started, played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

League Two

Jon-Paul Pittman, F, Wycombe Wanderers -- In the 18, came on as a 57th-minute substitute in Wycombe's 0-0 draw with Stockport County on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

La Liga

Jozy Altidore, F, Villarreal -- Season has not yet begun. Villarreal has a two-legged UEFA Europa League qualifying tie with Belarusian side Dnepr-Transmash that begins on Wednesday. Its first league match is on Aug. 29 against Real Sociedad.

Serie A

Oguchi Onyewu, D, AC Milan -- Season has not yet begun. First league match is Aug. 29 against Lecce.

Bundesliga

Michael Bradley, M, Borussia Monchengladbach -- Started, played 90 minutes, picked up a yellow card and scored the opening goal of Monchengladbach's 3-1 victory over FC Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 1 goal

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 120 minutes in Hannover's 5-4 shootout loss (0-0 after regulation and extra time) to SV Elversberg in the DFB Pokal on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Ricardo Clark, M, Eintracht Frankfurt -- In the 18, did not play in Frankfurt's 4-0 victory over SV Wilhelmshaven in the DFB Pokal on Friday. SEASON: 0 games

Jared Jeffrey, M, FSV Mainz 05 -- Not in the 18 for Mainz's 2-1 victory over Berliner AK 07 in the DFB Pokal on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Jermaine Jones, M, FC Schalke 04 -- Started, played 90 minutes in Schalke's 2-1 victory over VfR Aalen in the DFB Pokal on Monday. Jones appears to have fully recovered from a broken leg that severely sidetracked his 2009-2010 campaign and any chance he had at competing for the United States in the FIFA World Cup. After receiving an invitation to play in the friendly against Brazil (but respectfully declining because to wants to make sure he is 100 percent fit for his first U.S. cap), Jones figures to feature for the United States in its rumored friendlies later this year. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Daniel Williams, D, SC Freiburg -- In the 18, came on as a 73rd-minute substitute in Freiburg's 1-0 victory over FC Oberneuland 1948 in the DFB Pokal on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game

Bundesliga 2

Kenny Cooper, F, TSV 1860 Munich -- Not in the 18 for Munich's 2-1 victory over SC Verl 1924 in the DFB Pokal on Saturday. Cooper is nursing an ankle injury an isn't expected back for another couple of months. SEASON: 0 games

Luis Robles, GK, Karlsruhe SC -- Not in the 18 for Karlsruhe's 2-0 loss to FC Ingolstadt 04 in the DFB Pokal on Friday. SEASON: 0 games

Matt Taylor, F, FSV Frankfurt -- Not in the 18 for Frankfurt's 2-0 victory over SC Paderborn 07 in the DFB Pokal on Friday. SEASON: 0 games

Dave Yelldell, GK, MSV Duisburg -- Started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Duisberg's 2-0 victory over VfB Lubeck in the DFB Pokal on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 1 clean sheet, 0 goals allowed

Ligue 1

Carlos Bocanegra, D, St. Etienne - Not in the 18 for St. Etienne's 3-2 victory over FC Sochaux on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Charlie Davies, F, Sochaux - Not in the 18 for Sochaux's 3-2 loss to St. Etienne on Saturday. Davies is still regaining fitness and form while working his way back from severe injuries suffered in a car accident in Washington, D.C., last October. SEASON: 0 games

Eerste Klasse

Sacha Kljestan, M, Anderlecht -- In the 18, did not play in Anderlecht's 4-0 victory over Germinal Beerschot on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 3 starts, 1 goal.

Portuguese Liga

Gale Agbossoumonde, D, Sporting Braga -- Not in the 18 for Braga's 3-1 victory over Portimonense on Friday. SEASON: 0 games

Samir Badr, GK, FC Porto -- Not in the 18 for Porto's 1-0 victory over Naval 1º Maio on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Greg Garza, D, Sporting Lisbon -- Not in the 18 for Lisbon's 1-0 loss to Pacos de Ferreira on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Agbossoumonde, Badr and Garza were all on the U-20 team that won the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland on July 30. Agbossoumonde scored in the U.S' 3-0 triumph over Northern Ireland in the final and was also part of two clean-sheet efforts along with Garza. Badr started one of the U.S.' three matches, a 3-2 win over Denmark.

Premier League

Dominic Cervi, GK, Celtic -- In the 18, did not play in Celtic's 1-0 victory over Caledonian Thistle on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Maurice Edu, M, Rangers -- Started, played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Primera Division

Edgar Castillo, D, San Luis -- In the 18, did not play in San Luis' 1-0 victory over Morelia on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 1 goal

Herculez Gomez, F, Pachuca -- In the 18, came on as a 52nd-minute substitute, picked up a yellow card and drew a foul that lead to a successful penalty kick in Pachuca's 4-1 loss to Cruz Azul on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games

Jose Francisco Torres, M, Pachuca -- Started, played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 4-1 loss to Cruz Azul on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Marco Vidal, M, Pachuca -- Not in the 18 for Pachuca's 4-1 loss to Cruz Azul on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game

Primera Division

Michael Hoyos, M, Estudiantes La Plata -- Not in the 18 for Estudiantes' 2-0 victory over Quilmes on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Premier Division

Ryan Guy, St. Patrick's Athletic FC -- Not in the 18 for St. Patrick's Athletic's 3-2 loss to Bray on Friday. SEASON: 22 games, 20 starts, 3 goals

Superliga

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland -- Started, played 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's 2-0 loss to FC Copenhagen on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts

Chris Rolfe, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 2-1 loss to FC Midtjylland on Monday. Rolfe is still recovering from a hamstring injury. SEASON: 0 games

Marcus Tracy, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 2-1 loss to FC Midtjylland on Monday. Tracy is still recovering from a knee injury suffered in the winter. SEASON: 0 games

Danish First Division

Benny Feilhaber, M, AGF Aarhus -- Started, played 82 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Aarhus' 3-1 victory over Brønshøj on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

Allsvenskanliga

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Orebro SK -- Started, played 90 minutes in Orebro's 1-0 loss to Mjallby on Monday. SEASON: 17 games, 17 starts, 1 goal

Tippeligaen

Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek IF -- Did not have a match during the week and will resume league action Sunday. SEASON: 20 games, 19 starts, 3 goals

Hunter Freeman, D, IK Start -- Not in the 18 for Start in its 4-3 loss to Rosenborg BK in the Norwegian NM Cup on Saturday. SEASON: 18 games, 18 starts, 1 goal

Clarence Goodson, D, IK Start -- In the 18, did not play for Start in its 4-3 loss to Rosenborg BK in the Norwegian NM Cup on Saturday. SEASON: 16 games, 16 starts, 2 goals

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