Tuesday August 31st, 2010

With the qualifying rounds and draws of the major European competitions in the rear-view mirror, a number of Americans learned their UEFA Champions League or Europa League fates this past week.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan were dealt the misfortune of having to battle Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam (and French underdog AJ Auxerre) in the group stage of the Champions League. Maurice Edu and Rangers drew perennial power Manchester United in addition to Valencia and Bursaspor, and Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 landed in a tough group featuring Lyon, Benfica and Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Unfortunately for Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht, the Belgian side fell to Partizan Belgrade in their Champions League qualifying tie and dropped down to the Europa League. That's not as bad as it was for Aston Villa's American trio of Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj, whose team yielded two late goals to Rapid Vienna to crash out of Europa League qualifying.

Jozy Altidore will be another American represented in the Europa League, though, after his Villarreal overwhelmed Dnepr-Mogliev in their two-legged tie.

Between the Champions League and Europa League qualifiers, domestic tournament matches and regular league matches, it was quite the busy week for the Americans Abroad (season statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Clint Dempsey, M, Fulham -- In the 18-man gameday roster, came on as a halftime substitute and scored a goal in the 70th minute of Fulham's 6-0 victory over Port Vale in the second round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Dempsey put in a very active shift and tucked a 20-yard, straightaway, low line drive inside the left post for his first goal of the season. Dempsey also came off the bench in Fulham's 2-2 draw with Blackpool in league play on Saturday, entering as a 59th-minute substitute. SEASON: 4 games, 1 start, 1 goal

Brad Friedel, GK, Aston Villa -- In the 18, did not play in Villa's 3-2 loss to Rapid Vienna in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday. Villa was eliminated on aggregate, 4-3. Started, played 90 minutes, made six saves and earned a clean sheet in Villa's 1-0 victory over Everton in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 12 saves, 6 goals allowed, 2 clean sheets

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- Started, played 90 minutes and didn't register a save in Villa's 3-2 loss to Rapid Vienna in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday. Villa was eliminated on aggregate, 4-3. In the 18, did not play in Villa's 1-0 victory over Everton in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts, 4 saves, 4 goals allowed .

Marcus Hahnemann, GK, Wolverhampton -- Not in the 18 for Wolves' 2-1 victory over Southend United in the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Wolves' 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 7 saves, 3 goals allowed

Stuart Holden, M, Bolton -- In the 18, came on as a 66th-minute substitute in Bolton's 1-0 victory over Southampton in the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Started, played 78 minutes in Bolton's 2-2 draw with Birmingham in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 4 games, 3 starts

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- In the 18, did not play in Everton's 5-1 victory over Huddersfield Town in the second round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 6 saves, 3 goals allowed

Eddie Johnson, F, Fulham -- In the 18, did not play in Fulham's 6-0 victory over Port Vale in the second round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Not in the 18 for Fulham's 2-2 draw with Blackpool on Saturday. Wednesday was the first time this season that Johnson had cracked the gameday roster for manager Mark Hughes. SEASON: 0 games

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa -- In the 18, did not play in Villa's 3-2 loss to Rapid Vienna in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday. Villa was eliminated on aggregate, 4-3. Also made the 18 but did not play in Villa's 1-0 victory over Everton in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Jonathan Spector, D, West Ham -- Started, played 90 minutes in West Ham's 1-0 victory over Oxford United in the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Also started and played 90 minutes at right back in West Ham's 3-0 loss at Manchester United in league play on Saturday. Spector committed a foul on Ryan Giggs in the box in the 33rd minute that gifted the Red Devils a penalty and the opening goal. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- Started, played 57 minutes in Derby County's 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 2 starts

Mike Grella, F, Leeds United -- In the 18, did not play in Leeds' 2-1 loss to Leicester City in the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Not in the 18 for Leeds' 1-0 victory over Watford in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

Zak Whitbread, D, Norwich City -- Not in the 18 for Norwich City's 3-1 loss to Blackburn in the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday or for Norwich City's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in league play on Saturday. Whitbread is still on the comeback trail from a calf injury. SEASON: 0 games

League One

Jemal Johnson, F, Milton Keynes Dons -- In the 18, did not play in Milton Keynes Dons' 2-1 victory over Swindon Town on Saturday. Johnson re-signed with the club after trialing with a couple of Major League Soccer sides over the last few weeks. He scored a combined three times for Milton Keynes Dons and Stockport County last season. SEASON: 0 games

Anton Peterlin, M, Plymouth Argyle -- In the 18, came on as a 76th-minute substitute in Plymouth Argyle's 3-0 loss to Peterborough United on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 2 starts

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Started, played 90 minutes in Carlisle's 1-1 draw with Colchester United on Friday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts

League Two

Jon-Paul Pittman, F, Wycombe Wanderers -- In the 18, came on as a 90th-minute substitute in Wycombe's 1-1 draw with Northampton Town on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 2 starts

La Liga

Jozy Altidore, F, Villarreal -- Started, played 72 minutes in Villarreal's 2-1 victory over Dnepr-Mogliev in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying tie. Villarreal won, 7-1, on aggregate to advance to the group stage of the tournament and was drawn into the same group as Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb and PAOK Salonika. Altidore was not in the 18 for Villarreal in its season-opening, 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

Serie A

Oguchi Onyewu, D, AC Milan -- Not in the 18 for AC Milan's season-opening, 4-0 victory over Lecce on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Bundesliga

DaMarcus Beasley, M, Hannover 96 -- The three-time World Cup veteran signed a two-year contract with Hannover on Monday. Beasley left his former team, Scotland's Rangers FC, on a free transfer after the end of last season, and he now gets to team with fellow American and Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo on the club level.

Michael Bradley, M, Borussia Monchengladbach -- Started, played 90 minutes in Monchengladbach's 6-3 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 1 goal

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 90 minutes in Hannover's 2-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts

Ricardo Clark, M, Eintracht Frankfurt -- Not in the 18 for Frankfurt's 3-1 loss to Hamburg SV on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Jared Jeffrey, M, FSV Mainz 05 -- Not in the 18 for Mainz' 4-3 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. Mainz came back from a 3-0 deficit to earn the win. SEASON: 0 games

Jermaine Jones, M, FC Schalke 04 -- Started, played 90 minutes, picked up a yellow card and scored an 82nd-minute goal in Schalke's 2-1 loss to Hannover 96 on Saturday. The goal, Jones' first with Schalke since Apr. 17, 2009 (he missed last year with a leg injury), came on a close-range, bouncing header off a set piece from about 30 yards out and cut Schalke's 2-0 deficit in half. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 1 goal

Daniel Williams, D, SC Freiburg -- In the 18, did not play in Freiburg's 2-1 victory over Nurnberg on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

2. Bundesliga

Kenny Cooper, F, TSV 1860 Munich -- Not in the 18 for Munich's 3-1 victory over VfL Osnabruck on Sunday. Cooper is still likely at least a month away from returning from an ankle injury. SEASON: 0 games

Luis Robles, GK, Karlsruhe SC -- In the 18, did not play in Karlsruhe's 3-0 victory over Alemania Aachen on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Matt Taylor, F, FSV Frankfurt -- Not in the 18 for Frankfurt's 1-0 loss to RW Oberhausen on Friday. SEASON: 0 games

Dave Yelldell, GK, MSV Duisburg -- Started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Duisburg's 4-1 victory over FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 11 saves, 2 goals allowed, 1 clean sheet

Ligue 1

Carlos Bocanegra, D, St. Etienne -- Started, played 90 minutes at left back in St. Etienne's 3-1 victory over Lens on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts

Charlie Davies, F, FC Sochaux -- Not in the 18 for Sochaux's 3-1 victory over Paris St. Germain on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Eerste Klasse

Sacha Kljestan, M, RSC Anderlecht -- Not in the 18 for Anderlecht's loss to Partizan Belgrade in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifying tie on Tuesday. The teams were level, 4-4, on aggregate through extra time and advanced to penalties, where Partizan won, 3-2. Anderlecht dropped down into the UEFA Europa League, where it was drawn into the same group as Zenit St. Petersburg, AEK Athens and Hajduk Split. Kljestan returned to the 18 but did not play in Anderlecht's 0-0 draw with Zulte-Waregem in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts, 2 goals

Portuguese Liga

Gale Agbossoumonde, D, Sporting Braga -- Not in the 18 for Braga's 4-3 victory over Sevilla in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifying tie on Tuesday. Braga won on aggregate, 5-3, and advanced to the group stage of the tournament, where it was drawn into the same group as Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and Partizan Belgrade. Agbossoumonde was also not in the 18 for Braga's 1-0 victory over Maritimo in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Samir Badr, GK, FC Porto -- Not in the 18 for Porto's 4-2 victory over Racing Genk in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday. Porto won on aggregate, 7-2, and advanced to the group stage of the tournament, where it was drawn into the same group as Besiktas, CSKA Sofia and Rapid Vienna. Badr was also not in the 18 for Porto's 2-0 victory over Rio Ave in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Greg Garza, D, Sporting Lisbon -- Garza was loaned to second-division (Liga de Honra) side G.D. Estoril Praia, where he'll join Americans Tony Taylor and Bryan Arguez, who are on loan from USSF Division 2 side Miami FC. Taylor has made three appearances (one start) and scored a goal, and Arguez has made one appearance (one start) for Estoril Praia, all of which have come in League Cup play. None of the three were in the 18 for Estoril Praia's regular-season-opening, 1-0 loss to Moreirense on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Agbossoumonde, Badr and Garza were all named to the United States' 20-man, U-20 roster for a four-team tournament in Peru in early September. Fresh off their appearances in winning the Milk Cup last month, the trio will compete against Colombia, Paraguay and Peru. Colombia is the host country for next summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Premier League

Dominic Cervi, GK, Celtic FC -- In the 18, did not play in Celtic's 4-0 loss to FC Utrecht in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday. Celtic was eliminated on aggregate, 4-2. Not in the 18 for Celtic's 1-0 victory over Motherwell on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Maurice Edu, M, Rangers FC -- In the 18, came on as an 83rd-minute substitute in Rangers' 2-1 victory over St. Johnstone on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 2 starts

Primera Division

Edgar Castillo, D, San Luis -- In the 18, came on as a 77th-minute substitute in San Luis' 2-1 victory over Atlante on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 1 goal

Herculez Gomez, F, Pachuca -- In the 18, came on as a 79th-minute substitute in Pachuca's 3-1 loss to his former team, Puebla, on Sunday. SEASON: 5 games

Jose Francisco Torres, M, Pachuca -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Pachuca's 3-1 loss to Puebla on Sunday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts

Marco Vidal, M, Pachuca -- Not in the 18 for Pachuca's 3-1 loss to Puebla on Sunday. SEASON: 1 game

Primera Division

Michael Hoyos, M, Estudiantes La Plata -- Team did not have a match. Next game is Sept. 3 against Godoy Cruz de Mendoza. SEASON: 0 games

Premier Division

Ryan Guy, F, St. Patrick's Athletic FC -- Started, played 90 minutes and earned FAI Man of the Match honors in St. Patrick's Athletic's 2-0 victory over Belgrove in the fourth round of the FAI Ford Cup on Friday. St. Patrick's advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament. SEASON: 26 games, 24 starts, 3 goals

Superliga

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland -- Not in the 18 for Nordsjaelland's 5-0 victory over Vanløse in the second round of the Landspokal (Danish Cup) on Thursday. Parkhurst dislocated his shoulder in his team's league game against FC Midtjylland on Aug. 23 and is expected to miss a few weeks. SEASON: 6 games, 6 starts

Chris Rolfe, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 3-0 victory over Blokhus in the second round of the Landspokal on Tuesday. SEASON: 0 games

Marcus Tracy, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 3-0 victory over Blokhus in the second round of the Landspokal on Tuesday. Both Rolfe and Tracy are still on the mend with hamstring and knee injuries, respectively. SEASON: 0 games

All three missed Nordsjaelland's 0-0 draw with Aalborg on Sunday with their respective ailments.

Danish First Division

Benny Feilhaber, M, AGF Aarhus -- Started and played 90 minutes in Aarhus' 1-0 victory over Odder in the second round of the Landspokal on Wednesday. Started, played 90 minutes in Aarhus' 3-1 victory over Vestsjaelland on Saturday. The game could have been the last for Feilhaber at Aarhus as he seeks a transfer to a premier-division side before the summer transfer window closes. SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts

Allsvenskanliga

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Orebro SK -- Started, played 90 minutes in Orebro's 3-0 victory over Helsingborg on Saturday. SEASON: 19 games, 19 starts, 1 goal

Tippeligaen

Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek IF -- Started, played 90 minutes and scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 44th minute of Stabaek's 2-1 victory over Lillestrøm. Diskerud received a ball over the top of the defense in the right side of the penalty area and chipped over the on-rushing goalkeeper from about 12 yards out to find the upper left-hand corner of the goal. SEASON: 22 games, 21 starts, 4 goals

Hunter Freeman, D, IK Start -- Started, played 90 minutes in Start's 3-2 loss to Rosenborg on Sunday. SEASON: 20 games, 20 starts, 1 goal

Clarence Goodson, D, IK Start -- Started, played 90 minutes in Start's 3-2 loss to Rosenborg on Sunday. SEASON: 18 games, 18 starts, 2 goals

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