Tuesday September 14th, 2010

Amid plenty of discouraging "Did not play" or "Not in the 18" casualties, there were a few positive firsts last weekend for some U.S. national-team veterans playing overseas.

Eddie Johnson may have a place at Fulham after all, after he made his first appearance under manager Mark Hughes as a late substitute and drew a foul that set up the winning goal in the Cottagers' 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton. Johnson replaced fellow American Clint Dempsey, who made his second start of the season in league play.

In Germany, Ricardo Clark made his first competitive appearance -- albeit a 90th-minute cameo -- since being subbed off in the first half of the U.S.' World Cup loss to Ghana. He came on at the tail end of Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-0 dismantling of Michael Bradley's Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

DaMarcus Beasley didn't see the pitch for his new team, Hannover 96, but he made his first appearance on the bench wearing a club uniform since the end of the last Scottish Premier League season.

In addition to these developments, two players in less-heralded leagues got on the scoresheet in an otherwise dormant week for the Americans Abroad. This week will feature UEFA Champions League and Europa League fixtures, but before looking ahead here's a check of the week in review (season statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Clint Dempsey, M, Fulham -- Started, played 83 minutes in Fulham's 2-1 victory over Wolves on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 2 starts, 1 goal

Brad Friedel, GK, Aston Villa -- Started, played 90 minutes and made seven saves in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to Stoke City on Monday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts, 19 saves, 8 goals allowed, 2 clean sheets

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- In the 18-man gameday roster, did not play in Villa's 2-1 loss to Stoke City on Monday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts, 4 saves, 4 goals allowed.

Marcus Hahnemann, GK, Wolverhampton -- Started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Wolves' 2-1 loss to Fulham on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts, 8 saves, 5 goals allowed

Stuart Holden, M, Bolton -- Started, played 90 minutes in Bolton's 4-1 loss to Arsenal on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- Started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 3-3 draw with his former team Manchester United on Saturday. The Toffees scored two goals in second-half stoppage time to steal the point. Everton manager David Moyes hailed Howard's performance after the match, telling EvertonFC.com that without Howard's first-half saves of Paul Scholes' and Ryan Giggs' seemingly goal-bound efforts, Everton wouldn't have had the chance to earn the draw. "The goalkeeper was fantastic today," Moyes said. "I thought the goalkeeper was probably the difference." SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts, 9 saves, 6 goals allowed

Eddie Johnson, F, Fulham -- In the 18, came on as an 83rd-minute substitute in Fulham's 2-1 victory over Wolves on Saturday. The appearance was Johnson's first of the season, and his chances of seeing more playing time increased with the news that Bobby Zamora will be out for the next four months with a broken leg. SEASON: 1 game

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa -- Not in the 18 for Villa's 2-1 loss to Stoke City on Monday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Jonathan Spector, D, West Ham -- Not in the 18 for West Ham's 3-1 loss to Chelsea on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- In the 18, came on as an 81st-minute substitute in Derby's 1--0 loss to Sheffield United on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 2 starts

Mike Grella, F, Leeds United -- Not in the 18 for Leeds' 2-1 victory over Swansea City on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

Zak Whitbread, D, Norwich City -- Not in the 18 for Norwich City's 2-1 victory over Barnsley on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

League One

Jemal Johnson, F, Milton Keynes Dons -- In the 18, came on as an 83rd-minute substitute in Milton Keynes Dons' 2-0 loss to Brighton on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game

Anton Peterlin, M, Plymouth Argyle -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Plymouth Argyle's 1-1 draw with Colchester United on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 3 starts

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Started, played 90 minutes in Carlisle's 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 6 starts

League Two

Jon--Paul Pittman, F, Wycombe Wanderers -- Not in the 18 for Wycombe's 2-1 loss to Macclesfield Town on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 2 starts

La Liga

Jozy Altidore, F, Villarreal -- In the 18, did not play in Villarreal's 4-0 victory over Espanyol on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

Serie A

Oguchi Onyewu, D, AC Milan -- Not in the 18 for Milan's 2-0 loss to Cesena on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Bundesliga

DaMarcus Beasley, M, Hannover 96 -- In the 18, did not play in Hannover's 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Michael Bradley, M, Borussia Monchengladbach -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Monchengladbach's 4-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts, 1 goal

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Hannover's 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts

Ricardo Clark, M, Eintracht Frankfurt -- In the 18, made his season debut as a 90th-minute substitute in Frankfurt's 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game

Jared Jeffrey, M, FSV Mainz 05 -- Not in the 18 for Mainz's 2-1 victory over Kaiserslautern on Sunday. Jeffrey has been playing exclusively with the Mainz reserves. SEASON: 0 games

Jermaine Jones, M, FC Schalke 04 -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Schalke's 2-0 loss to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Friday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts, 1 goal

Daniel Williams, D, SC Freiburg -- Not in the 18 for Freiburg's 2-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

2. Bundesliga

Kenny Cooper, F, TSV 1860 Munich -- Not in the 18 for Munich's 2-1 loss to MSV Duisburg on Saturday. Cooper is still about 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 5-5 draw with Energie Cottbus on Monday. The match featured 10 goal scorers, and Karlsruhe rattled off five straight goals in a 30-minute span after trailing 2-0, only to let up three in a row to settle for the single point. SEASON: 0 games

Dave Yelldell, GK, MSV Duisburg -- Started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Duisburg's 2-1 victory over TSV 1860 Munich on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts, 12 saves, 3 goals allowed, 1 clean sheet

3. Liga

Matt Taylor, F, Rot Weiss Ahlen -- Started, played 90 minutes in Rot Weiss Ahlen's 2-0 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday. It was Taylor's first appearance with the club since being transferred from 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Ligue 1

Carlos Bocanegra, D, St. Etienne -- Started, played 90 minutes in St. Etienne's 1-0 victory over Toulouse on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts

Charlie Davies, F, FC Sochaux -- Not in the 18 for Sochaux's 2-1 loss to Stade Rennes on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Eerste Klasse

Sacha Kljestan, M, RSC Anderlecht -- Not in the 18 for Anderlecht's 2-0 victory over St. Truiden on Friday. SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts, 2 goals

Portuguese Liga

Gale Agbossoumonde, D, Sporting Braga -- Not in the 18 for Braga's 3-2 loss to FC Porto on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Samir Badr, GK, FC Porto -- Not in the 18 for Porto's 3-2 victory over Braga on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Liga de Honra

Bryan Arguez, M, G.D. Estoril Praia -- Not in the 18 for Estoril's 3-1 victory over Sporting Covilhã on Sunday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Greg Garza, D, G.D. Estoril Praia -- Not in the 18 for Estoril's 3-1 victory over Sporting Covilhã on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Tony Taylor, F, G.D. Estoril Praia -- In the 18, came on as a 73rd-minute substitute and scored a 90th-minute goal in Estoril's 3-1 victory over Sporting Covilhã on Sunday. SEASON: 4 games, 1 start, 2 goals

Agbossoumonde, Badr and Garza were away on international duty with the U.S. Under-20 team at the Cuadrangular Internacional tournament in Peru. The United States lost games against Paraguay, Colombia and host Peru, finishing the tournament in fourth place.

Premier League

Dominic Cervi, GK, Celtic FC -- Not in the 18 for Celtic's 3-0 victory over Heart of Midlothian on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Maurice Edu, M, Rangers FC -- Started, played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 victory over Hamilton Academical on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 3 starts

Super League

Freddy Adu, F, Aris Salonika -- Not in the 18 for Aris' 1-0 loss to Panathinaikos on Saturday. Adu remained on loan with the Greek side from his parent club, Benfica, after being unable to secure a move elsewhere before the summer transfer deadline. SEASON: 0 games

Primera Division

Edgar Castillo, D, San Luis -- Not in the 18 for San Luis' 1-0 victory over UNAM on Sunday. SEASON: 4 games, 1 goal

Herculez Gomez, F, Pachuca -- In the 18, came on as an 85th-minute substitute in Pachuca's 1-1 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games

Sammy Ochoa, F, Estudiantes Tecos -- Started, played 45 minutes in Tecos' 1-0 victory over Atlante on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 4 starts, 1 goal

Jose Francisco Torres, M, Pachuca - Started, played 45 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts

Marco Vidal, M, Pachuca -- Started, played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 1-1 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

Primera Division

Michael Hoyos, M, Estudiantes La Plata -- Not in the 18 for Estudiantes' 0-0 draw with LDU Quito in the second leg of the Recopa Sudamericana (two- legged tie featuring last year's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana winners) on Wednesday. Quito won the silverware on aggregate 2-1. Hoyos was a 90th-minute substitute in the first leg. He was also not in the 18 for Estudiantes' 2-0 victory over Racing Club in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game

Premier Division

Ryan Guy, F, St. Patrick's Athletic FC -- Started, played 65 minutes and headed home a 2nd-minute goal in St. Patrick's Athletic's 3-1 loss to first-place Shamrock Rovers on Friday. Not in the 18 for St. Pats' 3-2 loss to UCD on Monday. Guy continued his personal run of good form, with the goal being his second in as many games, but the two losses were detrimental to the Saints' hopes of shortening the gap between themselves and first-place Shamrock Rovers. SEASON: 28 games, 26 starts, 5 goals

Superliga

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland -- Not in the 18 for Nordsjaelland's 1-0 victory over Odense BK on Saturday. Parkhurst is still recovering from a shoulder injury that he suffered a few weeks ago. SEASON: 6 games, 6 starts

Chris Rolfe, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 3-2 loss to AC Horsens on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Marcus Tracy, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 3-2 loss to AC Horsens on Sunday. Rolfe and Tracy are still on the mend with their respective hamstring and knee ailments. SEASON: 0 games

Danish First Division

Benny Feilhaber, M, AGF Aarhus -- Started, played 90 minutes assisted on two goals and helped set up another in Aarhus' 7-1 victory over Hvidovre on Sunday. Feilhaber was not moved at the summer transfer deadline as had been widely speculated, but there's no question that he'll continue to see plenty of minutes at Aarhus as he tries to guide the team back to the Danish Superliga. SEASON: 6 games, 5 starts

Allsvenskanliga

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Orebro SK -- Started, played 90 minutes in Orebro's 2-1 loss to Djurgarden on Sunday. SEASON: 20 games, 20 starts, 1 goal

Tippeligaen

Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek IF -- Started, played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 3-2 loss to Valerenga on Sunday. SEASON: 23 games, 22 starts, 4 goals

Hunter Freeman, D, IK Start -- Started, played 90 minutes in Start's 3-2 loss to Lillestrøm on Sunday. SEASON: 21 games, 21 starts, 1 goal

Clarence Goodson, D, IK Start -- Started, played 90 minutes in Start's 3-2 loss to Lillestrøm on Sunday. SEASON: 19 games, 19 starts, 2 goals

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