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Americans Abroad: Dempsey scores again, Agbossoumonde team-less

Gale Agbossoumonde is widely regarded as one of the U.S.' top center back prospects, and within a few weeks' time he will no longer be team-less.

Agbossoumonde, 18, was expected to be a part of Portugal power Sporting Braga this season, but around the time that his loan from U.S. Soccer Federation Division 2 side Miami FC expired, Braga's front office and coaching staff underwent major changes, said U.S. Soccer National Hall of Fame member and former MLS coach Fernando Clavijo, who is currently Miami FC's director of soccer.

Although Agbossoumonde impressed in his time at Braga, he became a casualty of the personnel overturn and the team declined its option to buy him outright, leaving the 6-foot-2 defender without a club team overseas after the European summer transfer window shut.

"It's unfortunate that things like that happen," Clavijo said. "It had nothing to do with Gale."

Aside from his inclusion on the U.S. U-20 squad during the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland and the Cuadrangular Internacional Tournament in Peru, Agbossoumonde's recent game action has been pretty limited. His long layoff is nearing its conclusion, though, as Clavijo said a move is imminent.

In the meantime, Agbossoumonde is at Portugal's newfound hotbed for American soccer, Liga de Honra side G.D. Estoril Praia, where he is not registered on the roster, but is training with fellow on-loan Miami FCers Greg Garza, Bryan Arguez and Tony Taylor. Miami and Estoril are part of the Traffic Sports ownership family, hence the mass connection between the two.

Agbossoumonde, who is still under contract with Miami FC, will train with Estoril until his move is finalized. Clavijo said he'll likely be joining a team in the Liga Intercalar, a reserve league in Portugal to which the transfer window does not pertain. Many of the upper-echelon teams in Portugal submit squads composed mostly of younger players into the league. The temporary move will provide a chance for Agbossoumonde to see some much-needed minutes, regardless if they don't come in a top-tier division.

"We're excited for him," Clavijo said. "We need to get him in a place where he'll have games. He needs to compete every week."

As for the Americans who did compete this past week, five put their names on the scoresheet, including three World Cup participants. Here is how they and the rest of the Americans Abroad fared (season statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Clint Dempsey, M, Fulham -- Started, played 78 minutes and scored the equalizing goal in the 56th minute of Fulham's 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Saturday. Dempsey received a cross from Mexican international Carlos Salcido and powered an eight-yard header past Paul Robinson for the goal, his first in Premier League play this season. SEASON: 6 games, 3 starts, 2 goals

Brad Friedel, GK, Aston Villa -- Started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Villa's 1-1 draw with Bolton on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts, 23 saves, 9 goals allowed 2 clean sheets

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- In the 18-man gameday roster, did not play in Villa's 1-1 draw with Bolton on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts, 4 saves, 4 goals allowed

Marcus Hahnemann, GK, Wolverhampton -- Started, played 90 minutes, made five saves and picked up a yellow card in Wolves' 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts, 13 saves, 8 goals allowed

Stuart Holden, M, Bolton -- Started, played 90 minutes in Bolton's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 5 starts

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- Started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton's 1-0 loss to Newcastle on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts, 13 saves, 7 goals allowed

Eddie Johnson, F, Fulham -- In the 18, came on as a 78th-minute substitute in Fulham's 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa -- Not in the 18 for Villa's 1-1 draw with Bolton on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Jonathan Spector, D, West Ham -- Not in the 18 for West Ham's 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- In the 18, came on as an 82nd-minute substitute in Derby County's 2-0 loss to Hull City on Tuesday. Doyle also made the gameday roster but did not play in Derby's 1-1 draw with Barnsley on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 2 starts

Mike Grella, F, Leeds United -- Not in the 18 for Leeds' 5-2 loss to Barnsley on Tuesday or for Leeds' 0-0 draw with Doncaster Rovers on Friday. SEASON: 2 games

Zak Whitbread, D, Norwich City -- Not in the 18 for Norwich City's 3-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday or for Norwich City's 1-0 victory over Preston North End on Saturday. Reports suggest that Whitbread has returned to training with the first team and is working his way back to match fitness after dealing with a calf injury. SEASON: 0 games

League One

Anton Peterlin, M, Plymouth Argyle -- In the 18, did not play in Plymouth Argyle's 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 3 starts

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Carlisle's 0-0 draw with Brighton on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 7 starts

League Two

Jemal Johnson, F, Port Vale -- Johnson was loaned to Port Vale from League One side Milton Keynes Dons and made his debut with the club, entering as a 78th-minute substitute in a 3-0 victory over Macclesfield Town. SEASON: 2 games

Jon-Paul Pittman, F, Wycombe Wanderers - Not in the 18 for Wycombe's 0-0 draw with Aldershot Town on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 2 starts

La Liga

Jozy Altidore, F, Villarreal -- Started, played 90 minutes in Villarreal's 2-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in Thursday's Europa League group stage match. Altidore made the gameday roster but didn't play in Villarreal's 2-1 victory over Levante in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 3 games, 2 starts

Serie A

Oguchi Onyewu, D, AC Milan -- Not in the 18 for Milan's 2-0 victory over AJ Auxerre in Wednesday's Champions League group stage match. Onyewu wasn't named to Milan's Champions League roster before the competition. He also did not make the 18 for Milan's 1-1 draw with Catania in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Bundesliga

DaMarcus Beasley, M, Hannover 96 -- In the 18, made his team debut coming in on the 77th minute of Hannover's 2-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game

Michael Bradley, M, Borussia Monchengladbach -- Started, played 90 minutes in Monchengladbach's 7-0 loss to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts, 1 goal

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 90 minutes in Hannover's 2-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts

Ricardo Clark, M, Eintracht Frankfurt -- In the 18, did not play in Frankfurt's 1-0 loss to SC Freiburg on Friday. SEASON: 1 game

Jermaine Jones, M, FC Schalke 04 -- Started, played 70 minutes in Schalke's 1-0 loss to Lyon in Tuesday's Champions League group stage match. Schalke played with 10 men for the final 52 minutes of the match. Jones was in the gameday roster but did not play in Schalke's 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts, 1 goal

Daniel Williams, D, SC Freiburg -- In the 18, did not play in Freiburg's 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday. SEASON: 2 games

2. Bundesliga

Kenny Cooper, F, TSV 1860 Munich -- Not in the 18 for Munich's 2-1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Luis Robles, GK, Karlsruhe SC -- In the 18, did not play in Karlsruhe's 2-1 victory over SC Paderborn 07 on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Dave Yelldell, GK, MSV Duisburg - Started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Duisburg's 1-0 loss to FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts, 13 saves, 4 goals allowed, 1 clean sheet

3. Liga

Matt Taylor, F, Rot Weiss Ahlen - Started, played 90 minutes and scored two goals in Rot Weiss Ahlen's 3-0 victory over Carl Zeiss Jena on Saturday. Taylor scored in the 41st and 76th minutes to pad Rot Weiss Ahlen's lead and guide the team out of the drop zone, though the season is just eight games old. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts, 2 goals

Ligue 1

Carlos Bocanegra, D, St. Etienne -- Started, played 90 minutes in St. Etienne's 3-0 victory over Montpellier on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts

Charlie Davies, F, FC Sochaux -- Not in the 18 for Sochaux's 4-0 victory over Nice on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Eerste Klasse

Sacha Kljestan, M, RSC Anderlecht - Not in the 18 for Anderlecht's 3-1 loss to Zenit St. Petersburg in Thursday's Europa League group stage match or for Anderlecht's 3-0 victory over Kortrijk in league play on Sunday. According to reports, Kljestan has been sidelined by an ankle injury but isn't expected to miss much more time. SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts, 2 goals

Portuguese Liga

Samir Badr, GK, FC Porto - Not in the 18 for Porto's 3-0 victory over Rapid Vienna in Thursday's Europa League group stage match. Badr wasn't named to Porto's Europa League roster before the competition. He also was not a part of Porto's 2-0 victory over CD Nacional Madeira on Monday. Badr has been playing primarily with Porto's U-19 team. SEASON: 0 games

Liga de Honra

Bryan Arguez, M, G.D. Estoril Praia -- Not in the 18 for Estoril's 2-0 victory over Sporting Covilhã in the second round of the Taca de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) on Sunday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Greg Garza, D, G.D. Estoril Praia -- Not in the 18 for Estoril's 2-0 victory over Sporting Covilhã in the second round of the Taca de Portugal on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Tony Taylor, F, G.D. Estoril Praia -- In the 18, came on as an 84th-minute substitute in Estoril's 2-0 victory over Sporting Covilhã in the second round of the Taca de Portugal on Sunday. SEASON: 5 games, 1 start, 2 goals

Premier League

Dominic Cervi, GK, Celtic FC -- Not in the 18 for Celtic's 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Maurice Edu, M, Rangers FC -- Started, played 90 minutes in Rangers' 0-0 draw with Manchester United in Tuesday's Champions League group stage match. Edu starred defensively at Old Trafford for Rangers, which took a defensive, bunker-and-counter mentality into the match. Edu matched up in central midfield against Darron Gibson and Darren Fletcher and came up with numerous tackles to break up possession. Edu also started and played 70 minutes in Rangers' 4-0 victory over Dundee United in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 5 starts

Super League

Freddy Adu, F, Aris Salonika - Not in the 18 for Aris' 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Thursday's Europa League group stage match. Adu wasn't named to Aris' Europa League roster before the competition. He also was not a part of Aris' 1-0 loss to Panionios in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Primera Division

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

Herculez Gomez, F, Pachuca - In the 18, came on as a 45th-minute substitute in Pachuca's 1-0 loss to San Luis on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games

Sammy Ochoa, F, Estudiantes Tecos -- In the 18, came on as an 82nd-minute substitute in Tecos' 2-2 draw with UNAM on Friday. SEASON: 8 games, 4 starts, 1 goal

Jose Francisco Torres, M, Pachuca -- In the 18, came on as a 71st-minute substitute in Pachuca's 1-0 loss to San Luis on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 5 starts

Marco Vidal, M, Pachuca -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Pachuca's 1-0 loss to San Luis on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 2 starts

Primera Division

Michael Hoyos, M, Estudiantes La Plata -- Started, played 75 minutes in Estudiantes' 1-0 loss to Newell's Old Boys in a Copa Sudamericana second-stage match on Thursday. Estudiantes needs to overcome the one-goal deficit when it hosts the second leg of the tie on Wednesday to advance to the Round of 16. Thursday's match was Hoyos' first real action this season, considering that his only other appearance was a 90th-minute cameo. The California native was not in the 18 for Estudiantes' 2-1 loss to All Boys in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

Premier Division

Ryan Guy, F, St. Patrick's Athletic FC -- Started, played 90 minutes and scored for the third straight game, tallying the opening goal in the 22nd minute of St. Patrick's Athletic's 3-1 victory over Sporting Fingal in the quarterfinals of the FAI Cup. With the win over the defending FAI Cup champions, the Saints advanced to the semifinals and have their eye on capturing the cup for the first time since 1961. SEASON: 29 games, 27 starts, 6 goals

Superliga

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland -- Returned from a shoulder injury to the bench but did not play in Nordsjaelland's 2-0 loss to Lyngby on Monday. SEASON: 6 games, 6 starts

Chris Rolfe, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 3-2 victory over Randers FC on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Marcus Tracy, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 3-2 victory over Randers FC on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Danish First Division

Benny Feilhaber, M, AGF Aarhus -- Started, played 90 minutes and assisted on the game-winning goal in the 85th minute in Aarhus' 2-1 victory over Kolding on Wednesday. Feilhaber also started, played 90 minutes and converted a 58th-minute penalty kick that tied the score of Aarhus' 1-1 draw with Hobro on Sunday.

SEASON: 8 games, 7 starts, 1 goal

Allsvenskanliga

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Orebro SK -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Orebro's 1-1 draw with Halmstad on Sunday. SEASON: 21 games, 21 starts, 1 goal

Tippeligaen

Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek IF -- Started, played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 3-0 loss to Odd Grenland on Sunday. SEASON: 24 games, 23 starts, 4 goals

Hunter Freeman, D, IK Start - Started, played 90 minutes in Start's 4-2 victory over Strømsgodset on Sunday.

SEASON: 22 games, 22 starts, 1 goal

Clarence Goodson, D, IK Start -- Started, played 90 minutes and scored a 54th-minute goal in Start's 4-2 victory over Strømsgodset on Sunday. Goodson got on the receiving end of a corner kick and flicked a short-range header into the net to give Start a 2-1 lead. SEASON: 20 games, 20 starts, 3 goals.

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