U.S. players shine in lower-division play; more Americans Abroad
With England's Premier League taking the weekend off save for those teams still alive in the FA Cup -- including Stuart Holden's Bolton -- a number of Americans in the country's lower divisions made some headlines.
Eric Lichaj not only started two more matches and played them in their entirety, but he also had his loan to Leeds United extended through the end of the League Championship's regular season. Lichaj was brought in as a temporary replacement for the club's first-choice right back, who is nearing his return from injury; however, the extension will afford Lichaj more first-team minutes for a team in the thick of a promotion hunt.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan returned to action after getting a second loan to Hull City and turned in a 13-save masterpiece in the Tigers' 1-0 result over Coventry City on Saturday.
U.S. U-20 forward Conor Doyle earned a start for Derby County on Tuesday -- his first appearance in 10 matches -- and then came off the bench on Saturday to deliver an assist on the eventual game-winning goal off a corner kick.
A step down in League One, Mike Grella scored his first goal since being loaned to Swindon Town from Leeds, and Plymouth Argyle's Anton Peterlin made his first appearance since November in a rare start against Hartlepool United.
The biggest development to occur outside of England involved U.S. international center back Clarence Goodson, who broke his toe and had to miss Brondby's second match since the Danish Superliga resumed its season. Goodson is expected to miss a few weeks, which would seemingly rule him out of the upcoming friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay.
As for all of the Americans in action overseas during the past week, here's how they fared (statistics encompass all competitions):