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Under-20 prospects making a splash; more Americans Abroad

With the dust continuing to settle after the United States Under-20 national team's failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup, one silver lining still holds true after the mammoth collective disappointment.

The future is full of potential for a number of the U.S. youth prospects.

During this past week, a bevy of U-20 players, both in Major League Soccer and abroad, continue their professional development with first-team appearances.

Take 19-year-old center back Gale Agbossoumonde, for example, who earned his initial start for Swedish outfit Djurgardens IF and by all accounts put forth a Man of the Match performance in his European club first-team debut.

Left back Greg Garza, who was shifted into an attacking role in the loss to Guatemala, earned another appearance off the bench for Estoril Praia in Portugal's second division. The 19-year-old Texas native has become more of a regular on the matchday roster at Estoril after a dormant first half of the season.

Two players who weren't with the U-20s in Guatemala but would have been in the running for roster spots had the team qualified for the World Cup are attackers Josh Gatt and Adrian Ruelas. Gatt, 19, continues to see regular minutes for Molde FK in Norway, while Ruelas, a 20-year-old forward who starred at the Milk Cup and trialed with Celtic FC over the winter, earned his second appearance for Santos Laguna in Mexico.

As for some of the senior-team internationals, Pachuca's Herculez Gomez and Orebro's Alejandro Bedoya each scored for a second consecutive match, and Timmy Chandler contributed an assist off a top-notch cross in a FC Nurnberg victory to highlight the past week for all of the Americans playing abroad. Here's how everybody fared (statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Michael Bradley, M, Aston Villa -- Not in the 18 for Villa's 2-1 victory over West Ham on saturday. SEASON: 24 games, 21 starts, 4 goals

Clint Dempsey, M/F, Fulham -- Fulham did not have a match this week. SEASON: 37 games, 34 starts, 11 goals

Brad Friedel, GK, Aston Villa -- Started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Villa's 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday. SEASON: 37 games, 37 starts, 120 saves, 57 goals allowed, 6 clean sheets

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- Not in the 18 for Villa's 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday. Guzan's second loan to Hull City expired last weekend, and he returned to the Premier League club to assume his backup duties to Friedel. SEASON: 19 games, 19 starts, 96 saves, 19 goals allowed, 5 clean sheets

Marcus Hahnemann, GK, Wolverhampton -- Wolves did not have a match this past week. SEASON: 17 games, 17 saves, 59 saves, 28 goals allowed, 1 clean sheet

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- Started, played 90 minutes, made one save and earned a clean sheet in Everton's 2-0 victory over Blackburn on Saturday. SEASON: 37 games, 37 starts, 100 saves, 45 goals allowed, 8 clean sheets

Jermaine Jones, M, Blackburn -- Started, played 90 minutes in Blackburn's 2-0 loss to Everton on Saturday. SEASON: 26 games, 25 starts, 1 goal

Jonathan Spector, M/D, West Ham -- In the 18, did not play in West Ham's 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday. SEASON: 17 games, 11 starts, 4 goals

Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- Not in the 18 for Derby County's 2-1 victory over Leeds United on Tuesday. Doyle was in the 18 but did not play in Derby County's 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers on Monday. SEASON: 13 games, 5 starts

Mike Grella, F, Leeds United -- Not in the 18 for Leeds' 2-1 loss to Derby County on Tuesday or for Leeds' 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday. SEASON: 19 games, 13 starts, 4 goals

Eddie Johnson, F, Preston North End -- Started, played 78 minutes in Preston North End's 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday. Johnson also started and played 72 minutes in Preston North End's 3-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday. SEASON: 26 games, 14 starts

Eric Lichaj, D, Leeds United -- Started, played 90 minutes in Leeds' 2-1 loss to Derby County on Tuesday. Lichaj also started and played 90 minutes in Leeds' 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday. SEASON: 20 games, 18 starts

Zak Whitbread, D, Norwich City -- Started, played 90 minutes in Norwich City's 2-2 draw with Watford on Tuesday. Whitbread also started and played 90 minutes in Norwich City's 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Friday. SEASON: 19 games, 17 starts, 1 goal

League One

Anton Peterlin, M, Plymouth Argyle -- Started, played 87 minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 2-1 loss to Peterborough United on Saturday. SEASON: 10 games, 8 starts

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Started, played 90 minutes in Carlisle's 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient on Tuesday. Simek also started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle's 4-1 victory over Colchester United on Saturday. SEASON: 52 games, 52 starts

League Two

Jon-Paul Pittman, F, Wycombe Wanderers -- Started, played 90 minutes in Wycombe's 2-2 draw with Northampton Town on Saturday. SEASON: 20 games, 10 starts, 7 goals

Bundesliga

DaMarcus Beasley, M, Hannover 96 -- Not in the 18 for Hannover's 0-0 draw with Hamburg SV on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games

Timmy Chandler, M/D, FC Nurnberg -- Started, played 90 minutes and assisted on the opening goal with a cross from the right in Nurnberg's 2-0 victory over Kaiserslautern on Saturday. SEASON: 13 games, 8 starts, 1 goal

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 90 minutes in Hannover's 0-0 draw with Hamburg SV on Saturday. SEASON: 30 games, 30 starts

Ricardo Clark, M/D, Eintracht Frankfurt -- In the 18, did not play in Frankfurt's 1-0 loss to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday. SEASON: 10 games, 7 starts

Daniel Williams, D, SC Freiburg -- In the 18, did not play in Freiburg's 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. The appearance on the matchday roster was Williams' first since the end of November. SEASON: 5 games, 2 starts

2. Bundesliga

Edson Buddle, F, FC Ingolstadt 04 -- In the 18, did not play in Ingolstadt's 3-0 victory over VfL Bochum on Friday. SEASON: 11 games, 7 starts, 2 goals

Luis Robles, GK, Karlsruhe SC -- Started, played 90 minutes and did not make a save in Karlsruhe's 1-0 loss to FC Augsburg on Monday. SEASON: 21 games, 20 starts, 72 saves, 40 goals allowed, 4 clean sheets

Bobby Wood, F, TSV 1860 Munich -- Not in the 18 for Munich's 2-1 loss to FSV Frankfurt on Friday. SEASON: 5 games

David Yelldell, GK, MSV Duisburg -- Started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Duisburg's 3-1 loss to Energie Cottbus on Saturday. SEASON: 35 games, 35 starts, 80 saves, 33 goals allowed, 12 clean sheets

3. Liga

Matt Taylor, F, Rot Weiss Ahlen -- Started, played 90 minutes in Rot Weiss Ahlen's 3-0 loss to Wehen Wiesbaden on Saturday. SEASON: 25 games, 25 starts, 13 goals

Ligue 1

Carlos Bocanegra, D, St. Etienne -- Started, played 90 minutes in St. Etienne's 2-1 victory over AS Nancy Lorraine on Saturday. SEASON: 29 games, 29 starts, 2 goals

Eredivisie

Oguchi Onyewu, D, FC Twente Enschede -- Started, played 90 minutes in Twente's 3-1 loss to Villarreal in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League quarterfinal tie on Thursday. Twente was eliminated on aggregate, 8-2. Onyewu was in the 18 but did not play in Twente's 1-1 draw with De Graafschap in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 13 games, 13 starts

Super Lig

Jozy Altidore, F, Bursaspor -- In the 18, came on as a 66th-minute substitute in Bursaspor's 1-0 loss to Trabzonspor on Sunday. SEASON: 21 games, 12 starts, 3 goals

1. Lig

Freddy Adu, M, Caykur Rizespor -- In the 18, did not play in Rizespor's 0-0 draw with Boluspor on Saturday. SEASON: 8 games, 7 starts, 2 goals

Eerste Klasse

Sacha Kljestan, M, RSC Anderlecht -- Started, played 90 minutes and assisted on Anderlecht's second goal in the club's 2-0 victory over Genk in the third game of the Belgian playoff hexagonal on Friday. SEASON: 27 games, 22 starts, 3 goals

Liga de Honra

Greg Garza, D, G.D. Estoril Praia -- In the 18, came on as a 77th-minute substitute in Estoril's 2-0 loss to Santa Clara on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games

Tony Taylor, F, G.D. Estoril Praia -- In the 18, did not play in Estoril's 2-0 loss to Santa Clara on Sunday. SEASON: 19 games, 4 starts, 4 goals

Premier League

Dominic Cervi, GK, Celtic FC -- Not in the 18 for Celtic's 1-0 victory over St. Johnstone on Tuesday or for Celtic's 4-0 victory over Aberdeen in the semifinals of the Scottish Cup on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Maurice Edu, M, Rangers FC -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Rangers' 1-0 victory over Aberdeen on Wednesday. Edu also started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 victory over St. Mirren on Saturday. SEASON: 41 games, 34 starts, 5 goals

Primera Division

Daniel Antunez, M/D, Estudiantes Tecos -- Not in the 18 for Tecos' 2-2 draw with Necaxa on Wednesday or for Tecos' 3-1 loss to Club America on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

Jonathan Bornstein, M/D, Tigres UANL -- In the 18, came on as an 86th-minute substitute in Tigres' 4-2 victory over Pachuca on Wednesday. Bornstein was not in the 18 for Tigres' 1-0 victory over Chiapas on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 4 starts

Edgar Castillo, D, Puebla -- Started, played 63 minutes in Puebla's 4-0 loss to Santos Laguna on Wednesday. Castillo was not in the 18 for Puebla's 2-0 victory over Cruz Azul on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 4 starts, 1 goal

Herculez Gomez, F, Pachuca -- In the 18, came on as a 66th-minute substitute and scored a 90th-minute goal in Pachuca's 4-2 loss to Tigres UANL on Wednesday. Gomez was on the receiving end of a long pass, dribbled into the box and around the keeper before finishing from the right into an empty net. Gomez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 2-1 loss to Atlas on Saturday. SEASON: 13 games, 4 starts, 3 goals

Sonny Guadarrama, M, Atlante -- Not in the 18 for Atlante's 4-1 victory over Queretaro on Wednesday or for Atlante's 1-1 draw with Necaxa on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games

Sammy Ochoa, F, Estudiantes Tecos -- Not in the 18 for Tecos' 2-2 draw with Necaxa on Wednesday or for Tecos' 3-1 loss to Club America on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Adrian Ruelas, F, Santos Laguna -- Not in the 18 for Santos' 4-0 victory over Puebla on Wednesday. Ruelas was in the 18 and came on as an 87th-minute substitute in Santos' 1-0 victory over Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

Jose Francisco Torres, M, Pachuca -- Not in the 18 for Pachuca's 4-2 loss to Tigres UANL on Wednesday. He was ineligible for the match because of an accumulation of yellow cards. Torres returned to the starting lineup and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 2-1 loss to Atlas on Saturday. SEASON: 11 games, 10 starts

Superliga

Clarence Goodson, D, Brondby IF -- In the 18, came on as a 31st-minute substitute in Brondby's 2-1 loss to Aalborg BK on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland -- Not in the 18 for Nordsjaelland's 3-1 loss to FC Copenhagen on Sunday. SEASON: 19 games, 18 starts

Chris Rolfe, F, Aalborg BK -- In the 18, did not play in Aalborg's 2-1 victory over Brondby IF on Sunday. SEASON: 2 games, 1 start

First Division

Benny Feilhaber, M, AGF Aarhus -- Started, played 90 minutes in Aarhus' 2-0 victory over FC Roskilde on Wednesday. Feilhaber signed a contract with MLS on Friday ahead of the league's transfer deadline and will be continuing his club career in the United States for the foreseeable future. SEASON: 22 games, 20 starts, 7 goals

Tippeligaen

Sean Cunningham, D, Molde FK -- In the 18, did not play in Molde's 3-2 victory over Stabaek on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek -- Started, played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 3-2 loss to Molde FK on Sunday. SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts

Josh Gatt, M, Molde FK -- In the 18, came on as a 72nd-minute substitute in Molde's 3-2 victory over Stabaek on Sunday. SEASON: 4 games, 1 start

Allsvenskanliga

Gale Agbossoumonde, D, Djurgardens IF -- Started, played 90 minutes in Djurgardens' 1-0 loss to Malmo FF on Friday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Orebro SK -- Started, played 90 minutes and scored a 74th-minute goal in Orebro's 3-2 loss to Gefle on Monday. Bedoya did well to chest a cross down in traffic and hit a first-time volley from the center of the box to give Orebro a temporary 2-1 lead. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 2 goals

Ryan Miller, D, Halmstads BK -- In the 18, did not play in Halmstads' 2-0 loss to GAIS on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

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