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Americans Abroad: Gatt set for big stage, Dempsey matches McBride

Josh Gatt wasn't on the field as his team cemented a monumental achievement, but that doesn't mean he won't be able to reap the benefits of his club's first league championship.

Gatt's Molde FK played to a draw over the weekend, and that, combined with Brann's victory over Rosenborg, ensured that the injured American's team will win the league championship in Norway's top flight and secure the 2012-2013 UEFA Champions League berth that goes along with the title.

Coached by former Manchester United striker and reserves coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Gatt thrived in his first professional season in Norway before suffering a hamstring injury that cut his season short. His pace and technical skill make him a natural flank attacker -- even though he was used on the right wing and at fullback with Molde -- and his dynamic showing this season is evidence of why he's widely considered to be among the top echelon of U.S. prospects to watch over the coming years.

Barring an unexpected transfer elsewhere, the 20-year-old Gatt will get a chance to compete in the Champions League next summer (Molde, which also employs seldom-used young American left back Sean Cunningham, will enter in the second qualifying round of the tournament), which would be quite the landmark feat in the U.S. Under-20 international's brief career. It would also provide a chance for another American to make some headlines in the competition, following in the semi-recent footsteps of Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley, among others.

As far as some Americans have come in terms of overseas club soccer, the only one currently taking part in the Champions League is Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper David Yelldell, and he's unlikely to see any minutes in the competition unless current starter Bernd Leno gets injured, suspended or demoted.

Should Gatt compete in the Champions League, he'd hold one of the few distinctions that Clint Dempsey has yet to realize in his prolific career abroad. And while a transfer to a Champions League club might be in the cards down the line for Dempsey, his list of accomplishments at Fulham continues to grow nevertheless.

Dempsey added another bullet point to his resume with his latest goal for Fulham, a go-ahead score and eventual game-winner against Wigan Athletic over the weekend. The tally brought him level with former Cottager and U.S. striker Brian McBride for most career goals in the Premier League by an American (36), a total that Dempsey has accumulated in fewer then five complete seasons in England.

Aside from Gatt's team accomplishment and Dempsey's record tally, the week was notable for a few other Americans as well. Sacha Kljestan accounted for a goal and an assist for Anderlecht, Chris Rolfe maintained his form with another assist, Oguchi Onyewu returned to action after suffering a groin injury and Jermaine Jones continued his resurgence as a regular starter at Schalke. Here's how they and the rest of the Americans playing abroad fared over the past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Clint Dempsey, M, Fulham -- Started, played 90 minutes and scored a 42nd-minute goal in Fulham's 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Going against the run of play, Dempsey turned on the jets to streak down the center of the field and finish off a cross from Bobby Zamora from short range to give Fulham a 1-0 lead. SEASON: 15 games, 15 starts, 5 goals

Brad Friedel, GK, Tottenham -- Started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Tottenham's 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday. SEASON: 9 games, 9 starts, 38 saves, 14 goals allowed, 2 clean sheets

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- In the 18, did not play in Villa's 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 3 saves, 0 goals allowed, 1 clean sheet

Marcus Hahnemann, GK, Everton -- In the 18, did not play in Everton's 2-1 extra-time loss to Chelsea in the round of 16 of the League Cup on Wednesday. It marked the first time Hahnemann had dressed for a match since joining the club in late September. Hahnemann was not in the 18 for Everton's 1-0 loss to Manchester United in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- Not in the 18 for Everton's 2-1 extra-time loss to Chelsea in the round of 16 of the League Cup on Wednesday. Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 1-0 loss to his former club, Manchester United, in league play Saturday. SEASON: 9 games, 9 starts, 25 saves, 12 goals allowed, 1 clean sheet

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa -- Not in the 18 for Villa's 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 1 goal

Zak Whitbread, D, Norwich City -- Not in the 18 for Norwich City's 3-3 draw with Blackburn on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts

League Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- In the 18, came on as a 73rd-minute substitute in Derby County's 3-1 victory over Portsmouth on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games

Robbie Findley, F, Nottingham Forest -- In the 18, came on as a 73rd-minute substitute in Nottingham Forest's 1-0 loss to Hull City on Saturday. SEASON: 14 games, 6 starts, 4 goals

Jonathan Spector, M/D, Birmingham City -- Started, played 90 minutes in Birmingham's 1-0 victory over Leeds United on Wednesday. Spector also started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham's 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. SEASON: 14 games, 14 starts

League One

Mike Grella, F, Brentford -- In the 18, came on as a 76th-minute substitute in Brentford's 1-0 loss to Stevenage on Tuesday. Grella earned his first start of the season and played 72 minutes in Brentford's 2-1 victory over Chesterfield on Saturday. SEASON: 8 games, 1 start

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Not in the 18 for Carlisle's 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday or for Carlisle's 3-3 draw with Oldham Athletic on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Anton Peterlin, M, Walsall -- Started, played 90 minutes in Walsall's 2-1 loss to Exeter City on Tuesday. Peterlin also started and played 90 minutes in Walsall's 2-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday. SEASON: 14 games, 10 starts

League Two

Jemal Johnson, F, Southend United -- In the 18, came on as an 88th-minute substitute in Southend's 3-0 victory over Barnet on Tuesday. Johnson was in the 18 but did not play in Southend's 2-0 victory over Macclesfield Town on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 2 starts

Jon-Paul Pittman, F, Crawley Town -- In the 18, came on as a 75th-minute substitute and scored an 84th-minute goal in Crawley Town's 3-1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday. Pittman was not in the 18 for Crawley Town's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley on Saturday. SEASON: 10 games, 1 start, 1 goal (7 games, 1 start with Oxford United)

Bundesliga

Terrance Boyd, F, Borussia Dortmund -- Not in the 18 for Dortmund's 2-0 victory over Dynamo Dresden in the second round of the DFB Pokal (German Cup) on Tuesday or for Dortmund's 1-1 draw with VfB Stuttgart in league play Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Timmy Chandler, D, FC Nurnberg -- Started, played 90 minutes in Nurnberg's 2-1 victory over Erzgebirge Aue in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday. Chandler also started and played 90 minutes in Nurnberg's 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich in league play Saturday. SEASON: 13 games, 13 starts

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 120 minutes in Hannover's 1-0 extra-time loss to Mainz 05 in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday. Cherundolo was not in the 18 for Hannover's 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in league play Saturday. He was suspended for the match after being sent off in Hannover's previous game. SEASON: 12 games, 11 starts

Fabian Johnson, M/D, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim -- In the 18, came on as an 83rd-minute substitute in Hoffenheim's 2-1 victory over FC Cologne in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Johnson was also in the 18 and came on as a 78th-minute substitute in Hoffenheim's 3-1 loss to FC Schalke 04 in league play Saturday. SEASON: 9 games, 6 starts, 1 goal

Jermaine Jones, M, FC Schalke 04 -- Started, played 90 minutes in Schalke's 2-0 win over Karlsruhe in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday. Jones also started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Schalke's 3-1 victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in league play Saturday. SEASON: 9 games, 5 starts

Alfredo Morales, D, Hertha Berlin -- In the 18, did not play in Berlin's 3-0 victory over Rot-Weiss Essen in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday and in Berlin's 3-2 victory over VfL Wolfsburg in league play Saturday. SEASON: 3 games

Daniel Williams, D, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim -- Started, played 90 minutes in Hoffenheim's 2-1 victory over FC Cologne in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Williams also started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Hoffenheim's 3-1 loss to FC Schalke 04 in league play Saturday. SEASON: 8 games, 6 starts (1 game, 1 start with SC Freiburg)

David Yelldell, GK, Bayer Leverkusen -- In the 18, did not play in Leverkusen's 1-0 victory over SC Freiburg on Friday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 1 save, 4 goals allowed

2. Bundesliga

Edson Buddle, F, FC Ingolstadt 04 -- Started, played 74 minutes in Ingolstadt's 6-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday. Buddle also started and played 80 minutes in Ingolstadt's 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in league play Sunday. SEASON: 15 games, 8 starts, 6 goals

Ricardo Clark, M, Eintracht Frankfurt -- Not in the 18 for Frankfurt's 1-0 extra-time loss to Kaiserslautern in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday or for Frankfurt's 1-1 draw with FC Ingolstadt 04 in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Luis Robles, GK, Karlsruhe -- In the 18, did not play in Karlsruhe's 2-0 loss to FC Schalke 04 in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday. Robles started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Karlsruhe's 5-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden in league play Saturday. The appearance was Robles' first of the season and his first on the club level since an April 29 start for Karlsruhe last season. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 3 saves, 5 goals allowed

Matt Taylor, F, SC Paderborn 07 -- In the 18, came on as a halftime substitute in Paderborn's 4-0 loss to SpVgg Greuther Furth in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Taylor started and played 90 minutes in Paderborn's 1-0 victory over Erzgebirge Aue in league play Saturday. SEASON: 10 games, 4 starts, 4 goals

Bobby Wood, F, 1860 Munich -- In the 18, came on as a 68th-minute substitute in Munich's 3-0 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Wood was also in the 18 and came on as an 81st-minute substitute in Munich's 3-0 victory over MSV Duisburg in league play Sunday. SEASON: 4 games

Serie A

Michael Bradley, M, Chievo Verona -- Started, played 90 minutes in Chievo's 1-0 loss to Bologna on Wednesday. Bradley also started and played 90 minutes in Chievo's 4-1 loss to Siena on Sunday. SEASON: 8 games, 7 starts

Ligue 1

Quentin Westberg, GK, Evian Thonon Gaillard -- Not in the 18 for Evian's 3-1 victory over AJ Auxerre on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 8 saves, 3 goals allowed, 1 clean sheet

Eredivisie

Jozy Altidore, F, AZ Alkmaar -- Started, played 65 minutes in AZ's 3-2 extra-time victory over FC Dordrecht in the third round of the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) on Thursday. Altidore also started and played 81 minutes in AZ's 1-0 victory over Heracles in league play Sunday. SEASON: 17 games, 13 starts, 7 goals

Primeira Liga

Oguchi Onyewu, D, Sporting Lisbon -- Started, played 90 minutes in Sporting's 2-0 victory over Feirense on Sunday. The appearance marked Onyewu's return to the lineup after a brief bout with a groin injury. SEASON: 8 games, 8 starts, 1 goal

Jupiler League

Sacha Kljestan, M, RSC Anderlecht -- Not in the 18 for Anderlecht's 2-1 loss to Rupel Boom in the round of 16 of the Belgian Cup on Wednesday. Kljestan started, played 90 minutes and accounted for a goal and an assist in Anderlecht's 4-0 victory over Lierse on Sunday. Kljestan helped pad Anderlecht's lead with a pinpoint through ball down the center of the field that led to the club's second goal in the 25th minute before tapping home a shot into an empty net on a 2-on-1 for the club's third tally 10 minutes later. The goal was Kljestan's first in the run of play this season -- his other came from the penalty spot. SEASON: 16 games, 16 starts, 2 goals

Premier League

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Rangers FC -- Not in the 18 for Rangers' 2-1 victory over Aberdeen on Saturday. SEASON: 21 games, 17 starts, 4 goals (16 games, 15 starts, 4 goals with Orebro SK)

Carlos Bocanegra, D, Rangers FC -- Started, played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 victory over Aberdeen on Saturday. SEASON: 13 games, 13 starts, 2 goals (1 game, 1 start with St. Etienne)

Dominic Cervi, GK, Celtic FC -- Not in the 18 for Celtic's 4-1 victory over Hibernian in the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Wednesday or for Celtic's 0-0 draw with Hibernian in league play Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Maurice Edu, M, Rangers FC -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Rangers' 2-1 victory over Aberdeen on Saturday. SEASON: 16 games, 16 starts, 2 goals

Primera Division

DaMarcus Beasley, M, Puebla -- Started, played 90 minutes in Puebla's 2-1 victory over Estudiantes Tecos on Wednesday and in Puebla's 3-2 victory over Club America on Sunday. SEASON: 15 games, 15 starts, 2 goals

Jonathan Bornstein, D, Tigres UANL -- Not in the 18 for Tigres' 1-0 loss to Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday. Bornstein was in the 18 but did not play in Tigres' 2-1 victory over Santos Laguna on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Edgar Castillo, D, Club America -- Not in the 18 for America's 1-1 draw with Santos Laguna on Wednesday or for America's 3-2 loss to Puebla on Sunday. SEASON: 7 games, 5 starts

Joe Corona, F, Tijuana -- In the 18, did not play in Tijuana's 2-0 victory over Jaguares on Wednesday. Corona was not in the 18 for Tijuana's 0-0 draw with San Luis on Sunday. SEASON: 12 games, 7 starts, 2 goals

Michael Orozco Fiscal, D, San Luis -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in San Luis' 2-1 victory over Queretaro on Wednesday. Orozco Fiscal also started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in San Luis' 0-0 draw with Tijuana on Sunday. SEASON: 11 games, 10 starts

Herculez Gomez, F, Estudiantes Tecos -- Started, played 90 minutes in Tecos' 2-1 loss to Puebla on Wednesday. Gomez also started and played 81 minutes in Tecos' 2-0 loss to Cruz Azul on Sunday. SEASON: 15 games, 8 starts, 7 goals

Sonny Guadarrama, M, Atlante -- In the 18, did not play in Atlante's 1-0 loss to Pumas UNAM on Wednesday. Guadarrama was in the 18 and came on as a halftime substitute in Atlante's 4-4 draw with Morelia on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

Adrian Ruelas, F, Jaguares -- Not in the 18 for Jaguares' 2-0 loss to Tijuana on Wednesday or for Jaguares' 4-0 victory over Pumas UNAM on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Superliga

Clarence Goodson, D, Brondby IF -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Brondby's 3-0 loss to FC Copenhagen in the round of 16 of the DBU Pokalen (Danish Cup) on Thursday. Goodson also started and played 90 minutes in Brondby's 1-1 draw with Aalborg BK in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 17 games, 17 starts

Conor O'Brien, M, Sonderjyske -- In the 18, came on as a 72nd-minute substitute in Sonderjyske's 2-0 extra-time victory over Hobro in the round of 16 of the DBU Pokalen on Wednesday. O'Brien was in the 18 and came on as a 79th-minute substitute in Sonderjyske's 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland in league play Monday. SEASON: 13 games, 7 starts, 2 goals

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland -- Started, played 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's 1-0 victory over FC Midtjylland in the round of 16 of the DBU Pokalen on Thursday. Parkhurst also started and played 87 minutes in Nordsjaelland's 1-0 loss to Lyngby in league play Sunday. SEASON: 18 games, 18 starts

Chris Rolfe, F, Aalborg BK -- Started, played 67 minutes and assisted on a goal in Aalborg's 1-1 draw with Brondby IF on Sunday. Rolfe did a tremendous job to hold the ball while fending off three defenders at different times in the corner before crossing from the left with his right foot to Lasse Nielsen for the header. SEASON: 15 games, 13 starts, 4 goals

Brad Rusin, D, HB Koge -- Started, played 120 minutes in Koge's 2-1 extra-time victory over Roskilde in the round of 16 of the DBU Pokalen on Thursday. Rusin also started and played 90 minutes in Koge's 2-0 loss to AGF Aarhus in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 11 games, 9 starts, 2 goals

Tippeligaen

Sean Cunningham, D, Molde FK -- Not in the 18 for Molde's 2-2 draw with Stromsgodset on Sunday. The draw, combined with Brann's victory over Rosenborg ensured that Molde will win the league title and the Champions League berth that goes along with it. With two games left in the season, Molde leads second-place Tromso by eight points and third-place Rosenborg by nine. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek -- Started, played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 2-0 loss to Aalesund on Thursday. Diskerud also started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 0-0 draw with Sogndal on Sunday. With two games remaining in the season, Stabaek is assured of remaining in the top flight for another season, but the club is also guaranteed of another season without European competition. SEASON: 30 games, 30 starts, 3 goals

Josh Gatt, M/D, Molde FK -- Not in the 18 for Molde's 2-2 draw with Stromsgodset on Sunday. SEASON: 27 games, 19 starts, 5 goals

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