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Altidore continues to star in Holland amid silence from USMNT

The timing of it was comical, appropriate and ironic at the same time.

As U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann fielded questions from reporters on Thursday about everything from his approach to the annual January training camp, to Landon Donovan's future, Jozy Altidore was in the midst of another multiple-goal output. Altidore tackled two more goals onto his season tally, now 11 across all competitions, and his roster snub for the U.S. men's previous two World Cup qualifiers still has not subsided from the American soccer conversation. When Altidore's status with Klinsmann was raised, the coach known for his rosy outlook and chipper, sometimes elaborate answers threw a bit of a curveball.

"We've had no further contact since (the roster snub), and I haven't made up my mind yet if I'll call him in for Russia," said Klinsmann, tersely.

It's not too difficult to read between the lines, and it would seem as if a call-up for the Nov. 14 friendly with Fabio Capello's side in Krasnodar is either unlikely or one that will be made only out of necessity due to the MLS forward contingent that is still alive in the playoffs.

All this for a still-peaking forward who turned 23 on Tuesday, and, assuming the United States qualifies for multiple World Cups going forward, one who will have as many as three more World Cups in his career (24, 28 and 32 are certainly reasonable ages for international strikers). With Altidore's career being at such an important stage, it would benefit both he and Klinsmann to find a way to get past this unusual detour (when did consistent goal-scorers in Europe become luxuries for the USA?) and move forward with the World Cup qualifying hexagonal on the horizon.

As for other Americans, scoreboard production continued elsewhere. In addition to Altidore's goal, Terrence Boyd and the still-kicking Oguchi Onyewu found the back of the net in cup play on the heels of a two goal weeks from Herculez Gomez, and Eric Lichaj. Sacha Kljestan, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson all delivered assists. Here's how they and the other Americans playing abroad fared over the course of the past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Geoff Cameron, D/M, Stoke City -- Started, played 90 minutes in Stoke City's 1-0 loss to Norwich City on Saturday.SEASON: 10 games, 9 starts.

Cody Cropper, GK, Southampton -- Not in the 18 for Southampton's 3-0 loss to Leeds United in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday or for a 2-0 loss to West Brom in league play Monday.SEASON: 0 games.

Clint Dempsey, M/F, Tottenham -- Started, played 90 minutes and missed a would-be game-tying penalty kick in Tottenham's 2-1 loss to Norwich City in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday. Dempsey also started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in a 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic in league play Saturday.SEASON: 12 games, 11 starts, 2 goals.

Maurice Edu, D/M, Stoke City -- Not in the 18 for Stoke City's 1-0 loss to Norwich City.SEASON: 1 game.

Brad Friedel, GK, Tottenham -- Not in the 18 for Tottenham's 2-1 loss to Norwich City in the third round of the League Cup. Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in a 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic in league play.SEASON: 9 games, 9 starts, 14 goals allowed.

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- In the 18, did not play in Villa's 3-2 win over Swindon Town in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday. Guzan started, played 90 minutes and did not have to make a save in earning the clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Sunderland in league play Saturday.SEASON: 9 games, 9 starts, 10 goals allowed, 3 clean sheets.

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- Started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 2-2 draw with Fulham on Saturday.SEASON: 10 games, 10 starts, 13 goals allowed, 2 clean sheets.

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa -- Started, played 90 minutes and had the game-winning assist in Villa's 3-2 victory over Swindon Town in the third round of the League Cup. Lichaj was in the 18, came on as an 11th-minute substitute, picked up a yellow card and was taken off in the 72nd minute of a 1-0 win over Sunderland in league play.SEASON: 10 games, 5 starts.

League Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- Not in the 18 for Derby County's 4-1 win over Blackpool on Saturday.SEASON: 2 games, 1 start.

Stuart Holden, M, Bolton -- Not in the 18 for Bolton's 2-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.SEASON: 0 games.

Will Packwood, D/M, Birmingham City -- In the 18, did not play in Birmingham's 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town on Saturday.SEASON: 4 games, 4 starts.

Tim Ream, D, Bolton -- In the 18, came on as a 79th-minute substitute in Bolton's 2-1 win over Cardiff City.SEASON: 7 games, 6 starts.

Jonathan Spector, D/M, Birmingham City -- Not in the 18 for Birmingham's 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town on Saturday.SEASON: 13 games, 11 starts, 1 goal.

Zak Whitbread, D, Leicester City - Started and was sent off in the 83rd minute of Leicester City's 2-1 loss to Watford on Saturday after picking up his second yellow card of the match.SEASON: 6 games, 5 starts.

League One

Mike Grella, F, Scunthorpe United -- Started, played 77 minutes in Scunthorpe's 4-0 loss to Gillingham in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.SEASON: 14 games, 9 starts, 2 goals.

Robbie Rogers, M, Stevenage -- In the 18, came on as an 88th-minute substitute in Stevenage's 3-2 loss to Rotherham United in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.SEASON: 7 games, 3 starts.

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Started, played 90 minutes in Carlisle's 4-2 victory over Ebbsfleet United in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday.SEASON: 15 games, 13 starts.

Bundesliga

Timmy Chandler, D, FC Nurnberg -- Started, played 90 minutes, picked up a yellow card and delivered a game-winning assist in Nurnberg's 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.SEASON: 11 games, 11 starts 1 goal.

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 120 minutes in Hannover's 1-1 (4-3 in penalties) win over Dynamo Dresden in the second round of the DFB Pokal (German Cup) on Wednesday. Cherundolo also started and played 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Augsburg in league play Saturday.SEASON: 18 games, 18 starts.

Fabian Johnson, D, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim -- Started, played 90 minutes and assisted on the opening goal in Hoffenheim's 3-2 win over FC Schalke 04 on Saturday.SEASON: 10 games, 10 starts, 2 goals.

Jermaine Jones, M, FC Schalke 04 -- Started, played 90 minutes in Schalke's 3-0 win over Sandhausen in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Jones also started and played 77 minutes in a 3-2 loss to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in league play Saturday.SEASON: 11 games, 9 starts, 1 goal.

Danny Williams, M, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim -- Started, played 90 minutes in Hoffenheim's 3-2 win over Schalke.SEASON: 8 games, 7 starts, 1 goal.

2. Bundesliga

John Anthony Brooks, D, Hertha Berlin -- Started, played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin's 0-0 draw with FC Ingolstadt 04 on Friday.SEASON: 9 games, 6 starts.

Joe Gyau, M, St. Pauli -- Started, played 90 minutes in St. Pauli's 3-0 loss to VfB Stuttgart in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Wednesday. Gyau was in the 18 and came on as an 87th-minute substitute in a 2-0 win over TSV 1860 Munich in league play Saturday.SEASON: 5 games, 1 start/

Alfredo Morales, D, Hertha Berlin -- Not in the 18 for Hertha Berlin's 0-0 draw with FC Ingolstadt 04.SEASON: 1 game.

Andrew Wooten, F, SV Sandhausen -- In the 18, came on as a 71st-minute substitute in Sandhausen's 3-0 loss to Schalke in the second round of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. Wooten was also in the 18 and came on as a 63rd-mintue substitute in a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig in league play Friday.SEASON: 7 games, 3 starts.

Serie A

Michael Bradley, M, AS Roma -- Started, played 67 minutes in Roma's 3-2 loss to Parma on Wednesday. Bradley also started and played 90 minutes in Roma's 4-1 win over Palermo on Sunday.SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts, 1 goal.

Primera Division

Oguchi Onyewu, D, Malaga -- Started, played 90 minutes, picked up a yellow card and scored the opening goal in the fourth minute of Malaga's 4-3 win over Cacereno in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 32 tie on Wednesday. Onyewu was in the 18 but did not play in a 2-1 loss to Rayo Vallecano in league play Saturday.SEASON: 2 games, 1 start, 1 goal.

Segunda Division

Carlos Bocanegra, D, Racing Santander -- Started, played 90 minutes in Racing Santander's 2-1 win over Alcoron on Saturday.SEASON: 13 games, 13 starts (7 games, 7 starts with Rangers).

Eredivisie

Jozy Altidore, F, AZ Alkmaar -- Started, played 72 minutes and scored two goals in AZ's 4-1 win over SWZ in the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) Round of 32 on Thursday. Altidore also started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to VVV Venlo in league play Sunday.SEASON: 12 games, 12 starts, 11 goals.

Pro League

Sacha Kljestan, M, RSC Anderlecht -- Started, played 90 minutes in Anderlecht's 5-0 win over Gent on Tuesday. Kljestan also started, played 90 minutes and assisted on the final goal in a 4-1 win over Mechelen on Saturday.SEASON: 17 games, 10 starts, 1 goal.

Primeira Liga

Caleb Patterson-Sewell, GK, Vitoria Setubal -- In the 18, did not play in Vitoria Setbual's 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon on Sunday.SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts, 7 goals.

Tony Taylor, F, Estoril Praia -- Started, played 57 minutes in Estoril's 1-1 draw with Uniao Madeira in the second leg of their Taca de Liga second round tie on Wednesday, advancing on a 2-1 aggregate. Taylor was not in the 18 for a 2-0 win over Academica in league play Sunday.SEASON: 5 games, 3 starts.

Bundesliga

Terrence Boyd, F, Rapid Vienna -- Started, played 120 minutes and scored a goal in Rapid Vienna's 4-2 win over Rheindorf Altach in the Austria Cup's Round of 16 on Wednesday. Boyd's goal in the 73rd minute sent the tie to extra time, where Rapid Vienna pulled away to advance to the quarterfinals. Boyd also started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Sturm Graz in league play Saturday.SEASON: 20 games, 17 starts, 9 goals.

Liga MX

DaMarcus Beasley, M, Puebla -- Started, played 69 minutes in Puebla's 2-2 draw with Atlas on Sunday.SEASON: 14 games, 14 starts.

Jonathan Bornstein, D, Tigres UANL -- Not in the 18 for Tigres' 1-0 win over Monterrey on Saturday.SEASON: 3 games, 2 starts.

Edgar Castillo, D, Tijuana -- Started, played 90 minutes in Tijuana's 0-0 draw with San Luis on Saturday.SEASON: 13 games, 13 starts.

Joe Corona, M, Tijuana -- In the 18, came on as a halftime substitute in Tijuana's 0-0 draw with San Luis.SEASON: 16 games, 10 starts.

Michael Orozco Fiscal, D, San Luis -- Not in the 18 for San Luis' 0-0 draw with Tijuana.SEASON: 12 games, 9 starts, 1 goal.

Greg Garza, D, Tijuana -- Started, played the first half of Tijuana's 0-0 draw with San Luis.SEASON: 13 games, 10 starts, 1 goal.

Herculez Gomez, F, Santos Laguna -- Started, played 84 minutes in Santos Laguna's 2-1 win over Cruz Azul on Friday.SEASON: 13 games, 9 starts, 5 goals.

Benji Joya, M, Santos Laguna -- Not in the 18 for Santos Laguna's 2-1 win over Cruz Azul.SEASON: 5 games, 2 starts.

Jose Francisco Torres, M, Pachuca -- Started, played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 4-0 loss to Club America on Saturday.SEASON: 15 games, 14 starts, 2 goals.

Superliga

Charlie Davies, F, Randers -- Started, played 90 minutes in Randers' 1-0 win over Vejle-Kolding in the DBU Pokalen (Danish Cup) Round of 16 on Wednesday. Davies was in the 18 and came on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 0-0 draw with Horsens in league play Sunday.SEASON: 13 games, 3 starts.

Clarence Goodson, D, Brondby -- Started, played 90 minutes in Brondby's 3-0 loss to Odenese BK on Sunday,SEASON: 11 games, 11 starts, 1 goal.

Conor O'Brien, M/F, Sonderjyske -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Sonderjyske's 3-0 loss to FC Copenhagen in the DBU Pokalen Round of 16 on Thursday. O'Brien also started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to FC Nordsjaelland in league play Saturday.SEASON: 17 games, 17 starts, 4 goals.

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland - Not in the 18 for Nordsjaelland's 3-2, extra-time loss to FC Midtjylland in the DBU Pokalen Round of 16 on Wednesday. Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Sonderjyske in league play on Saturday.SEASON: 15 games, 14 starts, 2 goals.

Tippeligaen

Chad Barrett, F, Valerenga -- In the 18, did not play in Valerenga's 1-0 loss to Sogndal on Monday.SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts.

Steve Clark, GK, Honefoss -- Started, played 90 minutes in Honefoss' 1-1 draw with Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.SEASON: 28 games, 28 starts, 37 goals allowed, 9 clean sheets.

Sean Cunningham, D, Stabaek -- Not in the 18 for Stabaek's 6-0 loss to Lillestrom on Sunday.SEASON: 21 games, 21 starts.

Mix Diskerud, M, Rosenborg -- Started, played 88 minutes in Rosenborg's 2-1 loss to Stromsgodset on Sunday.SEASON: 13 games, 12 starts, 2 goals.

Josh Gatt, M, Molde -- In the 18, came on as a 54th-minute substitute and picked up a yellow card in Molde's 1-1 draw with Tromso on Saturday.SEASON: 25 games, 20 starts, 6 goals.

Allsvenskan

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Helsingborg IF -- Started, played 90 minutes in Helsingborg's 2-0 win over IFK Goteborg on Wednesday. Bedoya also started and played 85 minutes in Helsinborg's 2-2 draw with Gefle on Sunday.SEASON: 14 games, 13 starts, 1 goal.

Brian Span, M, Djurgarden IF -- Not in the 18 for Djurgarden's 1-1 draw with Syrianska FC on Wednesday or a 1-0 loss to Goteborg on Sunday.SEASON: 9 games, 2 starts, 1 goal.

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