Americans Abroad: Torres, Gomez fall in Mexican League playoffs
Fortunately most United States soccer fans had their eyes on MLS Cup this past week, because there wasn't a whole host of memorable moments involving the Americans playing abroad.
Let's start in Mexico, where the four Americans remaining in the Apertura playoffs all had their championship hopes dashed. Pachuca and its triumvirate of Jose Francisco Torres, Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal were eliminated despite playing Monterrey to a thrilling 4-4 aggregate draw over the course of their two-legged tie. Per Mexican soccer rules, though, away goals aren't taken into account, and Monterrey advanced with the draw by virtue of being the higher seed.
San Luis' Edgar Castillo, who earned his first two starts of the season this past week, faced a similar fate, as his team was dropped by Club America, 4-1, in their two-legged series.
Over in Denmark, AGF Aarhus' Benny Feilhaber drew a penalty at the death with his team down a goal, only to have his ensuing penalty kick saved. Despite the loss, Aarhus is still in good shape in the race for promotion, as it is still atop the table, seven points clear of third place in Denmark's First Division through 16 games.
Aside from some of the negatives, there were a couple of performances notable for the right reasons. The two goal-scoring stalwarts in the lower divisions of Europe kept up their respective runs of form as Carlisle United's Mike Grella and Rot Weiss Ahlen's Matt Taylor each found the net over the weekend.
Here's how they and the rest of the Americans Abroad fared over the past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):