U.S. players finally get their chance; more Americans Abroad
For five Americans, the wait is over.
Freddy Adu's wait to open his account with Caykur Rizespor ended in the 31st minute of his match on Sunday. After taking a pass about 20 yards out on the right, Adu turned and
Clarence Goodson, who could very well be a starting center back for the United States in this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, had the wait to kick off his career in Denmark come to a close. As the Danish Superliga resumed its season over the weekend, Goodson turned in a 90-minute shift in his first match since transferring to Brondby from Norway's IK Start.
Michael Bradley's wait to start for Aston Villa expired last Wednesday, although neither he nor Villa could make the most of it in a shoddy FA Cup effort against Manchester City.
Ricardo Clark's wait to return from the ranks of the injured ended, as he found his way back to the matchday roster for the first time since breaking his cheekbone at the end of January, although he did not play.
Finally, Adrian Ruelas, a 19-year-old U.S. Under-20 striker with dual Mexican-U.S. citizenship, concluded his wait for first-team action. He made his senior-team debut for Santos Laguna, coming on as a late substitute against Club America.
Whether it was a landmark first or just another day at the office, here's how the Americans playing abroad fared over the past week (statistics encompass all competitions):
Matt Taylor, F, Rot Weiss Ahlen -- Started, played 90 minutes and scored goals in the 28th and 43rd minutes of Rot Weiss Ahlen's 3-3 draw with Carl Zeiss Jena on Saturday.
Jozy Altidore, F, Bursaspor -- Started, played 76 minutes in Bursaspor's 1-1 draw with Istanbul BB on Sunday.