Carlisle's Simek lifts some silverware, more Americans Abroad
Frank Simek is buried on the United States depth chart at right back. The emergence of Eric Lichaj and Timmy Chandler combined with the presence of veterans Steve Cherundolo and Jonathan Spector mean that Simek's chances of another call-up to the national team, for which he has appeared five times, are pretty slim.
Simek, though, boasts something that no other U.S. right back playing abroad has this season: Silverware.
Simek's Carlisle United captured the Football League Trophy over the weekend, defeating Brentford, 1-0, at legendary Wembley Stadium in London. Carlisle won the annual knockout competition involving the teams in England's League One and League Two for the second time in club history after falling short in the final last season. Simek did his part to help the team lift the trophy by shutting down Brentford's dangerous winger, Myles Weston.
As usual, Simek went the distance in the Cumbrians' victory as well. He joined Carlisle from Sheffield Wednesday during the summer transfer window and has been a fixture in manager Greg Abbott's lineup ever since. The 26-year-old St. Louis native has been an iron man for Carlisle this season, playing every minute of every match in every competition thus far.
In addition to Simek's title-winning exploits, Josh Gatt made his first start and second appearance for Norway's Molde, and Alejandro Bedoya opened his new season at Orebro with a 90-minute shift in a winning effort in what was otherwise a quiet week for Americans playing abroad.
Here's how all of them -- save for the few that are away from their clubs on international duty for the U-20 CONCACAF championships -- fared over the past week (statistics encompass all competitions):