Jozy Altidore’s stint at Sunderland hit a new low this weekend, with the U.S. striker being left out of the squad entirely by Sunderland manager Gus Poyet for Sunday’s League Cup final loss to Manchester City.
Poyet started Fabio Borini as his lone striker on Sunday, and included Steven Fletcher and Ignacio Scocco as bench forward options, leaving out Altidore, who last appeared in the team’s loss to Arsenal last Saturday. In that match, Altidore was pulled at halftime, and now appears to be in danger of being stuck on the Sunderland bench for the foreseeable future.
It was a better weekend for other Americans Abroad, particularly American goalkeepers in England, with Tim Howard and Brad Guzan enjoying victories. Howard posted his 11th shutout of the season as Everton won 1-0 against West Ham United, while Guzan had a relatively easy time in Aston Villa’s 4-1 thrashing of Norwich City on Sunday.
Geoff Cameron enjoyed a good weekend as well, as he and Stoke City pulled off a 1-0 upset of Arsenal on Saturday. The victory helped the Potters climb six points clear of the relegation zone.
In the League Championship, Oguchi Onyewu helped Sheffield Wednesday post its third straight shutout with him in the lineup in a 1-0 victory against Middlesbrough on Saturday. The win helped Sheffield Wednesday climb to 15th in the standings.
Danny Williams and Reading suffered a disappointing result, tying relegation-threatened Yeovil Town 1-1 on Saturday. The draw, coupled with last week’s loss to Blackburn, has helped Reading slip to seventh place. Teenage midfielder Duane Holmes earned another start for Yeovil Town.
Tim Ream and Bolton pushed their unbeaten run to three straight matches thanks to a 4-0 victory against Blackburn on Saturday. The win helps Bolton climb nine points clear of the relegation zone.
Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector both started in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town on Saturday. Spector drew a yellow card while Packwood played another 90 minutes heading into his first U.S. national team call-up.
Eric Lichaj returned to the Nottingham Forest starting lineup, but only lasted 45 minutes before being subbed out in a 4-1 loss to Wigan. Brek Shea was also on the wrong end of a blowout, coming on and playing 35 minutes in Barnsley’s 5-0 loss to Huddersfield Town.
In Germany, Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim pushed their unbeaten run to five matches thanks to a 6-2 thrashing of Wolfsburg on Sunday. John Brooks was in uniform for Hertha Berlin’s 0-0 tie against Freiburg on Friday, but did not see any action.
In the Netherlands, Aron Johannsson started and assisted on a goal in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-0 win vs. RKC Waalwijk, while Juan Agudelo failed to get off the bench in FC Utrecht’s 1-1 tie with FC Twente.
Agudelo wasn’t the only one of Jurgen Klinsmann’s most recent call-ups to fail to get on the field this weekend. Sacha Kljestan stayed on the bench for Anderlecht’s 2-0 win against Genk on Sunday.
One U.S. call-up who did deliver a goal was Terrence Boyd, who notched his 14th goal in all competitions in a 6-3 Rapid Vienna loss to Red Bull Salzburg. The goal is Boyd’s ninth league tally of the season.
The only other American to score a goal in a top league was DaMarcus Beasley, who came off the bench to deliver the game-winning header in Puebla’s 1-0 victory against Queretaro on Sunday. Michael Orozco started and played the full 90 minutes for Puebla, helping his team post its third shutout in five matches.
Elsewhere in Mexico, Club Tijuana avoided a road loss, but fell short in search of a win after a 1-1 draw against Veracruz. Greg Garza started in place of Edgar Castillo, joining Herculez Gomez in the starting lineup.
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