Americans Abroad: Aron Jóhannsson scores again, as does Kevin Hoyos

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Lots of Americans saw action in the past week in domestic leagues around the world, as well as continental competitions. A usual suspect scored again, and a couple of younger players had statement performances for their clubs.

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Follow along as we recap some of the noteworthy action from around the world:

NETHERLANDS/EUROPA LEAGUE

• He just can’t stop scoring. Aron Jóhannsson‘s stunner was the game-winner for AZ Alkmaar over PSV Eindhoven on Saturday, in the 57th minute. Jóhannsson also played 90 minutes, coming out in stoppage time, in AZ’s 1-1 draw with PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday.

HONDURAS

• You might not have heard the name Kevin Hoyos, but after the way the 20-year-old has started his season for CD Victoria, he deserves to be mentioned with the best of them. He has scored six goals in five games, two in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Deportes Savio (highlights) — including a bicycle-kick game-winner.

NORWAY

• Bodø / Glimt of the Norwegian second tier gained promotion to the Eliteserien after a 1-0 win over Vard on Monday. On-loan Montreal Impact defender Zarek Valentin played 90 minutes in the match, making his 22nd start of the season.

ENGLAND

• In the Championship, Zak Whitbread kicked off his loan spell at Derby County in style, scoring in the 12th minute of a stunning 4-4 draw against Ipswich Town, in which Derby came from 4-1 behind at halftime to earn a point.

Brad Guzan put in another impressive shift in, as Aston Villa stunned Manchester City, 3-2, on Saturday. Guzan has looked sharp once again this season, and he recovered from conceding a fairly soft goal to Yaya Touré to have a solid second half.

GERMANY

• In an exciting 3-3 draw in which Jermaine Jones‘ Schalke led 3-1 at one point, he and Hoffenheim’s Fabian Johnson both played. Johnson played 70 minutes, while Jones went 86 minutes before being substituted.

EUROPA LEAGUE

• Rapid Vienna came from being 2-0 down at halftime to draw, 2-2, against Dynamo Kiev. Terrence Boyd played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for the Austrians.

MEXICO

• Five Americans played in Puebla’s 2-0 win over Club Tijuana on Sunday. DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco played 90 minutes and were victorious, while Edgar Castillo played 90 in a losing cause, and Joe Corona, Paul Arriola and Herculez Gómez all saw time for the Xolos.

Henry, Aguero discuss playing up top under Pep

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One great striker got another one to open up on an up-and-down year at Manchester City.

Thierry Henry — one of the greatest of all-time, it must be said — sat down with Sergio Aguero ahead of Thursday’s Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium, and asked the Argentine about Pep Guardiola, Gabriel Jesus, and more.

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At times, it’s a fascinating discussion on playing lone striker. Even apart from the obligatory questions regarding Jesus’ arrival at City, Henry and Aguero speak their craft in a manner you don’t see too often.

That’s helped by the fact that Henry played for Guardiola at Barcelona, and can relate to the positional demands of Man City’s boss. Consider this exchange, from Sky Sports:

HENRY: When I was at Arsenal, I played up front and if I wanted to drift out to the left, I could. But when I got to Barca, I had to stay out wide and press. Sometimes doing that can be hard.

AGUERO: The thing I’ve found the hardest has been getting into my head the fact that I have to press the centre-back and the goalkeeper in matches. That’s what Pep asks me to do. It may not be a big deal, but in terms of processing it, the two of us speak a lot. He knows what I’m like.

I’ve been gradually learning and adapting to that style of pressing over the last few months. The first thing he taught me was how to press and how to do it well. Obviously there are times when I might drift out of position or I might press in an area where I’m not supposed to be, which might make it hard for the wingers or midfielders.

In the game itself, I may not realise because I’m so immersed and you can’t stop yourself. I’ve learnt a lot from him in terms of zones. He asks me to play as a No 9 and to stay in that position. I often drift out wide during matches and he looks at me and says, “If there’s a player out wide who wants to cross it in, who’s in there? Nobody.”

HENRY: I know all about that, believe you me.

I love this, because it shows how difficult it is for an elite striker to adapt his mentality. Both Henry and Aguero found world-celebrated success by playing in a certain fashion, and Guardiola understood that and still demanded a change. Earlier this season, the manager somewhat famously spoke of improving Aguero.

Aguero has been linked with Real Madrid given the tumult at City.

PHOTO: Liverpool unveils 125th anniversary kit for next season

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Liverpool rolled out its 125th anniversary kit, featuring a special crest to celebrate the occasion.

The Liver bird has 1892 on one side and 2017 on the other, with “125 YEARS” spelled out underneath the club’s emblem.

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The red shirt with a gold crest has a white V-neck and white at the ends of the sleeves. The goalkeeper kit is green.

The jersey will be available on May 19, and was announced last month.

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Jara’s goal lifts Pachuca to CONCACAF Champions League crown

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Hirving Lozano’s dipping shot rebounded into the path of Franco Jara, who scored the goal that won Pachuca its fifth CONCACAF Championship early Thursday morning.

The Argentine’s goal was the only one of the win over UANL Tigres, and gave Pachuca its first continental title since 2009-10. USMNT veteran Omar Gonzalez played for the winners, while Jose Torres started for Tigres.

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Major League Soccer teams were eliminated in the semifinals, with FC Dallas falling to Pachuca and Vancouver Whitecaps losing to Tigres.

Beginning with the 2017-18 tournament, qualified MLS and Liga MX teams will not enter the tournament until the Round of 16. The entire tournament will be held in the same calendar year.

USMNT: Brooks out with hip strain; World Cup qualifiers loom

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John Brooks is out of Hertha Berlin’s lineup “for the time being” after scans revealed a hip strain suffered in this weekend’s win over Wolfsburg.

That’s all Hertha has said, and that makes it hard to imagine whether American fans should be a little concerned or very concerned ahead of the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago in early June.

Brooks was unavailable for two weeks with an adductor strain in September, missing a month before returning to the starting lineup.

The U.S. center back pool isn’t teeming after Brooks and Geoff Cameron. Matt Besler, Tim Ream, Omar Gonzalez, and Walker Zimmerman were called up for the last World Cup qualifiers, and Gonzalez struggled but is a Bruce Arena favorite from their time in L.A.