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Americans Abroad Review: Onyewu injury doubt for Ukraine friendly, Agudelo shoots plenty

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What’d you miss this weekend? Well, it wasn’t a particularly kind weekend for Americans abroad, with injuries, yellow cards and unused players carrying the headlines.

Let’s start in England: Fulham finally got off the mat for the first time since Clint Dempsey arrived on loan, with a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United, but they did so without the American midfielder. His minutes were 0 after dwindling from 90 to 70 to 26 over the three PL fixtures prior and a messy missed mark in FA Cup play.

Geoff Cameron played (say the refrain with me) 90 minutes again for Stoke in its 2-2 draw against Southampton, while Jozy Altidore keeps getting minutes for Sunderland even if his performance keeps him off the scoresheet. He’s been a holder and a bruiser, but still has just one goal and two assists over 1425 minutes.

Brad Guzan allowed two goals for Aston Villa as they remain in deep survival trouble after a loss to West Ham, while Everton gave no goal support to Tim Howard as they fell to Spurs, 1-0.

To the Championship, where Brek Shea came off at halftime of Barnsley’s 2-0 loss to Ipswich Town, seemingly in a tactical move.

Oguchi Onyewu did not play in Sheffield Wednesday’s bout against Reading, and news came today that he’ll be out for a few weeks with a small tear in his calf (or a strain). It will put his availability for the USMNT’s March 5 friendly against Ukraine into question. Wednesday still won the match 2-0 and Danny Williams played 65 minutes of the loss for Reading. He was on for both goals.

Tim Ream picked up a yellow card but played all 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

Bad news in the Bundesliga, where Timmy Chandler will be out for 8-10 weeks after suffering a tear in his lateral meniscus. He came off after 10 minutes in Nurnberg’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich.

Over in 2.Bundesliga, Andrew Wooten came off the bench and picked up the match-winner for FSV Frankfurt in their 2-1 win over Bochum.

Days after opening his Utrecht scoring account against PEC Zwolle, Juan Agudelo got another 90 minutes and attempting a whopping seven shots in the club’s 5-2 loss to RKC Waalwijk. He did not score, but you have to imagine he’s raising the eyebrows of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Ale Bedoya didn’t make the match day 18 for Nantes FC.

WATCH: Carrasco levels Champions League final, finds partner for long kiss

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28:  Yannick Carrasco of Atletico Madrid celebrates afte scorig the equalizing goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Milan on a starry night sounds romantic. Add in a massive match-tying goal, and it was all too much for Yannick Carrasco.

The 22-year-old Belgian attacker got on the end of Juanfran‘s cross and beat Keylor Navas at the near post.

[ MORE: Griezmann’s PK miss ]

In celebration, Carrasco raced toward a pitch side suite and into the arms and lips of what we presume is his partner for a gift that must count as much as a few dozen roses (but probably smelled much worse).

WATCH: Griezmann misses Torres-won PK in huge Champions League moment

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 28: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid speaks to head coach Diego Simeone during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Frankly, Antoine Griezmann embodied the Atletico Madrid attack in the first half, so it was no surprise when he stepped up to the penalty spot early in the second half.

Fernando Torres had won a penalty kick from Pepe after the Portuguese back stamped on his ankle in the 46th minute, and Greizmann got Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas going the wrong direction before cranking the ball off the bar.

[ MORE: Hull City snares last PL spot for 2016-17 ]

The miss looms large.

Argentine star Messi leaves Honduras match with back injury

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:  (L-R) Jose Juan Vazquez #23 of Mexico and Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina during a international friendly at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi left the field with a back injury in the second half of a 1-0 victory over Honduras in a friendly Friday night.

The Argentine team captain and Barcelona star was hit on an apparently inconsequential play and immediately went to the locker room. He was replaced at the 62-minute mark by Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega and never returned to the field.

“Messi suffered a trauma to the left side of his lower back and rib cage,” the Argentine Football (Soccer) Association said in a statement, adding that doctors were looking at the injury.

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Messi is not a player who leaves the field with minor injuries like he did Friday at San Juan’s Bicentenario stadium.

“I would not dare to venture a diagnosis,” said a concerned Argentine manager, Gerardo Martino.

Gonzalo Higuain, who scored for Argentina, said it “was an important win and here’s hoping that what happened to Leo is nothing.”

Messi was scheduled to fly to Spain to resolve a tax issue and then rejoin the team in Santa Clara, California.

Hull City secures PL position next season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Ross Wallace of Sheffield Wednesday make a break during Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Mohamed Diame was the hero on the day for Hull City, as the Tigers gain promotion to the Premier League next season.

The Senegalese attacker sent Sheffield Wednesday packing on Saturday afternoon at Wembley Stadium after hitting a scorching long-distance effort past goalkeeper Kieren Westwood in the second half.

After an initial back-and-forth spell of chances over the opening half hour-plus, Sheffield was drastically taken out of the match as Hull began to gain their composure on the ball.

Hull City will join Championship winners Burnley and Middlesbrough in the Premier League in 2016-17 after being promoted. Relegated clubs Newcastle, Norwich City and Aston Villa will take their place in England’s second flight.

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