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.

Day Four: All the action from the U20 World Cup

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South Korea and Venezuela clinched berths in the knockout rounds of the U-20 World Cup on Tuesday, while Germany and Argentina have surprising work to do after two matches in South Korea.

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South Korea 2-1 Argentina

Barcelona B man Lee Seung-woo helped South Korea take a 2-0 lead, then hold on for the win and group lead over England.

England 1-1 Guinea

Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori scored a wild long range own goal to cost England the three points, but the Blues are still well-positioned to advance out of the group stage. Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook scored for England, and it was a beaut.

Venezuela 7-0 Vanuatu

Seven different Venezuelans have scored through a pair of shutout wins, with Caracas’ Sergio Cordova the only one to bag a pair.

Mexico 0-0 Germany

Germany has just one point through two matches, thanks largely to Pachuca’s Abraham Romero’s seven saves. Mexico was outshot 12-6.

Porto, Watford, Hull? Marco Silva in demand

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Marco Silva is one of the hottest properties in management, months after eliciting cries of “Who?” following his appointment at Hull City.

While those cries may have been a tiny bit myopic given his time at Sporting CP and Olympiacos, the 39-year-old is now visible to the world despite Hull’s relegation.

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Silva will be back in England to meet with Hull on Wednesday, but a clause in his contract that said he could leave if the club was relegated gives the Tigers very little hope.

Rumors have him wanted at Watford, and he’s also been linked with a number of other jobs including Southampton (should the club part ways with Claude Puel).

However, the former right back is also reportedly a target of one of the biggest clubs in his home country: Champions League side Porto.

UEFA Europa League Final preview: Manchester United vs. Ajax

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Jose Mourinho’s big European gamble takes center stage on Wednesday in Sweden, when Manchester United attempts to topple young Ajax in the UEFA Europa League Final.

United’s chances for UEFA Champions League qualification, a magnificent opportunity, are overshadowed by the pall cast over Manchester by sinister terrorist attacks at a pop concert that killed and injured many on Monday night.

Alas, there’s soccer to be played, and Mourinho is looking to make it a trio of shiny items in his first year on the job. United beat Leicester City for the Community Shield, then topped Southampton in the EFL Cup Final en route to Sweden.

United’s well-documented dearth of healthy defenders will march out one more time on Wednesday, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones tasked with manning the center of the back line. Expect Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian out wide.

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Despite the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho’s attack is going to give Ajax fits. Marcus Rashford has been next level for most of the second half of the season, and United will also likely feature Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba atop Ander Herrera.

If someone is going to break United down, it could be midfield wizards Davy Klaassen and Lasse Schone. The creative middle men have a variety of options to find with the ball, including on-loan Chelsea man Bertrand Traore and Danish teenager Kasper Dolberg.

But how will they deal with United’s attack? Sure Ajax has stopped Lyon, Schalke, Copenhagen, and Legia Warsaw, but United and Mourinho? That’s another challenge for Peter Bosz and his men.

Ajax won the 1992 UEFA Cup, and this is United’s first ever trip to this particular final. The Red Devils are heavy favorites, and we expect United to prevail. Don’t sleep on Juan Mata heroics. Call it 3-1.

Allardyce resigns, opening up intriguing vacancy at Palace

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Sam Allardyce is walking away on top outside the relegation zone.

The veteran Premier League manager, 62, resigned his post as Crystal Palace on Tuesday, weeks after leading another team to safety.

The move ends a tumultuous eight months for Allardyce, who was fired as England manager after an undercover sting exposed unethical dealings with agents.

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It also comes about an hour after somebody wrote that Crystal Palace should move on from Allardyce. What a jerk, that somebody.

Rarely at a loss for words, here’s Big Sam from cpfc.co.uk:

I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager.

This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”

All kidding aside — and I’m far from a Big Sam fan — congrats to the man on walking away to enjoy the finer things in life. He had a heck of a run, and we’ll see how long he can resist being away from the fray. Cheers, Sam.