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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.

U.S. U-20 midfield star leaves FC Dallas for a role with Schalke

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Another Yank youngster has landed in Germany.

Weston McKinnie, 18, has starred for the United States U-20 team as well as FC Dallas’ Academy, and has been in demand.

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The club is Schalke, a Bundesliga outfit which has had an exceptional offseason. McKinnie joins the U-19 side, and is billed by Schalke as a midfielder who “can be deployed as part of a two-man central midfield or in the number 10 role.”

From Schalkeo4.de/en:

“He’s a player who convinced us with his robustness and game awareness,” said academy director Oliver Ruhnert. “In the US he is one of the best footballers for his age. He is also a youth national team player and has also captained his team. He brings a lot of qualities with him, especially to the mental side of his game. We are therefore convinced that Weston is capable of becoming a professional footballer. The transfer therefore makes a lot of sense.”

McKinnie, if you haven’t read his name before, is absolutely one to remember. The Schalke man joins a club with a good track record for Americans. Chad Deering, Thomas Dooley, and David Wagner have also represented the United States for the Miners.

WATCH and LISTEN: Our Deadline Day show, and the 2 Robbies talk transfers

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Deadline Day was kinda nuts, am I right?

There’s a lot to digest, and we’ve covered a lot of it in this space.

But in case you need more — and who doesn’t want a bit more Premier League? — we’ve got a stream of Wednesday’s TV show covering the deadline, and the 2 Robbies talking transfers.

LISTEN: The 2 Robbies Transfer Deadline Day podcast

REWATCH: Wednesday’s Deadline Day show

Now onto the business of the Premier League’s nascent season. Who was boosted by today’s moves? Who took a hit?

Report: USWNT legend Heather O’Reilly set to retire from soccer

BIRMINGHAM, AL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Heather O'Reilly #9 of the United States of America reacts after scoring a goal against Haiti during the US Women's 2015 World Cup victory tour match at Legion Field on September 20, 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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She has the seventh-most caps and the sixth-most assists in United States women’s national team history, and she’s also calling it a day.

Excelle Sports is reporting that Heather O’Reilly is retiring at the age of 31. The FC Kansas City player will likely play her final match in September, as the 2015 champs have all-but been eliminated from the playoffs.

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O’Reilly had 230 caps, 46 goals, and 54 assists for the USWNT team. She’s one of only a few players to have more than 45 goals and 50 assists (Julie Foudy, Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan, Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly).

One of many successful products of Anson Dorrance’s UNC program, “HAO” spent her club career with New Jersey Wildcats, Sky Blue FC, and Boston Breakers before joining FCKC.

O’Reilly was left off the Olympic roster this summer, named as an alternate. She could’ve been useful — of course hindsight is 20/20 — and it’ll be odd watching more USWNT matches without HAO.

International roundup: Schweinsteiger, Keane say goodbye; Denmark bags five

Germany's national team throws their captain Bastian Schweinsteiger into the air after he played his last match for the national team in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Germany won the friendly soccer match against Finland with 2-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Two mainstays of the international game are done with that part of their career following shutout wins on Wednesday, just two of several friendlies early in this international break.

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Germany 2-0 Finland

Max Meyer picked up from his remarkable Olympics by firing home, and Mesut Ozil also scored for the Germans in a match that was not about the winner. Bastian Schweinsteiger called it a day on his international career in the win, his 121st cap. The Manchester United man finishes his career with 24 goals, a World Cup title and a EURO runner-up finish. Not too shabby.

Ireland 4-0 Oman

ROI all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane fittingly ended his tenure as an international player with yet another goal, bringing his career tally to 68 goals in 146 caps. Stoke City’s Jon Walters scored twice for the Boys in Green, and Robbie Brady (Norwich) also netted in the win.

Denmark 5-0 Liechtenstein

It took the hosts a half-hour to break down the visitors, but a pair from Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen opened the floodgates and Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer and Jens Stryger Larsen finished the scoring in a blowout at the CASA Arena in Horsens. It was Larsen’s first cap.

Elsewhere
Turkey 0-0 Russia
Albania 0-0 Morocco
Estonia 1-1 Malta
Norway 0-1 Belarus
Lebanon 1-1 Jordan