Dutch Eredivisie - AZ Alkmaar v Heracles Almelo

Americans Abroad Review: Boyd and Johannsson shine again


Mere days after the United States couldn’t find Jurgen Klinsmann’s “miracle” against the Ukraine, many Yanks were back with their clubs for European action. Let’s take a spin around Europe for the goals, cards and unused substitutes of a weekend abroad.

Aron Johannsson scores for AZ Alkmaar,” has become a chorus around these wrap-ups, and the young American sung it twice this weekend. Check out the first one right here, a gorgeous bit of footwork. AZ went on to beat Heracles Almelo by a 4-0 final.

Staying in the Netherlands, Juan Agudelo subbed on for FC Utrecht in the 61st minute but couldn’t find a shot or the goal as PSV Eindhoven held on for a 1-0 win.

Terrence Boyd picked up an assist as SK Rapid Wien was able to control possession but not the scoreline, picking up a draw at FC Wacker Innsbruck. Boyd’s assist came on an 88th minute equalizer from Deni Alar.

It ended up being a merciful day off for Tim Howard, who watched from the bench as four Arsenal balls get past the Toffees in Everton’s 4-1 FA Cup quarterfinal ouster at the hands of the Gunners at the Emirates. Jozy Altidore did not make the bench as Sunderland was ousted 3-0 by Hull City.

It was 90 minutes yet again for Geoff Cameron at Stoke City in their 1-1 draw with Norwich City. Cameron picked up a yellow card as the Potters battled back for a point at Carrow Road.

Birmingham City suited up two Americans for 90 minutes, but Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector failed to help the club pick up a point as they lost to QPR 2-0. Oguchi Onyewu‘s Sheffield Wednesday side fell to Duane Holmes‘ Yeovil Town, as the Glovers pulled themselves out of the Championship’s bottom slot. Onyewu played all 90 while Holmes went for 67 minutes.

Tim Ream went for 90 minutes in Bolton’s 5-1 thrashing of Leeds. There was no time on the pitch or bench for Brek Shea, who has now apologized for his obscene gesture directed at home supporters of his Barnsley squad.

Ale Bedoya‘s Nantes side continued its slide down the Ligue 1 table with a 2-2 draw against ligue-worst Ajaccio. Bedoya did not feature in the scoring after coming on in the 23rd minute, but was very active as a playmaker.

Sacha Kljestan was an unused substitute for Anderlecht as the strong Belgian side was shocked by relegation scrappers OH Leuven 1-0. Anderlecht remains in third, five points back of No. 2 Club Brugge.

There was a goal for Tigres midfielder Jose Torres, whose left-footed finish gave his club the final goal in its 3-0 win over Cruz Azul. It was his first start of the season, and you can see the goal late in this video. Elsewhere in Liga MX, MLSSoccer.com has a solid recap of Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win over Guadalajara, which featured four Americans including Herculez Gomez.

In Germany, Hertha Berlin kept John Anthony Brooks on the bench in its 1-1 draw with Mainz. Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim will be having nightmares of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after his hat trick cleared the way for Schalke’s 4-0 blowout win.

Jermaine Jones played 2/3 of a match for Besitkas as they picked up another win during his loan stint from Schalke.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)