Americans Abroad Review: Agudelo, Boyd score; Ream honored by Bolton

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So let’s start with the positive, since there weren’t a heck of a lot of highlights involving Americans on the pitch in Europe and south of the border this weekend.

Juan Agudelo was the Man of the Match in his final match on loan for FC Utrecht in a 2-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday, scoring a goal and “setting up” the otherHe registered six shots, three on frame, burying the match-winner in the 78th minute. While Steve de Ridder simply picked up a rough first touch from Agudelo slot home for the first goal, Agudelo’s marker came from a strong run and deft finish.


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Terrence Boyd scored again for Rapid Wien, his 34th minute tally holding up as the match-winner in a 2-0 win over relegated FC Wacker Innsbruck. Rapid has a six-point lead on Austria Wien for second in the table after Boyd went 80 minutes in the win.

Ale Bedoya went 90 minutes for Nantes as they picked up a point but couldn’t catch Toulouse, drawing the club 1-1.

In Norway, Mix Diskerud went all 90 for Rosenborg, but his club wasted a chance to make an early-season charge for the top of the table. Molde won 2-0 and now has a four-point lead on No. 4 Rosenborg. Bob Bradley‘s Stabaek will look to get back in the win column with a victory on Monday, which would boost them level with Diskerud’s squad.

Sacha Kljestan didn’t play for Anderlecht in Belgium (they beat Club Brugge 1-0), while Aron Johannsson didn’t appear for AZ Alkmaar.

The Premier League was kind to Yanks as well, save for the No.1 goalkeeper. Tim Howard was beaten thrice, at least once regrettably, as Everton fell 3-2 to Manchester City.

Geoff Cameron had a nice day with another 90 minutes as Stoke City stomped Fulham 4-1 to send the Cottagers into the Championship. Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan finally got some support in front of him as the Villans topped Hull 3-1 to give them almost certain PL status for another year. Jozy Altidore played the final 25 minutes as Sunderland shocked Manchester United 1-0.

Jonathan Spector and Tim Ream dueled in the Championship, with the latter’s Birmingham City club earning safety in the 2-2 with the former’s Bolton club. It was quite a week for Ream, who was voted as Player of the Year by both Bolton’s team and supporters.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-1 at Yeovil Town, but “Gooch” was solid on the whole in 90 minutes of play.

Danny Williams didn’t play for Reading due to injury as the club missed out on the final playoff spot, while Zak Whitbread finally got some playing time for Derby County on the final day in a 1-1 draw against Leeds United.

In Germany, Fabian Johnson proved versatile at left back for Hoffenheim again in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund, while John Anthony Brooks played 90 — picking up a yellow card — as Hertha Berlin fell to Werder Bremen 2-0.

Zabaleta staying in Premier League with West Ham move

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A week after bidding Manchester City an emotional goodbye, Pablo Zabaleta has announced he’ll be staying in England.

The 32-year-old right back is moving to London, where he’ll join West Ham United on a two-year deal beginning July 1.

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The San Lorenzo youth product went to Espanyol in 2005 to begin his European adventure, joining Man City in 2008. He won two PL titles, two League Cups, and an FA Cup, and was named the club’s player of the season in 2012-13.

From WHUFC.com:

“Manchester City gave me the opportunity to come to this wonderful league, the Premier League, something I’ve been enjoying a lot as a player and of course for me it was probably the right time to move on.

“Also, as a player, I thought I wanted to keep playing in the Premier League. For me, after being in this country for so long, this is a new challenge for me in the Premier League and I’m ready for it and looking forward to it.”

Maybe he just wanted 3G.

Young Sam Byram can learn plenty from Zabaleta, and the signing means that star right-sided man Michail Antonio likely won’t have to be wasted at right back in emergency situations. Good risk by the Hammers.

Valencia extends Man Utd deal to great Mourinho praise

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Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his Antonio Valencia appreciation, and the Manchester United manager has rewarded his fullback with a new deal.

Valencia is nine appearances away from 300 in a Manchester United kit, with 22 goals and 61 assists as a Red Devil.

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Valencia said United has “been my life” since arriving from Wigan Athletic in 2009, while Mourinho heaped praise on the Ecuadorian captain’s character with glowing praise.

“It is no secret that I had been an admirer of Antonio’s long before I joined the club. I knew what a fantastic player he was and he has not disappointed me on that front. However, what I could never have imagined was what a great person he is. I know I have said this before but I truly believe it is a real privilege for us to have such a good player and such a good man. I am delighted he has extended his contract.”

Only Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly recorded better tackle rates at Old Trafford last season, and Valencia was credited with a team-best 1.5 crosses per game.

USMNT veteran Geoff Cameron extended by Stoke City

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Forget a return Stateside, as Geoff Cameron is sticking around the Potteries.

The versatile American midfielder and defender, 31, has extended his stay at Stoke City by two years, the Premier League club announced Friday.

Cameron has played 165 times for Stoke since arriving from the Houston Dynamo in 2012. He’s been capped 50 times by the USMNT.

Turning 32 next in mid-July, Cameron missed three-and-a-half months with a knee injury this season. That span saw Stoke go 6-5-5.

Advanced stats site WhoScored rated Cameron as Stoke’s best player — by far — this season. He was a bright spot along with loan man Bruno Martins Indi, and his extension is good news for both U.S. and Stoke fans.

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is preparing for more banter:

Double the Silva? Monaco star undergoing Man City medical

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Pep Guardiola is looking to Monaco in his chase for (lowers sunglasses) Silvaware.

Thanks, we’ll be here all day.

Bernardo Silva is in Manchester on Friday, with the Manchester Evening News saying the playmaker is close to joining unrelated surname sharer David Silva in the Sky Blues’ attack.

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“The 22-year-old arrived at Manchester Airport on Thursday night on a flight from Mallorca and is believed to have had a medical at the club’s academy on Friday morning,” writes James Robson.

At 22, Bernardo Silva has already made 124 appearances for Monaco, registering 25 goals. He scored eight goals in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title run, adding three in the Champions League.

He’s also been capped 12 times by Portugal.

Where does Silva fit? He featured heavily at right wing for Monaco this season — 43 of 56 apps — also spending time in an attacking central midfield role. In City’s final match of the PL season, Gabriel Jesus lined up wide right next to David Silva