It wasn’t a weekend to remember for Yanks in the Premier League, though a pair of youngsters continued their club progressions in other European leagues.
Starting in the PL, goalkeeper Tim Howard allowed two goals as Everton endured a disappointing opening week draw against newly-promoted Leicester City. Handed two leads, Howard was between the sticks as the Foxes equalized twice. The Toffees are home to Arsenal next week.
Brad Guzan picked up a clean sheet as Aston Villa started its season off right, defeating Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. The American backstop made two saves in the 1-0 win and host Newcastle United this weekend.
Sunderland drew West Bromwich Albion 2-2, and Jozy Altidore was introduced in the 81st minute. Four minutes later, the Black Cats found their equalizer through Seb Larsson.
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Geoff Cameron did not play for Stoke City. Rumors swirled of his discontent at playing outside back and we’ll have more as the situation develops.
In the English Championship, Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector played a strong 90. He had a shot saved and won several free kicks with good all-around play. Will Packwood did not feature for Brum.
Promising 18-year-old Emerson Hyndman went 90 minutes and nearly set-up multiple goals as the conduit for Fulham, but the Cottagers still fell 1-0 to Millwall as their inauspicious Championship start continued into Week Two.
Bolton and Nottingham Forest drew 2-2, with Tim Ream playing all 90 in the back for the Wanderers. Fellow American defender Eric Lichaj came off the bench and played the final six minutes for Forest.
Zak Whitbread did not appear for Derby County, an unused sub in a scoreless draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
Sacha Kljestan played under 15 minutes as a sub for first-place Anderlecht.
Jose Torres went 62 minutes for UANL Tigres, while Herculez Gomez subbed on for the final nine minutes in the club’s 1-1 draw with Pachuca. Joe Corona went 90 for Tijuana in a 2-1 win over Chiapas, and did not record a goal or assist.
In the Netherlands, 18-year-old Rubio Rubin had an impressive debut for Utrecht. He started and finished a 2-1 win over Willem II, working well out wide.
Not a banner weekend for Yanks in Norway, as Mix Diskerud’s Rosenborg side lost 3-1 at Brann. Stabaek and head coach Bob Bradley lost for the first time this month, with Michael Stephens and Andrew Jacobson each featuring in a 3-1 loss.