Americans Abroad Review: Cameron dependable in upset, Agudelo picks up assist

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Fresh off Jurgen Klinsmann’s thoughts on regular playing time and European-based players, here’s another edition of the Americans Abroad Review.

We’ve dealt with Clint Dempsey’s struggles at-length here, but as a refresher: Fulham’s dropped all four Premier League matches since he’s arrived on loan and sit in last place in the table. Knowing all this and adding in his failures on the match-losing FA Cup fourth-round goal versus Sheffield United and… well, life’s not great.

Geoff Cameron again played a solid 90 minutes for Stoke City as the Potters engineered a 2-1 upset of Manchester United. Stoke has begin a spate of brutal dates on their fixture list but the win over the Red Devils is encouraging in many ways for both the embattled club and Americans fans.

Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore was a handful for Newcastle and was receiving plaudits over the duration of the game progress for his strong and steady play up front. He’s still struggling to find the net or register assists, but making an impact is something some will high-five.

Brek Shea went all 98 minutes for Barnsley in their 1-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday. His most remarkable moment was the two-footed tackle put on him that saw Jermaine Johnson sent off. It was a chippy affair that saw three red cards over the duration of the match, but the open field couldn’t help Shea and the Reds find the net.

Tim Howard was between the sticks for Everton’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa, which of course played American understudy Brad Guzan. The No. 1 beat the No. 2.

Juan Agudelo is on his game at FC Utrecht, where he’s on loan from Stoke City. The young Yank picked up an assist and played 90 minutes in a surprising 1-1 draw against Ajax. His headed flick found the foot of Steve de Ridder for the game-tying goal.

Ale Bedoya again found his Nantes side on the losing end of a Ligue 1 match. He played 60 minutes in the midfield, on the right side, but Sochaux was able to pick up the only goal of the encounter.

American supporters got a big scare when Aron Johannsson was forced from AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Vitesse after scoring a goal and pressuring his opponents into an own goal, but Yanks Abroad has the news that the thigh injury is not serious.

Klinsmann’s beloved Jermaine Jones is leaving Schalke on loan for a spell at Turkish club Besiktas. Match time, you know?

Timmy Chandler got two shots off in Nurnberg’s 3-1 stomping of Hertha Berlin, playing 90 minutes in the process.

Jose Torres features in MLSSoccer.com’s wrap of all things American in Mexico. Read more here.

Yaya Toure talks future, wants to play with Paul Pogba

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There is very little debate: Yaya Toure is his own special case.

The longtime Manchester City midfielder does what he wants, flies his own flag, has the worst agent in the game, and is pleased or dismayed in unusual ways.

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Toure, 35, has been linked with a move to NYCFC now that he’s leaving Man City, but the Ivorian still wants to play two more seasons for a Champions League or Europa League club.

And he wants to get together with Paul Pogba. You can see where this is going… (from The Manchester Evening News):

“Pogba is the same size, power – but different in the way he wants to go. Technically as well, the ability to score goals as well. It is a player I want to play with, to be honest, just to teach him some things.”

That must mean both are going to Paris Saint-Germain because… Yaya at Manchester United? No way, right? Right? Even with last year’s reports from his — again — terrible agent that it was an option, that still seems too villainous.

“I don’t rule big teams out. The big teams are very important for me. What they want to achieve, the way they want to go, for me is very important. … I want to go somewhere I can win and achieve. It’s going to be hard one day to play against City, but I have to do that. It is part of my job.”

Toure later said he was “no good in an office,” which had us thinking, well, what if they properly celebrated your birthday, Yaya?

WATCH: Miami United midfield unleashes Open Cup laser

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Tomas Granitto, have yourself an extra plate at the postgame buffet.

The Miami United midfielder scored a gorgeous goal in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over fellow NPSL side Jacksonville Armada in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s third round.

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Complete with aesthetically-pleasing post-ping, the former El Salvador U-20 player laid into a 25-yard shot to open the scoring in Florida.

Granitto, 24, has played for Timbers 2, Swope Park Rangers, FC Edmonton, since leaving NCAA side Florida Gulf Coast.

Rondon wanted by Atleti, Inter Milan, and West Ham

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The big boys are looking to Salomon Rondon as a bargain striker.

Yes, $22 million is a bargain in the striker market these days.

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West Brom’s Venezuelan international, 28, stands 6’2″ and has a relegation release clause that is reportedly interesting Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, and West Ham United.

Atleti and Inter are in the Champions League next season, but Rondon played for new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, posting 25 league goals in two seasons.

He’s scored 24 goals in three Premier League seasons at West Brom, almost a quarter of the 104 produced by the Baggies.

He also picked up three assists this season as the target man for Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew, and Darren Moore (and was fouled more often than any other Baggie (Baggy?)).

Rondon and Marko Arnautovic next to each other would be a real handful for PL defenses. Then again, maybe he’ll stay loyal to West Brom and set the Championship scoring record next season.

Three German organizers of 2006 World Cup indicted for tax evasion

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Three German organizers of the 2006 World Cup have been charged with tax evasion linked to a payment to FIFA.

German news agency dpa reported that Theo Zwanziger, Wolfgang Niersbach and Horst R. Schmidt confirmed Wednesday they are indicted by Frankfurt prosecutors in a long-running investigation.

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They are accused of falsifying tax returns on behalf of the Germany soccer federation (DFB) in 2006. The DFB has already paid 19.2 million euros ($22.4 million) in back taxes. All three deny the charges, which were first reported by German daily Bild

The allegations are also being investigated by Swiss federal prosecutors and FIFA’s ethics committee. They have targeted German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer, who led the 2006 tournament organizing committee.

Beckenbauer, Zwanziger and Niersbach were members of FIFA’s executive committee in turn from 2007 through 2016.

In 2016, the DFB published an inquiry report into a complex payments trail including 6.7 million euros ($7.8 million) to FIFA in April 2005. Zwanziger and the DFB claimed the money was for a World Cup opening gala and therefore tax-deductible.

However, the payment went through FIFA and ended in a Swiss account belonging to former Adidas chief Robert Louis-Dreyfus, who died in 2009.

The inquiry report did not rule out, but could not prove, that votes were bought when Germany beat a Nelson Mandela-supported South Africa bid for the hosting rights in a 12-11 vote of FIFA executive committee members in 2000.

Swiss prosecutors said in 2016 they had opened a criminal proceeding against the four German officials the previous year, on suspicion of fraud, money laundering, criminal mismanagement and misappropriation. That case spun off from a wider Swiss investigation of suspected corruption linked to FIFA and World Cup hosting votes that is ongoing.

Niersbach lost his seat on FIFA’s ruling committee when he was banned for one year for failing to disclose possible unethical conduct.

The various investigations have tarnished the reputation of the 2006 World Cup that was a popular success in the host nation, which called it the “Summer Fairytale.”