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.