Americans Abroad review: Boyd bags brace, Johannsson heads home (video)

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Twas a pretty strong weekend for American players in Europe, as a trio of attackers scored goals and a bevy of defenders and netminders worked good shifts in the own end.

That’s all before Brad Guzan hopes to get Aston Villa’s problems straightened out on NBCSN later today against mighty Southampton.

Let’s begin with the goals, as Aron Johannsson scored his first since returning from injury. The Icelandic-Alabaman netted the only goal of the contest in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem with this header:

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Not to be outdone, check this slick supporters section view of Terrence Boyd’s bullet goal, one of two he scored in Red Bull Liepzig’s 4-1 home win over St. Pauli.

Also scoring was Wiener Neustadt’s Conor O’Brien, whose late penalty in Austria was the icing on the cake against RZ Pellets WAC. The goal was the 26-year-old’s first of the season.

Timmy Chandler of Eintracht Frankfurt and John Anthony Brooks of Werder Bremen each went 90 minutes on Bundesliga back lines in wins this weekend, while Tim Howard and Everton rallied to top visiting West Ham.

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England
Tim Howard – Everton vs. West Ham United; W 2-1 (90 mins)
Brad Guzan – Aston Villa vs. Southampton, Monday 3pm ET
Geoff Cameron – Stoke City vs. Burnley; L 1-2 (90 mins)
Jozy Altidore – Sunderland at Leicester City; D 0-0 (unused sub)
Oguchi Onyewu – Charlton Athletic vs. Millwall, Saturday 10am ET
Eric Lichaj – Nottingham Forest at Wolverhampton; W 3-0 (90 mins)
Tim Ream – Bolton at Blackpool; D 1-1 (90 mins)
Danny Williams – Reading at Cardiff Cityl L 1-2 (72 mins)
Brek Shea — Birmingham City at Rotherham; W 1-0 (unused sub)
Will Packwood – Birmingham City at Rotherham; W 1-0 (not in 18)
Zak Whitbread – Derby County at Watford; W 2-1 (not in 18)
Duane Holmes – Huddersfield Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday; D 0-0 (not in 18)
Emerson Hyndman – Fulham at Brentford; L 1-2 (unused sub)
Germany

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Boyd

Fabian Johnson – Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Eintracht Frankfurt; L 1-3 (not in 18)
Julian Green – Hamburger SV vs.Werder Bremen; W 2-0 (not in 18)
Timothy Chandler – Eintracht Frankfurt at Borussia Monchengladbach; W 3-1 (90 mins)
Jon Anthony Brooks – Hertha Berlin at FC Koln; W 2-1 (90 mins)
Alfredo Morales – Ingolstadt at Nurnberg; L 1-2 (90 mins)
Bobby Wood – 1860 Munich at Union Berlin; W 4-1 (not in 18)
Terrence Boyd– RB Leipzig vs. St. Pauli; W 4-1 (2G)

Elsewhere
Rubio Rubin – Utrecht vs. Cambuur Leeuwarden; L 1-3 (30 mins)
Aron Johannsson – AZ Alkmaar vs. Vitesse Arnhem; W 2-0 (G)
Alejandro Bedoya – Nantes vs. St. Etienne; D 0-0 (5 mins)
Sacha Kljestan – Anderlecht at Royal Charleroi; L 3-1 (58 mins)
Conor O’Brien – Wiener Neustadt vs. RZ Pellets WAC; W 2-0 (90 mins, G)