A bunch of links from the last couple of days.
The rumored USMNT friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage for November (that their federation announced) looks to be no mas. That said, US Soccer looks to be talking to Colombia about filling that void and still playing at Craven Cottage. But if you remember, Colombia was the team that US Soccer tried to schedule for September for the second friendly and that fell through. Basically nothing is official until US Soccer announces something.
This was the weekend of players returning to the field. Geoff Cameron came off the bench and played 29 minutes (completing 15-of-15 passes) in Stoke City’s 2-1 win over Swansea City. Stoke City’s website got a couple post-game quotes from Cameron.
Terrence Boyd made his return this weekend, coming off the bench and playing 29 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to Nurnberg. Here is a photo of Boyd in action.
Aron Johannsson played in his first game since the World Cup. It was with AZ Alkmaar’s reserve team on Monday, but he scored from the penalty spot (highlights).
While he didn’t come back from injury, John Brooks appears to be out of the dog house as he came off the bench for Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 loss to Schalke.
And while we had those players coming back, we did have a couple Americans pick up injuries this weekend.
Joe Corona broke his foot in Tijuana’s 2-1 win on Friday and he will be out four weeks.
Mix Diskerud had to be subbed off after 36 minutes over the weekend due to a leg injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious.
Joe Gyau had successful knee surgery last Thursday.
Fresh off his goal with the US on Tuesday, Jozy Altidore didn’t even make Sunderland’s bench this weekend. It was probably a good thing as Southampton trashed the Black Cats 8-0.
Brek Shea was sent on loan to Birmingham City to get playing time, just probably not with their U-21 team like he did on Monday.
Sticking with Birmingham City, Shea, Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood will have a new manager as Lee Clark has been fired.
If you missed Howie’s post yesterday, Juan Agudelo is still without a job as Wolverhampton decided to pass on him after his trial.
Also from the weekend, Will talked to Quentin Westberg about the weird situation at Luzenac and his possible future.
We had some goals over the weekend. Cesar Romero has now scored in six straight games. Andrew Stadler scored a game-tying goal in the 87th minute. Devante Parker scored his first goal at the U-23 level for 2014-15. And Christian Eissele scored his 17th goal of the 2014 calendar year.
Jake Keegan and Galway FC beat Shelbourne 2-0 in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion playoffs. The second leg will be on Friday. For more on Keegan, take a look back at RJ’s interview with him from last week.
Staying in Ireland, Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown talked to Pat McCann.
Also over the weekend, Dembakwi Yomba scored a goal with Atlético Madrid’s Juvenil División de Honor team. Here is also a Google-translated interview with Yomba.
In the battle of American goalkeepers, Tim Howard (photo) and Everton defeated Brad Guzan (photo) and Aston Villa. It was Howard’s 350th career Premier League appearance, trailing only Brad Friedel (450) for the most all-time by an American.
Alfredo Morales showed off some skills this weekend.
FC Utrecht manager Robby Alflen has been impressed with Rubio Rubin.
And finally, Stabæk’s fans had some fun signs for Bob Bradley this past weekend.