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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   March 30, 2015 (9:27 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 


The challenge of finding Americans continues during the International Break, but we’re more than up to the task, and even found some more goals for you.

Luca De La Torre’s star keeps rising within Fulham’s academy. A week after suiting up for the U21s (at age 17, no less), he knocked in a brace for the U18s in a 2-2 draw vs. the Stoke City U18s. Luca gave his team the lead twice with tallies in the 12th minute and again early in the second half. He figures to be key part of the U.S. U17 MNT’s quest for glory at the U-17 World Cup this summer in Chile (highlights).

The League of Ireland is in full swing, and Americans are featuring prominently for Galway United. This time it was Jake Keegan getting it done, with his first goal of the year Saturday. His 6th minute strike gave Galway the early lead, but his club couldn’t hold on, falling 2-1 vs. Longford Town (link).

Norway’s Tippeligaen is inching closer to kicking off a new season. This weekend featured a flurry of friendlies. Philadelphia Union loanee Danny Cruz remains sidelined with an unspecified muscle strain. He made his debut a week ago for Bodø/Glimt, entering in the 64th minute, but lasted just two minutes before pulling up lame. It’s unclear how long he’ll be out. Teammate Zarek Valentin started and played 45 minutes in Bodø’s 2-0 loss at Tromsø.

Need more Union loanee updates? Yeah, we thought so. Since not all of us have time to keep up with the South Korean second division, we’re here to help out. Austin Berry’s adventure with FC Anyang (hello) began on a positive note. He slotted straight into the starting lineup in the season opener Sunday, going the distance in a 1-1 draw vs. Seoul Eland. We’ll keep an eye on things with Austin and his friends at FC Anyang. Hello.

Liga MX clubs have been keeping busy with more stateside friendlies. Puebla and Querétaro got together on Sunday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Hérculez Gómez (70 minutes) and Jonathan Bornstein (90 min) each started for their respective clubs. The score was level at 3-3 at the end of 90 minutes, but of course, all meaningless club friendlies need a winner, so they took penalties. For the kids, you know? Querétaro won the PK shootout 4-1.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):

 

ENGLAND

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly started and played 62 minutes Saturday in Chesterfield’s 1-0 win vs. Walsall.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul came off the bench and played 1 minute Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 2-0 win at Welling United.

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Luca De La Torre (Fulham U18) – Luca started, played the full 90 minutes and scored two GOALS Saturday in Fulham U18s’ 2-2 draw vs. Stoke City U18s.

 

GERMANY

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Saabrücken’s 1-0 win

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday for Querétaro in a friendly vs. Puebla in Frisco, TX. The match ended 3-3 after 90 minutes, with Querétaro winning 4-1 after penalties.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started and played 69 minutes Sunday for Puebla in a friendly vs. Querétaro in Frisco, TX. The match ended 3-3 after 90 minutes, with Querétaro winning 4-1 after penalties.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Mjøndalen’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Stabæk.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started Saturday in Stabæk’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Mjøndalen.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played 45 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-0 friendly loss at Tromsø.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin came off the bench, played 25 minutes and received a 90th minute yellow card Friday in Galway United’s 2-1 loss vs. Longford Town.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started, played 66 minutes and scored a 6th minute GOAL Friday in Galway United’s 2-1 loss vs. Longford Town.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan was on the bench but did not play Saturday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 2-1 win at Limerick.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in FC Anyang’s 1-1 draw at Seoul Eland.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Danny Cruz (Bodø/Glimt) – Danny suffered an undetermined muscle strain injury on March 22 in a friendly vs. Start. In his debut with Bodø/Glimt, he entered the match in the 64th minute, and pulled up lame just 2 minutes later, subbing out in the 69th minute. He was held out of Sunday’s friendly at Tromsø and it is not known how soon he may return, though it appears to be short-term (link).

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Conor O’Brien (Wiener Neustadt) – Conor suffered a broken rib on Saturday vs. Admira. He left the match after 72 minutes following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper. The club hopes he is able to return within three weeks (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a knee injury in training on March 8, causing ligament damage that will keep him out 6-8 weeks (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link). The club reported on March 25 that his rehab his on schedule, having completed a rehab program (link). Timetable for his return is still not determined.

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   March 26, 2015 (3:59 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

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Things get pretty quiet on the USMNT club front during FIFA International Breaks. This week in particular, with U-23 and U-20 squads assembling in addition to the senior team, over 70 Americans were called into camps. Nonetheless, we scoured the globe to find Yanks in action this week. We even found a few goals.

Duane Holmes has yet to earn any minutes with Huddersfield Town’s first team this season. A short-lived loan spell to Bury didn’t go especially well. But he stole the show on Monday with HTFC’s U21 side. After trailing at the half, Duane leveled the score with a 47th minute strike. About 20 minutes later, he worked a nice one-two before dropping a perfect lead pass into the box for teammate Rekeil Pyke, who slotted it home for the eventual game winner. Huddersfield U21s would hold on for a 2-1 win over the Colchester United U21s (highlights).

Cameron Carter-Vickers had some business to take care of before departing for U.S. U20 camp across town in London. He captained the Tottenham Hotspur U21s Monday in a 3-1 loss to Leicester City U21s. Wearing the captain’s armband for the U21s at age 17? That’s decent stuff. He’ll change jerseys to face his Spurs U21 teammates on Friday when the US U20s arrive for a friendly.

Liga MX is on hiatus during the break, but many clubs headed north of the border for friendlies this week. Club Tijuana visited the Pacific Northwest, playing to a 2-2 draw vs. the Seattle Sounders. Joe Corona got the start, playing 64 minutes before giving way to fellow American Alejandro Guido.

Bobby Wood remains sidelined as he recovers from a torn MCL. FC Erzgebirge Aue posted an official update Wednesday, reporting that his rehab is on schedule. There’s also a short video clip of him working with a ball in the gym. No word yet on when Bobby is expected to return to training (link).

We wrap up this abbreviated OT Report with another goal from Ireland. 25-year-old Honolulu native Morgan Langley scored in his debut with St. Patrick’s Athletic. The former Philadelphia Union midfielder subbed on at halftime with his club ahead 1-0 and sealed the deal with a goal in the 82nd minute. St. Patrick’s defeated Derry City by a 2-1 final (highlights).

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Monday thru Thursday):

 

ENGLAND

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul came off the bench and played 26 minutes Monday in Grimsby Town’s 1-0 win at Dover Athletic.

 

U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur U21) – Cameron started, played the full 90 minutes, and wore the captain’s armband Monday in Tottenham Hotspur U21s’ 3-1 loss vs. Leicester City U21s.

 

U21 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started, played the full 90 minutes, had a 47th minute GOAL and a 68th minute assist Tuesday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 2-1 win vs. Colchester U21s.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar came off the bench and played 16 minutes Wednesday in Club Atlas’s 1-1 friendly draw vs. Club León in Stockton, CA.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe started and played 64 minutes Tuesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-2 friendly draw at Seattle Sounders FC.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro came off the bench and played 26 minutes Tuesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-2 friendly draw at Seattle Sounders FC.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando was on the bench but did not play in Tuesday Club Tijuana’s 2-2 friendly draw at Seattle Sounders FC.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway FC) – Kevin started, played 56 minutes, and received a 42’ yellow card Tuesday in Galway FC’s 2-0 loss at Cork City.

Jake Keegan (Galway FC) – Jake started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Galway FC’s 2-0 loss at Cork City.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan came off the bench, played 45 minutes and scored an 82nd minute GOAL Tuesday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 2-0 win vs. Derry City.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Conor O’Brien (Wiener Neustadt) – Conor suffered a broken rib on Saturday vs. Admira. He left the match after 72 minutes following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper. The club hopes he is able to return within three weeks (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a knee injury in training on March 8, causing ligament damage that will keep him out 6-8 weeks (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link). The club reported on March 25 that his rehab his on schedule, having completed a rehab program (link). Timetable for his return is still not determined.

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   March 23, 2015 (11:55 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

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Rubio Rubin has had a pretty great year, all things considered. After signing with the Eredivisie’s FC Utrecht last summer at age 18, he was initially assigned to the club’s reserve side. Not only did he quickly earn a spot with the first team, but he’s started 16 games so far this season. On top of that, his emergence at Utrecht led to senior USMNT call-ups last fall, earning his first cap in September vs. the Czech Republic. Rubin’s hit a bit of a speed bump lately with his club, having been reduced to a substitute role in recent weeks. On Saturday he played his first significant minutes since early February and made the most of it, scoring his third goal of the season in the 87th minute vs. NAC Breda (highlights). Utrecht would lose the game 4-3, but his late tally gave his club a fighting chance in the closing minutes. Rubio’s reward? Another invitation to USMNT camp for this week’s friendlies vs. Denmark and Switzerland.

Fabian Johnson didn’t make the scoresheet this weekend, but his club sure made waves. Fabian got the start and went the distance as Borussia Mönchengladbach pulled off one of the shock upsets in Europe this season, winning 2-0 at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. It was Bayern’s first home loss in the league since April 2014, and just the second time Bayern’s been shut out at home in 56 games. With just 8 games remaining in the season, ‘Gladbach is in third place on the table, a finish that would grant the club direct entry to the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Gladbach’s reserve side also had a notable American performance over the weekend. Mario Rodriguez scored a goal, his third of the season, as Borussia Mönchengladbach II defeated FC Köln II 5-1.

Danny Williams is thrilled to earn his first USMNT call-up in a year, but he’ll be sitting out a game for Reading after he returns from the International Break. Danny received a red card Saturday in the 85th minute of Reading’s 3-2 loss to Charlton Athletic. His dismissal came upon being shown his second yellow card of the day following an altercation with an opponent. Both players were cautioned for their respective offenses.

Emerson Hyndman isn’t on The OT Injury Report for the first time in two months. He’s fully recovered from a broken collarbone, and made his return to the pitch by starting Friday for Fulham’s U21 side. He helped his team to a 2-1 win over Norwich City’s U21s, but like Williams, wasn’t able to stay off the ref’s naughty list. Emerson was shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the 91st minute. Unfortunately for him, it was his second caution of the match, earning him an early trip down the tunnel.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough of Club León is a player we haven’t talked about in this space before. That’s because despite being a dual national, all prior indications suggested he was headed toward a future with El Tri. After accepting Jürgen Klinsmann’s call-up for the March friendlies, it’s time for us to start trumpeting all his star-spangled achievements. Now typically when a goalkeeper allows 5 goals, it’s not something you want to dwell on much. But on Saturday, William made eight saves, several of the spectacular variety, putting in a standout performance despite a 5-1 loss to Monterrey. Yarbrough has backstopped two Liga MX titles already, so he’s earned his stripes, so to speak, and is well entrenched as the starter. Mr. Klinsmann, cap this man, pronto.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 2-1 loss vs. Crystal Palace.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 5 saves Saturday in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss vs. Swansea City.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in in Everton’s 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not in the squad Saturday for Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-3 win vs. Leicester City.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 loss at Norwich City.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 3-2 win vs. Reading.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started, played 85 minutes and drew a 23’ yellow card Saturday in Birmingham City’s 2-0 loss at Cardiff City.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started, played 85 minutes, received a 69th minute yellow card and an 85th minute red card (second yellow for an altercation with an opponent) Saturday in Reading’s 3-2 loss at Charlton Athletic.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 27 minutes Saturday in Chesterfield’s 1-0 loss at Peterborough.

 

LEAGUE TWO (Fourth Division)

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will started and played 90 minutes Saturday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-1 loss vs. Exeter City.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Gateshead’s 1-0 loss at Dover Athletic.

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started and played 72 minutes Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 2-1 win vs. Eastleigh.

 

U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)

Luca De La Torre (Fulham U21) – Luca was on the bench but did not play Friday in Fulham U21s’ 2-1 win vs. Norwich City U21s

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham U21) – Emerson started, played 90+ minutes, and received a 91st minute red card (second yellow) for time-wasting Friday in Fulham U21s’ 2-1 win vs. Norwich City U21s. His first game action in two months since suffering a broken collarbone.

 

U21 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started and played 89 minutes Saturday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 3-1 win vs. Swansea City U21s.

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Antonee Robinson (Everton U18) – Antonee started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Everton U18s’ 2-0 win at Chelsea U18s.

Kyle Scott (Chelsea U18) – Kyle started and played 45 minutes Saturday in Chelsea U18s’ 2-0 loss vs. Everton U18s.

 

FRANCE

LIGUE 1 (First Division)

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro came off the bench and played 14 minutes Saturday in FC Nantes’ 0-0 draw at Rennes.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Hertha BSC’s 1-0 win at Hamburger SV.

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 loss at VfB Stuttgart.

Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not in the squad Friday for Hamburger SV’s 1-0 loss at Hertha BSC. He was also not in the squad Satuday for HSV II’s 2-0 loss at BSV Rehden.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win at Bayern Munich.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Ingolstadt’s 0-0 draw at Eintracht Braunschweig.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 85 minutes Friday in SV Sandhausen’s 1-1 draw at FSV Frankfurt.

 

3.LIGA (Third Division)

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II) – Jerome started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 41st minute GOAL Sunday in VfB Stuttgart II’s 2-0 win vs. Arminia Bielefeld.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel) – Marc started and played 89 minutes Sunday in Holstein Kiel’s 1-0 win vs. Regensburg.

Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach II) – Mario started, played 77 minutes, and scored a 72nd minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 5-1 win vs. FC Köln II.

Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt started and played 89 minutes Sunday in Saarbrücken’s 1-0 win vs. Nöttingen. He drew a penalty in the 85th minute that led to the winning goal.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura came off the bench and played 22 minutes Friday in Club America’s 4-0 loss at Veracruz.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Querétaro’s 2-0 win vs. Club Atlas.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Club Atlas’s 2-0 loss at Querétaro.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe started and played 58 minutes Saturday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Cruz Azul.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel came off the bench and played 3 minutes Saturday in Chiapas’ 1-0 win at Leones Negros.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg came off the bench and played 32 minutes Saturday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Cruz Azul

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc came off the bench and played 20 minutes Sunday in Puebla’s 2-1 loss at Pumas.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Puebla’s 2-1 loss at Pumas.

Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús came off the bench and played 34 minutes Saturday in Leones Negros’ 1-0 loss vs. Chiapas.

William Yarbrough (Club León) – William started in goal, played the full 90 minutes and made 8 saves Saturday in Club León’s 5-1 loss at Monterrey.

 

ASCENSO MX (Second Division)

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny started and played 57 minutes Friday in Atlante’s 2-1 loss at Correcaminos.

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Mérida’s 0-0 draw at Necaxa.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Coras de Tepic’s 1-0 win at Altamira.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie came off the bench and played 34 minutes Saturday in Dorados’ 2-1 win vs. Alebrijes.

 

U20 LIGA (Youth Division)

Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron started and played 70 minutes Saturday in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-1 win vs. Cambuur.

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was not in the squad Sunday for Groningen’s 2-2 draw vs. FC Twente. He was released from the club to join up with U.S. U20 camp in London.

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio came off the bench, played 26 minutes, and scored an 88th minute GOAL Friday in FC Utrecht’s 4-3 vs. NAC Breda.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Göteborg’s 3-1 win vs. Häcken in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) semifinals.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Conor O’Brien (Wiener Neustadt) – Conor suffered a broken rib on Saturday vs. Admira. He left the match after 72 minutes following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper. The club hopes he is able to return within three weeks (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a knee injury in training on March 8, causing ligament damage that will keep him out 6-8 weeks (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   March 19, 2015 (7:08 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

 

It’s been a challenging season for Will Packwood. He’s struggled to earn appearances with Birmingham City’s senior team. His ill-fated November to League One side Colchester United was cut short after conceding a penalty, receiving a red card and sustaining a groin injury on the same play in his debut. Now on loan to League Two side Cheltenham Town, he’s asked to help save the club from relegation out the Football League, while also working to earn a longer term contract with Birmingham City. The latter part seems to be going well, as Packwood scored his first professional goal in just his second appearance, sneaking in behind the defense to put a diving header on frame (highlights). He’s not been forgotten by the USMNT either, earning a call-up to U23 camp this month (link). Things are looking up for the young centerback.

Tim Howard would rather forget about Thursday’s action, though it’s hard to say he could’ve done much more about it. Everton headed to Ukraine leading 2-1 in its Europa League Round of 16 clash with Dynamo Kyiv. Things got ugly, as the Toffees conceded 5 on the way to a 6-4 aggregate loss. As a result there are zero English clubs remaining in UEFA competition. Not a good look for the Premier League (highlights).

Danny Williams has plenty to smile about. His Reading club cruised to a 3-0 win over Bradford City in a replay of the FA Cup Quarterfinals. Reading reached the semifinal round for the first time since 1927 and will face Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

DeAndre Yedlin is confirmed alive and well in London. He’s recovered from the MCL sprain that’s slowed his progress at Tottenham, and was healthy enough to start for the U21s on Monday. DeAndre started and put in 72 minutes in a 2-0 loss vs. Norwich City U21s.

The FA Youth Cup semifinals featured two American youth players going head-to-head. Cameron Carter-Vickers’ Tottenham Hotspur U18s entered the second leg with a 2-0 lead, but it was Kyle Scott’s Chelsea U18s winning the day with a 5-2 home win, advancing 5-4 on aggregate.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America have their work cut out for them in CONCACAF Champions League. He put in 90 minutes in a stunning 3-0 loss at Herediano in the opening leg of the semifinals. CA would appear to be the tournament favorite on paper. Instead it’s the surprising Montreal Impact and two Costa Rican clubs poised to snatch the title and Club World Cup berth. Leg two of both ties lie ahead in early April. Meanwhile, late reports on Thursday indicated Alvarado has been called into USMNT by Jürgen Klinsmann for the March friendlies. Its cap-tying time, Klinsy…

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Monday thru Thursday):

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes and made 3 saves Thursday in Everton’s 5-2 loss at Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League Round of 16. Everton lost 6-4 aggregate and is eliminated from the competition.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) – Adam started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Blackburn Rovers’ 3-2 loss vs. Brentford.

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Huddersfield Town’s 2-2 draw vs. Norwich City.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started, played the full 90 minutes and was credited with an assist Wednesday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 win vs. Rotherham Unitred.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Tuesday for Charlton Athletic’s 3-0 loss at Blackpool.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss at Ipswich Town.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 30’ yellow card Monday in Reading’s 3-0 win vs. Bradford City in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Reading advances to face Arsenal in the semifinals.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly started and played 83 minutes Tuesday in Chesterfield’s 3-0 win vs. Gillingham.

 

LEAGUE TWO (Fourth Division)

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will started, played 78 minutes and scored a 22nd minute GOAL Tuesday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw at Portsmouth. It was his first professional goal.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started, played the full 90 minutes and had a 90’ yellow card Tuesday in Gateshead’s 1-0 win at Telford United.

 

U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur U21) – DeAndre started and played 72 minutes Monday in Tottenham Hotspur U21s’ 2:0 loss vs. Norwich City U21s.

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur U18) – Cameron started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Tottenham Hotspur U18s 5-2 loss at Chelsea U18s in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semifinals. Spurs U18s were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate.

Kyle Scott (Chelsea U18) – Kyle came off the bench and played 12 minutes Wednesday in Chelsea U18s 5-2 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur U18s in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semifinals. Chelsea U18s advance to the final 5-4 on aggregate.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started, played the full 90 minutes and had an 80’ yellow card Tuesday in Club America’s 3-0 loss at Herediano in Leg 1 of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Chiapas’ 2-1 loss at Guadalajara in the Copa MX semifinals. Chiapas is eliminated from the competition.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Cody Cropper (Southampton U21) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action, but has not yet returned to the game day roster.

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action, but was back in training as of March 10 (link).

Conor O’Brien (Wiener Neustadt) – Conor suffered a broken rib on Saturday vs. Admira. He left the match after 72 minutes following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper. The club hopes he is able to return within three weeks (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a knee injury in training on March 8, causing ligament damage that will keep him out 6-8 weeks (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   March 16, 2015 (10:05 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

TimReam

 

Goals typically win the headlines, but once in a while, it’s only right to show defenders some love. Tim Ream deserves a bunch this week. He put in another stellar effort in the back, leading Bolton Wanderers to another clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Millwall. He also assisted on Bolton’s first goal, the eventual game-winner (highlights). But wait, there’s more! Whoscored.com named him to its English Championship Weekly Best XI (link), how about that? Maybe, just maybe, he earns another call from Jürgen Klinsmann this month.

Ream isn’t the only defender in The Championship playing well. Eric Lichaj continued his recent strong play over the weekend, helping lead Nottingham Forest to a clean sheet in a scoreless draw at Leeds United.

Reading’s Danny Williams sat out his club’s 4-1 loss at Watford Saturday, as the Royals rested regulars ahead of Monday’s FA Cup quarterfinal. This opened the door for some youngsters to get an opportunity, including 18-year-old Andrija Novakovich. The U.S. U20 International made his professional debut, subbing on in the 86th minute. A big moment for Andrija as he prepares for the U20 World Cup this summer.

Up in the Premier League, U.S. goalkeepers were the story. Brad Guzan and Tim Howard each posted clean sheets for their respective clubs. Guzan’s Aston Villa coasted to an easy 4-0 win at Sunderland with an uncharacteristic offensive outburst. Howard’s Everton was nearly equal, notching a 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

It was an eventful weekend for Americans in the Bundesliga. John Brooks’ Hertha BSC was on the verge of a massive win over Schalke 04 on Saturday… until a stoppage time goal pulled it back level. Still, the 2-2 draw was a decent result, and every point helps when you’re in a relegation battle. Brooks played well overall and has been looking very strong lately. Hamburger SV is another club fighting relegation. The pleasant surprise for USMNT fans was that Julian Green was back in the 18 for HSV. Unfortunately, his prospects for getting any minutes went out the window early after GK Jaroslav Drobny was red-carded in the 19th minute. HSV went on to lose 3-0 at Hoffenheim.

On the other end of the Bundesliga table, Borussia Mönchengladbach secured 3rd place for another week with a 2-0 win over Hannover 96. Fabian Johnson put in 11 minutes off the bench to help close the deal. Timothy Chandler posted another solid 90 as Eintracht Frankfurt cruised to a 4-0 win over Paderborn. Frankfurt continues to lurk in range of Champions League contention, but time is running out, as they’re 8 points back of 4th with 9 rounds to play.

Just west in The Netherlands, Aron Jóhannsson made his first start for AZ Alkmaar since injuring his ankle on February 5, playing 90 minutes in a losing effort as AZ lost 3-1 at Vitesse. Desevio Payne returned to Groningen’s squad, but didn’t get off the bench in a 2-1 loss at PSV Eindhoven.

Lots of activity in Mexico, as usual. Michael Orozco wore the captain’s armband for Puebla, while Hérculez Gómez made just his second Liga MX start of the Clausura. Both put in a full 90 minutes (all good news so far…), but Cubo Torres stole the show with a brace as Chivas handed Puebla a very damaging 2-1 loss in the relegation standings. On the other hand, Club Tijuana continued its great run with a 3-1 win over Veracruz, in a match with the top spot on the table on the line. Joe Corona got the start, playing 80 minutes before giving way to Greg Garza, who made his return after sitting out last week with a leg injury.

Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention a match in Sweden that featured two Americans going head-to-head. Defender Heath Pearce’s Göteborg faced off against goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski’s Helsingborg in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) Quarterfinals. Both Yanks played 90 minutes, but Pearce’s club got the better of things on this day, winning 2-0 and advancing to face BK Häcken in the semifinals.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):

 

PREMIER LEAGUE (England – First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 1-0 loss at West Brom.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet Saturday in Aston Villa’s 4-0 win at Sunderland.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes, made 4 saves and kept a clean sheet Sunday in Everton’s 3-0 vs. Newcastle United.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not in the squad Sunday for Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 loss at Manchester United.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – Second Division)

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) – Adam started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Blackburn Rovers’ 3-1 win at Charlton Athletic.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 0-0 draw at Leeds United.

Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC) – Andrija made his professional debut Saturday, coming off the bench to play 4 minutes in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 3-1 loss vs. Blackburn Rovers.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes, and had an assist on his team’s first goal Saturday in Bolton Wanderers’ 2-0 win vs. Millwall.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 1-1 draw vs. Huddersfield Town.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny was not in the squad Saturday for Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford. Reading used heavy squad rotation to rest regulars for Monday’s FA Cup quarterfinal.

 

LEAGUE ONE (England – Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly scored his first professional goal Saturday in Chesterfield’s 3-2 loss vs. Coventry City (highlights).

 

LEAGUE TWO (England – Fourth Division)

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Cheltenham Town’s 1-1 draw at Newport County.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (England – Fifth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Gateshead’s 2-1 win vs. Macclesfield Town.

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 67’ GOAL Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 2-2 draw at Chester.

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (England – Youth Division)

Kyle Scott (Chelsea U18) – Kyle came of the bench and played 22 minutes Saturday in Chelsea U18s’ 6-4 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur U18s.

 

LIGUE 1 (France – First Division)

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in FC Nantes’ 2-1 win vs. Evian.

 

BUNDESLIGA (Germany – First Division)

John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Hertha BSC’s 2-2 draw vs. Schalke 04.

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-0 win vs. Paderborn 07.

Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Hamburger SV’s 3-0 loss at Hoffenheim 1899.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian came off the bench and played 11 minutes Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win vs. Hannover 96.

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart) – Jerome came off the bench and played 45 minutes Friday in Stuttgart’s 4-0 loss at Bayer Leverkusen.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Second Division)

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Ingolstadt’s 3-1 loss vs. Karlsruher SC.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 70 minutes Sunday in SV Sandhausen’s 1-0 loss at TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Germany – Fourth Division)

Marc Heider (Holstein Keil) – Marc scored his 9th GOAL of the season Friday in Holstein Keil’s 1-0 win vs. Wehen Wiesbaden (highlights).

Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach II) – Mario scored a GOAL Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 3-3 draw vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf II.

Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt scored his 11th GOAL of the season Sunday in Saarbrücken’s 3-1 win vs. Zweibrücken (highlights).

 

LIGA MX (Mexico – First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura came off the bench and played 12 minutes Saturday in Club America’s 1-0 win vs Santos Laguna.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played 66 minutes Sunday in Querétaro’s 1-0 loss at Toluca.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Club Atlas’s 2-1 win vs. Monterrey.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe started and played 80 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana’s 3-1 win vs. Veracruz.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Chiapas’ 2-0 loss vs Pumas.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg came off the bench and played 10 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana’s 3-1 win vs. Veracruz. He returned to the squad after missing last week with an unspecified leg injury.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started and played the full 90 minute Saturday in Puebla’s 2-1 loss vs. Guadalajara.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 2-1 loss vs. Guadalajara. He also wore the captain’s armband in this match.

Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús started and played 54 minutes Friday in Leones Negros’ 1-0 win at Morelia.

 

ASCENSO MX (Mexico – Second Division)

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny started and played 63 minutes Friday in Atlante’s 3-0 loss vs. Zacatepec.

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Mérida’s 2-1 win vs. Correcaminos.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Coras de Tepic’s 3-1 win vs. Celaya.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie started and played 62 minutes Sunday in Dorados’ 2-1 loss at Altamira.

 

EREDIVISIE (Netherlands – First Division)

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-1 loss at Vitesse. It was his first start since injuring his ankle on February 5.

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Groningen’s 2-1 loss at PSV Eindhoven. He returned to the squad after missing 1 game with a calf injury.

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio was on the bench but did not play Saturday in FC Utrecht’s 3-1 loss at Cambuur.

 

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (Republic of Ireland – First Division)

Jake Keegan (Galway FC) – Jake came off the bench and played 22 minutes Friday in Galway FC’s 2-0 loss at Bohemians.

 

ALLSVENSKAN (Sweden – First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Göteborg’s 2-0 win vs. Helsingborg IF in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) Quarterfinals. Göteborg advances to the semifinals vs. BK Häcken.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborg IF) – Matt started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Helsingborg’s 2-0 loss vs. IFK Göteborg in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) Quarterfinals. Helsingborg is eliminated from the competition.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Cody Cropper (Southampton U21) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action, but has not yet returned to the game day roster.

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action, but was back in training as of March 10 (link).

Conor O’Brien (Wiener Neustadt) – Conor suffered a broken rib on Saturday vs. Admira. He left the match after 72 minutes following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper. The club hopes he is able to return within three weeks (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a knee injury in training on March 8, causing ligament damage that will keep him out 6-8 weeks (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   March 12, 2015 (5:56 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

CCVFalcao

 

Cameron Carter-Vickers is clearly among the elite defenders on the planet. Okay, maybe that’s a touch of hyperbole. He did, however, shut down one of the elite attacking players on the planet this week. The U.S. U20 International found himself faced with the unexpected challenge of lining up against superstar Radamel Falcao on Monday, when the Colombian striker suited up for Manchester United’s U21 side. CCV was more than up to the task, with the following praise coming from Tottenham’s official match report:

“…Cameron Carter-Vickers kept Falcao quiet all night and Carter-Vickers came closest to a winner in the second half when his header came back off the crossbar.”

Not a bad sparring session heading into this summer’s U20 World Cup. Tottenham Hotspur U21s came away from Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw. (highlights).

No this isn’t a repeat story, just a repeat outcome: Hérculez Gómez scored again for Puebla. Herc keeps making the most of his opportunities in Copa MX for La Franja. With yet another piercing run in behind the defense, he scored his sixth goal since rejoining Puebla. It was, naturally, the game winning goal, and put his club through to to the Copa MX Semifinals (highlights).

Things didn’t turn out so well for our Yanks in Tijuana. The Xolos’ dependence on youth players in Copa MX may have finally caught up to them, as they were dumped at home 2-0 by Chiapas and knocked out of the tournament. Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno and Alejandro Guido all got the start as Tijuana’s 14-game unbeaten run came to an end.

Back in England, Tim Howard’s Everton got off to a decent start Thursday in its Europa League Round of 16 tie vs. Dynamo Kyiv. The Toffees won the home leg 2-1 and travel to Ukraine for the return leg next week.

Down in The Championship, one USMNT defender went head-to-head with a potential future USMNT defender. Tim Ream’s Bolton Wanderers traveled to face Blackburn Rovers and the emerging Adam Henley. The home side got a 94th minute winner to steal the three points, 1-0. In the only other EC game on the slate, Danny Williams put in 90+ minutes in Reading’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

And finally, we take a rare look across the Irish Sea to the League of Ireland Premier Division, where Binghamton University product Jake Keegan got on the scoresheet for Galway FC. His 66th minute converted penalty helped secure a 3-2 win vs. Finn Harps in the First Round of the Irish League Cup (highlights).

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Monday thru Thursday):

 

PREMIER LEAGUE (England – First Division)

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes and made three saves Thursday in Everton’s 2-1 win vs. Dynamo Kyiv in the First Leg of the Europa League Round of 16.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – Second Division)

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) – Adam started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Blackburn Rovers’ 1-0 win vs. Bolton Wanderers.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss at Blackburn Rovers.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started and played 90+ minutes (subbed off in stoppage time) Monday in Reading’s 2-1 win vs. Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (England – Fifth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started and played 74 minutes Tuesday in Gateshead’s 1-1 draw vs. Welling United.

 

U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (England – Youth Division)

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur U21) – Cameron started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Tottenham Hotspur U21s’ 1-1 draw vs. Manchester United U21s.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U21) – Gedion started and played 78 minutes Tuesday in Arsenal U21s’ 1-0 loss at Derby County U21s.

 

U21 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (England – Youth Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 5-0 loss vs. Leeds United U21s.

 

LIGA MX (Mexico – First Division)

Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando was not in the squad Wednesday for Club Tijuana’s 2-0 loss vs. Chiapas in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Tijuana is eliminated from the competition.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started and played 77 minutes Wednesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 loss vs. Chiapas in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Tijuana is eliminated from the competition.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday, as Querétaro ended 0:0 with Guadalajara, lost 5:3 on penalties and were eliminated in the Copa MX quarterfinals.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe was not in the squad Wednesday for Club Tijuana’s 2-0 loss vs. Chiapas in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Tijuana is eliminated from the competition.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was not in the squad Wednesday for Chiapas’ 2-0 win at Club Tijuana in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Chiapas plays at Guadalajara in the semifinals.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 66th minute GOAL Tuesday in Puebla’s 2-1 vs. Mérida. Puebla advanced to the Copa MX semifinals.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 loss vs. Chiapas in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Tijuana is eliminated from the competition.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started and played 55 minutes Wednesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 loss vs. Chiapas in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Tijuana is eliminated from the competition.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael was not in the squad Tuesday for Puebla’s 2-1 win vs. Mérida. Puebla advanced to the Copa MX semifinals.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 loss vs. Chiapas in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Tijuana is eliminated from the competition.

 

ASCENSO MX (Mexico – Second Division)

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel came off the bench and played 45 minutes Tuesday in Mérida’s 2-1 loss at Puebla in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Mérida is eliminated from the competition.

 

TIPPELIGAEN (Norway – First Division)

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Stabæk’a 1-1 friendly draw vs. Bodø/Glimt.

 

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (Republic of Ireland – First Division)

Jake Keegan (Galway FC) – Jake started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 66th minute GOAL (PK) in Galway FC’s 3-2 win vs. Finn Harps in the First Round of Irish League Cup.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Cody Cropper (Southampton U21) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action, but has not yet returned to the game day roster.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg suffered a leg injury on February 27 vs. Pachuca, exiting the match after 40 minutes. He missed Tijuana’s 1-1 draw Saturday at Santos Laguna and his status for the weekend is undetermined (link).

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action.

Conor O’Brien (Wiener Neustadt) – Conor suffered a broken rib on Saturday vs. Admira. He left the match after 72 minutes following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper. The club hopes he is able to return within three weeks (link).

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio sustained a calf injury and left training early on Friday (March 6), missing Groningen’s 2-0 win Sunday vs. Dordrecht. There is no indication it is a long-term setback (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre suffered a severe MCL sprain while playing for the USMNT vs. Panama on February 8. He has only recently returned to training with Tottenham (link).

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   March 9, 2015 (4:54 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

AndrewWooten

 

The German Second Division may not be the first place USMNT fans traditionally look when following Americans abroad, but that’s where we found a couple of key goals this weekend.

Andrew Wooten hasn’t yet earned an invite to the U.S. senior team camp, but he continues to make a strong case. Sunday he scored his 8th goal of the season. His 7th minute strike gave SV Sandhausen the early lead on its way to a an important 3-2 win at 1860 Munich. SVS is unbeaten in 2015 (3-0-2) and has pulled 10 points clear of the relegation zone (highlights). We’re about a week or so away from Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster for the upcoming Denmark & Switzerland friendlies. Could the Wooten Clan finally get a look?

Alfredo Morales’ Ingolstadt is focused squarely on earning automatic promotion. FCI has led the 2.Bundesliga nearly the entire season. After being left out of the XI a week ago, Morales returned to the starting lineup to score his second goal of the season. His 77th minute tally put Ingolstadt up 2-0 on the way to a 3-0 win at Erzgebirge Aue. FCI maintains a six-point cushion at the top of the table (highlights).

In the Dutch Eredivisie, a more prolific goalscorer was at it again. Aron Jóhannsson’s numbers aren’t nearly as gaudy as last season (largely due to injury struggles), but he scored his fifth this season on Sunday. He came off the bench and cut Utrecht’s lead to 3-1 at the time. Unfortunately things headed the wrong direction for AZ, falling 6-2 to Rubio Rubin’s club. Rubin made a 7 minute cameo appearance late in the game (highlights).

South of the border, Joe Corona made his first Liga MX start for Tijuana since his foot injury on October 17. The only down side from a USMNT perspective is that his opportunity resulted directly from Greg Garza’s injury. Garza’s absence is still believed to be short-term, so we’ll see how the lineup shakes out this week. In any case, the Xolos continue their white-hot run, getting a 93rd minute equalizer to draw 1-1 at Santos Laguna. Tijuana is in first place on the Clausura table and is unbeaten in 14 across all competitions.

Finally, a shout out to Andrew Stadler, a Wisconsin native playing in Sweden’s third division. Andrew scored twice Saturday to lead Landskrona BoIS to a 2-1 win over Kristianstad in Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) Group 3 play. Landskrona is 3rd in the 4-team group midway through the group stage.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):

 

AUSTRIAN BUNDESLIGA (Austria – First Division)

Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started and played 72 minutes Saturday in Wiener Neustadt’s 0-0 draw vs. Admira.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE (England – First Division)

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Aston Villa’s 2-0 vs West Brom in the FA Cup Quarterfinals. Villa will face the Blackburn-Liverpool winner in the semifinals at Wembley.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not in the squad Saturday for Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – Second Division)

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) – Adam started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Blackburn Rovers’ 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the FA Cup Quarterfinals. Replay to played at Blackburn next week.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 win vs. Middlesbrough.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 2-1 win at Cardiff City.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 2-2 draw at Derby County.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Reading’s 0-0 draw at Bradford City in the FA Cup Quarterfinals. Replay to be played at Reading March 16.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (England – Fifth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started and played 69 minutes Saturday in Gateshead’s 1-0 loss at Braintree Town.

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started, played 70 minutes and scored a 64th minute GOAL Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 2-1 win vs. Woking.

 

LIGUE 1 (France – First Division)

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro came off the bench and played 61 minutes Saturday in FC Nantes’ 3-1 loss at Reims.

 

BUNDESLIGA (Germany – First Division)

John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Hertha BSC’s 0-0 draw at VfB Stuttgart.

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-2 loss at FC Köln.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started, played the full 90 minutes and had an assist Saturday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-2 draw at Mainz 05.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Second Division)

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 77th minute GOAL Friday in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win at Erzgebirge Aue.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started, played 86 minute and scored a 7th minute GOAL Sunday in SV Sandhausen’s 3-2 win at 1860 Munich.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Germany – Fourth Division)

Julian Green (Hamburger SV II) – Julian started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Hamburger SV II’s 3-1 loss at St. Pauli II.

 

EREDIVISIE (Netherlands – First Division)

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron came off the bench, played 45 minutes and scored a 56th minute GOAL Sunday in AZ Alkmaar’s 6-2 loss at FC Utrecht.

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was not in the squad Sunday for Groningen’s 2-0 win vs Dordrecht. He sustained a calf injury and missed training the previous day.

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio came off the bench and played 7 minutes Sunday in FC Utrecht’s 6-2 win vs. AZ Alkmaar.

 

LIGA MX (Mexico – First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Club America’s 0-0 draw at Pachuca.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) –Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Querétaro’s 1-0 win vs. Guadalajara.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started, played the full 90 minutes and had an 84’ yellow card Saturday in Club Atlas’ 1-1 draw at Cruz Azul.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe started and played 63 minutes Saturday in Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Santos Laguna. It was his first Liga MX start since October 17.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was not in the squad Saturday for Chiapas’ 2-2 draw vs. Puebla.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc came off the bench and played 20 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 2-2 draw at Chiapas.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 2-2 draw at Chiapas.

Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús started and played 57 minutes Sunday in Leones Negros’ 2-1 vs. Pumas.

 

ASCENSO MX (Mexico – Second Division)

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny started and played 60 minutes Saturday in Atlante’s 2-0 loss at Mineros de Zacatecas.

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Mérida’s 1-0 win at Zacatepec.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio started and played 81 minutes Sunday in Coras de Tepic’s 3-1 loss at Dorados de Sinaloa.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie came off the bench and played 19 minutes Sunday in Dorados’ 3-1 win vs. Coras de Tepic.

 

U20 LEAGUE (Mexico – Youth Division)

Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana U20) – Fernando started and played 79 minutes Saturday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 loss at Santos Laguna U20s.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana U20) – Paul started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 loss at Santos Laguna U20s.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana U20) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 loss at Santos Laguna U20s.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana U20) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 loss at Santos Laguna U20s.

 

ALLSVENSKAN (Sweden – First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Göteborg’s 5-0 win vs. Ljungskile in Svenska Cupen group play.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Helsingborg’s 1-1 draw vs. Halmstad in Svenska Cupen group play.

 

DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Sweden – Third Division)

Andrew Stadler (Landskrona BoIS) – Andrew started and scored TWO GOALS Saturday in Landskrona’s 2-1 win vs. Kristianstad in Svenska Cupen group play.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Cody Cropper (Southampton U21) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action, but has not yet returned to the game day roster.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg suffered a leg injury on February 27 vs. Pachuca, exiting the match after 40 minutes. He missed Tijuana’s 1-1 draw Saturday at Santos Laguna and his status for the coming week is undetermined (link).

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action.

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio sustained a calf injury and left training early on Friday (March 6), missing Groningen’s 2-0 win Sunday vs. Dordrecht. There is no indication it is a long-term setback (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   March 5, 2015 (8:53 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

AdamHenley

 

The best news this week is that we don’t have any new injuries to report, so hooray for small miracles. Greg Garza remains sidelined with a leg injury, but there’s been no indication it’s a long term issue.

On the other hand, there were a few goals to feast our eyes on, and they came from some not-so-usual suspects:

Adam Henley may never suit up for the USMNT, but he’s out there if Mr. Klinsmann takes interest. The Knoxville, Tennessee born 19-year-old (raised in Wales) scored his first goal for Blackburn Rovers. It proved to be the eventual game-winner, finding the back of the net in the 31st minute Wednesday at Sheffield, uh, Wednesday. (highlights).

Per usual for Club Tijuana in Copa MX play, some American youth internationals had a chance to shine. Amando Moreno scored again, his second in three appearances in the competition. Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido also started for the Xolos in a 2-0 win over Leones Negros (highlights). Tijuana enters the knockout rounds as the top seed and will face Chiapas in the quarterfinals.

Julio Morales isn’t a well known name, even amongst the most hipster of USMNT hipsters. He earned a surprise call-up to January camp and would require a one-time switch in order to actually play for the U.S. The 21-year-old is on loan from Chivas to Coras de Tepic, and scored his first goal with the club in Copa MX Wednesday night, albeit in a 2-1 loss at Necaxa (highlights).

Back in England, Sunderland loanee and U.S. Youth International Lynden Gooch has made an immediate impact at Gateshead F.C. Beginning a short 28-day loan, he scored a goal in just his second appearance with the fifth division side. His tally provided the winning margin in a 3-1 win over Wrexham.

Gedion Zelalem is name that doesn’t require hipster status to know. Oh yeah, he scored a goal with the Arsenal U18s. It was the fifth goal in a 5-3 win vs. the Leicester City U18s. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not a showstopper.) The match highlights are up on the Arsenal site, if you don’t mind hassle of the required registration: (link).

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Monday thru Thursday):

 

AUSTRIAN BUNDESLIGA (Austria – First Division)

Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Wiener Neustadt’s 3-1 win at Grödig.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE (England – First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff came off the bench and played 73 minutes Wednesday in Stoke City’s 2-0 win vs. Everton.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Aston Villa’s 2-1 win vs. West Brom.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Everton’s 2-0 loss at Stoke City.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not in the squad Wednesday for Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-2 win vs. Swansea City.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – Second Division)

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) – Adam started, played the full 90 minutes, had a 49’ yellow card, and scored a 26th minute game-winning GOAL Wednesday in Blackburn Rovers’ 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was not in the squad Tuesday for Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 loss at Brentford.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 90’ yellow card Tuesday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 loss at Charlton Athletic.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Tuesday for Charlton Athletic’s 2-1 win vs. Nottingham Forest.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw vs. Reading.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win vs. Blackpool.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny played 12 minutes off the bench Tuesday in Reading’s 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (England – Fifth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 47th minute game-winning GOAL Tuesday in Gateshead’s 3-1 win vs. Wrexham.

 

U21 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (England – Youth Division)

Will Packwood (Birmingham City U21) – Will started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Birmingham City U21s’ 3-2 loss vs. Huddersfield Town U21s.

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (England – Youth Division)

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur U18) – Cameron started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Tottenham Hotspur U18s’ 2-0 win vs. Chelsea U18s in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Semifinals.

Kyle Scott (Chelsea U18) – Kyle started and played 55 minutes Thursday in Chelsea U18s 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur U18s in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Semifinals.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U18) – Gedion started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 76th minute GOAL Wednesday in Arsenal U18s 5-3 win at Leicester City U18s.

 

BUNDESLIGA (Germany – First Division)

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian came off the bench and played 16 minutes Wednesday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 win at Kickers Offenbach. ‘Gladbach advanced to the DFB Pokal (German Cup) Quarterfinals.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Second Division)

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo played 29 minutes off the bench Monday in Ingolstadt’s 1-1 draw vs. 1860 Munich.

 

LIGA MX (Mexico – First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started and played 59 minutes Wednesday in Club America’s 2-0 win vs. Deportivo Saprissa. America won 5-0 aggregate and advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started and played 83 minutes Tuesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win vs. Leones Negros in Copa MX group play.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Querétaro’s 2-2 draw at Santos Laguna in Copa MX group play.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Club Atlas’ 2-0 loss at Colo Colo (Chile) in Copa Libertadores group play.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe was not in the squad Tuesday for Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win vs. Leones Negros in Copa MX group play.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Puebla’s 1-0 win at Toluca in Copa MX group play.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win vs. Leones Negros in Copa MX group play.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started, played 87 minutes and scored a 59th minute GOAL Tuesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win vs. Leones Negros in Copa MX group play.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael was not in the squad Wednesday for Puebla’s 1-0 win at Toluca in Copa MX group play.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Club Tijuana’s 2-0 win vs. Leones Negros in Copa MX group play.

Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesus was not in the squad Tuesday for Leones Negros’ 2-0 loss at Club Tijuana in Copa MX group play.

 

ASCENSO MX (Mexico – Second Division)

Enrique Cárdenas (Atlante) – Enrique came off the bench and played 13 minutes Wednesday in Atlante’s 2-0 loss at Mérida in Copa MX group play.

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Mérida’s 2-0 win vs. Atlante in Copa MX group play.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 30th minute GOAL Wednesday in Coras de Tepic’s 2-1 loss at Necaxa in Copa MX group play.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie started and played 68 minutes Tuesday in Dorados’ 4-2 win vs. Lobos BUAP in Copa MX group play.

 

TIPPELIGAEN (Norway – First Division)

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. started and played 45 minutes Thursday in Viking’s 2-0 friendly loss at Bryne.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played 45 minutes Thursday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 friendly win vs. Aalesunds.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro has been suffering from a case of the flu. He’s missed two straight games, but is expected to be available by this weekend (link).

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Cody Cropper (Southampton) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg suffered a leg injury on February 27 vs. Pachuca, exiting the match after 40 minutes. He is not yet back in training with the club and remains doubtful to play this weekend vs. Santos Laguna (link).

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action.

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   March 2, 2015 (6:31 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

FabianJohnson

 

It’s been a mixed bag of a season for Fabian Johnson, albeit an eventful one. He joined a new club, his playing time has been inconsistent, he’s squabbled with his manager over his position, yet he’s also been part of a very successful team. Since the end of the Bundesliga’s winter break, Fabian’s been seen exclusively on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach. On Saturday he took full advantage of his attacking role, scoring his first goal the season, one that proved to be the game winner in an important 2-0 decision over Paderborn 07 (highlights). His chip into the box also led directly to ‘Gladbach’s second goal. With just over two months to go in the season, the Fohlenelf are in third place on the table, in the driver’s seat for a berth in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, John Brooks’ Hertha BSC got a big 1-0 win over Augsburg with a late goal to emerge from the relegation zone. And Timothy Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt held on for a 2-1 over Hamburg, still just five points out of a UCL position. Julian Green, meanwhile, was still nowhere to be seen in an HSV uniform.

Outside senior team action in Germany, it was a busy weekend for Junior Flores. Saturday he made the bench for Borussia Dortmund II, but didn’t play. The next day he was in the XI for Dortmund’s U19 side and scored a goal in a 3-2 win over the FC Köln U19s. (highlights).

A bit further south off the Autobahn in Austria, Conor O’Brien found the back of the net for Wiener Neustadt. He tucked home a penalty in the 34th minute, which was just enough for a 1-0 win over Austria Wien. Neustadt still has work to do to avoid relegation, but the victory pulled the club level on points on the edge of the red line (highlights).

Lots of Americans on the field in Tijuana, as usual. The first team scored a dramatic 3-2 comeback win Friday over Pachuca. Down 2-0 at the half, the Xolos won it in stoppage time to remain on top of the Liga MX Clausura table. Greg Garza started, but was replaced by fellow Yank Joe Corona late in the first half after suffering a leg injury. It’s still unknown how long Garza may be sidelined. Nonetheless, Tijuana is scorching hot, unbeaten in its last 12 in all competitions.

The news was all good from Tijuana’s U20 side: Americans Fernando Arce, Jr., Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno all scored in a 4-2 win over the Pachuca U20s. Alejandro Guido and John Requejo also both went 90 for the U20 Xolos in a winning effort.

Not to be overlooked back up in Liga MX, California native Jesus Vazquez contributed the game winning assist for Leones Negros in a shocking 1-0 away victory at Club America (highlights). USMNT-hopeful Ventura Alvarado went the distance again across the field for America.

Finally, some good news on the injury front. Aron Jóhannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s squad after a longer than expected absence with a nagging ankle injury. He played 11 minutes off the bench in a 2-0 win over Willem II. And across the North Sea in the English Championship, Tim Ream made a quick return to the field for Bolton Wanderers. He missed just one midweek game before going 90 on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Here’s the full rundown on how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):

 

AUSTRIAN BUNDESLIGA (Austria – First Division)

Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 34th minute penalty GOAL in Wiener Neustadt’s 1-0 win vs. Austria Wien.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE (England – First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Stoke City’s 1-0 win vs. Hull City.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes and made 9 saves Saturday in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss at Newcastle United.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes and made 3 saves Sunday in Everton’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not on the game day roster Sunday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – Second Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was not on the game day roster Saturday for Huddersfield Town’s 3-0 loss at Charlton Athletic.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 win at Reading.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not on the game day roster Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 3-0 win vs. Huddersfield Town.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bolton Wanderers 1-0 win vs. Brighton & Hove Albion. He returned to the lineup after missing Bolton’s midweek game due to injury.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win vs. Brentford.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Reading’s 3-0 loss at Nottingham Forest.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (England – Fifth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started and played the full 90 minutes in Gateshead’s 1-0 loss at Bristol Rovers. It was his first game on a one-month loan from Sunderland.

 

BUNDESLIGA (Germany – First Division)

John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Hertha BSC’s 1-0 win vs. Augsburg.

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 win vs. Hamburger SV.

Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not on the game day roster Saturday in Hamburger SV’s 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started on the left wing, played the full 90 minutes, and scored an 18th minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win vs. Paderborn 07.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Second Division)

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 87 minutes Saturday in SV Sandhausen’s 2-0 win vs Aalen.

 

3.LIGA (Germany – Third Division)

Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund II) – Junior made the bench but did not play Saturday in Borussia Dortmund II’s 3-1 loss at Chemitz.

 

U-19 BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Youth Division)

Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund U19) – Junior started and scored a 43rd minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Dortmund U19s’ 3-2 win vs. FC Köln U19s.

 

EREDIVISIE (Netherlands – First Division)

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron came off the bench and played 11 minutes Saturday in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win vs. Willem II. He returned to the squad after missing three weeks with an ankle injury.

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio started, played the full 90 minutes and had a 55th minute yellow card Sunday in Groningen’s 1-1 draw vs. ADO Den Haag.

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio was on the bench but did not play Sunday in FC Utrecht’s 0-0 draw vs. Feyenoord.

 

LIGA MX (Mexico – First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Club America’s 1-0 loss vs. Leones Negros.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Querétaro’s 4-1 loss at Puebla.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Club Atlas’ 3-0 loss vs. Veracruz.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe came off the bench and played 50 minutes Friday in Tijuana’s 3-2 win vs. Pachuca.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was not in the 18 Friday in Chiapas’ 3-2 loss at Morelia.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg started and played 40 minutes before leaving with an apparent leg injury Friday in Tijuana’s 3-2 win vs. Pachuca.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Puebla’s 4-1 win vs. Querétaro.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 4-1 win vs. Querétaro.

Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesus started, played 70 minutes, had a 70th minute yellow card, and assisted on the winning goal in Leones Negros’ 1-0 win at Club America.

 

ASCENSO MX (Mexico – Second Division)

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny started and played 78 minutes Friday in Atlante’s 3-3 draw vs. Celaya.

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Mérida’s 3-0 win vs. Mineros de Zacatecas.

 

U20 LEAGUE (Mexico – Youth Division)

Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 13th minute GOAL Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 33rd minute GOAL Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started, played 69 minutes and scored a 39th minute GOAL Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.

 

ALLSVENSKAN (Sweden – First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Göteborg’s 6-0 win at Myresjö/Vetlanda FK in Svenska Cupen group play.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt started, made X saves and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Helsingborgs’ 4-0 win at Västeras SK in Svenskan Cupen group play.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro has been suffering from a case of the flu this week. He missed FC Nantes’ game Sunday at Lyon (link).

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Cody Cropper (Southampton) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg suffered an apparent leg injury on February 27 vs. Pachuca, exiting the match after 40 minutes. No official prognosis has been released yet.

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action.

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   February 26, 2015 (8:52 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

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Hérculez Gómez is having a happy return to his old stomping grounds. While the starts in league play have been slow in coming, he’s making the most of his opportunities in Copa MX. Tuesday night at Toluca, Herc busted out with a first half brace, both goals coming off great runs in behind the defense (highlights). Since rejoining Puebla at the start of the 2015 Clausura, he has five goals in just eight appearances, four of those goals coming in the domestic cup. Puebla would go on to lose the game 4-3, but still lead Group 5 and are in good position to advance, much thanks to Herc. Elsewhere in Copa MX, Amando Moreno and Paul Arriola came off the bench in Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negroes. Gabriel Farfán got another start for Chiapas in a 3-0 win at Pumas. Both Jaguares and Xolos lead their respective groups with a round to play.

Edgar Castillo and Club Atlas had bigger fish to fry down in Brazil. Los Zorros went on the road to face powerful Atlético Mineiro in Round 2 of the Copa Libertadores group stage, and walked away from Belo Horizonte with a shock 1-0 win (highlights). Atlas is now level on 3 points with Chilean club Colo Colo, who they face next week in Santiago.

And in yet another competition involving Mexican clubs this week, Ventura Alvarado started yet again for Club America, this time in CONCACAF Champions League. He went the distance in a 3-0 win at Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa. The Purple Monster gave America a good run before the visitors poured it on late with three goals in six minutes (highlights). CA figures to coast into the semifinals from here with the home leg ahead next week.

Thursday means Europa League, and there were several Yanks in action. Tim Howard got the win and wasn’t tested much as Everton won 3-1 over BSC Young Boys, advancing 7-2 on aggregate. It wasn’t such a pleasant day for Fabian Johnson’s Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Fohlenelf fell 3-2 at home vs. Sevilla, bowing out of the tournament with a 4-2 aggregate loss. DeAndre Yedlin didn’t make the trip to Florence, but there will be fewer fixtures on the upcoming schedule for his Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs lost 2-0 at Fiorentina, and were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate.

Eric Lichaj is playing well, and so is Nottingham Forest. He put in another solid 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over 4th place Bournemouth. Forest is suddenly hot again, earning 13 points in its last five league matches. The club is still 12 points behind a spot in the Promotion Playoffs, but there’s a long way to go yet.

It’s been a while since we heard much from Will Packwood, but he’s making a case for more first team minutes with Birmingham City. On Tuesday he scored a goal with the BCFC U21s in a 2-0 win over the Sheffield Wednesday U21s (link). Will’s only senior team appearance this season came back in September. The senior Blues are winless in eight games, so perhaps opportunity awaits.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Monday thru Thursday):

 

PREMIER LEAGUE (England)

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes and made one save Thursday in Everton’s 3-1 win vs. BSC Young Boys. Everton won the series 7-2 on aggregate and advanced to the Europa League Round of 16.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre did not travel Thursday for Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 loss at Fiorentina. Spurs lost 3-1 on aggregate and are eliminated from the Europa League. He was also not in the squad for the U21 match on Monday.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – 2nd Division)

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started, played the full 90 minutes and had a 33’ yellow card Wednesday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 win vs. Bournemouth.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the 18 Tuesday for Charlton Athletic’s 2-0 loss at Derby County. He hasn’t played since going 90 minutes on February 7.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Birmingham City’ 4-2 at Ipswich Town.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny was not in the 18 Tuesday for Reading’s 3-0 loss at Huddersfield Town. Reading made six changes overall, so it appears he just had the day off.

 

U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (England – Youth Division)

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur U21) – Cameron started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Tottenham Hotspur U21s’ 0-0 draw vs. Southampton U21s.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland U21) – Lynden started Monday in Sunderland U21s’ 1-1 draw vs. Manchester United U21s.

Andrija Novakovich (Reading U18) – Andrija started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Reading U21s’ 2-1 loss vs. Blackburn Rovers U21s in the Premier League Cup.

 

U21 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (England – Youth Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started, played the full 90 minutes and had an assist Monday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 1-0 win vs. Barnsley U21s (highlights).

Will Packwood (Birmingham City U21) – Will started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a GOAL Tuesday in Birmingham City U21s’ 2-0 win vs. Sheffield Wednesday U21s (link).

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (England – Youth Division)

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U18) – Gedion started, played the full 90 minutes, and had an assist Monday in Arsenal U18s’ 3-2 loss vs. Crewe Alexandra in the FA Youth Cup (link).

 

BUNDESLIGA (Germany)

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian came off the bench and played 12 minutes Thursday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-2 loss vs. Sevilla. ‘Gladbach lost the series 4-2 on aggregate and was eliminated from the Europa League.

 

LIGA MX (Mexico)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Club America’s 3-0 win at Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) in Leg 1 of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals.

Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 3. Xolos lead group with one round to play.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul came off the bench and played 22 minutes Tuesday in Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 3. Xolos lead group with one round to play.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Querétaro’s 5-0 win vs. Santos Laguna in Copa MX Group 1 play. Querétaro leads the group with one round to play and is assured of advancing.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Atlas’ 1-0 win at Atlético Mineiro (Brazil) in Copa Libertadores Group 1 play.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe was not in the 18 Tuesday for Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 3. Xolos lead group with one round to play.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel started and played 70 minutes Tuesday in Chiapas’ 3-0 win at Pumas in Copa MX Group 6. Chiapas leads with one round to play, all four teams still alive.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg was not in the 18 Tuesday for Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 3. Xolos lead group with one round to play.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started, played the full 90 minutes and scored TWO goals Tuesday in Puebla’s 4-3 loss at Toluca in Copa MX Group 5. Puebla still leads the group with one round to play.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro was not in the 18 Tuesday for Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 3. Xolos lead group with one round to play.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando came off the bench and played 29 minutes Tuesday in Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 3. Xolos lead group with one round to play.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael was not in the 18 Tuesday in in Puebla’s 4-3 loss at Toluca in Copa MX Group 5. Puebla still leads the group with one round to play.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 3. Xolos lead group with one round to play.

Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesus was not in the 18 Tuesday for Leones Negros’ 1-1 draw vs. Tijuana in Copa MX Group 3. Leones Negros are third in the group with one round to play.

 

ASCENSO MX (Mexico – 2nd Division)

Stevie Rodriguez (Doradas de Sinaloa) – Stevie started and played 51 minutes Wednesday in Dorados’ 4-1 loss at Lobos BUAP in Copa MX Group 4. Dorados are second in the group with one round to play.

 

TIPPELIGAEN (Norway)

David Estrada (Stabæk IF) – David started and played 68 minutes Wednesday in Stabæk’s 3-2 friendly loss vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Portland, Oregon. David is just on trial with the club at this time.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro has been suffering from a case of the flu this week. He missed FC Nantes’ game Sunday at Lyon (link).

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Cody Cropper (Southampton) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action.

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is still rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. There is no set schedule for his return, though he hopes to back to playing by April.

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action.

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron suffered a minor ankle injury on February 5 at Ajax. It was initially expected that he may only miss one game, but ended up missing three. He returned to training Tuesday and is expected to be available this weekend.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim left on a stretcher after a collision with the goal post on February 20 at Nottingham Forest. He missed Tuesday’s match at Middlesbrough, but could return by the weekend to face Brighton & Hove Albion (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).

 

 
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