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The OT Report – Dos A Cero Edition
   April 17, 2015 (12:57 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

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While all eyes in the USMNT Universe were rightfully focused on the Alamodome Wednesday night, bearing witness to the eighth “Dos a Cero” since 2000, there were, in fact, other Americans in action this week. Let’s take a look around at those who weren’t in San Antonio:

Edgar Castillo continues to do work for Club Atlas. His prowess on the defensive side usually isn’t highlight reel material, but he made a huge contribution in the final third Wednesday night. His 40th minute assist set up the only goal of the night, which proved to be enough to beat Brazilian giants Atletico Mineiro, and kept Atlas alive in Copa Libertadores Group 1. The Zorros’ odds are long (will likely require a 4-0 win at Colombian club Santa Fe), but they’re not done yet, and Edgar keeps making his case for another USMNT call (highlights).

The only goal so far this week was found in Finland, where Brian Span’s 16th minute strike gave IFK Mariehamn the early lead Thursday, and held up as the eventual gamewinner in a 2-0 win over Ilves. It was Brian’s third goal of the season in all competitions, and Mariehamn advanced to the quarterfinals of the Suomen (Finnish) Cup (highlights).

The Suomen Cup also gave us the start of Freddy Adu’s next adventure. He was on the bench Wednesday (here’s proof) for KuPS in a 2-1 vs. Lahti, where his club advanced to the quarterfinals. According to his manager, the substitutions were defensive-oriented for tactical reasons, so we should expect Freddy to actually play at some point soon (link).

The midweek action in England gave us several players returning from injury:

Danny Williams was back on the field after missing Reading’s last three matches. He picked up a knock while with the USMNT in March. He played 31 minutes off the bench Tuesday in a 1-0 loss vs. first-place Bournemouth, and appears to be ready to go for Reading’s massive FA Cup semifinal vs. Arsenal on Saturday.

The only American still involved in The Championship’s heated promotion race is Zak Whitbread. He made his first start since October, going the distance in Derby County’s 4-0 shellacking of cellar dwellars Blackpool. The win kept the Rams in 5th place, but most importantly, four points ahead of 7th place Brentford with three games to play. DCFC could lock up a spot in the Promotion Playoffs as early as Saturday.

After making his first game day roster in many months last week, Mark Pelosi finally got some game action. He played 30 minutes off the bench for Liverpool’s U21 side, albeit in a 2-1 loss vs. Leicester City U21s.

And yet one more injury returnee this week: Conor O’Brien was back on the field for Wiener Neustadt. He’s fully recovered from a broken rib suffered on March 7. He got the start and went 90 Wednesday in a 3-1 loss at Altach. Neustadt still has a fierce relegation battle ahead in the Austrian Bundesliga. The club is just one point ahead of last-place Admira with eight still to play; only one team will drop.

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

 

AUSTRIA

ÖSTERREICHISCHE BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

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

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started, played 74 minutes and drew a 44th minute yellow card Tuesday in Jablonec’s 2-0 win vs. Sparta Prague.

 

DENMARK

SUPERLIGA (First Division)

Ryan Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Esbjerg’s 1-1 draw vs. FC Copenhagen in the first leg of the Danish Cup semifinals.

 

ENGLAND

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson was not in the squad Wednesday for Fulham’s 1-1 draw vs. Rotherham United.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 loss vs. Watford.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Tuesday for Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

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

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Birmingham City’s 2-2 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Derby County’s 4-0 win vs. Blackpool. It was his first start since October after a long injury layoff.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny came off the bench and played 31 minutes Tuesday in Reading’s 1-0 loss vs. Bournemouth. He returned after missing the previous three games with an injury picked up while with the USMNT in March.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 28 minutes Tuesday in Chesterfield’s 6-0 win vs. Colchester United.

Paul Rachubka (Crewe Alexandra) – Paul started in goal, played the full 90 minutes, and made 8 saves Tuesday in Crewe Alexandra’s 1-1 draw at Peterborough United.

 

U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland U21) – Lynden started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Sunderland U21s’ 0-0 draw vs. Norwich City U21s.

Andrija Novakovich (Reading U21) – Andrija came off the bench and played 22 minutes Monday in Reading U21s’ 1-0 win at Arsenal U21s.

Marc Pelosi (Liverpool U21) – Mark came off the bench and played 30 minutes Monday in Liverpool U21s’ 3-1 loss vs. Leicester City U21s.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U21) – Gedion was on the bench but did not play Monday in Arsenal U21s’ 1-0 loss vs. Reading U21s.

 

U21 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest U21s.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Freddy Adu (KuPS) – Freddy was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in KuPS’ 2-1 win vs. Lahti in the Suomen (Finnish) Cup 6th Round.

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and scored a 16th minute GOAL Thursday in Mariehamn’s 2-0 win at Ilves in the Suomen (Finnish) Cup 6th Round.

 

GERMANY

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Saarbrücken’s 0-0 draw at FC Kaiserslautern II.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 39th minute ASSIST Wednesday in Club Atlas’ 1-0 vs. Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) in Copa Libertadores Group 1 play.

 

ASCENSO MX (Second Division)

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Manny started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 25th minute yellow card Wednesday in Mérida’s 1-1 draw at Necaxa in the first leg of the Clausura Liguilla quarterfinals.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie was not in the squad Thursday for Dorados’ 0-0 draw at Alebrijes in the first leg of the Clausura Liguilla quarterfinals.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin was not in the squad Wednesday for FC Anyang’s 2-2 draw at Daegu FC.

 

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. He has begun running again, but is still a long way from returning to action and his goal is to be back for the 2015-16 preseason (link).

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 69thminute. He was held out of the March 29 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 is training with his club and hopes to back to playing early in the 2015 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.

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will suffered a hamstring injury and left the match after 53 minutes on April 6 vs. Stevenage. He has been ruled out of Cheltenham Town’s next 3 matches. His earliest possible return is April 25 (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).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He resumed training recently but is hopeful he can resume playing by early May (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. He has increased his physical work in rehab and is expected to resume soccer activities in late April, and could return for the Liguilla (if Tigres qualify) or Copa Libertadores knockout rounds (link).

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   April 15, 2015 (1:20 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

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It takes a very noteworthy moment to take top billing after a weekend filled with this many Americans scoring goals. When a Major League Soccer Homegrown Player makes his Premier League debut, that surely qualifies. DeAndre Yedlin made his first Premier League appearance for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, playing right back after entering in the 79th minute. A plethora of Spurs injuries opened the door for this opportunity, so it remains to be seen how many minutes Yedlin snags the rest of the season. But it sure was a beautiful sight to see him on the field. Teammate Brad Friedel made a rare appearance on the bench for Spurs, but it was fellow Yank Brad Guzan who walked off the field in celebration. He posted a clean sheet as Aston Villa took an enormous 3 points, winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane (highlights).

Aron Jóhannsson may not be known for his skills as a playmaker, but he had a breathtakingly good assist over the weekend. In the first minute of play vs. Heerenveen, Aron threaded the needle with a low cross past several defenders in the box, setting up a goal that gave AZ Alkmaar an early lead. He left the match after 67 minutes with the scored tied 2-2, but the wheels fell off from there, with AZ losing by a 5-2 final (highlights).

Alfredo Morales also notched an assist, setting up Ingolstadt’s only goal in an important 1-0 win over Heidenheim. FCI continues to lead the 2.Bundesliga, increasing the gap to 5 points with six games to play.

How about those goals, you ask? They were all to be found well below the first division, mostly in Germany:

In Regionalliga action, Devann Yao was at it again for TSG Neustrelitz. He scored his 5th of the season, and his 3rd in just over a month, helping his club to a 3-0 win over Berliner AK 07 (highlights). Not to be outdone was Mario Rodriguez, who scored for the second straight game. His 4th goal of the season guided Borussia Mönchengladbach II to a 3-0 win vs. Wiedenbrück.

Borussia Dortmund’s youth sides provided several American goals. Junior Flores was on the scoresheet for the U19s in a 3-0 over the Bonner SC U19s (highlights). Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic bagged two goals for the U17s in a 9-1 pummeling of the Euskirchener TSC U17s (highlights).

Skipping back over to England, Luca De La Torre found the back of the net again for Fulham’s U18s. He followed up his brace from weeks ago with the lone goal in a 1-1 draw vs. the Newcastle United U18s.

And finally, a little closer to home in Mexico, Paul Arriola scored the only goal for Club Tijuana’s U20s on Friday in 1-1 draw vs. the Querétaro U19s.

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

 

AUSTRIA

ÖSTERREICHISCHE BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Wiener Neustadt’s 1-0 loss vs. SV Ried. It was his first game action since suffering a broken rib on March 7.

 

ERSTE LIGA (Second Division)

Shawn Barry (LASK Linz) – Shawn started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in LASK Linz’s 2-0 loss vs. FAC Wien.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin was on the bench but did not play Friday in Jablonec’s 4-0 win vs. Hradec Kralove.

 

DENMARK

SUPERLIGA (First Division)

Ryan Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Esbjerg’s 3-1 loss at Hobro IK.

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started at right back and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes, made 3 saves and earned a clean sheet Saturday in Aston Villa’s 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur) – Brad was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss vs. Aston Villa.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 2 saves Saturday in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Swansea City.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre came off the bench and played 11 minutes Saturday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss vs. Aston Villa, making his Premier League debut.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was not in the squad Saturday for Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson was not in the squad Friday for Fulham’s 2-2 draw vs. Wigan Athletic.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win vs. Huddersfield Town.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bolton Wanderers’ 2-1 loss vs. Norwich City.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan came off the bench and played 17 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 2-1 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak came off the bench and played 12 minutes Saturday in Derby County’s 1-1 draw vs. Brentford.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny was not in the squad Saturday for Reading’s 0-0 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly started and played 70 minutes Saturday in Chesterfield’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

Paul Rachubka (Crewe Alexandra) – Paul started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Crewe Alexandra’s 1-1 draw vs. Leyton Orient.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul came off the bench and played 11 minutes Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 1-0 vs. Wrexham.

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Luca De La Torre (Fulham U18) – Luca started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 19th minute GOAL Saturday in Fulham U18s’ 1-1 draw at Newcastle United U18s.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U18) – Gedion started and played 60 minutes Saturday in Arsenal U18s’ 2-1 loss at Bolton Wanderers U18s.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw at Jaro.

 

FRANCE

LIGUE 1 (First Division)

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 68th minute yellow card Sunday in FC Nantes’ 1-0 loss at Saint-Étienne.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Hertha BSC’s 1-1 draw at Hannover 96.

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 loss at Bayern Munich.

Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not in the squad Saturday for Hamburger SV’s 2-0 loss vs. Wolfsburg.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started and played 70 minutes Saturday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 win vs. Borussia Dortmund.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started, played the full 90 minutes and had a 27th minute assist Friday in Ingolstadt’s 1-0 win at Heidenheim.

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Erzgebirge Aue’s 1-0 loss vs. SV Sandhausen. It was his first time back in the 18 since he tore his MCL on February 20.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 89 minutes Sunday in SV Sandhausen’s 1-0 win at Erzgebirge Aue.

 

3.LIGA (Third Division)

Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel) – Marc started and played 80 minutes Saturday in Holstein Kiel’s 1-0 win vs. Mainz 05 II.

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II) – Jerome started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in VfB Stuttgart II’s 2-1 loss vs. Duisburg.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach II) – Mario started, played 85 minutes, scored a 42nd minute GOAL, and drew a 76th minute yellow card Friday in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 3-0 win vs. Wiedenbrück.

Devann Yao (TSG Neustrelitz) – Devann started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 42nd minute GOAL Sunday in TSG Neustrelitz’s 3-0 win at Berliner AK 07.

 

A-JUNIOREN BUNDESLIGA (Youth Division)

Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund U19) – Junior started and scored a 41st minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Dortmund U19s’ 3-0 win vs. Bonner SC U19s.
B-JUNIOREN BUNDESLIGA (Youth Division)

Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund U17) – Christian started and score TWO GOALS (22’ & 80’) Sunday in Borussia Dortmund U17s’ 9-1 win vs. Euskirchener TSC U17s.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura came off the bench and played 20 minutes Saturday in Club America’s 1-1 draw at Monterrey.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Querétaro 2-1 win vs. Club Tijuana.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 72nd minute yellow card Sunday in Club Atlas’s 0-0 draw at Toluca.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe started and played 56 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Querétaro.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was on the bench but did not play Friday in Chiapas’ 4-3 loss at Santos Laguna.

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Querétaro.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro came of the bench, played 15 minutes, drew an 84th minute yellow card and a 91st minute red card (2nd yellow) Friday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Querétaro.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew an 18th minute yellow card Saturday in Puebla’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros.

Jesús Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús started and played 53 minutes Saturday in Leones Negros’ 1-1 draw vs. Puebla.

William Yarbrough (Club León) – Williams started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 1 save Sunday in Club León’s 1-0 loss at C.D. Guadalajara.

 

ASCENSO MX (Second Division)

Enrique Cárdenas (Atlante) – Enrique was not in the squad Friday for Atlante’s 2-0 loss at Lobos BUAP.

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny was not in the squad Friday for Atlante’s 2-0 loss at Lobos BUAP.

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Manny started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Mérida’s 1-1 draw vs. Dorados de Sinaloa.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio was on the bench but did not play Friday in Coras de Tepic’s 3-0 loss vs. Alebrijes Oaxaca.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie started and played 75 minutes Saturday in Dorados’ 1-1 draw at Mérida.

 

U20 LIGA (Youth Division)

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 27th minute GOAL Friday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 1-1 at Querétaro U20s.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started and played 70 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 1-1 at Querétaro U20s.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 1-1 at Querétaro U20s.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron started, played 67 minutes, and had a 1st minute assist Saturday in AZ Alkmaar’s 5-2 loss at Heerenveen.

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was not in the squad Sunday for Groningen’s 3-2 win vs. Cambuur.

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in FC Utrecht’s 2-0 loss at ADO Den Haag.

 

EERSTE DIVISIE (Second Division)

Charles Kazlauskas (Helmond Sport) – Charles started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Helmond Sport’s 7-0 loss at Roda.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett came off the bench and played 4 minutes Saturday in Mjøndalen’s 1-1 draw at Stromsgodset.

Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Start’s 2-1 win vs. Sandefjord.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Stabæk’s 2-0 loss at Odd.

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Molde’s 3-1 win at Bodø/Glimt.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Bodø/Glimt’s 3-1 loss vs. Molde.

Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin was on the bench but did not play Friday in Sarpsborg’s 1-1 draw vs. Valerenga.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 1-0 loss vs. Sligo Rovers.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played 70 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 1-0 loss vs. Sligo Rovers.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan was on the bench but did not play Friday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 0-0 draw vs. Cork City.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin was not in the starting lineup Saturday for FC Anyang’s 2-0 win vs. Woosuk University in the Korea Republic FA Cup 3rd Round.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Göteborg’s 1-0 loss vs. Malmö FF.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Helsingborg’s 2-1 win at Halmstad. He returned to the squad after injuring a foot ligament on March 16, but may need to win back the starting goalkeeper job.

 

DIVISION 1 NORRA (Third Division)

David Abidor (Dalkurd FF) – David was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Dalkurd’s 3-0 win vs. Vasalunds.

 

DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Third Division)

Andrew Stadler (Landskrona) – Andrew started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Landskrona’s 1-0 loss vs. Oddevold.

 

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. He has begun running again, but is still a long way from returning to action and his goal is to be back for the 2015-16 preseason (link).

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 69thminute. He was held out of the March 29 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 is training with his club and hopes to back to playing early in the 2015 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.

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will suffered a hamstring injury and left the match after 53 minutes on April 6 vs. Stevenage. He has been ruled out of Cheltenham Town’s next 3 matches. His earliest possible return is April 25 (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).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He resumed training recently but is hopeful he can resume playing by early May (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. He has increased his physical work in rehab and is expected to resume soccer activities in late April, and could return for the Liguilla (if Tigres qualify) or Copa Libertadores knockout rounds (link).

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny returned from the March International Break with a still-undisclosed injury. He missed Reading’s April 7 match vs. Blackpool, and April 11 vs. Blackburn Rovers (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   April 10, 2015 (12:37 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

BMG

 

The midweek action this week brought a mixed bag of news. Some new injuries, some returns, some mixed results in cup competitions. Let’s deal with the bad news first.

It seems Danny Williams returned from USMNT duty at less than 100 percent health. Reading FC disclosed that he picked up an injury during the International Break, still undisclosed, and he missed Wednesday’s league match at Blackpool. It’s still not known just how long Danny will be out, and there are concerns with the Royals’ FA Cup Semifinal clash vs. Arsenal just over a week away (link).

Will Packwood is back on the shelf, at least for the short term. He left Cheltenham Town’s game Monday after 53 minutes with a hamstring injury, and has been ruled out for at least the next three matches (link).

Leaving the injury list for the first time in many months is Zak Whitbread. He was on the bench Monday for Derby County’s 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic, though he didn’t get any minutes. It was his first time in the 18 since October after dealing with various back and hamstring issues.

Another injury returnee was Mark Pelosi, who made the bench for Liverpool’s U21 side this week. It’s been a long road for him after a severely broken leg two years ago and various subsequent setbacks. Mark was called into the USMNT’s January camp, but hadn’t worked his way back into a club lineup until Tuesday.

Where are the goals, you ask? How about Duane Holmes, yet again. He scored for the third straight game for Huddersfield Town’s U21s, scoring the winning goal, yet again, in a 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra U21s. One would think he’s making a case for at least a U.S. U-23 call-up soon (highlights).

Fabian Johnson found the back of the net again. He was the second penalty taker Wednesday for Borussia Mönchengladbach after extra time, confidently striking his kick into the upper left corner. Unfortunately, his club lost the penalty shootout 5-4 at third-division side Arminia Bielefeld, and was eliminated from the DFB Pokal (highlights).

Several Yanks were active in Mexico in various domestic and international cup competitions. Hérculez Gómez played 88 minutes in Puebla’s 3-0 rout of Monterrey in the Copa MX Semifinals, advancing to face Chivas in the Final. Edgar Castillo went 90 in a losing effort for Club Atlas, falling 3-1 vs. Chilean club Colo Colo in Copa Libertadores group play. And Ventura Alvarado went 90 for Club America, helping keep a clean sheet as his club demolished Herediano 6-0 (6-3 aggregate), advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League Final vs. the Montreal Impact.

And finally, the Norwegian Tippeligaen began its 2015 season on Monday. Rhett Bernstein, Alex DeJohn, Cole Grossman and Zarek Valentin each saw substantial action in their clubs’ openers. Check out the recaps below for all the details.

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

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 2 saves Tuesday in Aston Villa’s 3-3 draw vs. Queens Park Rangers.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was on the bench but did not play Monday in Huddersfield Town’s 2-1 win vs. Ipswich Town. (also in lineup for Huddersfield Town U21, see below)

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson was not in the squad Tuesday for Fulham’s 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-2 draw at Brentford.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Tuesday for Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 draw vs. Fulham.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Bolton Wanderers’ 3-0 win at Cardiff City.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak was on the bench but did not play Monday in Derby County’s 2-0 win at Wigan Athletic.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny was not in the squad Tuesday for Reading’s 1-1 draw at Blackpool. He reportedly returned from the International Break with an injury.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly started and played 73 minutes Tuesday in Chesterfield’s 1-0 win vs. Crewe Alexandra.

Paul Rachubka (Crewe Alexandra) – Paul started in goal Tuesday in Crewe Alexandra’s 1-0 loss at Chesterfield.

 

LEAGUE TWO (Fourth Division)

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will started and played 53 minutes before leaving with a hamstring injury Monday in Cheltenham Town’s 1-0 loss vs. Stevenage.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started Monday in Grimsby Town’s 2-0 win at Alfreton.

 

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’ 0-0 draw at Chelsea U21s.

Luca De La Torre (Fulham U21) – Luca was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Fulham U21s’ 2-1 win at Liverpool U21s.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland U21) – Lynden came off the bench and played 18 minutes Tuesday in Sunderland U21s’ 3-2 win vs Southampton U21s.

Mark Pelosi (Liverpool U21) – Mark was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Liverpool U21s’ 2-1 loss vs. Fulham U21s.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur U21) –DeAndre started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Tottenham Hotspur U21s’ 0-0 draw at Chelsea U21s.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U21) – Gedion was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Arsenal U21s’ 4-1 win vs. Stoke City U21s.

 

U21 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 73rd minute GOAL Tuesday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 2-1 win vs. Crew Alexandra U21s.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian came off the bench in extra time, played 21 minutes, and scored a GOAL in the penalty kick shootout Wednesday as Borussia Mönchengladbach lost 1:1 (a.e.t.), (5:4 PEN) at Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal Quarterfinals. ‘Gladbach is eliminated from the competition.

 

U-19 BUNDESLIGA (Youth Division)

Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund U-19) – Junior started and played 45 minutes Wednesday in Borussia Dortmund U19s’ 2-1 loss vs. Schalke 04 U19s.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 75th minute yellow card Wednesday in Club America’s 6-0 win vs. Herediano in the 2nd leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semfinals. Club America advanced 6-3 on aggregate and will face the Montreal Impact in the two-leg final.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Club Atlas’s 3-1 loss vs. Colo Colo (Chile) in Copa Libertadores group play.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started and played 88 minutes Tuesday in Puebla’s 3-0 win vs. Monterrey in the Copa MX Semifinals. Puebla will host C.D. Guadalajara in the final on April 21.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael was not in the squad Tuesday for Puebla’s 3-0 win vs. Monterrey in the Copa MX Semifinals. Puebla will host C.D. Guadalajara in the final on April 21.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Groningen’s 3-0 win vs. Excelsior in the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) Semifinals. Groningen will face PEC Zwolle in the final on May 3.

 

EERSTE DIVISIE (Second Division)

Charles Kazlauskas (Helmond Sport) – Charles started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Helmond Sport’s 1-0 win vs. Almere City.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett was on the bench but did not play Monday in Mjøndalen’s 1-0 win vs. Viking FK.

Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Start’s 1-1 draw at Lillestrom.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Stabæk’s 1-1 draw vs. Haugesund.

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Molde’s 2-1 loss vs. Odd.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Bodø/Glimt’s 3-1 loss at Sandefjord.

Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin was on the bench but did not play Monday in Sarpsborg’s 1-0 win at Tromsø.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Galway United’s 4-2 win vs. Cockhill in the Republic of Ireland League Cup Round of 16.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played 70 minutes Monday in Galway United’s 4-2 win vs. Cockhill in the Republic of Ireland League Cup Round of 16.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew an 82nd minute yellow card Tuesday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 4-1 win vs. Crumlin United in Republic of Ireland League Cup Round of 16.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Göteborg’s 2-0 win at Orebro.

 

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. He has begun running again, but is still a long way from returning to action and his goal is to be back for the 2015-16 preseason (link).

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 69thminute. He was held out of the March 29 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 is training with his club and hopes to back to playing early in the 2015 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 March 7 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).

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will suffered a hamstring injury and left the match after 53 minutes on April 6 vs. Stevenage. He has been ruled out of Cheltenham Town’s next 3 matches. His earliest possible return is April 25 (link).

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborg) – Matt sprained a ligament in his foot in training on March 16. The injury is considered day-to-day but his availability for the April 4 season opener remains in doubt (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).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan suffered a heel injury on March 21 vs. Cardiff City and has not played since. Indication are that he is expected to return soon (link).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He resumed training recently but is hopeful he can resume playing by early May (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. He has increased his physical work in rehab and is expected to resume soccer activities in late April, and could return for the Liguilla (if Tigres qualify) or Copa Libertadores knockout rounds (link).

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny returned from the March International Break with a still-undisclosed injury. He missed Reading’s April 7 match vs. Blackpool and his return date is unknown (link).

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. The club reported on March 25 that his rehab his on schedule, having completed a rehab program (link). Reports suggested he may be available to return Sunday (April 4) vs former club 1860 Munich, but he was not in the squad (link).

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   April 7, 2015 (12:53 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

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This past weekend was heavy on the action for Americans overseas, but we’ll keep this OT Report light on the prose.

Everyone wants to know who scored, so let’s get to it:

Alejandro Bedoya was the only “big” name on the scoresheet this weekend. His second strike of the year gave FC Nantes the early lead in the 11th minute, but Les Canaris lost it late, falling 2-1 vs. Caen (highlights).

A couple of goals in the German Regionalliga:

Marc Heider scored yet again for Holstein Keil, bagging his 10th of the season in a 1-1 draw vs. Sonnenhof Großaspach (highlights).

Devann Yao continued his hot run of form since the end of the winter break, scoring his fourth of the season for TSG Neustrelitz in a 4-0 pounding of FSV Wacker 90 Nordhausen.

Nermin Crnkic is getting it done in the Czech Republic. He got his second goal in a just under a month for Jablonec in a 3-0 win over Ceské Budejovice.

Ryan Laursen, a California-born player raised in Denmark, scored his first career goal for Danish Superliga club Esbjerg in a 3-3 vs. FC Midtjylland. He’s already on U.S. Soccer’s radar (highlights).

Who didn’t score? Anyone shooting on Tim Howard, that’s who. He kept a clean sheet and had a Superman-level save that you absolutely must see to believe (highlights).

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

 

AUSTRIA

ERSTE LIGA (Second Division)

Shawn Barry (LASK Linz) – Shawn started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in LASK Linz’s 2-0 loss vs. Wacker Innsbruck.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin came off the bench, played 29 minutes, and scored a 90th minute GOAL Saturday in Jablonec’s 3-0 win at Ceské Budejovice.

 

DENMARK

SUPERLIGA (First Division)

Ryan Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 76th minute GOAL Saturday in Esbjerg’s 3-3 draw vs. FC Midtjylland.

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started at right back and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes and made 4 saves Saturday in Aston Villa’s 3-1 loss at Manchester United.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes and made 2 saves in Everton’s 1-0 win vs. Southampton.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not in the squad Sunday for Tottenham Hotspur’s 0-0 draw at Burnley.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was not in the squad Saturday for Huddersfield Town’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson was not in the squad Friday for Fulham’s 4-1 loss vs. Brentford.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 loss vs. Wolverhampton.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Friday for Charlton Athetic’s 2-1 loss at Millwall.

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

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak was not in the squad Friday for Derby County’s 2-2 draw vs. Watford.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny was not in the squad Saturday for Reading’s 1-1 draw vs. Cardiff City.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 45 minutes Friday in Chesterfield’s 3-2 win at Yeovil Town.

Paul Rachubka (Crewe Alexandra) – Paul started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Crewe Alexandra’s 0-0 draw vs. Crawley Town.

 

LEAGUE TWO (Fourth Division)

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Cheltenham Town’s 1-0 loss at York City.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul came off the bench and played 11 minutes Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 2-2 draw vs. Gateshead.

 

U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Kyle Scott (Chelsea U18) – Kyle started and played 62 minutes Saturday in Chelsea U18s’ 3-1 loss vs. Middlesbrough U18s.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Freddy Adu (KuPS) – Freddy was not in the squad Saturday in KuPS’ 2-1 win at SJK in the 5th Round of the Suomen (Finnish) Cup. He just signed days before, so not a surprise.

Stephen McCarthy (KuPS) – Stephen started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in KuPS’ 2-1 win at SJK in the 5th Round of the Suomen (Finnish) Cup.

 

FRANCE

LIGUE 1 (First Division)

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro started, played the full 90 minutes, scored an 11th minute GOAL, and drew a 73’ yellow card Saturday in FC Nantes’ 2-1 loss vs. Caen.

 

CHAMPIONNAT NATIONAL (Third Division)

Maki Tall (Red Star F.C.) – Maki came off the bench and played 5 minutes Friday in Red Star’s 0-0 draw vs. Le Poiré Sur Vie.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Hertha BSC’s 2-0 vs. Paderborn 07.

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-2 draw vs. Hannover 96.

Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not in the squad Saturday for Hamburger SV’s 4-0 loss at Bayer Leverkusen.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-1 win at Hoffenheim 1899.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started and played 59 minutes Sunday in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 win vs. FSV Frankfurt.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew played 87 minutes Sunday in SV Sandhausen’s 1-1 draw vs. Union Berlin.

 

3.LIGA (Third Division)

Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund II) – Junior came off the bench and played 6 minutes Saturday in Borussia Dortmund II’s 2-0 loss at Stuttgart Kickers.

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II) – Jerome started and subbed off in the 92nd minute Saturday in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win at Fortuna Köln.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Marc Heider (Holstein Keil) – Marc started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 2nd minute GOAL Saturday in Holstein Keil’s 1-1 draw at Sonnenhof Großaspach.

Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt came off the bench and played 16 minutes Sunday in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win at Hoffenheim II.

Devann Yao (TSG Neustrelitz) – Devann started, played 77 minutes and scored a 27th minute GOAL Saturday in Neustrelitz’s 4-0 win vs FSV Wacker 90 Nordhausen.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura came off the bench, played 10 minutes, and drew an 89th minute yellow card Saturday in Club America’s 1-0 win vs. Cruz Azul.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Querétaro’s 5-4 win at Club León.

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started, played the full 90 minutes and had a 51st minute yellow card Saturday in Club Atlas’ 1-1 draw vs. C.D. Guadalajara.

Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe came off the bench and played 20 minutes Saturday in Club Tijuana’s 4-3 loss vs. Monterrey.

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

Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg started and played 66 minutes Saturday in Club Tijuana’s 4-3 loss vs. Monterrey.

Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc came off the bench, played 20 minutes, and drew a 75th minute yellow card Saturday in Puebla’s 1-0 loss vs. Toluca.

Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 1-0 loss vs. Toluca.

Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús started and played 75 minutes Sunday in Leones Negros’ 2-0 loss at U.N.A.M. Pumas.

William Yarbrough (Club León) – William started, played the full 90 minutes and made 3 saves Saturday in Club León’s 5-4 loss vs. Querétaro.

 

ASCENSO MX (Second Division)

Enrique Cárdenas (Atlante) – Enrique was not in the squad Friday for Atlante’s 1-0 loss vs. Necaxa.

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny was not in the squad Friday for Atlante’s 1-0 loss vs. Necaxa.

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Manny started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 9th minute yellow card Friday in Mérida’s 2-2 loss vs. Lobos BUAP.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio came off the bench and played 19 minutes Friday in Coras de Tepic’s 2-0 loss at Mineiros.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie started and played 80 minutes Friday in Dorados’ 0-0 draw at Irapuato.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron came off the bench, played 30 minutes, and drew a 61st minute yellow card Sunday in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 loss vs. Feyenoord.

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Groningen’s 1-1 draw at Vitesse.

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio came off the bench and played 26 minutes Sunday in FC Utrecht’s 1-1 draw vs. Ajax.

 

EERSTE DIVISIE (Second Division)

Charles Kazlauskas (Helmond Sport) – Charles started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Helmond Sport’s 2-1 win vs. De Graafschap.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Galway United’s 3-0 loss at Shamrock Rovers.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Galway United’s 3-0 loss at Shamrock Rovers.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan came off the bench and played 14 minutes Friday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 2-2 draw at Longford.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in FC Anyang’s 2-1 loss vs. Goyang Hi FC.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Göteborg’s 1-0 win vs. Atvidabergs.

 

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 69thminute. He was held out of the March 29 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 is training with his club and hopes to back to playing early in the 2015 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 March 7 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).

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborg) – Matt sprained a ligament in his foot in training on March 16. The injury is considered day-to-day but his availability for the April 4 season opener remains in doubt (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).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan suffered a heel injury on March 21 vs. Cardiff City and has not played since. Indication are that he is expected to return soon (link).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He resumed training recently but is hopeful he can resume playing by early May (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. He has increased his physical work in rehab and is expected to resume soccer activities in late April, and could return for the Liguilla (if Tigres qualify) or Copa Libertadores knockout rounds (link).

Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. The club reported on March 25 that his rehab his on schedule, having completed a rehab program (link). Reports suggested he may be available to return Sunday (April 4) vs former club 1860 Munich, but he was not in the squad (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   April 2, 2015 (7:43 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

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It was another slow midweek for Americans abroad as the March International Break wound down. Fear not though, we searched high and low to find those who did play this week.

This isn’t a rerun from last week, but it’s a repeat of a standout performance. Duane Holmes was the main man again for Huddersfield Town’s U21 side. For the second consecutive game, Duane had a goal and an assist to lead his team to a win, this time a 4-1 decision over the Queens Park Rangers U21s (highlights). Rave reviews have followed. From the official club report, “As usual, Duane Holmes was at the heart of Town’s performance” (link). So if HTFC thinks this has become routine, how about some first team minutes?

How about some Scandinavian soccer? Jordan Seabrook got the start for VPS Thursday in the 5th Round of the Suomen (Finnish) Cup. Unfortunately his club was taken down by second division side AC Oulo. VPS took an early 1-0 lead, but two late Oulo goals resulted in a 2-1 upset, and VPS is out of the tournament.

A couple of American goalkeepers in Norway made their final preparations before the new Tippeligaen season kicks off this weekend. Ethan Horvath played 90 minutes between the sticks for Molde in a 2-2 friendly draw vs. Ålesund. And Quentin Westberg posted a clean sheet in his first appearance for Sarpsborg 08 in a 3-0 friendly win over Bærum.

We’ve also got new injury updates on Matt Pyzdrowski, Jose Torres, Zak Whitbread and Bobby Wood. Check out “On The Shelf – The OT Injury Report” below.

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

 

ENGLAND

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Chesterfield’s 1-0 win at Bradford City.

 

U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)

Luca De La Torre (Fulham U21) – Luca came off the bench and played 14 minutes Wednesday in Fulham U21s’ 3-1 loss at Norwich City U21s.

 

U21 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Youth Division)

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started, played 87 minutes, had a 31st minute GOAL and a 63rd minute assist in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 4-1 win at Queens Park Rangers U21s.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started and played 63 minutes Thursday in VPS’s 2-1 loss at 2nd division side AC Oulu in the 5th Round of the Suomen (Finnish) Cup. VPS is eliminated from the competition.

 

GERMANY

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Saarbrücken’s 0-0 draw vs. SV Waldhof Mannheim.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Molde’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Ålesund.

Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Sarpsborg’s 3-0 friendly win vs. Bærum.

 

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 69thminute. He was held out of the March 29 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 is training with his club and hopes to back to playing early in the 2015 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 March 7 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).

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborg) – Matt sprained a ligament in his foot in training on March 16. The injury is considered day-to-day but his availability for the April 4 season opener remains in doubt (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. He has increased his physical work in rehab and is expected to resume soccer activities in late April, and could return for the Liguilla (if Tigres qualify) or Copa Libertadores knockout rounds (link).

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. His club is hopeful that he will return to the lineup following the March FIFA International Break (link).

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). He may be available to return Sunday (April 4) vs former club 1860 Munich (link).

 
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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
 

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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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