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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