Howard returns to action, posts clean sheet as Everton edges Stoke 1-0.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, April 2, 2013) -- Time off for several Americans who missed two recent World Cup qualifiers have helped them recover from various ailments and return to action.
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, who broke two non-weight-bearing bones in his back on February 26, was in net Saturday for Everton, making three physical saves on his way to a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over visiting Stoke City in the English Premier League.
Defender Geoff Cameron, who played for the U.S. in both qualifiers, went 79 minutes for Stoke. He was turned in circles on a long run by Kevin Mirallas on Everton’s only goal in the 28th minute. U.S. midfielder Brek Shea, who played briefly in the March 26 0-0 draw against Mexico in Mexico City, did not dress for Stoke.
German-American defender Fabian Johnson and midfielder Danny Williams, both of whom missed the two qualifiers, started for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 3-0 loss to FC Schalke 04 in the German Bundesliga.
Williams, who went 84 minutes Saturday, is back after a bad case of the flu, while Johnson, who played 74 minutes, had suffered a minor hip pointer.
Missing from the match was Schalke’s German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, who suffered an ankle injury in the U.S.’s 1-0 triumph over Costa Rica in Commerce City, Colo.
Also in the Bundesliga, German-American defender Timmy Chandler, who missed the qualifiers because of a strained hamstring, played 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 2-2 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.
In England’s second-tier League Championship. U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, out for more than a year following knee surgery, made his first start for his temporary club Sheffield Wednesday, going 61 minutes in a 2-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday.
Holden is on a 30-day loan from Bolton Wanderers of the Premier League to give him some playing time as he recovers. He was then held out of yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Bristol City.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, American keeper Brad Friedel made a rare league start, making three saves for Tottenham Hotspur in its 2-1 decision over Swansea City.
U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey did not dress for Tottenham. He returned from the U.S. qualifying draw with Mexico with the flu.
U.S. keeper Brad Guzan did all he could do with a porous defense in front of him, making five saves for Aston Villa in its 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj dressed, but did not play for Villa.
San Francisco-born midfielder Sebastian Lletget did not dress for West Ham United in its 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
In the League Championship, American defender Zak Whitbread, still recovering from a thigh injury, dressed, but did not play for Leceister City in a 1-0 loss Friday to Millwall.
Yesterday, he went 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Barnsley. The twin setbacks look to have ended Leceister’s hopes of reaching the promotion playoffs.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play in a pair of Derby County wins, 3-0 over Bristol City on Friday and 2-1 Monday over Leeds United.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector, who has been out with a bad ankle, missed both Birmingham City matches over the Bank Holiday weekend, but there was some good news about his ankle injury. There is no ligament damage, as first feared, so his recovery will be shorter than announced previously. It will still be a couple of weeks before his likely return.
American defender Will Packwood’s season has ended for City after surgery for multiple breaks in his left leg.
American defender Tim Ream did not dress for Bolton in a 3-2 loss Saturday to Charlton Athletic.
In the third-division League One, American Frank Simek went the distance in a pair of Carlisle United draws, 2-2 with Shrewsbury Town on Friday and 0-0 Monday with Sheffield United.
American forward Mike Grella played the final minute for Scunthorpe United in a 1-0 loss last night to AFC Bournemouth. On Friday, he dressed, but did not play in a 2-1 decision over Leyton Orient.
In the Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo dressed, but did not play for Hannover 96 in a 2-0 shutout of FC Augsburg.
American forward Bobby Wood came off the bench for 1860 Munich in the 59th minute of a 1-0 victory over Ezgebirge Aue.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst did not dress for Augsburg.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 4-1 triumph over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks played 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 whitewash of VfL Bochum.
German-American midfielder Alfredo Morales played the final 15 minutes for Hertha.
German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the opening 61 minutes for SV Sandhausen in its 1-1 draw with 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
American midfielder Joe Gyau played the first half for FC St. Pauli in a 2-2 draw last night with SC Paderborn 07.
In Spain’s top-tier La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu dressed, but did not play for Málaga in a 3-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano.
In the Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went 90 minutes and received a yellow card for Racing Santander in its 0-0 draw with Elche.
In Italy’s Serie A, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley, back from the two U.S. qualifiers, dressed, but did not play for AS Roma in its 2-0 loss to Palermo.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, also back from Mexico City, still went the distance and received a yellow card for AZ Alkmaar, a 2-1 winner over SC Heracles Almelo.
In the Belgian playoffs for a place in next year’s European Champions League, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went 79 minutes for host Anderlecht in a 2-1 loss yesterday to KRC Genk. Genk won the series 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at Genk in the opener.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for Bursaspor in a 2-0 loss to Kasimpasa.
In the Austrian Bundesliga, U.S. forward Terrence Boyd played 90 minutes for Rapid Wien in a 3-2 loss to SV Josko Ried.
In Denmark, American midfielder Conor O’Brien went 90 minutes twice for FC Nordsjælland, in a 4-2 victory Friday over AGF Aarhus and a 3-1 win over FC Midtjylland last night.
American striker Charlie Davies got a rare start for Randers and played the first half of a 2-0 decision over SønderjyskE.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson, recovering from a hamstring injury, was absent from a pair of Brøndby IF matches, a 1-0 blanking of Esbjerg Friday and 3-2 victory over AGF Aarhus on Monday.
In Sweden, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played the first 82 minutes for Helsingborgs IF in a 3-0 whitewash of Djurgardens.
American midfielder Brian Span played the final 35 minutes for Djurgardens.
In Norway, the only American to play last weekend was midfielder Mix Diskerud and he scored in the 53rd minute to help Rosenborg BK in a 4-0 triumph Monday night over Brann.
In Portugal’s Primeira Liga, Panamanian\American striker Tony Taylor found net seven minutes into stoppage time to lift Estoril into a 1-1 draw with Moreirense
In Mexico’s Liga MX, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the second half and scored on a header for Puebla, which fell 2-1 to Tigres UANL.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal went 90 minutes for Puebla. U.S. midfielder José Torres played the opening 68 minutes for Tigres, while American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not play.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez went the distance for Santos Laguna in a 1-1 draw with Queretaro.
U.S. defender Edgar Castillo and midfielder Joe Corona both started for Club Tijuana in a 1-0 loss to Toluca. Castillo went the full 90 minutes, while Corona played 63 minutes.
American defender Greg Garza did not dress for Tijuana.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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