Altidore remains on fire, scores 21st goal in AZ draw.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, February 20, 2013) -- United States striker Jozy Altidore continues scoring in the Dutch Eredivisie. On Saturday, he notched his 16th goal in league play -- his 21st across all competitions -- for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-2 draw with Roda JC Kerkrade.
In the meantime, U.S. defender Edgar Castillo set up Richard Ruiz for the lone goal yesterday for defending Mexican champion Club Tijuana beat host Millonarios of Colombia 1-0 in Bogota in the Libertadores Cup opener for both teams.
Castillo crossed to Ruiz, who drilled a shot past keeper Luis Delgado in the 61st minute. American midfielder Joe Corona also started and played 67 minutes for the Xolos, who made their debut in the South American club competition.
Altidore opened the scoring for AZ, taking a pass from midfielder Viktor Elm at the top of the penalty area, turning on a defender and rifling it past goalkeeper Filip Kurto to tie the score at 1-1.
Altidore is second in Eredivisie in goals, two behind Vitesse's Wilfried Bony.
In Sweden, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya had his six-month contract with Helsingborg in the Allsvenskan extended to a full year. He could not sign a longer deal because world governing body FIFA has not ruled on player ownership of Scottish club Rangers after their insolvency. Helsingborg begins its new season at the end of March.
Norwegian-born American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud signed a new two-year contract with Rosenborg BK of Norway's Tippeligaen. He was coming to the end of a six-month pact.
With American < b>Tim Howard was in net for Everton, which narrowly missed becoming the ninth member of the English Premier League to be beaten by lower-division opponents when it managed a 2-2 draw at Oldham Athletic of the third-tier League One.
Howard kept Everton, using a mixture of normal starters and reserves, in the fifth-round match with a season-high 10 saves.
No other American played in the Premier League last weekend, but West Ham United signed U.S. youth midfielder Sebastian Lletget, 20, to a new contract.
Lletget was born to Argentine parents and grew up in Northern California. He has played for the U.S. under-17, U-20 and U-23 (Olympics) teams. Lletget has been with the Hammers since 2009, but his progress has been stymied by illness and injury.
This season, Lletget started all but one match with West Ham's U-20 side, where he has manned a more forward position, and has dressed for several games with the first team without playing.
"I think what the manager's trying to get into my game is to for me to get into the box and making chances and creating things," Lletget told West Ham TV. "As the season goes on, I'm playing in a different position. I'm more advanced and, as long as I'm getting in there, the chances will come."
In the second-division League Championship, there were a number of matches, but only Irish-American forward Conor Doyle and U.S. defender Jonathan Spector dressed. Doyle did not play for Derby County in a 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Spector was absent for Birmingham City, which was dumped 4-0 by Watford.
American defender Will Packwood is out for the season for Birmingham after surgery for his badly broken left leg. U.S. defender Tim Ream and midfielder Stuart Holden dressed for Bolton Wanderers, but did not play, while American defender Zak Whitbread and Leceister City did not play.
In League One, American defender Frank Simek went 90 minutes for Carlisle United in its 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.
American striker Mike Grella played the final 43 minutes for Scunthorpe United in a 3-0 loss to Yeovil Town.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American defender Timmy Chandler was a hero for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 2-2 draw with Hannover 96.
Chandler delivered the assist on Nürnberg's 92nd-minute goal, sending a perfect cross from the right side, allowing Sebastian Polter an easy finish for the equalizer.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, recovering from recent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, was unavailable to Hannover.
German-American defender Fabian Johnson and midfielder Danny Williams both played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 1-0 loss Sunday to VfB Stuttgart.
Williams earned a yellow card.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones went the distance for Schalke 04 in its 2-2 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05.
The first Schalke's first goal came after keeper Christian Wetklo fumbled Jones' hard shot and it was tapped in.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst played 92 minutes before being substituted for in stoppage time for FC Augsburg in a 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
American keeper David Yelldelldid not dress for Leverkusen.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender Alfredo Morales made his first start of the season, going 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 1-0 victory over VfR Aalen.
German-American defender John Anthony Brooks also went the distance for Hertha.
German-American forward Andrew Wooten scored SV Sandhausen's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
American forward Bobby Wood played the first half for TSV 1860 Munich in its 1-0 loss to VfL Bochum.
American midfielder Joe Gyau did not dress for St. Pauli FC' Monday match with FC Cologne.
In Italy's Serie A, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played the final 22 minutes for AS Roma in a 1-0 decision over Juventus.
In Spain's La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu dressed, but did not play in Málaga CF's 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
In the Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra dressed, but did not play for Racing Santander, a 1-0 loser to Recreativo Huelva.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 76 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in a 2-0 win over Royal Charleroi.
In Austria, German-American striker Terrence Boyd played the final 25 minutes for Rapid Vienna in its 2-1 loss to Austria Vienna.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played 90 minutes and received a yellow for card for Bursaspor, which edged Elazigspor 1-0.
In Mexico, three days after playing his first Liga MX match for Club América, 20-year-old Mexican-American defender Ventura Alvarado, an Arizona native, scored his first goal for the Aguilas in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Necaxa in the Copa MX.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal and midfielder DaMarcus Beasley both played 90 minutes for Puebla in a 1-1 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez went the distance for Santos Laguna in a 1-1 draw with Tigres UANL.
U.S. midfielder José Torres went 90 minutes for Tigres, while American Jonathan Bornstein did not dress.
Castillo lasted 49 minutes for Club Tijuana in its 2-0 loss Friday to Jaguares de Chiapas. He was sent off with his second yellow card just after intermission.
Corona played the first half for Tijuana, while American defender Greg Garza did not dress.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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