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Americans Abroad: Midweek Action

There is little rest in the world of soccer nowadays, and several potential members of the 2010 US Men’s National Team were in action Tuesday.  Goalkeeper Brad Friedel (ok I know he hasn’t been interested in playing for the national team in years, but you never know) successfully defended Aston Villa’s goal in a 2-1 victory over Premier League rivals Wigan Athletic.  Fellow American goalkeeper Brad Guzan was on the bench for Villa.  Defender Jay Demerit played the entire 90 minutes in Watford’s 2-1 win over Ipswich Town in the English Coca-Cola Championship League.  In other Championship League action, both forward Kenny Cooper and defender Frank Simek made the bench for their respective teams, Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield Wednesday, but neither got into the game as Plymouth defeated Bristol City 3-2 and Sheffield Wednesday drew with Preston North End, 2-2. 

Jose 'Gringo'Torres

In CONCACAF action Tuesday night, midfielder Jose ‘Gringo’ Torres started for Mexico’s Pachuca squad in the second leg of its match against Guatemalen team Communicaciones.  He played the entire 90 minutes as Los Tuzos eliminated the Guatemalens, 2-1.  The game was scoreless when Communicaciones were handed two red cards, one at the 65th minute and the second a minute later.  Pachuca, with a two man advantage, scored a few minutes afterwards.  Communicaciones came right back, scoring on a penalty kick awarded because of a handball in the penalty box, to tie the score.  Down two men, though, they could not hold off the Pachuca onslaught, as Luis Montes rifled a left footed shot that skipped past the goalkeeper to put Pachuca through to the next round.                 

Wednesday the Columbus Crew meet Toluca in Mexico for the second leg of their quarterfinal contest.  The two teams drew 2-2 last week in Columbus.  The Crew feature four players who have earned caps as members of the USMNT — defenders Chad Marshall and Frankie Hejduk, midfielder Eddie Gaven and speedy winger Robbie Rogers. 

Thursday English club Fulham will host legendary Juventus in the second leg of their Europa League contest.  American midfielder Clint Dempsey, recently returned from injury, will lead Fulham in an uphill battle, having lost the first leg 3-0.  The game will be telecast at 1:00pm CDT on GolTV.


One Response

  1. The USSF announced that the USMNT will play Australia June 5th in South Africa as a final tuneup before opening up against England on June 12. The USSF had previously annnounced two other national team friendlies before the World Cup begins — May 25 against the Czech Republic in East Hartford, Conn and May 29 against Turkey in Philadelphia. All three teams should provide quallity competition for our squad.

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