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Johannsson, back in action, scores 22nd goal
by Paul Kennedy, February 15th, 2014 3:07PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] The M*A*S*H unit worrying U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann began to empty out as Fabian Johnson returned to action -- at right back -- for Hoffenheim for the first time since breaking his hand, and Aron Johannsson (AZ) and Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes) were back in action in the Netherlands and France, respectively. Johannsson scored his 22nd goal of the season for AZ in the first half of its game against Juan Agudelo's FC Utrecht still in progress.

Leading Scorers (2013-14):
22+1 Aron Johannsson (AZ)
12 Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna)
8 Sacha Kljestan
(Anderlecht)
(Goals in all club competitions.)

Johnson started at right back in Hoffenheim's 4-1 win over VfB Stuttgart that moved it into 10th place in the Bundesliga. Bedoya (hamstring) and Johannsson (groin) had been out 14 and 10 days, respectively.

Jozy Altidore did not dress in Sunderland's 1-0 win over Southampton that moved it into the quarterfinals of the English FA Cup. He had played six games for Sunderland in 21 days before the Black Cats' match at Manchester City was washed out on Wednesday. In addition to a relegation fight, Sunderland has a March 2 date in the Capital One Cup final coming up.

U.S. World Cup Contenders:
GOALKEEPERS:
Sunday:
Tim Howard, Everton (England), vs. Swansea City (FA Cup)
No game:
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England)

DEFENDERS:
Friday:
Edgar Castillo (90 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 2-3 at Santos
Steven Cherundolo (did not dress), Hannover 96 (Germany), 0-2 at Mainz
Saturday:
DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico), at Cruz Azul (late game)
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico), at Cruz Azul (late game)
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 1-1 at Millwall
Sunday:
John Brooks, Hertha Berlin (Germany), vs. Wolfsburg
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany), at Augsburg
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England), at Sheffield United (FA Cup)
Oguchi Onyewu, Sheffield Wed. (England D2), vs. Charlton Athletic (FA Cup)
No game:
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England)

MIDFIELDERS:
Friday:
Joe Corona (sub: 31 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 2-3 at Santos
Saturday:
Alejandro Bedoya (starter-1 yellow card), Nantes (France), at Nice (in progress)
Stuart Holden (did not dress), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 1-1 at Millwall
Fabian Johnson (90 minutes), Hoffenheim (Germany), 4-1 vs. VfB Stuttgart
Brek Shea (did not dress), Barnsley (England D2), 2-2 at Doncaster Rovers
Jose Torres, Tigres (Mexico), at Chiapas (late game)
Sunday:
Danny Williams, Reading (England D2), at Queens Park Rangers
Jermaine Jones, Besiktas (Turkey), vs. Bursaspor
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium), vs. Bergen Mons
Offseason:
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway)

FORWARDS:
Friday:
Herculez Gomez
(sub: 27 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 2-3 at Santos
Saturday:
Juan Agudelo (starter), FC Utrecht (Netherlands), at AZ (in progress)
Aron Johannsson (starter, 1 goal), AZ (Netherlands), vs. FC Utrecht (in progress)
Jozy Altidore (did not dress), Sunderland (England), 1-0 vs. Southampton (FA Cup)
Sunday:
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria), at Admira
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2)
No game:
Clint Dempsey, Fulham (England)


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