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Guzan and Howard both suffer agonizing defeats
by Paul Kennedy, February 23rd, 2014 4:09PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Like Tim Howard for Everton against Chelsea the day before, Brad Guzan held off Newcastle United until stoppage before Aston Villa went down to the Magpies, 1-0, on Loic Remy's goal in stoppage time.

Of the 29 World Cup hopefuls whose teams were in action over the weekend, 22 played. Notable absentees were a pair of projected World Cup starters, Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey, neither of whom dressed. Jones has not played since December, had tweeted that he'd be ready for Besiktas' big game against Galatasaray, but he has yet to make the 18 since moving to Turkey. Dempsey's stay at Fulham will likely end with him having gone scoreless in six games in all competitions. The Cottagers play Chelsea on March 1, the last day of his loan.

-- Absent since October with a torn thigh muscle, Jonathan Spector (below) went the distance for Birmingham City in England. U.S. national team assistant coach Andreas Herzog was on hand for Spector's return in a 2-1 win at Blackpool.



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

Saturday ...

A goal, variously credited to John Terry and as a Howard own goal, three minutes into stoppage time gave leader Chelsea a 1-0 win over Everton. It was a disappointing end of the day for Howard, second in the EPL in shutouts. He had kept the game scoreless with a tremendous save on Eden Hazard and even better block on Branislav Ivanovic's rebound attempt in the second half.



Fabian Johnson created the penalty that earned Hoffenheim a 2-2 comeback draw at his future club, Borussia Moenchengladbach. Sejad Salihovic converted the penalty kick in the 82nd minute to earn Hoffenheim a share of the points after it fell behind by two goals after 12 minutes.

Oguchi Onyewu was back in Sheffield Wednesday's starting lineup for its 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town. John Brooks made his first appearance for Hertha Berlin in more than two months as a late sub in its 2-1 away win over VfB Stuttgart, while Brek Shea was also back on the field as a sub for Barnsley in its 1-0 win over Millwall.

U.S. World Cup Contenders:
IN BRIEF:
31
players.
---------------
29 
in action.
16 
started.
6
came off bench.
2 on bench.
5 did not dress.
--------------
2
in late game.

GOALKEEPERS:
Saturday:
Tim Howard (90 minutes), Everton (England), 0-1 at Chelsea
Sunday:
Brad Guzan
(90 minutes), Aston Villa (England), 0-1 at Newcastle United

DEFENDERS:
Friday:
Edgar Castillo
(90 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 0-3 vs. Chiapas
Saturday:
John Brooks (sub: 6 minutes), Hertha Berlin (Germany), 2-1 at VfB Stuttgart
Geoff Cameron (90 minutes), Stoke City (England), 0-1 at Man. City
Timmy Chandler (did not dress), Nuremberg (Germany), vs. Eintracht Braunschweig
Fabian Johnson (90 minutes), Hoffenheim (Germany), 2-2 at Borussia M'Gladbach
Eric Lichaj (on bench), Nottingham Forest (England), 1-3 at Burnley
Oguchi Onyewu (68 minutes), Sheffield Wed. (England D2), 2-0 at Huddersfield Town
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 2-0 vs. Watford
Jonathan Spector (90 minutes), Birmingham City (England D2), 2-1 at Blackpool
Sunday:

DaMarcus Beasley (78 minutes), Puebla (Mexico), 0-0 at Atlante
Steven Cherundolo (did not dress), Hannover 96 (Germany), 0-4 vs. Bayern Munich
Michael Orozco (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Puebla (Mexico), 0-0 at Atlante

MIDFIELDERS:
Friday:
Joe Corona (sub: 45 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 0-3 vs. Chiapas
Sacha Kljestan (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Anderlecht (Belgium), 1-2 vs. Lokeren
Saturday:
Stuart Holden (did not dress), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 2-0 vs. Watford
Jermaine Jones (did not dress), Besiktas (Turkey), at Galatasaray
Brek Shea (sub: 28 minutes), Barnsley (England D2), 1-0 vs. Millwall
Jose Torres (sub: 13 minutes), Tigres (Mexico), 1-0 vs. Veracruz
Danny Williams (90 minutes), Reading (England D2), 0-1 vs. Blackburn Rovers
Sunday:
Alejandro Bedoya (sub: 12 minutes), Nantes (France), 0-3 vs. Rennes
Offseason:
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway)

FORWARDS:
Friday:
Herculez Gomez
(sub: 14 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 0-3 vs. Chiapas
Saturday:
Jozy Altidore (45 minutes), Sunderland (England), 1-4 at Arsenal
Terrence Boyd (90 minutes), Rapid Vienna (Austria), 0-0 vs. Groedig
Clint Dempsey (did not dress), Fulham (England), 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion
Bobby Wood (on bench), 1860 Munich (Germany D2), 2-2 vs. Paderborn
Sunday:
Juan Agudelo (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), FC Utrecht (Netherlands), 1-0 vs. Groningen
Aron Johannsson (90 minutes), AZ (Netherlands), 0-4 at Ajax


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