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Beasley and Boyd score, Altidore misses Wembley final
by Paul Kennedy, March 2nd, 2014 5:12PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] First-half substitute DaMarcus Beasley scored the winning goal to lead Puebla to a 1-0 win over Queretaro. The goal was the 12th in three seasons with La Franja.

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

Terrence Boyd scored his 14th goal of the season for Rapid Vienna in a 6-3 loss at Red Bull Salzburg. His nine league goals lead Rapid scorers.

Jozy Altidore's disappointing first season at Sunderland hit a new low, however, as he was left off the Black Cats' matchday squad for the Capital One Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City.

Altidore, who could only watch as the Black Cats fell, 3-1, after a strong first half, had played in all six games leading up to the final, and has dressed for all but one of Sunderland's 26 Premier League games. His exclusion by Sunderland coach Gus Poyet was not entireally a surprise, however, as he had been subbed at the half of Sunderland's 4-1 loss at Arsenal a week earlier.



Saturday ...

Of the seven European-based field players eligible for Wednesday's Ukraine-USA game, all but Brek Shea started on Saturday. That included Clint Dempsey, who made his first appearance for last-place English Premier League club Fulham in more than three weeks and started in its 3-1 loss at home to London rival Chelsea, which has opened up a four-lead at the top. Dempsey missed a golden opportunity with a header in the third minute in his last game before returning to the Seattle Sounders.

-- Gabriel Farfan, who is on loan from Chivas USA, made his Mexican league debut as a second-half sub for Chiapas in its 3-0 loss to Leon.

Friday ...

Jermaine Jones
returned to action for the first time since Dec. 21, debuting for Turkish club Besiktas and playing 57 minutes in its 0-0 tie with visiting Antalyaspor.

U.S. World Cup Hopefuls:
IN BRIEF:
33
players.
---------------
31 
in action.
17
started.
5
came off bench.
3 on bench.
6 did not dress.

GOALKEEPERS (3):
Saturday:
Cory Cropper (did not dress), Southampton (England), vs. Liverpool
Tim Howard (90 minutes), Everton (England), 1-0 vs. West Ham United
Sunday:
Brad Guzan (90 minutes), Aston Villa (England), 4-1 vs. Norwich City

DEFENDERS (12):
Friday:
John Brooks (on bench), Hertha Berlin (Germany), 0-0 vs. Freiburg
Saturday:
Geoff Cameron (90 minutes), Stoke City (England), 1-0 vs. Arsenal
Edgar Castillo (did not dress-en route to Frankfurt), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-1 at Veracruz
Timmy Chandler (did not dress-injured), Nuremberg (Germany), 0-3 at Borussia Dortmund
Steven Cherundolo (did not dress-injured), Hannover 96 (Germany), 1-1 at Augsburg
Eric Lichaj (45 minutes), Nottingham Forest (England D2), 1-4 vs. Wigan Athletic
Oguchi Onyewu (90 minutes), Sheffield Wed. (England D2), 1-0 vs. Middlesbrough
Will Packwood (90 minutes), Birmingham City (England D2), 0-1 at Ipswich Town
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 4-0 vs. Blackburn Rovers
Sunday:
DaMarcus Beasley (sub: 53 minutes), Puebla (Mexico), 1-0 vs. Queretaro
Fabian Johnson (86 minutes), Hoffenheim (Germany), 6-2 vs. Wolfsburg
Michael Orozco (90 minutes), Puebla (Mexico), 1-0 vs. Queretaro

MIDFIELDERS (11):
Friday:

Alejandro Bedoya (66 minutes), Nantes (France), 0-2 at Evian
Jermaine Jones (57 minutes), Besiktas (Turkey), 0-0 vs. Antalyaspor
Saturday:
Joe Corona
(sub: 70 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-1 at Veracruz
*Stuart Holden (did not dress), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 4-0 vs. Blackburn Rovers
Brek Shea (sub: 36 minutes), Barnsley (England D2), 0-5 at Huddersfield Town
Danny Williams (90 minutes), Reading (England D2), vs. Yeovil Town
Sunday:
Sacha Kljestan (on bench), Anderlecht (Belgium), 2-0 vs. Genk
Alejandro Morales (90 minutes), FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), 1-1 vs. Dynamo Dresden
Jose Torres (sub: 28 minutes), Tigres (Mexico), 0-0 at Guadalajara
Offseason:
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway)
*Holden will return to action for the first time since injuring his knee in the 2013 Gold Cup final when he plays Monday for Bolton against Everton in an under-21 match.

FORWARDS (7):
Saturday:
Clint Dempsey
(90 minutes), Fulham (England), 1-3 vs. Chelsea
Herculez Gomez (77 minutes, 1 assist), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-1 at Veracruz
Bobby Wood (sub: 3 minutes), 1860 Munich (Germany D2), 0-0 at Sandhausen
Sunday:
Juan Agudelo (on bench), FC Utrecht (Netherlands), 1-1 vs. FC Twente
Jozy Altidore (did not dress), Sunderland (England), 1-3 vs. Man. City (Capital One Cup final)
Terrence Boyd (90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 yellow card), Rapid Vienna (Austria), 3-6 at Red Bull Salzburg
Aron Johannsson (90 minutes, 1 assist), AZ (Netherlands), 4-0 vs. RKC


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