[AMERICANS ABROAD]A day after his manager, Gus Poyet, said he needed to show he deserved make the Sunderland 18-player squad, Jozy Altidore was again left out of the Black Cats' squad for a big game. But a week after missing the Capital One Cup final at Wembley because of what Poyet said was one of the toughest decisions of his career, Altidore sat out the FA Cup quarterfinals Sunderland lost to Hull City, 3-0, after picking up what Poyet said was an injury at training though the cub later said he was ill.
Saturday in Europe ...
Aron Johannsson scored two more goals -- the first with a lob of the keeper, the second following a nifty turn on the ball -- to give him 24 goals in all competitions this season for AZ and lead the Dutch club to a 4-0 win over Heracles. Terrence Boyd had an an assist for Rapid Vienna in its 1-1 tie with Wacker Tirol.
Leading Scorers (2013-14):
24+2 Aron Johannsson (AZ)
14 Terrence Boyd(Rapid Vienna)
9 Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
(Goals in all club competitions.)
Johannsson Goal #1:
Aron Johannsson by goalsandmore
Johannsson Goal #2:
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Weekend in Mexico ...
Jose Torres scored his first league goal since joining Tigres a year ago in its 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Liga MX leader Cruz Azul.
Three Californians made their Liga MX debuts: Dennis Flores, 20, for Apertura champ Leon, and Alejandro Guido, 19, for Tijuana on Friday andGabriel Farfan, on loan from Chivas USA, for Chiapas on Saturday.
Tijuana, which plays the LA Galaxy in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, started AmericansJoe Corona and Greg Garza while Herculez Gomezand Guido came off the bench. Edgar Castillo, who usually starts at left back, was rested after playing for the USA against Ukraine on Wednesday.
DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were both carded in Puebla's 3-0 loss to Toluca.
U.S. World Cup Contenders:
3came off bench.
8did not dress.
Cory Cropper (did not dress), Southampton (England), 1-0 at Crystal Palace
Tim Howard (on bench), Everton (England), 1-4 at Arsenal (FA Cup)
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England)
DaMarcus Beasley (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Puebla (Mexico), 0-3 at Toluca
Edgar Castillo (on bench), Tijuana (Mexico), 2-0 vs. Guadalajara
Michael Orozco(62 minutes, 1 yellow card), Puebla (Mexico), 0-3 at Toluca
Geoff Cameron (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Stoke City (England), 1-1 at Norwich City
Timmy Chandler (did not dress), Nuremberg (Germany), 0-2 vs. Werder Bremen
Steven Cherundolo (did not dress), Hannover 96 (Germany), 1-1 vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Eric Lichaj (did not dress), Nottingham Forest (England), 0-1 vs. Barnsley
Oguchi Onyewu (90 minutes), Sheffield Wed. (England D2), 0-2 at Yeovil Town
Will Packwood (90 minutes), Birmingham City (England D2), 0-2 vs. Queens Park Rangers
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 5-1 at Leeds United
Jonathan Spector (90 minutes), Birmingham City (England D2), vs. 0-2 Queens Park Rangers
John Brooks (on bench), Hertha Berlin (Germany), 1-1 at Mainz
Joe Corona (90 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 2-0 vs. Guadalajara
Alejandro Bedoya(sub: 67 minutes), Nantes (France), 2-2 vs. Ajaccio
Stuart Holden (did not dress), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 5-1 at Leeds United
Fabian Johnson(90 minutes), Hoffenheim (Germany), 0-4 at Schalke 04
Sacha Kljestan (on bench), Anderlecht (Belgium), 0-1 vs. Leuven
Alejandro Morales (90 minutes), FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), 1-1 at Union Berlin
Brek Shea (did not dress), Barnsley (England D2), 1-0 at Nottingham Forest
Jose Torres (90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 yellow card), Tigres (Mexico), 3-0 vs. Cruz Azul
Danny Williams (did not dress), Reading (England D2), 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion
Jermaine Jones (60 minutes), Besiktas (Turkey), 1-0 vs. Eskisehirspor
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway)
Herculez Gomez (sub: 14 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 2-0 vs. Guadalajara
Bobby Wood (on bench), 1860 Munich (Germany D2), 4-0 vs. Aalen
Juan Agudelo (sub: 30 minutes), FC Utrecht (Netherlands), 0-1 vs. PSV (halftime)
Aron Johannsson (90 minutes, 2 goals), AZ (Netherlands), 4-0 vs. Heracles
Jozy Altidore (did not dress), Sunderland (England), 0-3 at Hull City (FA Cup)
Terrence Boyd (90 minutes, 1 assist), Rapid Vienna (Austria), 1-1 at Wacker Tirol