[AMERICANS ABROAD]Eighteen of the 31 U.S. World Cup hopefuls started on teams in action abroad over the weekend. Among those who did not get off the bench were two possible starters:Jermaine Jones, who has only made two appearances lasting an hour each time since moving to Besiktas in Turkey, and Alejandro Bedoya, whose reduced playing time at Nantes has corresponded with the Canaries' nine-game winless streak that has seen it fall to 13th in France's Ligue 1.
Leading Scorers (2013-14):
25+1 Aron Johannsson (AZ)
14 Terrence Boyd(Rapid Vienna)
9 Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
(Goals in all club competitions.)
MEXICO.Alejandro Guido, 19, made his first start, Fernando Arce, 17, made his Liga MX debut off the bench, and three other Americans -- Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola -- started for Tijuana in its 2-1 loss at Cruz Azul.
Arriola, the third American teen in the Xolos' lineup, set up Richard Ruiz for the game's first goal shortly before halftime, but Cruz Azul rallied for two goals from Marco Fabianin the second half.
Xolos rested many of their starters -- including two other Americans, Greg Garza and Joe Corona -- for Tuesday's Concacaf Champions League match against the LA Galaxy at the Estadio Caliente.
Three Americans started in Sunday's Puebla-Tigres match: DaMarcus Beasleyand Michael Orozco for Puebla and Jose Torres for Tigres, which won on the road, 1-0.
ENGLAND.Brad Guzan's Aston Villa beat leader Chelsea, 1-0, to shake up the English Premier League title race. Guzan made a couple of good saves early in the second half before Villa won on a late goal in a match that saw Chelsea have Brazilians Willian and Ramires red-carded and its manager, Jose Mourinho, ejected.
U.S. World Cup Contenders:
31on teams in action.
1came off bench.
8did not dress.
Cory Cropper (did not dress), Southampton (England), 4-2 vs. Norwich City
Brad Guzan(90 minutes), Aston Villa (England), 1-0 vs. Chelsea
Tim Howard (90 minutes), Everton (England), 2-1 vs. Cardiff City
John Brooks (on bench), Hertha Berlin (Germany), 0-3 vs. Hannover 96
Geoff Cameron (90 minutes), Stoke City (England), 3-1 vs. West Ham United
Edgar Castillo (90 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 at Cruz Azul
Steven Cherundolo (did not dress), Hannover 96 (Germany), 3-0 at Hertha Berlin
Fabian Johnson (86 minutes, 1 assist), Hoffenheim (Germany), 2-4 vs. Mainz
Eric Lichaj (did not dress), Nottingham Forest (England), 0-0 vs. Doncaster Rovers
Oguchi Onyewu (90 minutes), Sheffield Wed. (England D2), 4-1 vs. Birmingham City
Will Packwood (90 minutes, 1 own goal), Birmingham City (England D2), 1-4 at Sheffield Wed.
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 0-2 vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Jonathan Spector (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Birmingham City (England D2), at Sheffield Wed.
DaMarcus Beasley (90 minutes), Puebla (Mexico), 0-1 vs. Tigres
Timmy Chandler (did not dress), Nuremberg (Germany), 1-2 at Hamburg
Michael Orozco (90 minutes), Puebla (Mexico), 0-1 vs. Tigres
Alejandro Morales(90 minutes), FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), 0-1 vs. FSV Frankfurt
Alejandro Bedoya (on bench), Nantes (France), 0-0 at Lille
Joe Corona (did not dress), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 at Cruz Azul
Stuart Holden (did not dress), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 0-2 vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Jermaine Jones (on bench), Besiktas (Turkey), 2-2 at Caykur Rizespor
Brek Shea (did not dress), Stoke City (England), 3-1 vs. West Ham United
Danny Williams (did not dress), Reading (England D2), 0-0 vs. Derby County
Sacha Kljestan (90 minutes), Anderlecht (Belgium), 4-0 vs. Oostende
Jose Torres (90 minutes), Tigres (Mexico), 1-0 at Puebla
Mix Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway)
Jozy Altidore(sub: 45 minutes), Sunderland (England), 0-0 vs. Crystal Palace
Terrence Boyd (90 minutes), Rapid Vienna (Austria), 1-0 vs. Josko Ried
Herculez Gomez (63 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 at Cruz Azul
Bobby Wood (on bench), 1860 Munich (Germany D2), 2-2 at Erzebirge Aue
Juan Agudelo (90 minutes), FC Utrecht (Netherlands), at NEC
Aron Johannsson (59 minutes), AZ (Netherlands), at FC Twente