[AMERICANS ABROAD]Tim Howard's Everton remained in the hunt for a top four EPL spot and a berth in the Champions League as the Toffees won, 3-0, at Newcastle United for their fourth win in a row while fourth-place Arsenal conceded a late own goal and had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Swansea City at home.
Everton trails the Gunners by six points but has a game in hand and a home date against them slated for April 6.
In Germany, John Brooks again got a start for Hertha Berlin but could not hold off Bayern Munich, whose 3-0 win clinched the Bundesliga the earliest in its history.
In Mexico, Jose Torres returned to action for Tigres in its 3-0 win over Veracruz that moved it into the final of the Copa MX.
U.S. World Cup Contenders, Midweek:
Tim Howard (90 minutes), Everton (England), 3-0 at Newcastle United
John Brooks (90 minutes), Hertha Berlin (Germany), 0-3 vs. Bayern Munich
Eric Lichaj (did not dress), Nottingham Forest (England), 0-1 vs. Charlton Athletic
Oguchi Onyewu (90 minutes), Sheffield Wed. (England D2), 1-0 vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Will Packwood (did not dress), Birmingham City (England D2), 3-2 at Millwall
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 1-0 vs. Blackpool
Jonathan Spector (90 minutes), Birmingham City (England D2), 3-2 at Millwall
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany), vs. VfB Stuttgart
Stuart Holden (did not dress), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 1-0 vs. Blackpool
Alejandro Morales(90 minutes), FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), 3-0 vs. Bochum
Jose Torres (63 minutes), Tigres (Mexico), 3-0 vs, Veracruz (Copa MX semifinals)
Danny Williams (did not dress), Reading (England D2), 1-3 vs. Barnsley
Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim (Germany), vs. Hannover 96
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland (England), at Liverpool
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria), at FC Magna Wr. Neustadt
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2), at Energie Cottbus
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands), vs. Ajax (Dutch Cup semifinals)