[AMERICANS ABROAD]The good news for Jozy Altidore was he wasn't part of Sunderland's 5-1 loss at Tottenham on Monday that left the Black Cats in last place in the English Premier League. The bad news was that he was back at the Stadium of Light, confined to playing for Sunderland's U-21s in a match against Spurs' reserve team.
Altidore had no better luck with the U-21s than he has had with the first team, going scoreless in what was an easy 3-0 win for Sunderland. The U.S. international has scored one goal in 27 EPL games and one goal in eight cup matches this season.
In March, Altidore had been dropped from the Sunderland 18-player squad for the Capital One Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City. His manager, Gus Poyet, hoped to see a different Altidore after missing out on the Wembley final.
"Let's see how he reacts," said Poyet. "I look forward to seeing what type of character he is. I'd like him to prove me wrong. I'm not a charity, it's up to him. With me, if you play well, you stay in the team. You can see he's got plenty of things to give, but it's about the consistency and doing it all the time. To survive in the league you need a striker who will score double figures, if you don't you will struggle badly. It's different football to Holland."
Altidore set an American record with 31 goals for Dutch club AZ before his move to Sunderland, but he now has three goals in 65 games with English clubs. He had a season-long loan spell at Hull City in 2009-10.
-- One of the players in the Sunderland 16-player squad for the Tottenham was 18-year-old California Lynden Gooch.
INJURY FRONT.Julian Green has had his left shoulder examined following his return to Bayern Munich. No diagnosis on the injury was immediately available. The 18-year-old winger fell awkwardly during the USA-Mexico friendly but stayed in the game. He missed Bayern II's fourth division match after his return home.
Oguchi Onyewu, who left Sheffield Wednesday match at Leicester City Friday night at halftime with rib injury, has been ruled out for two weeks.
The other American abroad injured over the weekend was Michael Orozco, who limped off early with a leg injury in relegation-threaten Mexican club Puebla's 0-0 tie at Atlas on Saturday night.
-- Left back Edgar Castillo was named to MedioTiempo's team of the week for his play in Tijuana's 3-1 win over Toluca on Friday night. The win moved Xolos into a three-way tie for fifth place in the Torneo Clausura.