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Agudelo scores Utrecht winner, Farfan scores in debut
by Paul Kennedy, April 13th, 2014 3:37PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Four minutes after entering the game in the first half, Juan Agudelo scored what proved to be the winning goal for FC Utrecht in its 2-1 win over Heracles in the Dutch Redivide. The goal was the second for Agudelo with Utrecht since moving to the Netherlands on loan from Stoke City, which signed him following the 2013 MLS season.

-- Michael Farfan scored in his debut for Liga MX Cruz Azul, while a pair of young Californians, Dennis Flores and Miguel Palafox made their first starts for Torneo Apertura champion Leon in it 2-1 loss at Toluca.

Farfan, whose brother Gabriel plays for Chiapas, was signed from the Philadelphia Union in January and came on as a late sub in Cruz Azul's 2-2 tie with Pachuca. Cruz Azul rested its starters ahead of the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League final on Tuesday.

Flores, 20, is a former all-conference U-17/18 Development Academy pick for Arsenal FC, while Palafox, 19, was discovered at last fall's 7Up Sueno showcase run by Alianza de Futbol. Leon, which is concentrating on its Libertadores Cup campaign, rested its starters following the 3-2 win at Brazil's Flamengo. It has a round-of-16 game against Bolivar of Bolivia on Wednesday.

SATURDAY. While Arsenal was struggling to put away Wigan in the semifinals of the FA Cup, Tim Howard's Everton moved ahead of the Gunners and into fourth place in the English Premier League with a 1-0 win at Sunderland, its seventh straight victory. Jozy Altidore, listed as injured, again sat out for the Black Cats, who are seven points in the relegation zone with five games to play.

-- Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona started for Tijuana, which picked up a huge point with a 1-1 tie at Tigres thanks to a late goal. Xolos are in a three-way tie for fifth place with two games to play in the Torneo Clausura regular season.

-- Oguchi Onyewu returned to action for Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

FRIDAY. Sacha Kljestan, whose season at Anderlecht began so brightly with seven league goals in the first two and a half months and another goal in the UEFA Champions League, finds himself on the bench in the Belgian league playoffs.

He didn't get off the bench as Anderlecht, the two-time defending champion, earned a key 2-1 win at Lokeren on Friday that moved it to within two points of idle Standard Liege.

-- Alfredo Morales scored his first goal for Ingolstadt in its 2-1 loss to Paderborn in the German second division.

-- Jermaine Jones helped set up the lone Besiktas goal in a 1-1 tie with Konyaspor.

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

U.S. World Cup Contenders:
IN BRIEF:
33 players.
---------------
29 on teams in action.
13
started.
3
came off bench.
2 on bench.
11 did not dress.

GOALKEEPERS (3):
Saturday:
Cory Cropper (on bench), Southampton (England), 0-1 at Cardiff City
Brad Guzan (90 minutes), Aston Villa (England), 0-1 at Crystal Palace
Tim Howard (90 minutes), Everton (England), 1-0 at Sunderland

DEFENDERS (12):
Saturday:
Geoff Cameron (90 minutes), Stoke City (England), 1-0 vs. Newcastle United
Edgar Castillo (90 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-1 at Tigres
Timmy Chandler (did not dress), Nuremberg (Germany), 1-4 at Wolfsburg
Eric Lichaj (did not dress), Nottingham Forest (England D2), 2-5 at Queens Park Rangers
Oguchi Onyewu (90 minutes), Sheffield Wed. (England D2), 3-3 vs. Blackburn Rovers
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 1-0 vs. Barnsley
Sunday:
DaMarcus Beasley
(90 minutes), Puebla (Mexico), 0-1 vs. Club America
John Brooks (did not dress), Hertha Berlin (Germany), 1-2 at Bayer Leverkusen
Fabian Johnson (90 minutes), Hoffenheim (Germany), 2-0 vs. Augsburg
Michael Orozco (did not dress), Puebla (Mexico), 0-1 vs. Club America
Idle:
Will Packwood, Birmingham City (England D2)
Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City (England D2)

MIDFIELDERS (11):
Friday:
Jermaine Jones (90 minutes), Besiktas (Turkey), 1-1 at Konyaspor
Sacha Kljestan (on bench), Anderlecht (Belgium), 2-1 at Lokeren
Alfredo Morales (90 minutes, 1 goal), FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), 1-2 vs. Paderborn
Saturday:
Joe Corona (64 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-1 at Tigres
Stuart Holden (did not dress), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), 1-0 vs. Barnsley
Brek Shea (did not dress), Stoke City (England), 1-0 vs. Newcastle United
Jose Torres (did not dress), Tigres (Mexico), 1-1 vs. Tijuana
Sunday:
Alejandro Bedoya
(90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Nantes (France), 1-0 vs. Guingamp
Mikkel Diskerud (sub: 41 minutes), Rosenborg (Norway), 2-0 vs. Odd
Josh Gatt (did not dress), Molde (Norway), 2-0 at Stabaek
Monday:
Danny Williams, Reading (England D2), vs. Leicester City

FORWARDS (7):
Saturday:
Jozy Altidore (did not dress), Sunderland (England), 0-1 vs. Everton
Terrence Boyd (sub: 26 minutes), Rapid Vienna (Austria), vs. FC Trenkwalder Admira
Herculez Gomez (did not dress), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-1 at Tigres
Julian Green (did not dress), Bayern Munich II (Germany), 2-1 vs. Schweinfurt
Sunday:
Juan Agudelo
(sub: 55 minutes, 1 goal), FC Utrecht (Netherlands), 2-1 vs. Heracles
Aron Johannsson (67 minutes), AZ (Netherlands), 1-1 vs. NEC
Monday:
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2)


1 comment
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: April 14, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.
    I would love to see Agudelo round into form and be part of the WC mix. I think he could have a lot more to offer than both EJ and Jozy.


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