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
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
While Arsenal was struggling to put away Wigan in the semifinals of the FA Cup, Tim
'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
, listed as injured, again sat out for the Black Cats, who are seven points in the relegation zone with five games to play.
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.
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
9 Sacha Kljestan
(Anderlecht) (Goals in all club competitions.)
U.S. World Cup Contenders: IN BRIEF
on teams in action.
came off bench.
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
(90 minutes), Stoke City (England), 1-0 vs. Newcastle United Edgar Castillo
(90 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-1 at Tigres
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:
(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)
Friday: Jermaine Jones
(90 minutes), Besiktas (Turkey), 1-1 at Konyaspor
(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:
(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
(sub: 55 minutes, 1 goal), FC Utrecht (Netherlands), 2-1 vs. Heracles Aron Johannsson
, AZ (Netherlands), 1-1 vs. NEC Monday:
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2)