U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Unlucky) List

Alejandro Bedoya scored a wonder goal for Nantes in its 2-1 loss to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Paris St. Germain in France's Ligue 1, while Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez moved into the final of Mexico's Torneo Apertura with Tigres. Terrance Boyd's misfortune continued as he tore his ACL playing for RB Leipzig. Here's who has been hot (and this week unlucky) over the weekend among Americans abroad ...

Here's who has been hot (and this week unlucky) over the weekend among Americans abroad ...

HOT. Alejandro Bedoya. It takes a lot to upstage Paris St. Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on a night when he scored two goals, but Bedoya did just that. Eight minutes into his first start in two months, he scored what he described as the best goal of his career with a shot from outside the area, past keeper Salvatore Sirigu, into the far corner of the PSG goal. The lead did not hold up as Ibra responded twice before and after the break for a 2-1 win. If Bedoya is to move in the winter, as has been rumored, he could not have picked a better moment to showcase his talents.




HOT.  Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Ventura Alvarado. Tigres won its quarterfinal series against Pachuca with 1-1 and 1-1 ties because the tiebreaker in Mexico's Torneo Apertura is the better record in the regular season. Ditto for the semifinals against Toluca, only this time the scores in both legs were 0-0. Torres started while Gomez was a late sub for Tigres, which moves into the final against Club America, which started young Ventura Alvarado in its 0-0 tie with Monterrey that clinched a 3-0 series victory. (In the final, the series will go to overtime if it is tied after two legs.)

UNLUCKY. Terrance Boyd is likely finished for the 2014-15 season, tearing his ACL in the 37th minute of RB Leipzig's 1-0 loss at home to FC Ingolstadt. He played just seven games after moving from Austria.

HOT.  Jozy Altidore. Searching for answers up front, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet broke down and finally gave  Altidore a start up front, his first league start for the Black Cats in more than eight months, as they held on to tie Liverpool, 0-0, at Anfield.

HOT. Brad Guzan. It was a big week for Guzan and Aston Villa as it won twice (1-0 at Crystal Palace and 2-1 at home against Leicester City) after going nine games without a win in the English Premier League.

HOT. Aron Johannsson. The Icelandic-American is slowly rounding back into form after a summer wracked by injuries. He scored his second goal in five starts for AZ in its 2-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles.



HOT. Matthew Taylor. It's been more than seven years since Taylor left Hollywood -- Hollywood United -- to move to Germany, where he has made a living scoring goals in bunches in the lower divisions for six different clubs. He scored his 10th goal of the season for Regionalliga (fourth division) club Saarbruecken in its 1-0 win over Astoria Walldorf. It was his 60th goal in Germany.

Matthew Taylor in Germany (2010-14):
G/GP TEAM  (YEAR, DIVISION)
10/19 Saarbruecken (2014-15, D4)
6/34 Preussen Muenster (2013-14, D3)
16/35 Preussen Muenster (2012-13, D3)
4/23 Paderborn (2011-12, D2)
17/30 Rot Weiss Ahlen (2010-11, D3)
0/2 FSV Frankfurt II (2009-10, D4)
0/9 FSV Frankfurt (2008-09, D2)
7/22 Koblenz (2007-08, D2)
Totals: 60 goals, 174 games

HOT. Timmy Chandler. It was another start for Chandler (fifth game in a row) and another win for Eintracht Frankfurt (third in a row) as it clobbered Werder Bremen, 5-2, to move into seventh place in the Bundesliga

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