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

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

HOT. Brad Guzan. Thanks to his eight saves, 10-man Aston Villa held on to earn a share of the points with Manchester United in a 1-1 tie that snapped United's winning streak at six games. The eight stops tie him for the Premier League lead with Queens Park Rangers keeper Rob Green (60 saves).

On the move ...

DeAndre Yedlin will be able to join Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders in January after the Sunday People reported he had earned a Governing Body Endorsement -- the work permit he needs to play in the English Premier League. If he had not been approved, he would have had to seek a Latvian passport -- through his grandmother.

COLD. John Brooks. Those glowing remarks from his Hertha Berlin coach after standout game a week ago against Borussia Dortmund may have been a jinx as Brooks had a nightmare against Hoffenheim, scoring an own goal in the 23rd minute. It went downhill from there as he conceded a penalty three minutes later, and Hertha went on to lose at home, 5-0.

HOT. Rubio Rubin. The 18-year-old attacker from Oregon had an assist on Frenchman Edouard Duplan's second goal in FC Utrecht's 3-0 win at AZ to finish his first fall campaign as a pro with five assists, tied for sixth in the Eredivisie, to go along with two goals.

Eredivisie Assist Leaders:
A PLAYER, TEAM, COUNTRY AGE
8 Davy Klaassen, Ajax, Netherlands (21)
7 Tommy Oar, FC Utrecht, Australia (23)
7 Jetro Willems, PSV, Netherlands (20)
6 Luciano Narsingh, PSV, Netherlands (24)
6 Lasse Schoene, Ajax, Denmark (28)
5 Rubio Rubin, FC Utrecht, USA (18)
5 Roland Alberg, ADO, Netherlands (24)
5 Jarchinio Antonia, FC Groningen, Netherlands (23)
5 Anwar El Ghazi, Ajax, Netherlands (19)
5 Kamohelo Mokotjo, FC Twente, South Africa (23)
5 Marko Vejinovic, Vitesse, Netherlands (24)

HOT. Lori Lindsay, Stephanie Ochs and Chantel Jones. Lindsay, the 34-year-old midfielder, closed out her career on top as Canberra United won Australia's FFA Cup final with a 3-1 win over Perth Glory. Ochs scored the first goal in the W-League grand final, and Jones stopped a penalty kick for Canberra United. Lindsay is one of the few players to have played in all three U.S. pro leagues -- WUSA, WPS and the NWSL. She had announced in August her intention to retire at the end of the year.

COLD. Freddy Adu. At the age of 25 -- hard to believe -- Adu finds himself at a crossroads in a career that has already taken him to 10 clubs in 10 years. After six months at FK Jagodina, the Serbian club parted ways with Adu, who did not play a single league match.
2 comments about "U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List".
  1. Lew English, December 22, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

    what about tim ream? bolton has had 4 wins and 3 draws in the league since november! he was a 7.5 player rating in the win over millwall this past weekend.
    i know that he's not everyone's cup of tea, but form is important. and, his form is hot.

  2. Allan Lindh, December 24, 2014 at 2:22 a.m.

    And Geoff Cameron plays every week for Stoke in the EPL, and some weeks looks damn good. Got beat by John Terry on Sunday, but not the first defender Terry has beaten.

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