Americans Abroad Recap: Howard wins MLS All-Star Game, Dempsey, Oneywu, Guzan, and more
The European preseason schedule is underway with many Americans playing abroad. Here’s the latest recap for several players including Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Steve Cherundolo.
Tim Howard – Everton – English Premier League
Howard made some key saves as Everton defeated the MLS All-Stars on penalty kicks. The goalkeeper continues to be the backbone of the club providing consistent performances and keeping his team in every match. Everton was 5th last year in the EPL and is looking to crack into the top 4 but will have a busy schedule as they are in the Europa League as well.
Clint Dempsey – Fulham – English Premier League
Dempsey and Fulham began their season with play in the 3rd Qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Fulham won 3-0 against FK Vetra as Dempsey played most of the match. The American has usually played at right midfield and continued in Thursday’s match. Fellow American Eddie Johnson suited up for the match but remained on the bench.
Oguchi Onyewu – AC Milan – Italian Serie A
Onyewu has played for Milan in most of their preseason matches including this week’s Audi Cup. He has struggled adjusting to his new club and made a few defensive mistake that have led to goals. It’s not all bad for Onyewu that has also shown improvement from each match and the ability to be dangerous on corner and free kicks with his size.
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj – Aston Villa – English Premier League
Guzan played the full match for Aston Villa in the Peace Cup against Atlante as they won 3-1 and qualified for the semifinals of the tournament. Lichal also played the full match as the team came from an 0-1 deficit to score 3 unanswered goals. Aston Villa plays FC Porto in the semifinals on Friday July 31st.
Steve Cherundolo – Hannover 96 – German Bundesliga
Cherundolo played with Hannover against Arsenal in a friendly as the team lost 0-1. The American played 73 minutes and seems to be recovering fine from an injury last spring.