AMSTERDAM – There's no doubt about it: American sports fans are a nation of stat nerds.
And we love our history too: who played the longest, who scored the most goals, who won the most titles.
So indulge your inner geek for a second while we run the latest numbers on our boys overseas and see – statistically speaking, of course – what’s worth counting abroad.
The Chase is (Somewhat) on
AMSTERDAM – Several US internationals returned to club duty on Sunday, with Tim Howard backstopping 10-man Everton to a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers.
After being foiled by David Hoilett's sharply deflected second-minute opener, the netminder tallied five saves. Howard got a measure of revenge on the Canadian forward with a strong pair of diving stops after the break as the fourth place Toffees stayed unbeaten in five EPL games.
Though MLSers did make some valuable contributions, only the Philadelphia Union's Keon Daniel found the back of the net, hitting an insurance goal in Trinidad & Tobago's 4-1 win over French Guyana in the Caribbean Cup qualifying tournament.
AMSTERDAM – There are several key weekend tests on tap for European clubs employing Americans. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa (Sunday, 10 am on Fox Soccer 2Go)
AMSTERDAM – Several Americans took part in Europa League action on Thursday, with Steve Cherundolo captaining Hannover 96 as they defeated Group L guests Levante 2-1 despite going down to 10 men.
Hannover fell behind both a goal and a man when Karim Haggui's penalty foul was converted by Míchel in the 10th minute. Cherundolo allowed the slip pass that set up the spot kick, but got revenge when his 49th-minute cross pinballed around to Didier Ya Konan for the deciding tally.
TUKWILA, Wash. — Mario Martínez and Adam Johansson will once again answer their countries’ calls.
Just as they were during the last round of World Cup qualifying, the Seattle Sounders pair have again been called up for upcoming games on Oct. 12 and 16.
Martínez (above) will join Honduras as they prepare to play at Cuba (Oct. 12) and host Panama (Oct. 16). Johansson will join Sweden for their games at Faroe Islands (Oct. 12) and Germany (Oct. 16).
AMSTERDAM – Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht suffered a rough night at the office on Wednesday, dropping a 3-0 decision to Champions League visitors Málaga.
The former Chivas USA man entered as a halftime sub with his side down one and struggling. Kljestan twice threatened to score in the period, but also facilitated Eliseu's 63rdminute capper with a bad giveaway.
AMSTERDAM – Michael Parkhurst and Champions League newcomers FC Nordsjælland made a game of it for a good while on Tuesday, but eventually took one on the chin with a 4-0 loss to Group E visitors Chelsea.
With Canadian national team head coach Stephen Hart set to announce his squad for October’s two big World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, this past week was really the last opportunity to make an impression with the big boss.
And for a team with a noted deficiency in the scoring department, Iain Hume and Marcus Haber, who play in England’s League One, certainly didn’t hurt their cases.
AMSTERDAM – A hat trick of American exports rang the midweek bell in Europe on Wednesday, with Fabian Johnson scoring for the second straight match to cap Hoffenheim's 3-0 derby triumph at Stuttgart.
Near the hour mark, the left back (above, right) closed the scoring after being released to start a lightning counterattack down the flank. Johnson centered after darting 40 yards on the ball, but eventually stabbed home after two of his teammates had shots saved by the home netminder.