AMSTERDAM – The time has come again to break out the old abacus and ledgers to count up some key statistics rung up by Americans playing in Europe.
It's been a couple of years since we last tallied a few major categories, so we'll hit the refresh button on those and then tack on a couple new ones for your always stat-thirsty perusal.
*Currently active in Europe
AMSTERDAM – Championship title chasers Queens Park Rangers announced on Wednesday that they have inked US free-agent center back Oguchi Onyewu to a one-year deal.
The 31-year-old, who was released in August from the remaining season of his contract with Sporting Clube de Portugal, will now embark on his second foray into English soccer, having spent half a season on loan with Newcastle in 2007.
AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones returned to the Schalke lineup in a losing cause on Tuesday, as the home side dropped a 3-0 decision to Champions League guests Chelsea.
The US midfielder, who had not started a game for the Miners since late last month, departed the proceedings carrying a yellow card in the 71st minute.
With Schalke still only trailing by one in the 67th minute, poor finishing denied Jones a game-tying assist. The No. 13 shirt dutifully nodded a corner kick across the goalmouth, only to watch Benedickt Höwedes somehow nod wide from the doorstep.
AMSTERDAM – It's back to the day job for Americans stationed overseas this weekend, with Jozy Altidore and Sunderland hoping to break a pair of ducks on their trip to Wales. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Jozy Altidore – Sunderland at Swansea City (Saturday, 10 am on Premier League Extra Time)
Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Lithuania in Kaunas on Tuesday, a landmark achievement for the tiny nation – and one that can be traced, in some small part, to the US heartland.
The man who scored the decisive goal for the Dragons is Vedad Ibisevic, the 29-year-old striker with rich American ties. During his teenage years, his family emigrated from Bosnia to escape the brutal ethnic conflict that engulfed the region in the 1990s, eventually settling in St. Louis.
Honduras put the pressure on Mexico and have one foot of their own on the plane to Brazil after a 1-0 home win over Costa Rica on Friday afternoon, with New England revolution striker Jerry Bengtson scoring the decisive goal off a feed from former Sporting KC man Roger Espinoza.
AMSTERDAM – Most of the big European tilts involving Americans fall on Saturday this weekend, including the Manchester City invasion of unbeaten Everton netminder Tim Howard. All times listed in ET.
AMSTERDAM – Reading midfielder Danny Williams is close to returning from a foot injury, but the club is still unsure if he'll be fit in time for Saturday's league trip to Burnley.
The US international has missed three Championship games since taking a kick to his foot during their September 18 win over Leeds United, which saw him set up the lone goal winner deep into stoppage time.
On Thursday, manager Nigel Adkins stated that Williams' availability for Saturday was still questionable.
AMSTERDAM – A trio of Americans suited up for Europa League duty on Thursday, with Terrence Boyd going all 90 as Rapid Vienna rallied from two down to earn a 2-2 share with Group G visitors Dinamo Kyiv.
The young forward, who saw yellow during the match, went nearest to scoring when he flashed a header just wide of frame in the 54th minute. Thanks to their two goals over the final 37 minutes, Rapid stayed in a third-place deadlock with the Ukrainian powers.
AMSTERDAM – Despite a solid showing from Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht went down to a wasteful 3-0 defeat against UEFA Champions League Group C visitors Olympiacos on Wednesday.
The US midfielder was horse-collared in front of goal in the 24th minute, earning his side a chance to cancel their early deficit from the spot. However, teen striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had his soft penalty attempt smothered by Olympiacos netminder Roberto.