American Exports: Cameron, Bradley go distance in debuts
AMSTERDAM – A pair of US internationals made happy debuts with new European clubs on Sunday, with Michael Bradley assisting on AS Roma's stoppage-time equalizer in a 2-2 draw with visiting Catania.
Both player and his new team had some struggles with the pesky Sicilians, but eventually enjoyed the last laugh. A minute into added time, Bradley picked out Roma debutant Nicolás López with a perfectly measured diagonal ball and the youngster obliged by netting a stunner to pocket the point.
Meanwhile, Geoff Cameron enjoyed an excellent first EPL match with Stoke City as the hosts held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw. Working as a defensive midfielder, the former Houston Dynamo ace drew wide praise for his sturdy efforts against the Gunners.
Germany's opening weekend finished up with a 2-2 share between Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 and Jermaine Jones' visiting Schalke.
A pinpoint cross from Jones found Lewis Holtby to put the Miners ahead just past the hour, but the Reds netted with 10 minutes remaining to level matters. Both US internationals went the distance, with the Schalke man drawing a yellow card.
Turning to the Eredivisie, Jozy Altidore came closest to scoring when he rang the post near halftime of AZ Alkmaar's 0-0 home stalemate with Heerenveen.
The USMNT striker departed the match in the 81st minute, and seconds later, winger Joey Gudmundsson was sent off. The result leaves the unbeaten Cheese Farmers eighth in the table after three games.
In Norway's Tippeligaen, Josh Gatt fired the early winner as holders Molde FK rose to the summit with a 2-0 home defeat of Chad Barrett's Vålerenga.
The speedster left two defenders in his dust to slot home after just three minutes, giving him goals in three straight games and six for the season. Both Americans departed the proceedings shortly after the hour mark.
Mikkel Diskerud ably went the distance as Rosenborg settled for a 1-1 home draw with Viking. The midfielder was stopped on a prime insurance chance in the 77th minute and the visitors conjured an equalizer in stoppage time.
Hønefoss netminder Steve Clark was beaten by a cracker six minutes from full time of a 1-0 loss to rude guests Tromsø. In suffering their first home loss since mid-May, the AKA Arena crew fell to eighth place.
In Danish Superliga play, Clarence Goodson went into the book late as Brøndby battled visiting Esbjerg to a 1-1 tie. The Lads from the Western Outskirts are now winless in four down in 10th place.
Austrian Bundesliga action saw Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna come up empty in a 1-0 loss at RZ Pellets WAC. The US forward could not get either of his shots to target as the Green-Whites slipped to second place.
Over in Portugal's top flight, Tony Taylor was a halftime sub in Estoril's 1-0 home loss to Paços de Ferreira. The attacker added some life to the attack as his side bagged its first top flight point since 2005.
In Scotland's Third Division, Carlos Bocanegra saw yellow as Rangers let an early lead slip in a 1-1 draw at Berwick. The Light Blues stand fourth through three rounds.