American Exports: Saturday rundown of Yanks in Europe
AMSTERDAM – Several Americans laced up overseas on Saturday, with Geoff Cameron helping Stoke City rally for a 2-1 victory over visiting Crystal Palace.
The former Houston Dynamo man went the distance at right back as the Potters snapped a four-game winless streak in league play. The result also lifted them up to 10th place.
Elsewhere, Tim Howard and Everton were forced to settle for a 0-0 home draw with West Bromwich Albion despite dominating the contest. The US netminder made two saves, both coming after the break to keep the game scoreless. However, the Toffees could do no better than strike the post twice en route to a second straight share to open the EPL season.
Jozy Altidore had a quiet afternoon as Sunderland let an early lead slip near time of a 1-1 draw at Southampton. The US striker, who had a first half penalty shout ignored, had his lone chance of the game snuffed out by an onrushing Artur Boruc midway through the second frame. After two games, Altidore is still searching for his first Sunderland goal and the team for their first win of the season.
Brad Guzan notched three saves in Aston Villa's tight 1-0 home defeat against Liverpool. The US international was rounded by Daniel Sturridge on the 21st minute winner. Villa have now dropped consecutive close contests after opening with a win.
One level down in the Championship, Jonathan Spector returned from injury to make his season bow in midfield as Birmingham City fell 3-2 away to Zak Whitbread and Leicester City. The undefeated home side climbed up to second place, while the Brums slipped to 18th.
Tim Ream made his second Bolton start of the season in a 1-0 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers. The American performed decently in defensive midfield for 62 minutes as Wanderers stayed stuck on two points through four rounds.
Daniel Williams came on for the final nine minutes as Reading lost 1-0 at tabletop Blackpool. The 12th place Royals suffered their first loss in four games this term.
Over in the Bundesliga, John Anthony Brooks left with an apparent thigh issue on 23 minutes as risers Hertha Berlin stayed unbeaten with a 1-0 victory over guests Hamburg. The capital crew extended their Olympic Stadium unbeaten run to 19 games to hold firm in fifth place.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke remained winless on the season following a 2-1 loss at Hannover 96. The midfielder departed just before full time with a knock.
FC Nürnberg right back Timothy Chandler made his first start of the campaign in a 2-0 defeat away to treble holders Bayern Munich. Despite the hosts having 81% of the ball, the game wasn't decided until the US international went missing as a back post marker on Franck Ribéry's 70th minute winner.
Fabian Johnson worked left back as 10-man Hoffenheim battled nine-man Freiburg to a 3-3 draw at Rhein-Neckar-Arena. The hosts stayed unbeaten in eighth place, while also taking the league lead in goals scored through three rounds.
Finally, in Russia, Eugene Starikov worked a solid 62-minute shift as Tom Tomsk blew a halftime lead in a 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow. The cellar dwellers have dropped each of their first six games this season.