Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind | Soccer By Ives

By FRANCO PANIZO

Inclement weather may have postponed a chunk of this weekends matches in Europe, but that doesnt mean there were no Americans Abroad with noteworthy performances.

Ricardo Clark received his first start of the Bundesliga campaign, going the distance in Eintracht Frankfurts 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Clark had two shots in the game that marked his first appearance since Oct. 30.

Another player who got some minutes after a lengthy spell of inactivity was Kenny Cooper. Having fully recovered from an ankle injury picked up in July, Cooper came off the bench and played 19 minutes in TSV 1860 Munichs 1-0 defeat to SC Paderborn 07.

Charlie Davies did not see the field for Sochaux, but he did dress in his first official match since being involved in a deadly car accident last year. Sochaux tied Bordeaux, 1-1.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:

England

PREMIERSHIP

Tim Howardand Everton play Manchester City on Monday.Clint Dempseyand Fulhams game vs. Liverpool on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.

Eddie Johnsonand Fulhams game vs. Liverpool on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.Brad Friedeland Aston Villas game vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.Brad Guzanand Aston Villas game vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.Eric Lichajand Aston Villas game vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.Marcus Hahnemannand Wolverhampton Wanderers game vs. West Bromwich Albion on Sunday was postponed due to the weather.Jonathan Spectorstarted and played 57 minutes in West Ham Uniteds 1-1 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.Stuart Holdenstarted, played 90 minutes and received a yellow cardin Bolton Wanderers 1-0 loss vs. Sunderland on Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Conor Doyledid not dress in Derby Countys 2-1 loss vs. Reading on Saturday. He was with the U.S. U-20 national team.Zak Whitbreaddid not dress in Norwich Citys 2-1 win vs. Coventry City on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.

LEAGUE ONE

Frank Simekand Carlisle Uniteds game vs. Yeovil Town on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.Mike Grellaand Carlisle Uniteds game vs. Yeovil Town on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.Anton Peterlinand Plymouth Argyles game vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.Jemal Johnsonand Milton Keynes Dons game vs. Oldham Athletic on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.

Scotland

PREMIER LEAGUE

Maurice Eduand Rangers game vs. St. Mirren on Saturday was postponed due to the weather.

DIVISION ONE

Dominic Cervidressed but did not play in Dundees 2-0 win vs. Stirling Albion on Saturday.

Spain

Jozy Altidorecame off the bench and played 6 minutes inVillarreals 3-1 win vs. Mallorca on Saturday.

Italy

Oguchi Onyewudid not dress in AC Milans 1-0 loss vs. AS Roma on Saturday.

Germany

BUNDESLIGA

Steve Cherundolostarted, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored an own goal in Hannover 96s 3-1 loss vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.DaMarcus Beasleydid not dress for Hannover 96.Michael Bradleystarted, played 78 minutes, and got an ASSISTin Borussia Moenchengladbachs 2-1 loss vs. Hamburg SV on Friday.

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Jermaine Jonesdid not dress in Schalke 04s 3-0 win vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.Ricardo Clarkstarted and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurts 1-0 win vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Daniel Williamsdid not dress in SC Freiburgs 2-2 draw vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

BUNDESLIGA 2

Kenny Coopercame off the bench and played 19 minutes in TSV 1860 Munichs 1-0 loss vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.David Yeldellstarted, played 90 minutes and made three saves in MSV Duisburgs 1-0 loss vs. VfL Bochum on Friday.Luis Roblesand Karlsruhe play FC Union Berlin on Monday.Amaechi Igwedid not dress in FC Ingolstadt 04s 2-1 loss vs. VfL Osnabruck on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

France

LIGUE 1

Carlos Bocanegrastarted and played 90 minutesin St Etiennes 2-0 win vs. Arles on Saturday.Charlie Daviesdressed but did not play in Sochauxs 1-1 draw vs. Bordeaux on Sunday.

LIGUE 2

Quentin Westbergdressed but did not play in Evian Thonon Gaillards 1-1 draw vs. Troyes on Friday.

Belgium

Sacha Kljestanstarted and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlechts 2-0 win vs. Club Brugge on Sunday.

What do you think of these performances? Do you see Clark getting more minutes in the near future? How do you think Cooper will fare in the coming weeks and months? How happy were you to see Davies in uniform on the Sochaux bench?

Share your thoughts below.

Monday Kickoff: USMNT & MLS news looms, Beckham wants loan, and more | Soccer By Ives

The new year is still more than a week away, but we will learn quite a bitabout the new year for American soccer after a pair of announcements later today.

The U.S. Mens national team will unveil its roster for next months training camp in Carson, California, a roster of close to 30 players made up mainly of MLS players and Scandinavian-based players. Meanwhile, Major League Soccer will release the schedule of home openers for all 18 teams playing in 2011.

The U.S. camp roster will tell us which MLS players impressed head coach Bob Bradley enough to merit a lengthy look during a three-week training camp that will culminate in the teams Jan. 22nd friendly against Chile. I projected the squad two weeks ago and I cant say I see it being much different. One thing to note is that the upcoming roster may not be as large as the 30-man roster called into camp a year ago.

In MLS, the league will unveil home openers for all teams and its a safe bet the long-rumored Seattle Sounders-Vancouver Whitecaps season opener in Vancouver (NOT Seattle-Portland in Portland) will be the marquee opener of the bunch. It will be interesting to see who Portland faces in its home opener and when that home opener takes place.

Here are some other notes to get your Monday going:

Beckham wants another loan move

Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham has spent the past two winters on loan to AC Milan and is now saying he would like another winter loan to help him stay fit and in the picture for the English national team.

Beckham wont be going back to Milan, and would only return to the Premier League to play for Manchester United, which will limit his options for a short loan.

Beckhams desire for a loan is a bit surprising considering his loan with Milan last spring ended in him suffering a torn Achilles that forced him to miss the 2010 World Cup and most of the MLS season. The Galaxy arent exactly in position to deny Beckhams desire for a loan move given the fact Beckham is entering the final year of his MLS contract.

A Beckham loan for the remainder of the European season would also free up considerable salary cap space for the Galaxy, but the club is reportedly still wary of letting the 35-year-old Beckham go on loan again.

Wolverhampton reportedly eyes Findley

U.S. national team striker Robbie Findley is out of contract and seeking European club options and one English club has been identified as a possible destination.

The Daily Mail is reporting thatWolverhampton is eyeing a bid for Findley. The report doesnt offer much in the way of details so its tough to tell the validity of it, but it would certainly be a surprising move for a striker who has struggled badly for the better part of the last year.

The Portland Timbers will be watching the situation closely after having acquired Findleys rights in last months MLS Expansion Draft.

Who are you hoping gets called in for the USMNT camp? Who would you like your team to play its MLS home opener against? Think Beckham should go on loan again, or think hes crazy for still wanting to play for England?

Share your thoughts below.

Soccer By Ives wins 2010 Best Blog Award | Soccer By Ives

For those of you who may have missed the news last week, Soccer By Ives won U.S. Soccers Best Soccer Blog Award. The award, voted on by fans on USSoccer.com, is SBIs third straight. Congratulations to the other finalists in a category that just keeps getting stronger and stronger.

I want to thank all of the SBI readers who helped make it happen, and also thank SBI staff members Avi Creditor, Adam Serrano, John Boschini, Gianfranco Panizo, Travis Clark, Michael Nastri, Jose Romero and Ian Holliday for helping SBI take its coverage of American and world soccer to a new level.

We are working hard to make SBI even better in 2011, so look for changes and improvements as we head toward our fourth year in business.

Once again, thank you to all of you for supporting SBI and for helping us win this award again.

European Weekend Rewind: Dortmund streak snapped, AC Milan slips and more | Soccer By Ives

By IAN HOLLIDAY

The weather was the big story in Europe this weekend, with snow postponing matches in England, France, and Italy. The Premier League was the hardest hit, losing all but two of its weekend matches to the weather.

In the matches that actually were played, late goals were the story of the weekend. Napoli got a stoppage-time winner from Edinson Cavani to defeat Lecce, while an own-goal from Udineses Christian Zapata in the 89th minute gave Lazio a 3-2 victory. Both clubs climbed three points closer to Serie A leaders AC Milan, which fell to AS Roma on another second-half goal.

German leaders Borussia Dortmund also fell victim to a last-second winner, allowing an 87th minute goal from Eintracht Frankfurts Theofanis Gekas to end its 15-match unbeaten streak. American Ricardo Clark earned a rare start for Frankfurt and went the distance in the historic match.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid continued their winning ways, though they did so in decidedly different styles. Barca poured it on again, demolishing local rivals Espanyol 5-1. Madrid struggled against Sevilla, but earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory on Angel Di Marias 76th minute strike.

The marquee matchup in France was Marseille v. Lyon, a battle of UEFA Champions League round of 16 participants. Ultimately, neither club was able to make any headway in the tight Ligue 1 table, as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Here is a rundown of all the weekend scores from Europes top leagues:

ENGLAND

The fact that all but two of the weekend matches including Chelsea v. Man United were postponed could actually prove beneficial to Manchester City. Assuming the Citizens Monday afternoon match against Everton isnt canceled, the club will have a chance to take sole possession of first place in the Premier League with a victory. Of course, Citys derby rivals United would have two games in hand with which to make up just one point, but obtaining the poll position could prove a psychological boost for a club that wants desparately to belong at the top of English soccer.

Sunderland 1, Bolton 0

Blackburn 1, West Ham United 1

Arsenal v. Stoke City (postponed)

Birmingham City v. Newcastle United (postponed)

Wigan Athletic v. Aston Villa (postponed)

Liverpool v. Fulham (postponed)

West Bromwich Albion v. Wolverhampton Wanderers (postponed)

Blackpool v. Tottenham (postponed)

Chelsea v. Manchester United (postponed)

Monday: Manchester City v. Everton

SPAIN

With Barca and Real Madrid once again lapping the field in La Liga, the more interesting battle in the second half of the season may prove to be the race for the leagues final two Champions League spots. Villarreal has opened up a five-point lead in third place, thanks in large part to in-form New Jersey-born striker Giuseppe Rossi, who added another goal to his team-leading nine on Saturday. The clubs in the race for fourth place all look flawed. Right now, Valencia leads the pack with 28 points, but behind it on goal differential is Espanyol. Atletico Madrid and Getafe follow with 26, and Athletic Bilbao is only three points off the pace with 25. All of those clubs won on the weekend, except Espanyol, which looked awful against Barcelona. Then again, who doesnt?

Almeria 2, Getafe 3

Osasuna 0, Real Zaragoza 0

Malaga 0, Atletico Madrid 3

Real Madrid 1, Sevilla 0

Deportivo La Coruna 1, Sporting Gijon 1

Levante 1, Athletic Bilbao 2

Villarreal 3, Mallorca 1

Espanyol 1, Barcelona 5

Real Sociedad 1, Valencia 2

Monday: Racing Santander v. Hercules

ITALY

Inter Milan defeated Congolese club TP Mazembe to take home the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday, but that has done little to stop the calls for Rafa Benitezs head. With just 23 points from its 15 matches, Inter is a disappointing seventh in Serie A at the moment. And while the club now has two games in hand over the teams ahead of it, wins are anything but assured in Serie A this season. Just ask Juventus, which looked like it was going to continue to press AC Milan at the top of the table until it allowed a stoppage-time equalizer to Chievos Sergio Pellissier.

Lazio 3, Udinese 2

Bari 1, Palermo 1

Catania 1, Brescia 0

Chievo 1, Juventus 1

Napoli 1, Lecce 0

Parma 0, Bologna 0

Cesena 1, Cagliari 0

AC Milan 0, AS Roma 1

Sampdoria v. Genoa (postponed)

GERMANY

Dortmunds impressive streak had to end sometime. And even with the loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, the club still holds a 10-point advantage in the Bundesliga and a 14-1-1 record in its last 16 matches, leaving the club just one point shy of the Bundesliga pre-winter-break points record of 44. A club that isnt likely to set any records this season is Bayern Munich, which nevertheless earned an impressive win on Sunday, jumping out to a 5-1 lead over Stuttgart before eventually winning 5-3. Mario Gomez had a hat-trick in the victory, which saw Bayern climb to fifth in the league table.

Bayer Leverkusen 2, SC Freiburg 2

VfB Stuttgart 3, Bayern Munich 5

Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Borussia Dortmund 0

Nurnberg 3, Hannover 96 1

Schalke 04 3, FC Cologne 0

VfL Wolfsburg 2, Hoffenheim 2

Werder Bremen 1, Kaiserslautern 2

St. Pauli 2, Mainz 05 4

Borussia Moenchengladbach 1, Hamburg 2

FRANCE

Lyons 1-1 draw at Marseille extended its unbeaten streak to 12 matches, but the result actually dropped the club a place in the close confines at the top of the Ligue 1 table. Three points would have sent the visitors to the top of the table with 32, but the draw left them all the way down in fourth on 30. Ahead of Lyon are Lille, Paris St. Germain, and Stade Rennes, all on 31 points. Lille has a game in hand after its Sunday match at home to Nancy was postponed.

Sochaux 1, Bordeaux 1

Marseille 1, Lyon 1

Montpellier 1, AJ Auxerre 1

Nice 1, Brest 1

St. Etienne 2, Arles 0

Stade Rennes 1, Valenciennes 0

Toulouse 3, Lorient 0

Paris St. Germain 2, AS Monaco 2

Lille v. AS Nancy Lorraine (postponed)

Lens v. Caen (postponed)

What did you think of this weeks results? Disappointed so many matches were canceled? Or did the lack of Premier League games allow you to catch up on some other leagues? Share your thoughts below:

Mid-Day Ticker: Tevez staying with City, Inter mum on Benitez, and more | Soccer By Ives

By JOHN BOSCHINI

The long-enduring saga of Carlos Tevez at Manchester City took another turn over the weekend with word that Tevez has withdrawn his transfer request and has pledged his future to Manchester City.

Tevez and Manchester City faces Everton this afternoon (3pm, ESPN2).

English media outlets had reported that the Argentinian striker would be stripped of the captains armband.

Here are some more stories to get you through the day

Inter Milan quiet about Benitezs future

The tumultous reign of Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan could be coming to a close as reports coming out of Italysuggest that the Spanish manager has been sacked.

Benitezdisputed the reports on Italian radiobut Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti added fuel to the fire by refusing to comment on the reports. Moratti and Benitezs relationship reached a boiling point over the weekend after Benitez criticized the Inter board for not planning to spend money in the January transfer window following the final of the Club World Cup.

I prefer not to talk today to avoid the risk of creating controversies, Moratti said.

Zenit St. Petersburg coach, Luciano Spalletti, has been suggested as a possible replacement.

Pirlo out for a month with thigh injury

AC Milan will be without midfielder Andrea Pirlo for at least a month after the 31-year-old midfielder picked up a thigh injury during Milans 1-0 loss to Roma on Saturday. Fortunatly for the Serie A leaders, Milan will be off for the next two weeks for the Italian winter break and Pirlo could miss as little as three league matches.

Brazilian club Greimo interested in Ronaldhino

AC Milan striker Ronaldhino is reportedly eyeing a move back to Gremio, his boyhood club. Club president Paulo Odone confirmed that a package is being put together to bring the 30-year-old striker back to where he started his career. Also bidding for Ronaldhinos services are Pamleiras and Flamengo with the Los Angeles Galaxy also rumored to be interested.

Greek fans chase Panathinaikos off the field

Unhappy with their clubs 1-0 loss to lowly Volos, fans of the Greek outfit Panathinaikos stormed the pitch and chased the players off the field, pelting them with objects. The 20,000 fans also did extensive damage to the stands and VIP sections. The defending Greek champions sit five points behind Olympiakos.

What do you think of todays stories? Do you think Benitez has managed his last game at Inter? How will AC Milan cope without Pirlo? Will City be better off without Tevez as captain?

Leave your thoughts below.

Manchester City vs. Everton: Your Running Commentary | Soccer By Ives

Snowfall in England led to a plethora of match postponements in the Premier League last weekend, but todays Manchester City-Everton match has been spared and will offer us some entertainment this afternoon (3pm, ESPN2).

U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard will be in net for Everton, but the story of the day will be Carlos Tevez, who will be in the spotlight after submitting a transfer request only to pull it back today. Tevez will have his chance to win back Manchester City fans by leading the Citizens to a win that would put them into first place in the Premier League heading into Christmas.

If you will be watching todays action, please feel free to share your own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.