Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

The Global Blog wishes all of you out there a Happy New Year! Now lets get down to business - it's been an action packed year for our guys abroad, and for most of them the season is only half over. Here's what's been going on so far this term for some MNT players:

Tim Howard (Everton, English Premier League) – After a slow start to the Premier League season, Everton have picked things up significantly, and the Toffees are up to sixth in the table. Tim Howard has continued as his reliable self in the Everton goal, setting a unique record in November and keeping four clean sheets in a row during December.
Premier League – 20 apps (20 starts), 7 Clean Sheets
Carling Cup – 1 app (1 start)
UEFA Cup – 2 apps (2 starts)

Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, Ligue 1) – In his first season on the continent, Bocanegra is adapting seamlessly to life in Ligue 1. After moving from Fulham in the summer, Bocanegra has slotted into the Rennes backline as a left back, and he’s appeared in all nineteen league games thus far. Rennes are up to third place in Ligue 1 and maintain a seventeen match unbeaten run heading into 2009.
Ligue 1 – 19 apps (19 starts)

Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgian Juplier League) – Onyewu continues to make an impression at Standard Liege in Belgium. You don’t have to dig to deep to hear his name being tossed around during this month’s transfer window frenzy. After taking the league title last year, Liege are playing catch-up this time around – they currently sit in third place. In the UEFA Cup, the team has confidently progressed to the next round, where they’ll take on S.C. Braga of Portugal in Februay.
Jupiler League – 16 apps (15 starts)
UEFA Cup – 6 apps (6 starts), 1 goal
Coupe de Belgigue – 1 app (1 start)

Clint Dempsey (Fulham, English Premier League) – After starting the season as a frequently used substitute, Dempsey worked his way into the starting lineup, where he has remained a constant fixture for the past two months. Fulham enjoyed an excellent holiday period, taking 5 points from three games, with Dempsey’s two goals against Chelsea the highlight for Cottagers fans.
Premier League - 16 apps (9 starts), 4 goals
Carling Cup – 1 app (1 start)

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, English Premier League) – El Guzano has spent the majority of his first few months in England backing up Brad Friedel in the Aston Villa goal during Premier League games. Guzan has made four appearances in other competitions, including 3 starts in the UEFA Cup, where Villa have progressed to the knockout round to face CSKA Moscow in February.
UEFA Cup – 3 apps (3 starts), 1 Clean Sheet
Carling Cup – 1 app (1 start)

Freddy Adu (AS Monaco, Ligue 1)*
Ligue 1 – 9 apps (0 starts)
*On loan from SL Benfica

Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach, German Bundesliga)
Bundesliga - 11 apps (9 starts), 1 goal

Steve Cherundolo (Hannover96, German Bundesliga)
Bundesliga 14 apps (13 starts), 1 assist
DFB Pokal Cup 1 app (1 start), 1 assist

Jozy Altidore (Villarreal, La Liga)
La Liga - 6 apps (2 starts), 1 goal
Copa del Rey - 2 apps (2 starts)

José Torres (Pachuca, Primera División de México)
Apertura 2008 – 13 apps (8 starts), 1 goal
FIFA World Club Cup – 3 apps (2 starts),

Michael Orozco (San Luis, Primera División de México)
Apertura 2008 – 8 apps (8 starts)

Danny Szetela (Brescia, Serie B)
Serie B – 9 apps (8 starts)
Coppa Italia – 1 app (1 start)

Jonathan Spector (West Ham Utd., English Premier League)
Premier League – 1 app

DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers, Scottish Premier League)
SPL - 8 apps (4 starts), 0 goals
CIS Cup - 1 app (1 start)

Maurice Edu (Rangers, Scottish Premier League)
SPL - 1 app (1 start)
CIS Cup - 1 app (1 start)

Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City, English Championship)*
English Championship – 15 apps (3 starts), 2 assists
Carling Cup – 2 apps (2 starts)
*on loan from Fulham

Jay DeMerit (Watford, English Championship)
English Championship – 18 apps (17 starts)
Carling Cup – 3 apps (3 starts)

Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday, English Championship)
English Championship – 3 apps (2 starts)

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