By FRANCO PANIZO
Pachucas season may not have gone as well as expected, but forJose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal,that doesnt matter anymore as the club reached the Apertura playoffs.
Facing a must-win situation, Pachuca reached the Apertura Liguilla with a 2-1 road victory over Necaxa in the clubs season finale. Torres started and went the distance in the match while Vidal came off the bench to help preserve the lead with a 35-minute performance. Gomez did not play.
Another trio of Americans also enjoyed success this week in the form of goals. Stuart Holden (who also added an assist) netted his first Premier League goal, the winner in Bolton Wanderers 3-2 victory over Wolves. Michael Bradley scored the second in Borrussia Moenchengladbachs 4-0 rout of FC Cologne. Benny Feilhaber hit a game-winning penalty kick in stoppage time in AGF Aarhus 1-0 win against Viborg.
Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:
Tim Howardstarted, played 90 minutes and and made three saves in Evertons 2-1 loss vs. Arsenal on Sunday.Clint Dempseystarted and played 90 minutes in Fulhams 0-0 draw vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.Eddie Johnsoncame off the bench and played 1 minute for Fulham.Brad Friedelstarted, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Aston Villas 2-2 draw vs. Manchester United on Saturday.Brad Guzandressed but did not play for Aston Villa.Eric Lichajcame off the bench and played 2 minutes for Aston Villa.Marcus Hahnemannstarted, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.Jonathan Spectordressed but did not play in West Ham Uniteds 0-0 draw vs. Blackpool on Saturday.Stuart Holdenstarted, played 90 minutes, had an ASSIST and scored a GOALin Bolton Wanderers 3-2 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Conor Doylecame off the bench and played 5 minutes in Derby Countys 2-0 loss vs. Leicester City on Saturday.Zak Whitbreaddid not dress in Norwich Citys 3-3 draw vs. Reading on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.
Frank Simekstarted and played 90 minutes in Carlisle Uniteds 3-2 win vs. Southampton on Saturday.Mike Grellastarted and played 90 minutes for Carlisle United.Anton Peterlindid not dress in Plymouth Argyles 1-0 loss vs. Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.Jemal Johnsondressed but did not play in Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 win vs. Brentford on Saturday.
Maurice Edudid not dress in Rangers 2-0 win vs. Aberdeen on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.Dominic Cervidid not dress in Celtics 1-0 win vs. St Mirren on Sunday.
Jozy Altidoredressed but did not play inVillarreals 3-1 loss vs. Barcelona on Saturday.
Oguchi Onyewudid not dress in AC Milans 1-0 win vs. Inter Milan on Sunday.
Steve Cherundolostarted, played 68 minutes and received two yellow cards in Hannover 96s 1-0 win vs. Mainz on Saturday.DaMarcus Beasleydressed but did not play for Hannover 96.Michael Bradleystarted, played 90 minutes and scored a GOALin Borussia Moenchengladbachs 4-0 win vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.
Jermaine Jonesstarted and played 63 minutes in Schalke 04s 2-2 draw vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.Ricardo Clarkdressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurts 0-0 draw vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.Daniel Williamsdressed but did not play in SC Freiburgs 1-0 win vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Kenny Cooperdid not dress in TSV 1860 Munichs 0-0 draw vs. Energie Cottbus on Sunday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.David Yeldellstarted, played 90 minutes and made five saves in MSV Duisburgs 2-2 draw vs. Alemania Aachen on Sunday.Luis Roblesstarted, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Karlsruhes 1-1 draw vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Friday.Amaechi Igwedid not dress in FC Ingolstadt 04s 2-1 loss vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
Carlos Bocanegraand St Etiennes match vs. Valenciennes on Saturday was postponed.Charlie Daviesdid not dress in Sochauxs 1-1 draw vs. Brest on Saturday.
Quentin Westbergdressed but did not play in Evian Thonon Gaillards 3-1 win vs. Le Mans on Friday.
Freddy Aduand Aris Salonika play Iraklis on Monday.
Sacha Kljestancame off the bench, played 1 minute and received a yellow card in RSC Anderlechts 2-1 win vs. Gent on Sunday.
Michael Parkhurststarted and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaellands 2-1 win vs. Lyngby on Sunday.Marcus Tracydid not dress in Aalborg BKs 2-2 draw vs. Midtjylland on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.Chris Rolfedid not dress for Aalborg BK. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
Benny Feilhaberstarted, played 90 minutes and scored a penalty kickGOALin AGF Aarhuss 1-0 win vs. Viborg on Sunday. You can see the goal here.
Steve Clarkdressed but did not play Honefoss BKs 2-1 extra time win vs. Ranheim in the promotion/relegation playoff on Sunday.
Jose Torresstarted and played 90 minutes in Pachucas 2-1 win vs. Necaxa on Friday.Herculez Gomezdressed but did not play for Pachuca.Marco Vidalcame off the bench, played 35 minutes and received a yellow card for Pachuca.Edgar Castillodressed but did not play in San Luis 1-0 loss vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.Sammy Ochoacame off the bench and played 7 minutesin Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.s 1-0 loss vs. Santos on Saturday.Sonny Guadarramastarted and played 72 minutes in Atlantes 1-1 draw vs. Toluca on Sunday.
How do you see Torres, Vidal, Gomez and Pachuca faring in the LIguilla? How much confidence do you think Holden is playing with right now? Do you think Bradley should get a new goal celebration? Impressed by Feilhabers clutch goal?
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