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Brooks scores to help Hertha Berlin rout Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Thursday, August 15, 2013) -- Leagues in Germany and France got underway this past weekend and a number of Americans played in their season-opening matches

Hertha Berlin is newly-promoted to Germany’s Bundesliga and the “Die Alte Dame” (The Old Lady) routed visiting Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1, helped by a goal by German-American defender John Brooks.

Brooks, playing 90 minutes, scored his team’s second goal with a low shot from a scramble in the penalty area following a right-side corner kick.

The Belgium Jupiler League is in its third week and U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan scored to help RSC Anderlecht to a 4-1 victory over KAA Gent.

Kljestan took a short squared ball in the box and scored his first goal with a low shot.

U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has found a new home, signing a three-year contract with FC Nantes of the French Ligue 1.

Bedoya was one of the Americans caught in the bankruptcy and demotion of Glasgow Rangers from the Scottish Premier League to the fourth division of Glasgow Rangers.

Owing to a ruling by world governing body FIFA that all player contracts were still owned by Rangers, Bedoya technically played last season for Swedish champion Helsingborgs IF under a loan from Rangers. The Scottish club released Bedoya and he was a free transfer when he signed with Nantes after Helsingborgs did not offer a long-term deal..

He was newly arrived at the Pays de la Loire and did not dress for Nantes’ opening 2-0 win over Bastia.

England’s Premier League is still a week away from commencing. In the second-tier League Championship, American defender Zak Whitbread, back from a head injury, went 90 minutes and was issued a yellow card for Leicester City in a 0-0 draw with Leeds United.

American defender Eric Lichaj went the distance and received a yellow card for Nottingham Forest in a 1-0 shutout of Blackburn Rovers.

Newly-arrived German-American Danny Williams went the final four minutes for Reading in its 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.

Stuart Holden had surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, suffered playing for U.S. in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and will out for Bolton for at least six-to-nine months.

U.S. defender Jonathan Spector is recovering from surgery for a facial fracture and was absent for Birmingham City’s 1-0 road victory over Yeovil Town.

American Will Packwood remains unavailable to Birmingham for at least the rest of 2013 after breaking his left leg in four places in a FA Cup match against Leeds United in January. Still, City extended his contract for in May an additional season until the summer of 2014.

German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes for FC Schalke 04 in a 3-3 draw with Hamburg SV in a Bundesliga opening match..

German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson, who partially tore the lateral ligament in his left ankle in July, dressed but did not play for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 2-2 draw with 1. FC Nürnberg. Johnson was well enough last night to play the first 79 minutes for the U.S. men in their exciting come-from-behind 4-3 triumph over host Bosnia and Herzegovina

German-American defender Timmy Chandler also dressed, but did not play, while American midfielder Joe Gyau did not dress for Hoffenheim.

U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst, still trying to work his way back into the the FC Augsberg side after representing his nation in the Gold Cup, did not dress in a 4-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Parkhurst was a late sub for the Americans last night angainst the Bosnians.

Defender Steve Cherundolo had a second arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the end of June and remains out for Hannover 96, 2-0 winner over VfL Wolfsburg.

Cherundolo, a 34-year-old who has 87 caps for the U.S., felt pain in the knee after a collision early in preseason training. He first had the knee operated on in February.

Cherundolo played only 20 times for Hannover last season, but set a club record with 300 Bundesliga appearances.

In the 2. Bundesliga, American striker Bobby Wood played the first 59 minutes and recorded an assist for TSV 1860 Munich in a 2-1 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Alfredo Morales, A German-American of Peruvian descent played 90 minutes in the midfield for FC Ingolstadt 04 in a 2-0 loss to Karlsruhe FC.

German-American defender Andrew Wooten dressed, but did not play for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in a 2-1 loss to SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

In the Netherlands, Icelandic-American striker Aron Johannsson went 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in a 3-2 decision over Ajax Amsterdam. For the second straight week, Johannsson converted a penalty kick.

Johannsson, who played in the Iceland youth program, was impressive in his U.S. debut last night in the victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Eleven-year-old Joshua Pynadath has signed to join the youth academy of Spanish giant Real Madrid. Pynadath, a resident of Los Altos Hills, Calif., was discovered from a video of his Bay Area club De Anza Force SC and tried out twice for Los Blancos before receiving an offer.

Pynadath also received a trial from Madrid rival Barcelona but he ultimately chose his favorite team.

"I was blown away when I got the official news from Real Madrid,” Pynadath told the Los Altos Town Crier newspaper. “They told me that I was the first American that they have ever accepted into their academy. I told them that I would set a good example."

In Austria’s Bundesliga, German-American forward Terrence Boyd was sacrificed after 30 minutes when defender Stephan Palla was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 27th minute of Rapid Wien’s 0-0 draw with Austria Vienna. Boyd was pulled in favor of a defender to replace Palla.

In Denmark’s Superliga, American midfielder Conor O’Brien played 90 minutes and was shown a yellow card for FC Nordsjælland on its 2-2 draw with FC Copenhagen.

American defender Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance for Viborg FF in a 2-2 draw with Brøndby IF.

In Norway’s Eliteserien, U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud played the first 59 minutes and received a caution for Rosenborg BK in a 2-2 draw with Strømsgodset IF.

American Steve Clark was in net for Hønefoss BK in a 1-0 loss to FK Haugesund.

American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath dressed, but did not play for Molde FK in a 2-1 victory over Sogndal FC.

U.S. winger Josh Gatt will miss the rest of the Molde season, following knee surgery. He was injured June 29 during a 3-1 win over Sarpsborg 08 FF and he was subsequently dropped from the U.S. Gold Cup roster.

In Finland’s Veikkausliiga, American striker Jonathan Okafor played 84 minutes and scored the final goal -- his second in as many games for MYPA -- in a 3-0 whitewash of JJK.

In Sweden's Allsvenskan, American midfielder Brian Span did not dress for Djurgårdens IF in a 3-0 loss to Brommapojkarna.

In Brazil’s Serie A, American midfielder Freddy Adu did not dress for EC Bahia, which was reduced to 10 men because of a red card and lost 3-0 to Grêmio FBPA.

In Mexico’s Liga Bancomer MX, Mexican-American defender Michael Orozco Fiscal played 90 minutes, then was subbed out in stoppage time for Puebla in a 0-0 draw with Veracruz.

U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley went the distance for Puebla.

American midfielder Joe Corona and Mexican-American defender Edgar Castillo went the distance for Club Tijuana in a 2-0 decision over Pumas UNAM.

American defender Greg Garza played the final seven minutes, while American midfielder Paul Arriola dressed, but did not play for Tijuana.

The knee inflammation that interrupted his Gold Cup still has American striker Hérculez Gómez (knee) on the sidelines for Tijuana.

U.S. midfielder José Torres played 90 minutes for Tigres UANL in its 3-1 win over Monterrey.

American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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