WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ D.C. United fans for weeks now have been awaiting the arrival of reinforcements to help end this club's dramatic downward spiral. At training Tuesday, former U.S. national team defender Frank Simek was presented as one possible piece of that roster retooling puzzle.
Both Tim Ream and Stuart Holden hope to feature in Bolton's home match against Peterborough United, while Frank Simek's Carlisle United look to claw their way out of the bottom half of the League One standings.
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City hope to rebound after a frustrating weekend against Tim Ream's Bolton, while Frank Simek and Carlisle United look to climb the standings with a win against Crewe Alexandria.
The UEFA Champions League group stage is within reach for two Americans, but their teams will
need to overcome first-leg deficits if they are to maintain hopes of competing on Europe's biggest
stage and join the likes of Americans Jermaine Jones and Michael Parkhurst in the tournament
FC Nordsjaelland may have routed Silkeborg IF in their match this weekend, but Michael Parkhurst
was at the front and center to helping them cruise to victory.
Parkhurst played a vital part in Nordsjaelland's early success in their 6-1 win on Saturday,
setting up the opener from the right flank in the third minute before scoring the eventual winner
three minutes later.
Puebla beware. Herculez Gomez is starting to get hot again.
Just as he has done so often in the past couple of years, Gomez is starting to put together a
scoring run. He has found the back of the net three times for Santos Laguna in the past
week-and-a-half, and will look to add to that this weekend when DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla come
That's one of the words that can best be used to describe Rangers' undefeated season, a season
that Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and the rest of the club will attempt to build on when they face
Dundee United on Saturday.
Currently nine points clear of second-place Motherwell with an 11-2-0 record, Rangers should
take another step towards claiming a fourth straight Scottish Premier League title if it can live
up to its expectations against Dundee.
Tim Howard and Everton's start to the season has not been a flawless one, but the Toffees could
get momentum rolling if they come up with a win in one of the weekend's marquee matches.
Everton hosts Liverpool on Saturday in the first Merseyside derby of the season, and Howard is
sure to be tested as he goes up against Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard and the rest of
Liverpool's attacking weapons.
There was a larger-than-usual contingent of Americans Abroad in action this Monday, as the English League Championship and leagues in Denmark, Belgium, Norway, and Germany all had matches throughout the day.
In Norway, Mix Diskerud helped his case for a potential national team call-up this summer, scoring in the 53rd minute of his side Rosenberg's 4-0 win over Brann.
Now that the Timbers are second in the allocation order thanks to last Wednesday's trade with Chivas USA they have clearly signaled their intent to bring in a big name player. Mix Diskerud was first and foremost in people's minds but he has options in Europe and if he ends up back on the continent there are still a number of possibly returning US internationals that the Timbers could bring on board.
Word broke today from the assembled D.C. United press that the team has two trialists in camp: English striker Akpo Sodje and American defender Frank Simek. Simek is a right back who has played for Sheffield Wednesday in the Football League Championship and has spent the last three seasons with Carlisle United in League One.