Easter Weekend was kind to the Americans Abroad contingent.
Several players delivered strong performances this past weekend, including Rapid Vienna striker Terrence Boyd. Boyd bagged a brace in the club's 2-2 draw vs. SV Grodig on Sunday, scoring his first goal in the 24th minute before converting a penalty kick that he drew late in the first half.
Sidelined since early September with an ankle injury, Michael Bradley made his way back onto the field for AS Roma as substitute in Sunday's duel with Udinese and came up with the timeliest of goals to give his club the three points.
It was not the prettiest of goals, but Terrence Boyd will take it all the same.
Boyd added to his goal-scoring total on Saturday by netting the second goal in Rapid Vienna's 4-0 victory over Wacker Innsbruck. Boyd was a bit lucky to find the back of the net, as a cross from the left was deflected by a defender before bouncing off of Boyd's chest and into the goal.
Rapid Vienna's European dreams took a hit when Greek club Asteras Tripolis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half of their Europa League match, but Terrence Boyd made sure that result would not stick.
Five minutes after Vienna conceded the opener, Boyd drew and converted an equalizing penalty kick to help his club grab a 1-1 draw on the road in the first leg of their third-round Europa League qualifier against Asteras Tripolis.
Terrence Boyd capped his first year as a pro in dream fashion on Sunday, assisting on a goal before scoring one of his ownin Rapid Vienna's 3-0 victory over SV Josko Ried. Boyd's tally was the final strike in the club's season finale and it raised his goal-scoring total to 17 across all competitions, with 13 of those coming in league play for third-placed Rapid Vienna.
Herculez Gomez made it three goals in the last two Liga MX matches when he opened the scoring account for Santos Laguna in their 2-1 win against Atlante. This magnificent free kick upped his season tally to eight goals in all competitions. (Watch starting at :26)
Meantime, Terrence Boyd continues to put himself in the right place at the right time, getting on the end of a cross for the first goal in the 2-2 draw for Rapid Vienna against Mattersburg.
Clint Dempsey and Terrence Boyd were at it again this week, continuing to light the lamp for Spurs and Rapid Vienna, respectively. Dempsey's effort on the second goal in the 3-1 win for Spurs on Thursday against Panathinaikos was eventually ruled an own goal, but most importantly it helped push Tottenham into the knockout phase of the Europa League.
Tim Howard and Everton finally put an end to their four-game winless skid, and they did so in dramatic fashion.
Everton pulled off a late comeback against Tottenham on Sunday, grabbing a 2-1 victory after scoring twice in final moments.Steve Pienaar punished his former club and sparked the the Toffees' rally with an equalizer in the 90th minute and Nikica Jelavic found the winner in stoppage time.
Terrence Boyd put home his eighth league goal and 11th in all competitions this weekend as Rapid Vienna outlasted SV Josko Ried in a 4-3 thriller. Oh, and he also had two assists. Here's the highlights:
Meantime, Clint Dempsey teed up Jermaine Defoe on the second goal for Spurs as they defeated Clint's former club Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
Since we always start with the goal scorers, this week that means we open in Austria before moving to England's Championship. Specifically, that means Terrence Boyd's standout performance for Rapid Vienna in their 4-3 win over Ried. Boyd opened the scoring in the 25th minute with Ried equalizing in the 34th.
"Austrian league in scandal swamp" is the dubiously-translated headline in German newspaper Bild today with the news that an Austrian paper has published photos of a couple of Rapid Vienna hoovering up cocaine through a straw off the the club's Bundesliga championship trophy.
As far as places to do lines of coke off of, the Austrian Bundesliga trophy is probably somewhere between the back of a toilet and whatever supermodels use probably other supermodels. One would think this is a ridiculous hypothetical, but no, one of the friends of the owners of Rapid Vienna was photographed doing lines off the Austrian Bundesliga's ultimate trophy.
Rapid Vienna's 19-year-old defender Maximilian Hofmann made his Austrian Bundesliga debut by starting in his side's match against Sturm Graz. And 60 seconds later, his day was ended by his first career red card.
Hofmann was sent off for a tackle from behind in that box that denied Sturm Graz forward Robert Beric a clear scoring chance.
Terrence Boyd is off the mark in the 2013-14 Austrian Bundesliga campaign.
Boyd scored his first two goals of the new season on Saturday, netting a second-half brace in Rapid Vienna's 4-0 victory over Wiener Neustadt. The win was Vienna's first of the season and improves the club to 1-1-0 on the year.
Peeved at the decidedly average 2012/13 season their side have muddled through this term, a group of Rapid Vienna fans staged a protest at the club's general offices in the Austrian capital by building a brick wall across the entrance to prevent management from going into the building.
Things just keep getting better and better for Bobby Wood.
A few months removed from having faced an uncertain future because of problematic knee injuries, Wood continued his comeback by scoring his first professional goal in 1860 Munich's 1-1 draw with VfR Aalen on Friday.
Poor 19 year old Rapid Vienna youngster Maximilian Hofmann's league debut turned into a nightmare after he was sent off less than a minute into his sides game against rivals Sturm Graz yesterday having been promoted from the reserves ranks last season.
On a brighter note for the kid his team came from behind to win 4-2 despite their numerical dis-advantage.
Fans of clubs are often accused of lying down and taking it when shat on by their respective clubs. It's all very well moaning about ticket prices, but if you keep going to matches then nothing will change. Fans of Rapid Vienna in Austria are the folks to follow if you want an example to [...]
The Austrian press is announcing that former D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic has signed a contract with Rapid Vienna, the team from which Boskovic joined United. Even though his chapter with United had ended two months ago, we watched with muted interest to see where Bodkin landed in Europe.