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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad - Feb. 6-9 32015332 Americans abroad Americans+abroad USA

At one point during the World Cup qualifying campaign, FC Nürnberg defender Timothy Chandler looked like he might establish himself as the first choice at right back. It now appears he may not even receive a chance to make a late charge for a roster spot. Chandler suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Nurnberg's 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday. His prognosis – including an expected absence of 8-10 weeks, according to the club – leaves him with little opportunity to erase concerns about his commitment to the cause and force his way into the World Cup reckoning. It is a far cry from his expected impact and a rather sobering reminder of the tenuous nature of constructing a roster during a World Cup year.

Chandler's injury captured the sentiments of a frustrating weekend for Americans Abroad. Read on to learn more about the struggles faced by Aston Villa, Everton and FC Utrecht over the weekend.
 

-- Kyle McCarthy

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad - Feb. 6-9 32015331 Timothy Chandler, 1.FC Nürnberg defender Timothy+Chandler%2C+1.FC+N%26uuml%3Brnberg+defender USA

Chandler suffered perhaps a critical blow to his faint World Cup hopes when he limped off 10 minutes into Nürnberg's 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday. Nürnberg subsequently confirmed Chandler will miss the next 8-10 weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee. United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann offered his sympathies on Twitter, but he will wonder now whether Chandler fits into his plans moving forward.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad - Feb. 6-9 32015335 Juan Agudelo, FC Utrecht forward Juan+Agudelo%2C+FC+Utrecht+forward USA

Agudelo notched his first European goal in Utrecht's 2-1 defeat to PEC Zwolle in midweek. Utrecht followed up that disappointing setback with a heavy 5-2 loss at RKC Waalwijk on Sunday. Agudelo posed a threat for much of the affair, but he failed to increase his haul. Five different RKC players hit the scoresheet to amplify Utrecht's relegation concerns and place manager Jan Wouters' future with the club in some doubt.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad - Feb. 6-9 32016544 Tim Howard, Everton goalkeeper Tim+Howard%2C+Everton+goalkeeper USA

Tottenham Hotspur wounded Everton's top-four hopes with a 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Emmanuel Adebayor separated the sides with his tidy finish from Kyle Walker's service to give Spurs a sixth victory in nine Premier League attempts under Tim Sherwood. Everton now sits five points behind Liverpool and two points behind Spurs in the race for fourth place.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad - Feb. 6-9 32016566 Brad Guzan, Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad+Guzan%2C+Aston+Villa+goalkeeper USA

Aston Villa spurned a chance to pull clear of the relegation mire by slipping to a 2-0 home defeat to West Ham United on Saturday. Villa boss Paul Lambert lamented the defending on both Kevin Nolan goals as his side eventually permitted West Ham to climb out of the bottom three. Guzan once again started between the sticks in the defeat.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad - Feb. 6-9 32015333 Geoff Cameron, Stoke City defender Geoff+Cameron%2C+Stoke+City+defender USA

Stoke pegged Southampton back twice in the first half to eventually secure a 2-2 draw at St. Mary's on Saturday. Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie provided the goals necessary to frustrate the home side. Cameron featured for the entire 90 minutes as Stoke claimed a vital point in its bid to pull clear of the relegation zone.

“We said before the game we need to improve our away form and it was an accomplished performance,” Stoke boss Mark Hughes told the BBC. “We showed character to come back and restricted them to few chances in the second half.”

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