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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad: April 26-28 31719989 Geoff Cameron, Stoke City Geoff+Cameron%2C+Stoke+City USA

Cameron climbed off the bench for the final half hour to help Stoke secure a 1-0 home victory over Norwich City on Saturday. The U.S. international defender protected the slender margin of victory – created by Charlie Adam's goal a minute after halftime – to send his side to its third triumph of 2013. Stoke now sits on the magic mark of 40 points – the number usually regarded as safe from relegation – with four matches still to play.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad: April 26-28 31719990 Clint Dempsey, Tottenham Clint+Dempsey%2C+Tottenham USA

Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce turned into his own net in second-half stoppage time to keep Spurs' Champions League hopes alive with a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium on Saturday. The relegation battlers responded to Gareth Bale's opener through Boyce and Callum McManamanan to set themselves on course for a vital triumph in the race against the drop. Boyce thwarted those efforts with seconds to play as his own goal allowed Spurs – with Dempsey on the field for the duration of the affair – to snatch a point to aid their Champions League quest.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad: April 26-28 31719988 Jermaine Jones, Schalke Jermaine+Jones%2C+Schalke USA

Schalke increased its lead for the fourth and final Champions League place to three points with a 4-1 victory over Hamburg on Sunday. Marcell Jansen opened the scoring after five minutes, but Michel Bastos scored four minutes later to start the emphatic response from the home side. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar subsequently secured the points with a hat trick. Jones played all 90 minutes in a result that saw Schalke pull ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt and SC Freiburg with three matches left to play.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad: April 26-28 31725115 Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim; Timmy Chandler, Nurnberg Fabian+Johnson%2C+Hoffenheim%3B+Timmy+Chandler%2C+Nurnberg USA

Johnson clambered forward to provide an assist in Hoffenheim's critical 2-1 home victory on Saturday. The usual left back operated on the left side of midfield in this affair and used his advanced position to square the ball for Tobias Weis' 11th minute opener. Sejad Salihovic doubled the advantage eight minutes later to place Hoffenheim in control before Timmy Simons pulled a goal back from the spot shortly before the hour. The home side held firm in the late stages to claim the points and maintain its faint hopes of escaping the drop.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad: April 26-28 31719987 Jozy Altidore, AZ Alkmaar Jozy+Altidore%2C+AZ+Alkmaar USA

Altidore submitted yet another man-of-the-match performance to drag AZ clear of the relegation mire with a 4-0 win over Heerenveen on Friday. The star turn started with a tidy finish to open the scoring after 29 minutes. Roy Beerens doubled the lead three minutes later before Altidore prompted Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson for the third after 62 minutes. The prolific striker capped his day by notching his 30th goal of the season in all competitions from a free kick three minutes later. AZ now sits six points clear of the relegation zone with two matches left to play.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad: April 26-28 31725114 Americans Abroad Americans+Abroad USA

AZ striker Jozy Altidore hit yet another staggering milestone on Friday: the U.S. international striker notched his 30th goal of the season in all competitions in his side's 4-0 home win over Heerenveen. Altidore's prolific campaign marks a new high point for Americans Abroad – no American has hit 30 goals during a top-level European season before this weekend – and shows why several top European sides are plotting a potential summer transfer move for the former New York Red Bulls star.

Altidore's two-goal display on Friday offered the highlight of a productive weekend for Americans Abroad. Read on to learn how Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson fared in their relegation battles and how Clint Dempsey's pursuit of Champions League football suffered a setback at Wigan Athletic.

Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports
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