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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: Sept. 27-29 31922833 Arrival time Arrival+time USA

Jozy Altidore's move to Sunderland this summer created an opportunity for international teammate Aron Johannson to emerge as his replacement at AZ Alkmaar. AZ anticipated Altidore's inevitable departure – this is the Netherlands after all, a proving ground for the top European leagues – and signed Jóhannsson from AGF Aarhus to eventually fill the void. It took Jóhannsson some time to adapt to the rigors of the Eredivisie, but this week – complete with a hat trick against Sparta Rotterdam during a midweek cup tie and a stunning winner against PSV Eindhoven on Saturday – announced his arrival. Jóhannsson must now continue his progress to claim Altidore's place in Alkmaar and push his case for more playing time at the international level.

 

Jóhannsson's prolific week topped a busy couple of days in the Americans Abroad sphere. Read on to learn more about Jermaine Jones' conflicts in Germany and Brad Guzan's role in Aston Villa's win over Manchester City.

 

-- Kyle McCarthy

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: Sept. 27-29 31922832 Aron Johannsson, AZ striker Aron+Johannsson%2C+AZ+striker USA

Jóhannsson maintained the strides made in midweek by snatching the winner in AZ's 2-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven on Saturday. The blossoming striker decided the affair just before the hour with a looping half-volley from outside the penalty area. It marked his fourth goal inside the week and sent hastily sacked manager Gertjan Verbeek off with a victory in his final match with the club.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: Sept. 27-29 31924637 Jermaine Jones, Schalke 04 midfielder / Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim defender Jermaine+Jones%2C+Schalke+04+midfielder+%2F+Fabian+Johnson%2C+Hoffenheim+defender USA

This meeting between two U.S. regulars ended with a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw and a rather unexpected rebuke for Jones (left) after the match concluded. Both players departed during the final half-hour, but Jones' late exit eventually yielded to some post-match controversy.

 

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt told local reporters the club planned to suspended Jones for Tuesday's Champions League tie over FC Basel, according to Bild. Jones responded by suggesting he might submit to surgery on his ailing knee, per the same source. If Jones opts for the procedure, he will likely miss the next six weeks.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: Sept. 27-29 31922834 Herculez Gomez, Club Tijuana forward Herculez+Gomez%2C+Club+Tijuana+forward USA

Gomez marked his return from a knee injury with a second-half hat trick in the 6-0 demolition of C.D. Victoria on Thursday. The hard work done in CONCACAF Champions League play consigned Gomez to a place on the bench in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Puebla, but the US international forward joined the fray for the final half-hour.

Six Americans ultimately featured in Puebla's victory: DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco Fiscal started for the home side, while Gomez, Paul Arriola, Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona all played a part at some stage for the Xolos.
 

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: Sept. 27-29 31924634 Brad Guzan, Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad+Guzan%2C+Aston+Villa+goalkeeper USA

Guzan complemented his usual work between the sticks by prompting Andreas Weimann's winner in the 3-2 home victory over Manchester City on Saturday. City failed to deal with a long Guzan clearance and watched Weimann tuck the winner past the stranded Joe Hart to incur a surprising defeat. Villa's first home win of the campaign left Paul Lambert's side in the top 10 of the Premier League at the end of the weekend.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: Sept. 27-29 31924636 Jozy Altidore, Sunderland forward +Jozy+Altidore%2C+Sunderland+forward USA

The change in managers did not result in a change in fortune for bottom side Sunderland this weekend. Altidore returned to the starting lineup in interim manager Kevin Ball's 4-2-3-1 setup, but the floundering side stumbled to a 3-1 home defeat to resurgent Liverpool on Sunday. Luis Suarez scored twice upon his Premier League return to leave Sunderland with just one point from six Premier League matches.
 

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