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Hex Foes Abroad

Andy Najar Continues to Shine; Chicharito Sits

In this week's edition of Hex Foes Abroad, the young Honduran plays exceptionally well with the Anderlecht U-21s and looks ready for prime time. Meanwhile, a Mexican star watches from the bench.
BY Jon Arnold Posted
April 23, 2013
12:00 PM
The five national teams the U.S. faces during the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying include players who play outside CONCACAF. You know how the Americans fared abroad each week, but what about the players they’ll be facing? We’ll keep you updated on their progress each week. Also, don’t forget to check out our section dedicated to all things Hex. We’ll focus first on the United States’ next Hex opponents:

This week we start with Jermaine Beckford at Huddersfield Town. We speculated last week about his place in the starting XI. Mark Robbins saw what we saw and started Beckford this weekend, and the forward scored two in a 3-1 win against Millwall.

Theo Robinson didn’t make the 18 for Huddersfield.

It was back to losing ways for Reading and its Jamaican trio, but it’s not all bad for the Reggae Boyz. Gareth McCleary scored the Royals’ only goal. He, Adrian Mariappa, and Jobi McAnuff all went the full 90, in part because Nigel Adkins neglected to make a single substitution.

Jermaine Johnson finally cooled off a bit. He went 68 and 29 minutes for Stuart Holden-less Sheffield Wednesday in two draws.

Ricardo Fuller started started and was substituted late in both Charlton’s matches last week. He was booked in a scoreless draw with leaders Cardiff City.

With Demar Phillips still out injured, Tremaine Stewart went the full 90 for Aalesund, which dropped points for the first time this season. Countryman, but not national team member, Jason Morrison came on at the half.

Lloyd Doyley played in Watford’s back line for both a 1-0 loss to Millwall and a 4-0 home win against Blackburn Rovers. Watford sits third in the Championship table.

Dane Richards joined American Zarek Valentin for the last nine minutes of Bodo/Glimt’s 3-0 win against Elverum.

It was again Chris Humphrey rather than Omar Cummings who turned out for Motherwell. The Scottish club beat Dundee United 3-1.

Luton Shelton again missed the Karabukspor match.

Panama and Millonarios captain Román Torres continues his rough go of things. He was booked twice and sent off in a 2-1 loss to Atlético Nacional. He missed the team’s subsequent match with Itagui, which has Millonarios down to 10th position. Nelson Barahona started that match and lasted 74 minutes in a 2-1 Itagui win.

Junior won its two matches this week, making it four straight victories. Gabriel Gomez started and was substituted in both matches.

Armando Cooper made the bench for Godoy Cruz’s Copa Argentina match but was dropped for a loss against River Plate.

Luis Henríquez did his thing at center back for Lech Poznan in a win Monday.

Rolando Escobar went the full 90 for Deportivo Anzoategui as they beat Monagas 2-1. He was substituted from a scoreless draw with Deportivo Táchira.

Emilio Izaguirre is a league champion. Celtic won the league with a 4-1 victory Sunday. Despite the absence of Rangers, it was totally tough to win the league. Izaguirre came on for the second half of the clincher.

Carlo Costly had a brace in a losing effort for Veria against Panathinaikos. The first goal was a penalty that nearly missed, but the second was a superb header. It’ll take another miracle for Wigan not to be relegated. The Latics lost both matches played last week. Maynor Figueroa played the full 90 in an excusable 1-0 loss to Manchester City and a tough 2-0 loss to West Ham. Roger Espinoza appeared in the last minute of the match against City.

Andy Najar is nearing his full Anderlecht debut. He scored twice and had an assist in a U-21 match. Jorge Claros came on late for Hibernian in a 0-0 draw with Aberdeen.

Osmán Chavez played all of a cup loss and a league draw for Wisla Krakow. He was booked in the draw.

Luis Garrido went the full 90 for Red Star Belgrade. It won 1-0 against BSK Borca.

Costa Rica
After a rough go of things for Gustavo Munua last weekend, Keylor Navas stepped into the Levante starting XI and saved an early David Villa penalty.
In the end, Cesc Fabregas was able to put a goal past Navas, and Barcelona beat Levante, 1-0.

Fulham had two tough losses last week, dropping a 3-0 result to Chelsea on Wednesday and losing to Arsenal 1-0 Saturday. Bryan Ruiz was booked against Chelsea and went the full 90 in both matches.

Joel Campbell started and went 59 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid. He manned the left side for Real Betis.

Bryan Oviedo came in for Everton against Arsenal in the waning moments of a 0-0 draw. He was an unused substitute Saturday in a loss to Sunderland.

Celso Borges scored for AIK in Swedish league action Monday. AIK beat Gefle by a 2-1 margin.

Christian Bolaños made his return from injury a productive one, scoring the equalizer for Copenhagen in a 1-1 draw with Aalborg.

Borges’ and Bolaños’ goals along with other Costa Ricans not involved with the national team can be seen in this video: Valerengen got a win in the cup last week but were back to losing ways this weekend. Start beat the club 1-0. Diego Calvo went the full 90 at forward. Giancarlo Gonzalez was an unused substitute.

Michael Barrantes got back in the Aalesund starting lineup, going the full 90 against Tromso.

Chicharito watched from the bench as Robin van Persie scored a hat trick and helped Manchester United teammates clinch the Premier League title.

Gio dos Santos went the full 90 for Mallorca, which drew 1-1 with Rayo Vallencano.

Hector Moreno was overshadowed by a Man of the Match performance by fellow Espanyol center back Diego Colotto as the club beat Getafe, 2-0. The victory means Mexican manager Javier Aguirre has kept his team in the top flight.

Valencia made quick work of Malaga, winning 5-1. Andres Guardado was an unused substitute.

No goals in Osasuna-Real Sociedad despite the presence of Carlos Vela. He had his worse performance in recent memory, getting booked and yielding to Diego Ifran late in the match.

Guillermo Ochoa and Ajaccio didn’t play this week.

Javier Aquino is injured and missed Villarreal’s 1-0 win against Racing Santander.

Whose performance strikes the most fear in your heart? Have we missed any players who you think should be in the U.S.’ game tape rotation? Any information you’d like to see in future editions? Let us know in the comments section.

Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) is a writer based in Arizona and is ASN's CONCACAF correspondent.

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