Rapid Wien's star striker fills up the stat sheet with goals galore, while Stoke City's backliner can't quite get it together. Elsewhere, there are positive signs in Germany but none in the Pacific Northwest.
April 10, 2013
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Terrence Boyd: The forward continues to be key for Rapid Wien, scoring—and getting booked—this weekend in a 1-1 draw with Wacker Innsbruck. Boyd followed up on a rebound from a shot well outside the box and put away a tricky finish.
It’s the third time he’s scored since the winter interlude (winterlude?) and his 12th tally of the year, putting him joint top for most goals for the club. His success brings to mind the possibility of a summer move back to Germany, where he played for Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund’s reserve teams, except this time, Boyd’s skills would demand he plays first-team football.
Timmy Chandler: Nurnberg is on a nine-match unbeaten run that doesn’t quite coincide with Chandler’s shift to right midfielder, but it hasn’t hurt anything. The German-American scooted up from right back in a 2-1 win against Augsburg four matches ago and hasn’t relinquished the spot. His success there has some speculating that a similar position switch for the red, white, and blue could be the answer to the national team’s bout with narrowness. This weekend will bring a heat check for Chandler and the The Club against Bayern Munich, which already wrapped up the Bundesliga title and hasn’t lost a league match since October. Viel Gück, Timmy.
Geoff Cameron: The national team could’ve used more from Cameron in its recent matches with Costa Rica and Mexico and his play upon returning to Stoke is also lacking something. The beginning of the Premier League campaign showed Cameron’s quality, and he regularly made teams of the week and was among the league leaders in tackles. That quality hasn’t been there this month for whatever reason, culminating with a substitution two matches ago. He actually bounced back a bit this weekend with three tackles and a smart performance, but it came in a losing effort against Aston Villa. Yes, that Aston Villa. Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa. Barely-staying-in-the-division Aston Villa. Stoke itself isn’t exactly firm in the league. With only one point in the last six, the Potters are only three points clear of the drop zone. A date with table-topping Manchester United this weekend won’t do much to inspire confidence.
Eddie Johnson: Times are tough for the Seattle Sounders. Things aren’t yet clicking in MLS play and they were bounced from the CONCACAF Champions League after drawing 1-1 and losing 2-1 on aggregate Tuesday night. Credit to Johnson for returning from injury, and perhaps fitness played a part in a subpar match for the attacker. His only real opportunity was an early left-footed effort he skied. He created a few chances, but the team gelled much better after he left the match in the second half. That shouldn’t be the case for a national teamer. No need for panic yet, but Jurgen Klinsmann will have a close eye on how Johnson responds to his first real dose of adversity since his domestic return last year.
Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) is a writer based in Arizona and is ASN's CONCACAF correspondent.