Americans Abroad: Saturday Rewind


Bobby Wood started his Bundesliga tenure with a bang, while Christian Pulisic remained on the bench as transfer rumors continue to swirl.

Making his first league start for new club Hamburg, Wood provided his side’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Alfredo Morales’ Ingolstadt. The good fortune did not extend to Pulisic, who dressed for but did not enter Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Mainz.

In England, Lynden Gooch returned to the starting lineup for Sunderland’s tie with Southampton, while Geoff Cameron also earned a starting nod against Everton. DeAndre Yedlin made his Newcastle debut with a late substitute appearance, but it was Eric Lichaj that had the best day in the Championship as the fullback notched an assist.

Here’s a closer look at Saturday’s Americans Abroad:

Cameron Carter-Vickers dressed but did not play in Tottenham’s 1-1 tie with Liverpool.

Matt Miazga did not dress in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley.

Emerson Hyndman did not dress in Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes on Stoke City’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

Gedion Zelalem did not dress in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Watford.

Lynden Gooch started and played 77 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-1 tie with Southampton.

DeAndre Yedlin entered in the 88th minute of Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jonathan Spector played all 90 minutes on Birmingham’s 3-0 win over Norwich.

Tim Ream dressed and did not play while Luca de la Torre did not dress in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Blackburn.

Danny Williams played all 90 minutes in Reading’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City.

Eric Lichaj played all 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in Nottingham forest’s 3-1 win over Leeds

Gboly Ariyibi started and played all 90 minutes in Chesterfield’s 3-1 loss to Millwall.

Duane Holmes played 62 minutes in Scunthorpe United’s 3-1 loss to Port Vale.

Christian Pulisic dressed but did not play in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Mainz.

Fabian Johnson entered in the 61st minute of Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bobby Wood played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Hamburg’s 1-1 draw with Ingolstadt. Alfredo Morales played 81 minutes and earned a YELLOW CARD.

Timmy Chandler entered in the 56th minute of Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 win over Schalke.

Perry Kitchen played all 90 minutes in Hearts’ 2-1 win over Partick Thistle.

Caleb Stanko started and played 32 minutes in FC Vaduz’s 3-1 loss to FC Sion.

Ethan Horvath started and played 90 minutes, while Josh Gatt dressed but did not play in Molde’s 2-0 win over Stromgodset.

Jonathan Bornstein played all 90 minutes and picked up a YELLOW CARD in Queretaro’s 2-1 loss to Necaxa. Luis Gil did not dress.

Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America’s 3-0 loss to Chivas de Guadalajara.

Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 1-1 draw with Monterrey. Edgar Castillo did not dress.

  • Lost in Space

    Guzan started again. Hopefully he can keep his place as the starter for MID after the international break.


  • Patrick

    Guzan had a good game today in what was one of the worst soccer matches I can remember seeing in a long while. Pulis kills the beautiful game.


    • MidWest Ref

      It looks like the British press have officially changed Guzan’s name to “Shaky Brad Guzan.”:


  • Jayboy

    Do any of you Bundesliga viewers have an opinion of Alfredo Morales. It’s odd to me that we have a 90 minute regular starter playing in a top league and no one talks about him. I’ve heard more calls for Kitchen and Hyndman than for him. Is it because he’s only 3 years younger than Bradley and sort of in between generations?

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      • UclaBruinGreat

        Yes off the top of my head I remember atleast a game or two where Morales looked good for the USMNT. Thing is Morales hasn’t had many MEANINGFUL opportunities for the USMNT. Maybe JK doesn’t rate him highly enough. Personally I would love to be at a week long training session where Morales, Williams, Kitchen, Beckerman, Bradley, Jones and Nagbe are all there so that I can compare and contrast with all of them on the same field. Might as well throw in Gringo Torres, Feilhaber, Nguyen, Sasha K, Gil, Hyndman and Zelalem just for fun. All our viable CM candidates. A fan can dream.


    • Philip McNiel

      If you watch the highlights from yesterday’s game, you’ll see that he came VERY close to scoring. Put one just over the crossbar with his head.


    • Nate Dollars

      i think the “problem” with morales is that he’s very good at a lot of things, but not great at any one thing — he’s always in the middle of the action and ingolstadt is generally worse when he’s not playing, but he’s almost never the difference-maker in a game.

      this isn’t usually an issue in league play (although i don’t see him moving to a better team anytime soon), but at the international level where you don’t have 30+ games to make a statement, it’s hard to break through like that, especially when you have bradley and jones in front of you.

      he’s best on the outside of a 4-3-3, so he could get more call-ups as it seems klinsmann’s trying to move back to that formation, but as you implied, he’s not a “fresh” option, like hyndman (age) or nagbe (newly available), and so i think he’ll stay on the fringe.


  • MLSsnob

    Does anyone know if this is going to be a permanent thing for Yedlin? Cause he can sit the bench in the EPL.


    • Chris

      He was on the front of the match day program and this was his first game with the team. Hasn’t even been with the team a week. Give him some time to get integrated.


  • Angstchild

    Anybody know why Hyndman did not dress? I was expecting him to feature with Bournemouth this year and he can’t even make the bench. Is he injured?


  • Gary Page

    A few observations. AJ started for Werder Bremen, but they were so outclassed and he rarely saw the ball, so it’s hard to make an evaluation of his play. (Friday’s game). At least he is back to playing and started. Danny Williams looked good for Reading, in a game that had little to recommend it. There has been some debate recently here about the quality of Championship sides, based on Cardiff vs. Reading, there are a lot of better looking MLS teams than either of those two. Reading plays a lot of negative and very boring football. Anybody k now why Fabian Johnson didn’t start? I watched that game for a while, got bored and then turned it off since FJ wasn’t in.


    • johnnyrazor

      Its either a good sign that in a week or two of full training AJ earned his starting spot back or bad sign as to how poor Bremen is?

      FJ went the full 90 minutes on Wednesday in CL play so perhaps just giving his legs a little break, knowing his history of leg muscle injury and that he would likely be making the intercontinental flight today or tomorrow.

      Don’t get BeIn, but if you took out the designated players would the Championship be different from MLS? (That is serious question not sarcasm.)


      • Lost in Space

        Bremen forwards are in the midst of an injury bug. 2 or 3 of their strikers are currently on the injured list. Not a knock on Johannsson’s sudden return (during start of pre-season his coach wasn’t expecting him back at the start of the season), but could be a factor as to why he’s found himself as the starter on opening day.

        The Championship is a league with a fairly significant spread regarding the quality of the teams. Even more so than that in MLS. Top table Championship teams are better or equal to the top MLS teams, but the bottom table Championship teams are nearer to the best NSAL teams. Mid-Table Championship teams are probably on par with the bulk of MLS clubs….but their advantage is that their players make significantly more than MLS (non-DP) players due.


    • johnnyrazor

      Roster is supposed to come out today, usually during half time or in between MLS games. Its not binding like for a tournament so it could still change if someone was injured today or change between games.


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