Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview


European leagues continue to ease into play, and while the Bundesliga has yet to join them, the large contingent of German-based Americans Abroad will look to see the field in domestic cup action.

As the Premier League rolls into its second week, Lynden Gooch could see his second straight start with Sunderland following last week’s loss to Manchester City. The 20-year-old midfielder was the lone American to see the field during the Premier League’s opening weekend, and a repeat start for the Black Cats could see Gooch match up with Brad Guzan in Sunday’s clash with Middlesbrough. In other English action, Geoff Cameron could make his season debut against Manchester City while Chesterfield’s Gboly Ariyibi will look to build on last week’s assist as his side takes on Shrewsbury in League One play.

German soccer sees the DFB-Pokal take centerstage, giving several Americans the opportunity to feature throughout the weekend. Aron Johannsson may be in line to make his competitive return after more than a year away when Werder Bremen takes on Sportfreunde Lotte while Julian Green could see the field for Bayern Munich’s match against FC Carl Zeiss Jena.

Liga MX also features several interesting matchups as Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca face Jose Torres, Luis Silva and Tigres. Elsewhere, Miguel Ibarra, William Yarbrough and Leon face Jonathan Bornstein and Luis Gil’s Queretaro, while the Tijuana contingent face off with Necaxa.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:


Julian Green and Bayern Munich face FC Carl Zeiss Jena in the DFB-Pokal

Fafa Picault and St. Pauli face VfB Lübeck in the DFB-Pokal

Sebastian Saucedo and Veracruz face Toluca

Kyle Duncan and Valenciennes face Brest

Bob Bradley’s Le Havre face Troyes


Geoff Cameron and Stoke City face Manchester City

Matt Miazga and Chelsea visit Watford

DeAndre Yedlin, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Tottenham host Crystal Palace

Gedion Zelalem and Arsenal take on Leicester City

Danny Williams, Andrija Novakovich and Reading host Brighton

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City take on Wolves

Tim Ream and Fulham play host to Cardiff

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest take on Wigan Athletic

Gboly Ariyibi and Chesterfield visit Shrewsbury

Duane Holmes and Scunthorpe United face Gillingham

Perry Kitchen and Hearts host Inverness

Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig face Dynamo Dresden in the DFB-Pokal

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach face SV Drochtersen/Assel in the DFB-Pokal

Jerome Kiesewetter and Fortuna Dusseldorf face Hanso Rostock in the DFB-Pokal

Russel Canouse and VFL Bochum take on FC Astoria Walldorf in the DFB-Pokal

Michael OrozcoJoe Corona, Paul Arriola,Greg Garza and Tijuana face Necaxa

Miguel Ibarra ,William Yarbrough and Leon face Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro

Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca take on Jose Torres, Luis Silva and Tigres

Jorge Villafana and Cruz Azul take on Santos


Lynden Gooch and Sunderland face Brad Guzan and Middlesbrough

Emerson Hyndman and Bournemouth visit West Ham

AJ Soares and AGF face Brondby

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt face FC Magdeburg in the DFB-Pokal

Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen face Sportfreunde Lotte in the DFB-Pokal

Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt face AUE in the DFB-Pokal

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin face SSV Jahn Regensburg in the DFB-Pokal

Edgar Castillo and Moterrey face Pumas

Ventura Alvarado and Club America face Puebla

Desevio Payne and FC Groningen face FC Twente

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht face AZ Alkmaar

Caleb Stanko and FC Vaduz take on St. Gallen

Cole Grossman and Stabaek face Aalesund

Josh Gatt, Ethan HorvathBen Spencer and Molde face Odds BK

  • johnnyrazor

    Amando Moreno scored a goal for Tijuana in cup play this week, Arriola and Guido also played. 17 year old Brandon Vasquez saw his first action with the first team subbing on for Moreno in the second half.


  • johnnyrazor

    Christian Pulisic and Dortmund face Eintract Trier in DFB-Pokal

    Andrew Wooten and Sanduasen face Padderbon in DFB-Pokal

    Bobby Wood and Hamburg meet FSV Zwickau in DFB-Pokal

    Theoson Siebatcheu and Reims play Red Star in Ligue 2

    Aaron Schoenfeld and Hapoel Tel Aviv travel to Maccabi Haifa to open the Ligat Ha’Al (Just for you Bizzy)

    Not listing the Monday games is like the NFL not listing Monday Night Football.

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      • wychijeff

        It’s still useful information. I check this to see if I want to get up early and watch games on the weekend. It’s nice to know when players are not playing until Monday. Also, they do Friday so…..


      • johnnyrazor

        Its not like they do a AA Monday preview so you’d think they would include the Monday games especially with two key players in action.


  • Anthony

    So…I heard some rumors. As people may (or may not) know, Gooch as dual or triple citizenship. His father is English and his mother is Irish even though he was born and raised in the US, but apparently, the English FA is sniffing around.



  • johnnyrazor

    Green not in the starting eleven against the 4th division side, as Bayern starts an almost all first team squad.

    Fafa is starting for St. Pauli against Vfb Lubeck (Lubeck beat St. Pauli II 1-0 on the 14th)


      • johnnyrazor

        Also earned the corner that led to Hummels goal. Appears he’s been switched back to the wing with Coman, Robben, and Costa all out at the moment. Lewandowski did his best Wondolowski on that pass from JG.


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