The start of the English Premier League season was headlined by a surprising start for a young midfielder, while several U.S. Men’s National Team veterans did not feature in the season-opening festivities.
Lynden Gooch might have been a surprise start for some Sunderland fans, but the Santa Cruz-born midfielder certainly held his own against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in a 2-1 defeat. The pacy Sunderland academy graduate did well to press and put in tackles against the Citizens, and even put in a few dangerous balls into Willy Caballero’s box. His appearance served as the highlight for Americans in the Premier League, though, as the young midfielder was the only U.S. player to feature in the English top flight over the weekend.
Danny Williams played the full 90 in a Championship match on Saturday in which his Reading FC lost to Wolves. Jonathan Spector also played a whole Championship match for Birmingham City as his side defeated Leeds. 2-1. In League One, Gboly Ariyibi played dangerously on the wing for Chesterfield in their win against Swindon, pitching in with an impressive assist.
In continental Europe, U.S. under-20 player Mukwelle Akale made his full debut for Villarreal in a preseason match against Leganés after coming off the bench in the 61st minute. The youth player utilized his pace to create and nearly convert a clear chance near the match’s end.
Here’s how the Americans abroad played this weekend:
- Lynden Gooch started and played 65 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City
- Geoff Cameron dressed but did not play in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough. Brad Guzan did not dress for Boro.
- Cameron Carter-Vickers dressed but did not play in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Everton. DeAndre Yedlin did not dress.
- Gedion Zelalem did not dress in Arsenal’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool.
- Emerson Hyndman did not dress for Bournemouth’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
- Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes for Reading’s 2-0 loss against Wolves.
- Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham’s 2-1 win over Leeds.
- Tim Ream was subbed on inthe 90th minute in Fulham’s 2-1 win at Preston North End.
- Eric Lichaj did not dress in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 win over Brighton
- Gboly Ariyibi started and provided AN ASSIST in Chesterfield’s 3-1 win over Swindon Town.
- Duane Holmes started and played 58 minutes in Scunthorpe United’s 2-2 tie at Fleetwood Town.
- Perry Kitchen entered as a substituye in the 46th minute in Hearts’ 0-0 draw with Aberdeen.
- Julian Green dressed, but did not play, in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 German Super Cup win over Borussia Dortmund. Cristian Pulisic did not dress.
- Fafa Picault started and played 90 minutes in FC St. Pauli’s 2-0 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
- Jerome Kiesewetter started and played 71 minutes in Fortuna Düsseldorf’s 1-0 win over Stuttgart.
- Andrew Wooten started and played 59 minutes in Sandhausen’s 2-0 loss at Erzgebirge.
- Rubio Rubin started and played 73 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 2-2 draw at Heerenveen.
- Desevio Payne did not dress in FC Groningen’s 2-0 loss to Excelsior.
- Ethan Horvath started and played 90 minutes in Molde’s 2-0 win at Aalesund.
- Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes, while Paul Arriola entered as a substitue in the 71st minute of Tijuana’s 2-0 win over Leon. William Yarbrough started and played 90 minutes for Leon.
- Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in CF Pachuca’s 3-0 win over Pumas UNAM
- Edgar Castillo did not dress in Monterrey’s 2-1 win over Necaxa.
- Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America’s 1-1 draw with Morelia
- Jonathan Bornstein started and played 90 minutes in Queretaro’s 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul. Luis Gil did not dress.
- Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Tigres’ 0-0 draw with Toluca.
- Jorge Villafana started and played 60 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 1-0 loss to Chivas de Guadalajara.