Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

Fabian Johnson Borussia Moenchengladbach 92

While Cameron Carter-Vickers impressed in his first team debut, it was a more experienced U.S. Men’s National Team star that provided the biggest contribution on Wednesday afternoon.

Fabian Johnson scored an equalizing goal in the 84th minute, leading Borussia Monchengladbach in a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig with the team’s first shot on target. After receiving the ball in space on the right-hand side, Johnson darted towards goal before zipping past his defender with a cut inside. The USMNT star then curled a shot into the far corner, earning his side a hard-fought point against one of the Bundesliga’s upstart teams.

Carter-Vickers’ performance was a bit more comfortable, as Tottenham cruised to a 5-0 win over an over-matched Gillingham. Starting in the heart of defense alongside Kevin Wimmer, the 18-year-old centerback was collected throughout in maintaining a clean sheet. His best moment, though, nearly came on the attacking end, as the defender saw a header inch just wide of the post for what was almost a debut goal.

Elsewhere, Tim Ream and Luca de la Torre earned time as Fulham suffered elimination, while Lynden Gooch earned yet another look for Sunderland.

Here’s a closer look at Wednesday’s Americans Abroad action:


Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes while Luca de la Torre entered as a 69th minute substitute in Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Bristol City.

Lynden Gooch started and played 69 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Gillingham

Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes Stoke City’s 2-1 loss to Hull City.


Julian Green and John Brooks did not dress for Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin. (Brooks missed out due to a muscle injury.)

Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-1 tie with RB Leipzig. Terrence Boyd did not dress

Aron Johannsson did not dress for Werder Bremen’s 2-1 loss to Mainz. (Johannsson missed out due to suspension.)


A.J. Soares did not dress in AGF Aarhus’ 1-1 tie with FC Midtjylland.


Caleb Stanko started and played 64 minutes in FC Vaduz’s 1-1 tie with Young Boys.


William Yarbrough started and played 90 minutes while Miguel Ibarra dressed but did not play in Leon’s 0-0 draw with Chiapas.

Edgar Castillo did not dress while Jorge Villafana started and played 90 minutes in Monterrey’s 5-2 win over Santos Laguna.

Michael Orozco and Luis Gil started and played 90 minutes, while Paul Arriola and Jonathan Bornstein entered as substitutes in Tinjuana’s 2-1 win over Queretaro. Greg Garza, John Requejo, Amando Moreno, and Alejandro Guido did not dress.

  • Lost in Space

    Can anyone who watched the games advise where CCV, Gooch, & Cameron were positioned? I’ve heard that CCV & Cameron were used in the Midfield and not the backline.


    • johnnyrazor

      Soccerway had CCV as a CB, and Cameron as a mid. They listed Gooch on the wing, but he often moves around.


    • Patrick

      CCV was center right back. For our youth national teams he has played center left back as well.


  • danny kissinger

    That was a sick goal by FJ. It was all possible with his nice first touch on the run. Wish I saw more NATs attackers with that kind of touch.


  • MLSsnob

    I know his is gonna sound slow left arm of me but isn’t it more satisfying when you see an American that learned his trade stateside see these types of goals? I love FabJo but if that was say, Lyndon Gooch, I’d be even more excited.


    • Lost in Space

      I guess it depends on what you consider “learning his trade stateside”. Gooch like Zelalem & Pulisic was able to move to Europe at a very young age due to his duel nationality. In Gooch’s case he was 15-16 when he began playing for Sunderland’s youth teams (Started with the U-16s). Not sure if that qualifies him for having “Learned his trade stateside” since his most formidable development has been in Europe.


    • dalomismo

      More and more Catrachos, Jamaicans, other assorted CONCACAF internationals are cutting their teeth in MLS, its academies academies…. shall we rejoice when they score against our national team littered with players who ply their trade in Europe. It’s getting harder and harder to figure the rules of overt tribalism……… who is “us” and who is “them”. LoL welcome to the new world my friend.

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      • MLSsnob

        I guess it’s different in FabJo’s case since he was born, raised and developed his skill in Germany. The US had very little to do with his development so he’s not a good measuring stick for the effectivness of US youth development. Even though Gooch, Zelalem and Pulisic moved to Europe to continue their soccer education, they were for the most part, developed here. European teams recognized thier talent THEN they signed them.


      • slowleftarm

        Of course. When someone who actually grew up here scores or plays well it says something positive about US youth development. Fabian playing well doesn’t say anything about that. Sure, Gooch was at Sunderland fairly young but he learned the game here for most of his life.


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