Americans Abroad: Saturday Rewind


An unlikely player found his way onto the scoresheet on Saturday, a day that saw a majority of the Americans Abroad take the field.

Tim Ream scored Fulham’s lone goal in Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Queens Park Rangers. After seeing the goalkeeper parry a shot, Ream pounced on a loose ball in the box. The defender’s volleyed show caromed off a defender and in for Ream’s first league goal since leaving the New York Red Bulls.

Elsewhere, Christian Pulisic earned another start for Borussia Dortmund, but exited at halftime in a  2-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Lynden Gooch and Matt Miazga earned late substitute appearances, while John Brooks remained resigned to the bench in his first match since a return from injury.

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

Lynden Gooch entered as a 90th minute substitute in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Emerson Hyndman did not dress in Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw with Watford.

Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Julian Green dressed but did not play in Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw with Cologne.

Alfredo Morales did not dress in FC Ingolstadt’s 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim.

Bobby Wood stated and played 60 minutes while John Brooks dressed but did not play in Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 win over Hamburg.

Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfur’s 1-0 loss to Freiburg.

Aron Johannsson did not dress in Werder Bremen’s 2-2 draw with Darmstadt.

Christian Pulisic started and played 45 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Sebastian Saucedo did not dress in Veracruz’s 5-3 loss to Cruz Azul.

Jonathan Bornstein started and played 75 minutes while Luis Gil and Jorge Villafana did not  dress for and Queretaro’s 1-1 tie with Santos Laguna.

Edgar Castillo and Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America’s 1-1 draw with Monterrey.

William Yarbrough started and played 90 minutes while Jose Torres started and played 56 minutes in Leon’s 3-2 win over Tigres. Miguel Ibarra and Luis Silva did not dress..

Tim Ream started and scored a GOAL in Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Queens Park Rangers. Luca de la Torre did not dress.

Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win over Blackburn.

Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 loss to Bristol City.

Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 1-1 draw with Derby County.

DeAndre Yedlin dressed but did not play in Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Rotherham.

Matt Miazga entered as an 86th minute substitute while Desevio Payne did not dress in Vitesse’s 2-1 win over FC Groningen.

Caleb Stanko started and played 70 minutes in FC Vaduz’s 5-2 loss to FC Sion.

Duane Holmes started and play 78 minutes in Scunthorpe United’s 2-1 win over Bury.

Gboly Ariyibi started and played 90 minutes in Chesterfield’s 1-0 loss to Bradford City.

Jerome Kiesewetter entered as an 81st minute substitute in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 1-1 tie with Karlsruher.

Fafa Picault did not dress in St. Pauli’s 2-0 win over Hannover.

Cole Grossman started and played 90 minutes Stabaek’s 2-1 loss to Lillestrom.

  • King Krause

    I’m afraid this was Pulistic’s last chance to impresss the coaching staff. I expect him to go back to being prospect for the future instead of a regular contributor for his team.


    • johnnyrazor

      Why do you say that? Shurrle has reinjured his knee, and Rues has still not returned from rehab. Mor certainly has not played better than CP, most would say and the stats show CP has been better.


      • fast right leg

        I think Pulisic is ahead of Mor, too, and I’ve also read here and there that he’s caught up to Dembele and in the eyes of some surpassed him. But with the team at full strength he is likely a fringe player.


      • Ian

        Schurrle and Reus are scheduled to return from injury after the FIFA break, maybe Pulisic will get one last chance but it’s likely that both of them would take his place sooner rather than latter.


    • fast right leg

      Well, to begin with he wasn’t being targeted as a regular contributor for this season anyway. His recent run of matches has mostly been due to injuries to both Reus and Schurrle. When those two are both healthy, and Gotze is back to match fitness, CP will be fighting for a spot in the 18 with Dembele and company and getting appearances during weeks where BVB have DFB/Pokal ties and/or Champions League games.

      Not to diminish the kid’s accomplishments. He’s not some guy being given courtesy minutes. He’s earned the consideration and is still well above the level one would expect from a player of his age and experience. Being relegated to substitute appearances and being one of the first choice subs on a club this stacked is still a huge accomplishment. Shinji Kagawa can’t break into the lineup even on busy weeks.


  • pkesbensen

    I think this is the at least the second time Pulisic has started but has been removed at half. Has he been playing poorly in these cases? Or were they adjusting for injuries or ejections? These articles would be a lot better if they provided some more info besides just minutes played.


    • fast right leg

      He was not taken off for poor play. It was a tactical change. Castro was also taken off at halftime.

      Leverkusen were playing very physical. Pulisic had at least three plays I can recall where he beat his defender on the dribble only to be fouled as he broke toward the goal. Because Leverkusen were being so physical, the Dortmund midfield was unable to make incisive passes the way they normally do despite controlling 60%+ of the possession.

      Pulisic spent a great deal of time defending, moreso than I’ve seen him in other games this season. Leverkusen had 21 fouls and 5 yellow cards in the game, but miraculously did not have a player sent off; that should tell you the kind of game it was. Not really a situation for CP to shine (and no one else did either, for their part) and so he was subbed out.

      The previous game where he was subbed out at half was, and this is just my opinion from what I saw, because of fatigue. His legs had looked slow from playing the full 90 only days before. Without that rest I doubt he would have been fresh enough to make the sub appearance against Real Madrid.


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