Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Wood, Johnson, Wooten score; Carter-Vickers starts and more


A trio of Americans brought a goalscoring touch to Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal action.

Bobby Wood scored a pair of goals while Fabian Johnson and Andrew Wooten also found the back of the net in German cup action. Wood’s two goals were his third and fourth of the season, making up nearly all of Hamburg’s five goals across all competitions. Johnson, who added an assist as well, led the way in a 2-0 win over Stuttgart, while Wooten scored in Sandhausen’s thrilling penalty kick win over Freiburg.

The action was a bit tamer in England, but only on the goalscoring front. Cameron Carter-Vickers started and went a full 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool, while DeAndre Yedlin played a full match in Newcastle’s 6-0 beatdown of Preston North End. Finally, there was Gedion Zelalem, who earned a cameo appearance in Arsenal’s win over Reading.

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


Bobby Wood played 82 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in Hamburg’s 4-0 win over Hallescher FC.

Fabian Johnson scored a GOAL and provided an ASSIST in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-1 win over Stuttgart.

Andrew Wooten played 79 minutes and scored a GOAL in Sandhausen’s 3-3 (4-3) win over Freiburg.

Timmy Chandler entered as a 90th minute substitute while Alfredo Morales did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 0-0 (4-3) win over Ingolstadt.

John Brooks started and went 90 minutes while Fafa Picauat entered as a 61st minute substitute in Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 win over St. Pauli.


Gedion Zelalem entered as an 80th minute substitute while Danny Williams did not dress in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Reading.

Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.

DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Newcastle’s 6-0 win over Preston North End.


Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro visit Toluca.

  • Ronniet

    4 very impressive, clinical goals from our boys! Wooten has been scoring goals of late, hopefully he keeps it up! Johnson’s goal was just another example of why we need to find a capable LB to allow his talents to flourish around goal and Wood again shows his power, speed and ability to score from tight spaces/angles

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    • Lost in Space

      Left back has been a problem position for the USMNT for years. We have tried just about every conceivable LB option within our player pool….Garza (Injured his hip, not back to form, was exposed for lack of speed), Castillo (Broken Kneecap, was never convincing @ international level), Orozco (Older player, lacks speed, makes rash plays), Ream (was OK when he was playing, isn’t playing anymore at the club level), Besler (more of an emergency option, lacks positional awareness & attacking threat), Chandler (not his natural position, but did OK there the 2 or 3 times he was given a chance), Lichaj (not his natural position, JK doesn’t seem to rate him). The only untested Left Back left in the player pool is Villafana & Payne. Name me any other option that we could/should try.
      The fact of the matter is that we have a number of players who are better options at Right/Left midfield than we do at Left Back. Until we have someone who is even close to even Yedlin’s level at LB, Fabian is and will remain the starting Left Back.

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      • recovered amishman

        too bad the Brek Shea experiment at LB never really materialized at Orlando. I think he has the physical attributes but probably will never be a good defender. Villafana has to be the guy.


      • johnnyrazor

        Payne is also injured, and Villafana is either benched (per Matt Doyle at MLS) or injured but it hasn’t been reported.

        Ream has earned a starting role for Fulham starting their last 4 matches, but at CB.


      • ronniet

        I agree, our wing options have become a strength with the progression of the likes of Pulisic, Arriola, Gooch and J Green, making LB less of a issue but how nice would it be to have CP in the right and Fabian on the left


      • dalomismo

        Unfortunately, hate to say it…. I’ve reached the point where I think he definitely has the physical attributes but probably…. will never be…. all that good…. .


      • BMD15

        Not ready at this stage of his career, but I’d bring in Brandon Vincent for a look during January camp to see what he has to offer…

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  • Gary Page

    The second goal by Wood was outstanding since he had a very small window through which to shoot. As for FJ’s goal, it was the layoff, I think by Stindl, that was truly outstanding. FJ made a good run and finish, too. Anyone watch Bein Sports today? Got to give a shout out to Phil Schoen, the announcer. They lost the feed to Liverpool v. Tottenham, so they did a whiparound of 3 other games. And Phil was able to call the action, identify the players and even the countries for a lot of the second tier team players. I don’t know if he had a good spotter or another feed he was listening to, but it was an impressive performance to go from one game to another without missing a beat, able to identify all these obscure players. He’s been doing this a long time and his knowledge borders on the encyclopedic, but this was still impressive. Especially when you consider that he mostly does La Liga games and usually only covers England for some of the cup games.

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  • quozzel

    Would mention that Hallescher FC is an East German 3-Bundesliga side that went bankrupt (like most of them did) and survived only as an amateur club until 2011. They’re technically “professional” but this was a 3B side, probably roughly equal to NASL or USSL-Pro.

    Still a good two goals from Wood, though. Never a bad thing when an American striker is getting on the board. Also agree with Gary that the second was very impressive.


    • Lost in Space

      Agree that Hallescher is not a top quality team. The point to take away from the match is that “IF” Wood’s teammates can get him the ball in dangerous areas he has the ability to convert those chances into goals. The goals were well placed and well taken. Now Hamburg just needs to purchase some help when the transfer window opens again.


    • johnnyrazor

      Sportfreunde Lotte who earned promotion to 3.Liga at the end of last season defeated Leverkusen and Javier Hernandez.


  • Lost in Space

    Anyone who watched the games have any input on how CCV & Zelalem played? I’ve saw a post on another site that claimed that “CCV faced 2 of Liverpool’s strongest attackers and didn’t look out of place…”. Not having seen either of the actual games wanted to get a feel for how they did.


  • wychijeff

    Honestly, yesterday was a great day for the US youth movement. Besides Bobby Wood’s goals, Zelalem got minutes for Arsenal, and CCV started and went the distance in Tottenham’s 2-1 loss to Danny’s Stool. Additionally, Julian Green is reported to be getting the start today for Bayern Munich! Our top youth prospects are starting to make some serious in roads. That means that just this week we had young prospects play for Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and Tottenham. If you have been a fan of the U.S. for a while then you know what an incredible thing that is. Within my lifetime we have gone from not even having a professional league, to being happy we have a full team of professionals on the Nats, to now having players on the verge of breaking through in some of the most historic clubs in Europe. While we don’t know what the future will hold, we can for now rejoice in this incredible achievement.


    • johnnyrazor

      Jack McBean continued his strong start with Coventry’s U23 side scoring another goal. They’ve won 6 matches in a row and sit in first place of the Professional Development League (3rd level of U23s in England). Hopefully, he can get a chance to show his abilities in League One with the first team side. I linked his post match interview.


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