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Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Wooten, Johnsen, Williams and more

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Two strikers on the outside of the U.S. Men’s National Team picture remain in fine form.

Both Andrew Wooten and Bjorn Johnsen found the back of the net yet again, as the two strikers continued their recent hot-streak. Wooten’s finish, which came in a 3-1 win over Nurnberg, was the Sandhausen’s eighth in 10 games.

Johnsen’s streak isn’t as prolonged, but the Hearts striker is certainly finding his stride. The Norwegian-American forward has now scored five in eight games, with the most recent finish helping guide Hearts in a 2-2 draw with Ross County.

Saturday certainly wasn’t all positive for Americans Abroad, with a Danny Williams red card headlining what was a disappointing day for several players. William Yarbrough was also one left disappointed, as the goalkeeper played 90 minutes in a loss to Jose Torres in Tigres that saw Club Leon knocked out in Liga MX’s semifinals.

Elsewhere, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson each earned late appearances in a resounding Borussia Dortmund win while John Brooks helped Hertha Berlin earn a narrow 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

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

Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson entered as 78th minute substitutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 3-2 win over Wolfsburg.

Aron Johannson dressed but did not play while Alfredo Morales did not dress in Werder Bremen’s 2-1 win over Ingolstadt.

Terrence Boyd did not dress in RB Leipzig’s 2-1 win over Schalke.

Geoff Cameron did not dress in Stoke City’s 2-0 win over Burnley. (Cameron is injured)

Lynden Gooch did not dress in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Leicester. (Gooch is injured)

Cameron Carter-Vickers dressed but did not play in Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Bob Bradley and Swansea City.

Gedion Zelalem did not dress in Arsenal’s 5-1 win over West Ham.

William Yarbrough started and played 90 minutes while Jose Torres entered as a 90th minute substitute in Tigres’ 2-1 win over Leon. Miguel Ibarra and Luis Silva did not dress.

Gboly Ariyibi started and played 90 minutes in Chesterfield’s 5-0 loss to Wycombe Wanderers.

Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City’s 3-0 loss to Barnsley.

Danny Williams started and earned a RED CARD while Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 5-0 win over Reading.

Matt Miazga entered as a 90th minute substitute in Vitesse’s 3-1 win over PEC Zwolle

Bjorn Johnsen started and scored A GOAL while Perry Kitchen started and played 90 minutes in Hearts’s 2-2 draw with Ross County.

Caleb Stanko dressed but did not play in FC Vaduz’s 3-0 loss to Lucerne.

Andrew Wooten started and scored A GOAL in Sandhausen’s 3-1 win over Nurnberg.

15 comments
  • LouisZ

    Johnsen score was on a deflection, he missed an open net on a tough angle with his left foot and a header at the 6 yard line. With a better aiming, he could have had a hat trick.

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  • bizzy

    WOW…WOW…WOW……Bradley has nothing / nobody worthwhile on Swanea, no attack, no midfield (couldn’t even stream 5 passes going forward together), no defense (if there are rumors that Bradley is trying to get Besler and /or Birmbaum on loan you know it’s bad). Only the goal keeper, Łukasz Fabiański, proved he’s worth a damn on that team. Timing and passing is off, counter attacks get held up because of poor touches…. just Wow. The team just took wave after wave of attack. It’s as if they were playing an MLS team (which Sounders or NYRB or DCU or Rapids would have definitely put up a better fight!!!!). Poor Bradley was handed a soup sandwich. I wonder if the team is quitting on him.
    Loans from MLS:
    Ignacio Piatti, Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, David Accam, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Birnbaum, Matt Besler, Aurélien Collin

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    • Concorde

      I want Bob to succeed here, but I really don’t think he should have left Le Havre, a good proving ground, where he gave the impression he was building something quite solid. He got ants in his pants (maybe it was France?) and now gives the impression he is in over his head.

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    • johnnyrazor

      You completely overate the MLS. Five of the players you named are 30 or older and two are 29. Giovinco could certainly play in a better league, but Swansea spent 20,000,000 pounds on two forwards this Summer. Accam maybe could get a shot at a low end EPL squad because of his speed, but if there was EPL interest it would have come after CL play with Helsingborg two years ago not after two seasons with the Chicago Fire. Villa is 35, and again if he wanted to play in England he would have done it two years ago, and it wouldn’t be for Swansea. Besler lost his starting spot in MLS for much of the season. Birnbaum is perhaps reasonable, but again Swansea brought in 3 defenders this Summer. Bottom line is there are better players available in Europe and bringing in some MLSer for a 3 month loan isn’t going to really save the Swans season.

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      • bizzy

        “You completely overate the MLS”
        With our talent level, an solid 18 player roster of MLS ALL-Stars (the best our league have to offer), will not be relegated from the EPL (hence will be higher than the bottom 3 teams). And guess where Swansea is….

        “Five of the players you named are 30 or older”
        True, but if you thought Altidore (27) of all people, had a possible shot at Europe (unless you all where thinking of league one in England or Bundesliga 3 in Germany) then those mentioned, that are among the best MLS has to offer, have a better shot than he does given the circumstances, especially on LOAN for a struggling Swansea City.

        “Accam maybe could get a shot at a low end EPL squad because of his speed”
        …and Swansea city is not a low level EPL team lol

        “Besler lost his starting spot in MLS for much of the season. Birnbaum is perhaps reasonable, but again Swansea brought in 3 defenders this Summer.”
        Then why is there a rumor that Bradley is looking for their services? Why did he have to speak about the issue and clear the air in the first place?
        Wes Morgan, Captain of Leicester City and the Jamaica national team, was on loan playing for Kidderminster Harriers when Leicester came calling

        “Bottom line is there are better players available in Europe”
        Have you thought of availability, Cost and Resource Allocation?

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      • johnnyrazor

        Bizz: Quite reading rumors, remember when Birnbaum was headed for Dortmund, Besler is not going to Swansea. I like Matt a lot and I think he was totally getting a raw deal at SKC, but he’s not an EPL level CB. Jozy is not going to the EPL either, if he were to go back to Europe it would Netherlands, Portugal, maybe to a Championship club at the top of the table like Newcastle, but he couldn’t play at Swansea either.

        Wes Morgan played for Kiddemister when he was 19 and had been a regular start for Nottingham Forest for years before transferring to then Championship side Leicester City.

        Also, most of those guys would have work permit issues because they are not European and don’t play for their national teams, such as David Accam.

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      • bizzy

        bizzy
        ” Quite reading rumors”
        It was from a good source lol

        “Also, most of those guys would have work permit issues”…not really
        Ignacio Piatti – played in Europe before (work permit will not be an issue, named in MLS best)
        Diego Valeri – played in Europe before (work permit will not be an issue)
        Aurélien Collin – is a French footballer (work permit not needed)
        Sebastian Giovinco –is an Italian professional footballer (work permit not needed, named MLS best
        Bradley Edward Wright-Phillips – is an English footballer (work permit not needed, named MLS best)
        David villa – is a Spanish professional footballer (work permit not needed, named MLS best)
        Matt Besler – plays for USMNT (work permit will not be an issue)
        Steve Birnbaum – plays for USMNT (work permit will not be an issue)

        The point is they are good enough to play for an EPL team in last place

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    • bizzy

      ” Quite reading rumors”
      It was from a good source lol

      “Also, most of those guys would have work permit issues”…not really
      Ignacio Piatti – played in Europe before (work permit will not be an issue, named in MLS best)
      Diego Valeri – played in Europe before (work permit will not be an issue)
      Aurélien Collin – is a French footballer (work permit not needed)
      Sebastian Giovinco –is an Italian professional footballer (work permit not needed, named MLS best
      Bradley Edward Wright-Phillips – is an English footballer (work permit not needed, named MLS best)
      David villa – is a Spanish professional footballer (work permit not needed, named MLS best)
      Matt Besler – plays for USMNT (work permit will not be an issue)
      Steve Birnbaum – plays for USMNT (work permit will not be an issue)

      The point is they are good enough to play for an EPL team in last place

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      • johnnyrazor

        There is no such thing as a good source in the transfer mill, think about the 5 or 10 different clubs Yedlin and Miazga were heading to before ending up at clubs that came along right at the deadline.

        England is much stricter on its permits remember guys like Agudelo couldn’t get a permit.

        I don’t believe Birnbaum has played consistently enough to be completely safe, there is a percentage of nat games played (not just dressed for) written in the rules, that they like to pull out for American players.

        Vieri and Piatti unless they have a European passport, playing in Europe doesn’t help any and neither play for their national team, likewise with Accam.

        Gio, Villa, and Phillips (who you suddenly added) would be fine, although not sure if Brexit effects European player waivers.

        Besler would be fine permit wise.

        Beyond all that a loan for MLS players makes little sense for a team like Swansea. MLS teams would be unlikely to loan any of those players for more than 3 months, because they are each teams best player. Meaning Swansea would be right back in the same position in March that they are now. Plus those players that would be sent to the bench would be even more stale having sat for 10 matches. Picking up a transfer from a mid level Euro league would be just as cheap and provide them a player for 20 matches instead of 10.

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      • johnnyrazor

        Found the rules since the US is ranked in the 20s of the FIFA Rankings, American players would have to have played in 60% of National team matches over the last two years. There are two levels of appeals that it would take and Besler and Birnbaum would be a stretch to reach the levels required in those appeals based on playing in MLS and their salaries and salaries of other players involved in EPL transfers. I thought there was talk that Birnbaum was eligible for an Israeli passport when there was talk of him going to Israel so maybe that’s an option. It doesn’t appear Brexit effects anything because it is based on being in UEFA not the EU.

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  • Old School

    I don’t know a thing about Bjorn Johnsen but, according to Wiki, his goal scoring ratio looks healthy regardless of league(s).

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    • johnnyrazor

      Rumor was Benefica really wanted him a few years ago, but couldn’t come to terms. He ended up playing in the Bulgarian Second Division last year because his team was banned from the first division after the team walked off the field mid-match, a match that he was red carded in. He’s eligible for Norway as well.

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