Gedion Zelalem’s loan move to the Netherlands began with a win.
The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team midfielder entered as a 75th minute substitute as VVV Venlo cruised to a 4-1 win over De Graafschap. By the time Zelalem entered the field, the damage had been done, as the second-division club punished the opposition to remain atop the Eerste Division table.
Bobby Wood’s Hamburg is far from atop the table, but they did pick up a win over Germany’s ost consistent teams. Wood started and played all 90 minutes as Bayer Leverkusen loanee Kyriakos Papadopolous sunk his parent club with the lone goal of a Hamburg win. With the victory, Hamburg sits in 16th place on the Bundesliga table.
Elsewhere, Matt Miazga helped hold down the fort late for Vitesse in a win over ADO Den Haag.
Here’s a closer look at Friday’s Americans Abroad:
Bobby Wood started and played 90 minutes in Hamburg’s 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen.
Matt Miazga entered as an 87th minute substitute in Vitesse’s 2-0 win ADO Den Haag.
Gedion Zelalem entered as a 75th minute substitute in VVV Venlo’s 4-1 win over De Graafschap.