Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Brooks, Diskerud, Lichaj and more

Two defenders provided goals to lead their teams to victory while another American opened his goalscoring account with his new club.

In German action, John Brooks scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Hertha Berlin’s win over FC Augsburg. The U.S. Men’s National Team defender’s finish came just 12 minutes into the match and on a set piece situation, as Brooks deflected a rebounded shot from Vladimir Stocker for the game’s opener.

Eric Lichaj also found a goal over the weekend, tapping home from close range in Nottingham Forest’s win over David Wagner and Huddersfield Town. Finally, there was Mix Diskerud, who scored his first goal for IFK Goteborg in a win over Sirius.

They weren’t the only Americans to contribute to goals, though, as Bobby Wood notched an assist in a Hamburg win.

Elsewhere, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund came up short against Bayern Munich, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City fell to Liverpool and Jorge Villafana helped Santos Laguna earn a 1-0 win over Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca.

Here’s a full look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:



Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers did not dress in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch did not dress in Sunderland’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.


Tim Ream entered as a 57th minute substitute in Fulham’s 3-1 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Danny Williams dressed but did not play in Reading’s 7-1 loss to Norwich City on Saturday

Eric Lichaj played 90 minutes and scored A GOAL in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 win over David Wagner and Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

DeAndre Yedlin did not dress in Newcastle United’s 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.



Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen on Friday.

Aron Johannsson dressed but did not play for Werder Bremen on Friday.

Fabian Johnson did not dress in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 3-2 win over FC Cologne on Saturday.

Bobby Wood played 90 minutes and provided AN ASSIST in Hamburg’s 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

John Brooks played 90 minutes and scored A GOAL in Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 win over FC Augsburg on Sunday.

Alfredo Morales entered as a 61st minute substitute in Ingolstadt’s 3-2 win over Darmstadt on Sunday.

Terrence Boyd did not dress for Darmstadt on Sunday.


Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes in Sandhausen’s 3-1 loss to Arminia Bielefeld on Friday.

Russell Canouse did not dress in VfL Bochum’s 0-0 draw with Heidenheimer on Saturday.

Jerome Kiesewetter entered as a 58th minute substitute in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 2-2 draw with Union Berlin on Sunday.

Julian Green dressed but did not play in Stuttgart’s 2-0 win over Karlsruhler on Sunday.



Josh Perez did not dress in Fiorentina’s 2-2 draw with Sampdoria on Sunday.



Joe Corona started and played 90 minutes in Tijuana’s 0-0 draw with Club America on Friday

Paul Arriola started and played 74 minutes for Tijuana on Friday.

Michael Orozco started and played 24 minutes for Tijuana on Friday.

John Requejo, Amando Moreno and Alejandro Guido did not dress for Tijuana

Jonathan Bornstein started and played 90 minutes in Queretaro’s 4-1 loss to Atlas on Saturday.

Edgar Castillo did not dress in Monterrey’s 4-1 win over Chiapas on Saturday.

William Yarbrough started and played 90 minutes in Leon’s 4-0 win over Veracruz on Saturday.

Jose Torres entered as an 80th minute substitute in Tigres UANL’s 1-1 draw with Necaxa on Saturday.

Jorge Villafana started and played 90 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 1-0 win over Pachuca on Sunday.

Ventura Alvarado did not dress for Santos Laguna on Sunday.

Omar Gonzalez started and played 80 minutes for Pachuca.



Matt Miazga started and played 90 minutes in Vitesse’s 4-2 win over Heerenveen on Saturday.

Desevio Payne did not dress in FC Groningen’s 4-3 loss to ADO Den Haag on Saturday


Gedion Zelalem dressed but did not play in VVV Venlo’s 3-2 win over Almere City on Friday.

Shane O’Neill started and played 90 minutes in NAC Breda’s 2-0 loss to Cambuur Leeuwarden on Friday.



Perry Kitchen started and played 90 minutes in Hearts’ 1-0 win over Dundee on Saturday

Bjorn Johnsen entered as a 90th minute substitute for Hearts on Saturday.

Emerson Hyndman started and played 53 minutes in Rangers’ 3-0 win over Aberdeen on Sunday.



Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Club Brugge’s 1-1 draw with Royal Charleroi SC on Saturday.



Caleb Stanko dressed but did not play in FC Vaduz’s 2-0 loss to Lucerne on Sunday.



Mix Diskerud played 90 minutes and scored A GOAL in IFK Goteberg’s 2-0 win over Sirius on Sunday.

    • Gary Page

      Well, Mix couldn’t stick with NYCFC and Lichaj had a great chance when filling in for an injured player while in the EPL but wasn’t good enough and is stuck in the Championship, so I’d say they are both properly rated.

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  • Ross

    Anyone else notice the field Mix scored on looked worse then what you’d find in Central America?


  • Gary Page

    The reaction of the Berlin coach after Brooks scored looked to me to be like, Brooks scored off a quick header? Who knew he could do that? Kind of flying under the radar is that Yarbrough has now become the every game 90 minute starter. Given Howard’s age and Guzan’s questions, he may be a strong contender for future USMNT goalie. From what I have seen, I like Hamid, but he’s hurt a lot. Of other MLS goalies, I like Robles best and Horvath looks to have a good future. He needs to get a steady job, though.


    • Joe Dirt

      How times have changed. Keeper was our deepest position for two decades with Keller, Friedel, Howard and Guzan. Remember that 2006 WC squad where Howard was the third string keeper, that’s depth.After June we won’t even have a Keeper on a single EPL squad. When was the last time that happened? In fact after June we won’t have a single keeper on the books in a top league in Europe. That hasn’t happened in a long long time. Time to worry old timer?


      • Gary Page

        The great keepers we had in the past kept us in games we had no business being in. Now we have an overall better team and, when healthy, an excellent back line. So, maybe having a good keeper instead of a great keeper will be good enough. There have been some very good teams that don’t have great keepers, such as the Dutch. Argentina hasn’t had a lot of great keepers, Colombia has Ospina who is good, but not a first teamer with Arsenal, and so on.


      • johnnyrazor

        Tim Howard was 24 when he went to ManU and was 28 when he finally settled in as the full time keeper for Everton.

        Brad Friedel was 24 when he went to Galatasaray, 26 at Liverpool where he rarely played, and 30 when he became a regular starter in the EPL.

        Kasey Keller was 23 when he went to Millwall in the First Division (now Championship) and was 27 when he joined Leicester City in the Premier League.

        Brad Guzan was 24 when he joined Villa, but wasn’t a regular until age 28.

        MLS improvement has given US players a comfort zone to stay in or return to in the cases of Cropper and Steffen. There are a couple young guys in Europe now that have potential to be in top leagues by 27 or 28 like the guys you mentioned.

        Horvath of course, has a good shot at being the #1 keeper for Brugge in European play next season.

        Justin Vom Steeg has quickly taken over the reigns for Fortuna Dusseldorf II in the German 4th Division

        And of course young Klinsmann is taking the trial tour around Europe and has a chance to showcase himself at the upcoming WC.


      • Turkmenbashy

        Yes, this is the first time in forever that keeper is something we have to worry about. But… Buffon is playing till he is 100, so I think Howard can play another couple years while guys like Yarborough and Horvath get their legs under them. Keepers don’t truly emerge until their late 20s, so we need a couple years before one of the young kids makes it. I think Howard takes us through this cycle, then we have 4 years to find the next guy. No problem.


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