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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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The passing of Dennis Marshall didn't only affect Costa Rican players. It also affected Marshall's teammates at Aalborg BK, and one American paid tribute to the late defender this weekend.

Chris Rolfe honored his former teammate with the game-winning goal in Aalborg's home-opener, a 2-1 win versus AGF Aarhus. Rolfe, who was substituted following his goal, netted on a beautiful blast from about 23 yards out after controlling the ball with his chest. He celebrated the finish by pointing at the sky to commemorate Marshall.

Joe Corona, a Los Angeles-born winger who played a larged part in helping Club Tijuana earn promotion, also found the back of the net. In his debut in Mexico's top division, Corona netted the equalizer in a 2-1 loss to Morelia. 

DaMarcus Beasley and Herculez Gomez didn't find the back of the net, but they did make their debuts with their respective clubs. Beasley started and played 88 minutes in a Puebla victory while Gomez got the nod and went the distance in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-1 loss.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:


  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers FC's 1-1 draw vs. Heart of Midlothian on Saturday.
  • Dominic Cervi dressed but did not play in Celtic FC's 2-0 win vs. Hibernian on Sunday.



  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 4-3 penalty kick win after a 0-0 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on Saturday.

Bundesliga 2 

  • Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play St Pauli on Monday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruher SC's 2-1 loss vs. TSV 1860 Munich on Saturday.
  • Edson Buddle started and played 84 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 0-0 draw vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue on Friday.
  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 2-1 win vs. Karlsruher SC on Saturday.
  • Matt Taylor came off the bench, played 45 minutes and scored a GOAL in SC Paderborn 07's 1-1 draw vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.



  • Michael Parkhurst started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw vs. Horsens on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 2-1 win vs. AGF Aarhus on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe started, played 61 minutes and scored a GOAL for Aalborg BK. (You can see the goal at the 3:03 mark.)


  • Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in Brondby IF's 1-0 win vs. Silkeborg on Saturday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress in Orebro SK's 2-0 win vs. Norrkoping on Sunday.
  • Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play IFK on Monday.
  • Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgardens IF play Elfsborg on Monday.
  • Samuel Petrone came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Mjallby AIF's 5-1 win vs. Gefle IF on Saturday.


  • Mix Diskerud and Stabaek IF's game vs. Aalesunds on Sunday was postponed due to recent events in the country.
  • Josh Gatt and Molde FK's game vs. Start on Friday was postponed due to recent events in the country.
  • Sean Cunningham and Molde FK's game vs. Start on Friday was postponed due to recent events in the country.


  • Eugene Starikov started and played 59 minutes in FC Tom Tomsk's 3-1 win vs. Kuban Krasnodar on Saturday.


  • Jose Torres started and played 70 minutes in Pachuca's 4-1 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez started and played 90 minutes in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-1 loss vs. Toluca on Friday.
  • Edgar Castillo came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Club America's 2-1 win vs. Queretaro on Sunday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 2-0 loss vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 1-1 draw vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started and played 88 minutes in Puebla's 1-0 win vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 4-1 loss vs. Monterrey on Sunday.
  • Michael Orozco started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in San Luis' 2-0 loss vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.
  • Joe Corona started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Club Tijuana's 2-1 loss vs. Morelia on Saturday. (You can see the goal at the 1:18 mark.)



What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Rolfe's goal? Think Beasley and Gomez will enjoy strong seasons?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Paraphrased a bit, in the Medio Tiempo quote he says it’s his priority to be considered by the Mexican national team, but if that’s not possible he wouldn’t discard the possibility of playing for either USA or El Salvador.

  2. I know I will get hounded for this…but can we cap tie him in our next competitive fixtures! Not saying he will be the next Messi or anything but why chance it. Belgium passport..he might decide to play for them if we don’t move fast!

  3. I hope people don’t see him as a traitor. He will go to the team that comes for him first, with the exception of El Salvador. I wasn’t trying to say he would only play for El Salvador, I was actually trying to show that he will say things to keep his options open. It will be interesting to see where he ends up

  4. I’m pretty sure he’ll end up playing for the US. I heard he was in talks to be part of the US Olympic Sub 23 team. The way Mexico is right now with young talent, he won’t be able to stand out and start.

    If he doesn’t choose US, I hope he chooses Mexico because they have a better chance at a world cup than El Salvador.

    To everyone else, whatever he chooses, I don’t want anybody calling anybody a traitor. Blame the USSF, the FMF or El Salvador’s federation and their efforts in trying to get this kid. Good luck to him.

    For clubs, I’m a LA Galaxy fan but have always been a Mexican soccer fan and can’t wait to travel down to TJ to see Corona play.

  5. Beasley started at forward, and moved back to left midfield occasionally throughout the game.

    He looked really confident, and arguably looked like the best player on the field at times.

    His fitness really lagged in the second half, though.

  6. way to go Matt Taylor. Keep scoring and scoring, you might find yourself on a top team challenging for promotion to the Bundesliga. I doubt he ever gets a NT call-up though. 30 years old and only 5’10.

  7. Preseason: America de Cali 5 – Quindio 0, Diego Restrepo gets the start in goal for America with Kevin Piedrahita coming in at the 75th min to wrap-up the shutout. Both GK are American and have played for the u-20’s, yet still no mention in Yanks Abroad articles.

  8. Yeah he played one half of a game while there…scored a hat trick, drew a converted PK, and had an assist. 5/8 goals due in part to you is quite nice.

  9. Hope Ruelas can earn some playing time and help is team out. Sorry for Torres’ suffering a 4-1 loss. Hope Yevgeni and Herculez make the back of the net cry soon. Bedoya?? Is the back-room angry with him, or are they trying to keep him healthy with the hope to get offers to sell him in the next few weeks while they still can?

  10. Im guessing he wants to give back, since Tijuana gave him the opportunity to show what he had to offer. it should be interesting to see what happens.

  11. I don’t know if anyone has heard yet, but USA U18 striker Villyan Bijev was signed to a first team deal with Liverpool this weekend. He is apparently going out on loan in Belguim for a season. Word was he killed it while on trial.

  12. Joe Corona also expressed interest in playing for El Salvador a while back. He actually has the option of playing for one of three national teams. His dad is Mexican and his mom is Salvadoran according to an article I read a while back on He could have recently said he wanted to play for Mexico, but the reality is that a National has to first give him an invitation. We are going to see a lot of these cases in the future, best we start getting used to it.

  13. I saw it in some Mexican website as well, Im trying to find it…..but he did say his priority is a call up for Mexico’s national team.

  14. This list is growing at a pretty high rate, a lot of Americans abroad when most leagues haven’t started up yet. Its nice to see.


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