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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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U.S. U-20 men's national team winger Josh Gatt won't soon forget what he just did.

Gatt scored his first league goal for Molde FK as he hit the winner in a 2-1 victory over Valerenga. Gatt collected a pass on the right flank and took advantage of the space in front of him, dribbling to the penalty area, nutmegging a defender and hitting a shot that went through another defender's legs before finding the back of the net.

Brad Rusin also netted on a weekend that saw five Americans Abroad score. Rusin, a defender who last played for the Carolina RailHawks, finished after dribbling by multiple opponents on a play that began with him collecting the ball in his own half. The goal was a sight of beauty but Rusin and his club, HB Koge, lost 3-1 to Lyngby.

Matt Taylor was the lone American to score multiple goals, netting a hat-trick in SC Paderborn's 10-0 thrashing of Ahlen in the first round of the DFB Pokal. Taylor started and went the distance in the game.

It wasn't all about the goal scorers, though. DaMarcus Beasley and Timmy Chandler each had an assist in their club's respective matches. Beasley's assist was his first with Puebla.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:


  • Maurice Edu started and played 83 minutes in Rangers FC's 2-0 win vs. St Johnstone on Saturday.
  • Dominic Cervi and Celtic FC's match vs. Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday was postponed.



  • Jermaine Jones came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Schalke 04's 11-1 win vs. FC Teningen in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Sunday.
  • Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 3-1 win vs. SSV Jahn Regensburg in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Friday.
  • Steve Cherundolo came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Hannover 96's 6-0 win vs. FC Anker Wismar in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Sunday.
  • Timmy Chandler started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in FC Nurnberg's 5-1 win vs. Arminia Bielefeld in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Saturday.


  • David Yelldell started, played 90 minutes and made 1 save in Bayer Leverkusen's 4-3 loss vs. Dynamo Dresden in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Hertha Berlin's 4-0 win vs. ZFC Meuselwitz in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Sunday.
  • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 3-2 loss vs. SpVgg Unterhaching in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Sunday.

Bundesliga 2 

  • Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-0 win vs. Hallescher FC in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Saturday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruher SC's 3-1 win vs. Alemannia Aachen on Sunday.
  • Edson Buddle came off the bench and played 3 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04's 4-1 win vs. FC Oberneula in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Sunday.
  • Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in TSV 1860 Munich's 3-2 win vs. VfL Osnabruck in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Friday.
  • Matt Taylor started, played 90 minutes and scored THREE GOALS in SC Paderborn 07's 10-0 win vs. Ahlen in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Saturday.



  • Eugene Starikov started and played 45 minutes in FC Tom Tomsk's 1-0 loss vs. Terek Grozny on Saturday.


  • Sacha Kljestan dressed but did not play in RSC Anderlecht's 2-1 loss vs. OH Leuven on Friday.


  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Saturday.
  • Marcus Tracy and Aalborg BK play FC Midtjylland on Monday.
  • Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play FC Midtjylland on Monday.
  • Clarence Goodson did not dress in Brondby IF's 4-1 loss vs. Horsens on Sunday. He was out with an illness.
  • Brad Rusin started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in HB Koge's 3-1 loss vs. Lyngby on Sunday.



  • Alejandro Bedoya started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Orebro SK's 1-0 win vs. Gefle IF on Sunday.
  • Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play GAIS on Monday.
  • Samuel Petrone and Mjallby AIF play Kalmar FF on Monday.


  • Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 4-1 win vs. IK Start on Sunday.
  • Josh Gatt started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Molde FK's 2-1 win vs. Valerenga on Saturday.


  • Sean Cunningham dressed but did not play for Molde FK.


  • Jose Torres came off the bench and played 8 minutes in Pachuca's 2-2 draw vs. Puebla on Sunday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 45 minutes and scored a GOAL in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-1 loss vs. San Luis on Saturday.


  • Edgar Castillo dressed but did not play in Club America's 1-1 draw vs. Toluca on Sunday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 3-0 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 0-0 draw vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and had an ASSIST in Puebla's 2-2 draw vs. Pachuca on Sunday.


  • Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday evening.
  • Michael Orozco started, played 90 minutes and received a red card in San Luis' 2-1 win vs. Estudiantes Tecos on Saturday.
  • Joe Corona started, played 55 minutes and scored a GOAL in Club Tijuana's 4-2 loss vs. Monterrey on Saturday.



What do you think of these performances? Which goal did you like the most? Think Klinsmann will give Gatt a look in one of the upcoming friendlies?

Share your thoughts below. 


  1. With Jozy out and not having another US striker lighting it up, I think Joe has earned a call up for the Mexico game. Maybe not to start but should be on the squad. Two goals in the first two games of the season south of the boarder is nothing to sneeze at.

  2. On the contrary, MB is under a ton of pressure to find a new team. Since returning to Gladbach, he suited up for a B-team match and for no A-team matches. The Bundesliga begins Friday and he is now down to 30 days to find a team before the transfer window closes. Gladbach in the second half of last season made one of the most amazing comebacks ever to avoid relegation, and they did it after Michael Bradley left the team for supposedly greener pastures in Ashton Villa. Gladbach did it with a new coach, Lucien Favre, who brought the team together and appears to be the real thing, and with a superman performance from Marco Reuss, an awesome attacking middlefielder. It appears that Gladbach is no longer a team that is going to be scraping bottom and a starting spot for MB is not a sure thing at all, especially with a lot of his teammates not happy with him for jumping ship in the team’s darkest hour in January and after they played better without him than with him.

    German news articles say the team’s first choice would be to unload MB to get some extra money from the transfer fee to bring in a good linking central midfielder. The articles are vague, but it does not seem that the size of a transfer fee is the major impediment, rather that no teams are knocking on MB’s door. I personally think Gladbach would be a great opportunity for MB. But he first would have to somehow win back the support of his teammates.

  3. What these older guys need to be doing is wooing the US lady nats in order to breed a superior overclass of player for the US future.

  4. How about at 3:18 when Matt Taylor gets elbowed by the ref and holds his hands to his face? Looks like he was trying to draw a card on the ref.

  5. Supposedly he allowed 2 of the goals but it was the whole team’s fault. Hope he gets the start next week. He has to play his A game if he wants a shot at even being the team’s no.2

  6. Hahhaahhahaa. Plus in MLS he was making maybe $100 K. In Mexico I imagine he’s making several times more, plus way cheaper than in Los Angeles

  7. Good point. If Bradley wanted to stay at BMG, he could maintain his starting spot. But most likely it’ll be relegation fodder all season. I can understand he wanting a change of pace.

  8. why should he? How is picking a place to work that you think fits you best “being snotty”? If there’s something he doesn’t like about any of these teams he doesn’t have a ton of pressure to accept any offers.

  9. WTH? Is that Cesar Delgado of Olympic Lyon, the one who scored that last goal for Monterrey in the Highlights…and Luis Garcia of Atletico Madrid who scored in the Puebla highlights, and Dairo Moreno too??…i also read that Mauro Camoranesi is going back with his old club cruz azul….some good quality players down south

  10. When does Joe C get the call from Jurgen? He said we need to intergrate more Latinos. Not that Corona would take it, but its worth a shot. Call him in for Belguim.

  11. We’ll get a look at a lot of players in camp regardless. Why not try to acclimate some of our brightest young talents with each other now? Chandler and Gatt should play with each other, simple as that.

  12. Did anybody watch Leverkusen? Allowing 4 goals to a second division side isn’t a good start, just wondering if he was at fault on any of them…

  13. I’m a little torn regarding the Olympic team. At one level I want to put our best players onto the field (Chandler, Jozy, Adu, etc…) but at the same time I want us to investigate the potential of those who haven’t yet been called into a full National Team camp (Corona, Danial Williams, Sheanon Williams, etc…). I just don’t know where we should draw the line.

  14. Timothy Chandler and Josh Gatt need to both be playing in next year’s Olympics. A favorable draw and a decent enough squad, we could cause some HAVOC for other teams.

  15. Matt Taylor. Decent striker on a decent 2 Bundesliga club. Do you think he can get a call up this year? What would it take?

    He’s 30, 5’10. Is 5-10 league goals enough by January to get a winter call-up?

  16. i’VE read there is interest from a few smaller Serie A clubs. Hope he gets the transfer. It’s what he wants, so he’d do well there.

  17. Gatt’s the real deal… Very impressed by his double nutmeg goal. I don’t think he’s even simply a back up to Donovan. If no striker takes a firm hold of the starting job under Klinsmann, I could see him moving Clint up top, and a Donovan-Gatt wing tandem would be nasty. Not to mention a Chandler-Gatt right side. Don’t believe the haters- things are looking up for US soccer.

  18. Josh Gatt is looking like an interesting backup to Donovan. In many ways, Donovan was converted from a second striker to a midfielder because we needed him guiding the attack so badly. However, Gatt is a natural winger with many of the same characteristics, including skill, speed, an incredible motor, and the desire and ability to impact the scoresheet. The last might seem premature, but something about that clip, and his remarkable appearances at the youth level, suggest a great deal of potential.

  19. Yeah, he really needs to stop. He got one in the Olympics I remember. He needs anger management, lol. Also, Bornstein needs to come back to MLS. He is dying in mexico.

  20. It sounds like there’s interest from other clubs, I think he’s just waiting for Moenchengladbach to lower their transfer fee. Still, don’t think Moscow would have been a bad move at all.

  21. But really, who wants to play in Russia? Especially after playing in Holland and then Germany, Russia is definitely a step down.


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