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Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A season mired in frustration may have just taken a turn for the better.

Sacha Kljestan received his first start for Anderlecht across all competitions this season on Wednesday, and all he did was make an emphatic statement for more playing time by scoring the game-winner in a 3-2 triumph over Kortrijk. Kljestan netted his first goal of the season — also his first since February — in the 85th minute to give Anderlecht a two-goal cushion. The goal stood as the decisive tally after the advantage was trimmed in half in stoppage time. The win helped Anderlecht stay ahead of Gent and remain in the top spot in the Pro League table, while also improving the veteran midfielder’s chances of adding to his five league appearances.

Terrence Boyd also scored on Wednesday, coming off the bench and opening his account with RB Leipzig. Boyd entered the 2. Bundesliga club’s DFB Pokal match against Erzgebirge Aue just after the hour-mark, and scored the insurance goal in the 3-1 extra-time win. Boyd’s goal came in the 108th minute, and about two weeks after he recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that sidelined him during the first few months of the season.

Returning from a spell on the sidelines of his own, Aron Johannsson made his season debut on Wednesday. Johannsson was given the nod in AZ Alkmaar’s 5-0 KNVB Cup tilt with GVVV Veenendaal, and lasted 62 minutes before being replaced. The match marked the forward’s first competitive appearance since playing in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup opener in June, and since undergoing two separate surgeries to heal his ankle and groin.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared during the midweek action:

ENGLAND

Premiership

  • Geoff Cameron started and played 73 minutes in Stoke City’s 3-2 loss vs. Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win vs. Brighton & Hove Albion in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
  • Cody Cropper did not dress in Southampton’s 3-2 win vs. Stoke City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

Championship

  • Emerson Hyndman started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 5-2 loss vs. Derby County in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 5-2 win vs. Fulham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

GERMANY

Bundesliga

  • Fabian Johnson came off the bench and played four minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 2-1 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday.
  • Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday.
  • John Brooks started, played 120 minutes and received a yellow card in Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 penalty kick loss after a 0-0 draw vs. Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 win vs. St Pauli in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in Bayer Leverkusen’s 5-4 penalty kick win after a 2-2 draw vs. 1. FC Magdeburg in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday.
  • Julian Green dressed but did not play in Hamburg SV’s 3-1 loss vs. Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday.

2. Bundesliga

  • Terrence Boyd came off the bench, played 59 minutes and scored a GOAL in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 extra-time win vs. FC Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday.

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  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich’s 5-2 loss vs. SC Freiburg in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday.

FRANCE

  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress in FC Nantes’ 4-0 win vs. Stade Laval in the Coupe de la Ligue on Tuesday. He is recovering from an injury.

NETHERLANDS

  • Aron Johannsson started and played 62 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 5-0 win vs. GVVV Veenendaal in the KNVB Cup on Wednesday.

BELGIUM

  • Sacha Kljestan started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in RSC Anderlecht’s 3-2 win vs. Kortrijk on Wednesday.

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MEXICO

  • Michael Orozco started and played 120 minutes in Puebla’s 5-4 penalty kick win after a 1-1 draw vs. Lobos BUAP in the Copa MX semifinals on Tuesday.
  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 4-2 loss vs. Santos Laguna in the Copa MX semifinals on Wednesday.
  • Herculez Gomez did not dress for Tigres UANL.

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What do you think of these performances? Do you see Kljestan breaking into Anderlecht’s lineup on a more regular basis now? How many goals do you see Boyd and Johannsson scoring this season?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Love both of the goal celebrations:

    -TB’s Cyclops is always worth a laugh

    -but i’m more impressed by Sasha throw up the DUB for Wu-Tang! Wu-Tang! Wu-Tang!

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  2. I like the fact USMNT player’s in Mexico are getting more and more 90 minute games. The more the better and the more we will see the best from them.

    Reply

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