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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Terrence Boyd RB Leipzig 1By FRANCO PANIZO

On the scoresheet and in the headlines. That was where Terrence Boyd was this weekend.

Boyd helped push RB Leipzig to victory on Sunday, bagging a brace that opened his scoring account in the 2. Bundesliga and included the winner in a 4-1 triumph over St. Pauli. Both of Boyd’s goals came in impressive fashion, as he first headed a powerful header home from a difficult angle in the opening half before firing in a rocket of a shot in the second stanza. The goals gave the 23-year-old Boyd three across all competitions, and gave Leipzig their first win in three matches.

Not to be too outdone, fellow forward Aron Johannsson also netted his first of the season to lift AZ Alkmaar to a win in the Eredivisie. Johannsson scored via a snap header on Saturday, giving AZ a 1-0 victory that extended their league unbeaten streak to four games. Johannsson’s 14th-minute goal was his first since last April.

While the goal-scorers shone brightest this weekend, a pair of young centerbacks also made some noise. John Brooks earned his first Bundesliga start since Sept. 19 for Hertha Berlin in Saturday’s 2-1 win against FC Cologne, and Ventura Alvarado earned a rare nod for Club America in a 2-1 defeat to Edgar Castillo and Atlas that same day.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Everton’s 2-1 win vs. West Ham United on Saturday.
  • Jozy Altidore dressed but did not play in Sunderland’s 0-0 draw vs. Leicester City on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Southampton on Monday.
  • Brad Friedel did not dress in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win vs. Hull City on Sunday.
  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-1 loss vs. Burnley on Saturday.
  • Cody Cropper and Southampton play Aston Villa on Monday.


  • Brek Shea dressed but did not play in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win vs. Rotherham United on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City.
  • Jonathan Spector did not dress for Birmingham City. He is recovering from a thigh injury.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw vs. Blackpool on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams started, played 72 minutes and received a yellow card in Reading’s 2-1 loss vs. Cardiff City on Friday.
  • Emerson Hyndman dressed but did not play in Fulham’s 2-1 loss vs. Brentford on Friday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 2-1 win vs. Watford on Saturday.
  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Charlton Athletic’s 0-0 draw vs. Millwall on Saturday.



  • Fabian Johnson did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-1 loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
  • John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell did not dress in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-1 loss vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday.
  • Julian Green did not dress in Hamburg SV’s 2-0 win vs. Werder Bremen on Sunday.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-2 draw vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

  • Alfredo Morales started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 2-1 loss vs. FC Nurnberg on Sunday.
  • Terrence Boyd started, played 80 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in RB Leipzig’s 4-1 win vs. St Pauli on Sunday.

  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich’s 4-1 win vs. FC Union Berlin on Saturday.
  • Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 3-0 loss vs. Heidenheimer SB on Friday.
  • Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play Fortuna Dusseldorf on Monday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and played seven minutes in FC Nantes’ 0-0 draw vs. St Etienne on Sunday.


  • Aron Johannsson started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 win vs. Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.


  • Rubio Rubin came off the bench and played 30 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 3-1 loss vs. Cambuur Leeuwarden on Sunday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 58 minutes in RSC Anderlecht’s 3-1 loss vs. Sporting Charleroi on Saturday.


  • Conor O’Brien started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in FC Magna Wiener Neustadt’s 2-0 win vs. Wolfsberger AC on Saturday.


  • Freddy Adu did not dress in FK Jagodina’s 3-0 win vs. Cukaricki on Sunday.


  • Michael Orozco did not dress in Puebla’s 3-3 draw vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Atlas’ 2-1 win vs. Club America on Saturday.
  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 2-1 win vs. Toluca on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench and played eight minutes for Tigres UANL.
  • Ventura Alvarado started and played 90 minutes in Club America’s 2-1 loss vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Queretaro’s 2-1 loss vs. Jaguares de Chiapas on Saturday. He is recovering from a foot injury.
  • Alejandro Guido started and played 61 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 3-2 win vs. Club Leon on Friday.
  • Paul Arriola came off the bench and played 17 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Joe Corona did not dress for Club Tijuana. He is recovering from a foot injury.
  • Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Amando Moreno did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Fernando Arce Jr did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • John Requejo did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Joaquin Alonso Hernandez did not dress in Monterrey’s 4-2 loss vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.
  • Gabriel Farfan did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas’ 2-1 win vs. Queretaro on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? How do you see Boyd faring at Leipzig this season now that he’s healthy? Think Johannsson is going to go on a tear now?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Hmm…..Boyd is our next #9 with Rubio, Gyan (if fit), and Kevin Bacon supporting the attack. We need new attack force. If our boys would finish those chances vs Eire, in first 60 minutes…different story.

    I haven’t seem much of new O’Brien for our new “Field Marshall”, but I like to see Jones in the midfield with Bedoya and Bradley as #8 (not #10). Morales needs time develop more understanding with the rest midfielders. Our midfield was great in 2010, but in 2014 our midfield was crap!

  2. these players were called into the National team
    Jozy Altidore dressed but did not play of course (25 years old)
    Fabian Johnson did not dress (26 years old)
    Julian Green did not dress (19 years)
    Bobby Wood did not dress (22 years)
    Rubio Rubin came off the bench for Bundesliga II team (30 mins)(19 years)
    Yet these players were not (excluding Tim who was called in last minute and used as a late sud)…..
    Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes(27 years old)
    Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes (26 years old)
    Danny Williams started, played 72 minutes(25 years old)
    Terrence Boyd started, played 80 minutes (23 years old)
    Aron Johannsson started, played 90 minutes (24 years old)
    Sacha Kljestan started and played 58 minutes (29 years old)
    Conor O’Brien started, played 90 minutes (26 years old)
    Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes (28 years old)
    Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes (27 years old)
    I thought play time (with good results) got you on the national team? If age is an issue why are the two best players on the team (not including dempsey), Jones and Bedoya, are 33 and 27 respectively?
    Food for thought (especially after the Ireland loss….lol)

    • A good number of those in your played list are no longer under consideration by JK I think and will not be called again.

      However – I totally agree with the first part. JK stays with some players, that are dead wood for their clubs, when he shouldn’t. All his past talk about being in form and having a rhythm is pure crap when he calls in bench warmers. It’s kind of why its a waste of time to hear JK talk about anything since he has zero creditability.

      Also, Juan A. is tons better than Green, in fact, Green would have a hard time starting for the 4

      • Nope – hes in a mess right now. Comes from seeing him on every week when he was on the Revs. Wish we had him back.

        He’s needs to get a team

      • Agudelo and Green played the same amount of minutes this week so…

        I hope both break out of their funk fast. Hoping January holds something good for Agudelo. The kid has potential to be our best forward in the pool. There is a reason Stoke was trying so hard to get him.

  3. Wow, as I look down at the status of recent NAT callups, there are a lot of them playing little or not at all. Most surprising to me was the Julian Green not even dressing for the team he was loaned to. Maybe he’s hurt but if he cant even dress for a lower team, what does that say about his skills?

      • I have seen him play and see nothing special at all. Nothing that could possibly justify him being on the fast track that JK has him on.

        And to think JK took him to the WC and not Donovan

      • Bring that back. Please. Bring it back. We need to have this horrible conversation again… like 80 more times. All day long. Let’s do it!

      • seriously… JG is Agudelo 2.0…. in fact he is probably not as good as Juan to be honest… will he be a future national team player… sure… will he be better than Donovan or Dempsey have been… no chance IMHO…

      • will he be better than Donovan or Dempsey have been

        Assuming you’re referring to them in their prime. If that’s the scale, very few will measure up to that standard.

      • are you a professional scout? seen Green play up through all the youth teams? no? oh, well then no one cares what you think over an organization like Bayern Munich. say what you will about JK’s decision to fast track him, but don’t question the kid’s talent.

    • It says nothing about his skills. He reminds me of a young Robben: easily pushed off the ball but you can see the intelligence. Have patience. He’s had one of the best managers in the world praise him and he’s further along at the club level than 99% of US players.

      He’ll mature and get stronger. This is simply a growing year. Guys like Rubin and Jozy are built bigger and thus look better out of the gate. But as we’re seeing with Jozy and Shea, intelligence wins out.


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