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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Timmy Chandler used Valentine’s Day to gain more affection from Eintracht Frankfurt fans, and crush the hearts of those who root for Schalke.

Chandler helped the Eagles pick up a 1-0 victory at home over Schalke on Saturday, setting up the game-winning goal in the 61st minute. Chandler was fortunate on his assist because it took a kind deflection before finding teammate Lucas Piazon, but it helped all the same in giving Eintracht Frankfurt its first win in four games.

The veteran right back was not the only American to have a notable performance in Germany this weekend. Forwards Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten both scored two goals in wins for their respective 2. Bundesliga clubs, with Wood ending a near-two-year scoreless drought and Wooten adding to his respectable season total. Wood helped Erzgebirge Aue narrowly push past Fortuna Dusseldorf, 3-2, with his brace on Friday, and Wooten paced Sandhausen to a 3-1 upset over league leaders Ingolstadt with his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign.

While the weekend may have been enjoyable for the aforementioned three, it was more than forgettable for Geoff Cameron. Stoke City was eliminated from the FA Cup after suffering a 4-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, and it was Cameron who was involved in the game’s decisive play. Level at 1-1 and with halftime looming, Cameron was given a straight red card for denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time. The ensuing penalty kick was converted to give Blackburn the lead, and Stoke couldn’t overcome the man disadvantage after the break.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard and Everton did not play this weekend.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa’s 2-1 win vs. Leicester City in the FA Cup on Sunday.
  • Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur did not play this weekend.
  • DeAndre Yedlin and Tottenham Hotspur did not play this weekend.
  • Geoff Cameron started, played 45 minutes and received a RED CARD in Stoke City’s 4-1 loss vs. Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Saturday.
  • Gedion Zelalem did not dress in Arsenal’s 2-0 win vs. Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Sunday.


  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-1 draw vs. Fulham on Saturday.
  • Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham City. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 4-3 loss vs. Watford on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 4-4 draw vs. Blackpool on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Reading’s 2-1 win vs. Derby County in the FA Cup on Saturday.
  • Emerson Hyndman did not dress in Fulham’s 2-1 loss vs. Ipswich Town on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 2-1 loss vs. Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Charlton Athletic’s 3-0 win vs. Brentford on Saturday.



  • John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 loss vs. SC Freiburg on Sunday.
  • Fabian Johnson dressed but did not play in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-0 win vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 win vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.
  • Julian Green did not dress in Hamburg SV’s 8-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.
  • Joe Gyau did not dress in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-2 win vs. Mainz on Friday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

2. Bundesliga

  • Terrence Boyd did not dress in RB Leipzig’s 1-0 loss vs. FSV Frankfurt on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Alfredo Morales started, played 81 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 3-1 loss vs. SV Sandhausen on Saturday.
  • Bobby Wood started, played 77 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in FC Erzgebirge Aue’s 3-2 win vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.
  • Andrew Wooten started, played 87 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in SV Sandhausen’s 3-1 win vs. FC Ingolstadt 04 on Saturday.
  • Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play St Pauli on Monday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in FC Nantes’ 2-0 loss vs. Bastia on Saturday.


  • Aron Johannsson did not dress in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-2 loss vs. PSV Eindhoven on Friday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • Rubio Rubin came off the bench and played seven minutes in FC Utrecht’s 6-1 win vs. Dordrecht ’90 on Sunday.


  • Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes in Puebla’s 2-0 win vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez started and played 70 minutes for Puebla.
  • Greg Garza started and played 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 3-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Friday.
  • Joe Corona came off the bench, played 30 minutes and received a yellow card for Club Tijuana.
  • Alejandro Guido dressed but did not play for Club Tijuana.
  • Paul Arriola did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Jose Torres did not dress in Tigres UANL’s 1-0 win vs. Morelia on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 81 minutes and received a yellow card in Atlas’ 3-1 loss vs. Pachuca on Saturday.
  • Ventura Alvarado started and played 90 minutes in Club America’s 5-0 win vs. Jaguares de Chiapas on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? How impressed are you with how Chandler is performing this season? Whose brace was more impressive, Wood’s or Wooten’s?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I watched the Tijuana game. I watched a few other Ligamex games too. Comparison to MLS is this: teams in Mexico do whatever is necessary, from an individual or teamwork, to get people and the ball into the penalty area. It’s not always clinical or pretty, but blue collar hard work gets the job done too. By this standard the league in Mexico is stronger than MLS. MLS has improved, but what is the standard MLS has arrived? My opinion: getting numbers and the ball in the penalty area without relying on the cross.

  2. What’s the latest regarding Ventura Alvarado and possibly playing for the US?

    First, I heard he claimed he only wanted to play for Mexico. Then I heard he is still open to the US. Was the latter statement just leverage to get an El Tri call up soon?

    • Isaac Brizuela did the same thing so it is likely, I see him playing with Mexico in the summer, after all they need at least 12 CBs

    • Will likely come down to who calls him in first. If the USNT has any interest at all they’ll need to make a move in March otherwise the Mexican side will.

    • Televisa claimed that Alvarado was considering Mexico. However, he later came forward and said Televisa’s report was bs and that he is open to play for either Mexico or the United States.

  3. tijuana has been looking pretty good. i wished corona would see more minutes, hes hasn’t been able to crack the starting 11 since his injury. he should try to grt a loan to mls.

  4. is this the second game in a row Cameron has given up a PK? wasn’t it three games ago he had the assist?

    i also failed to realize Castillo will be playing in Copa Lib soon. i’m seriously thinking he needs to come into the next camp, or at least the USA/Mexico camp, because he’s been playing pretty well and will get great experience at Copa Lib.

    and while rightfully not listed here, Flores scores for BVB youth, Zelalem had an assist for Arsenal U-21s, and Arriola scored for Xolos U-20s.

      • not his greatest game, but as a whole, he’s playing well. if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be their starting LB so consistently. and i do not want him playing LB for the US, i think he would be a nice depth option when we need a winger to come off the bench and run at defenders.

      • I don’t think Castillo did himself any favors when he said to a reporter that he didn’t like to defend or something along those lines.

      • Bryan who do you follow on Twitter? Great info. The players, thier clubs? Do you have lists?

      • It’s a combination of both. I try to follow as many of our youth players as possible and there are some accounts, like “USAprospects”, that do a great job providing updates. Also, some clubs are really good about posting youth team updates. Xolos is fantastic about this and live-tweet every U-20 game.

    • German 2. BL:
      – Bobby Wood 2 goals (Erzgebirge Aue – Fortuna Düsseldorf):
      Youtube …/watch?v=tl4uQUqVfIM

      – Andrew Wooten 2 goals (Sandhausen – Ingolstadt):

      German 1. BL:
      Timmy Chandler assist (Eintracht Frankfurt – Schalke): …/watch?v=eYZS8j9Jj20

  5. Man, Kevin Bacon is a bit fragile with all these injuries.

    Wooten, Wood, Alvarado and Morales doing us proud this week, continue the good work. is Alvarado a RB or CB?


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