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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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FK Bodo/Glimt finally moved out of last place in Eliteserien this past weekend, and it was one of the club’s Americans who played a key part in making that happen.

Danny Cruz enjoyed arguably his best game of the season on Sunday despite playing less than an hour, as he scored a game-winner and assisted on another goal in Bodo/Glimt’s 5-1 rout of Mjondalen. Cruz set up the opener in the 19th minute and also mustered up a response to Mjondalen’s equalizer by giving his side the lead for good five minutes before halftime.

The 25-year-old midfielder – who now has two goals in the Norwegian season – was subbed off in the 56th minute while compatriot Zarek Valentin logged a full 90-minute shift in Bodo/Glimt’s defense. The win pushed the club up two spots in the standings, leaving Bodo/Glimt in the relegation play-off position after 11 matches.

While Cruz and Valentin were celebrating a lopsided victory, Jonathan Bornstein and Conor O’Brien were dealt blows. Bornstein and Queretaro fell short in the Clausura Liguilla finals despite winning the second leg, 3-0, and O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt were relegated from the Austrian Bundesliga after suffering a gut-wrenching 1-0 loss to Rheindorf Altach on the final match-day of the season.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:


  • Conor O’Brien started and played 68 minutes in FC Magna Wiener Neustadt’s 1-0 loss vs. Rheindorf Altach on Sunday.


  • Heath Pearce dressed in IFK Goteborg’s match vs. Djurgardens IF on Monday.


  • Zarek Valentin started and played 90 minutes in FK Bodo/Glimt’s 5-1 win vs. Mjondalen on Sunday.
  • Danny Cruz started, played 56 minutes, scored a GOAL, and had an ASSIST for FK Bodo/Glimt.
  • Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Molde FK’s 6-1 win vs. Sandefjord on Saturday.
  • Josh Gatt did not dress for Molde FK.
  • Cole Grossman started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF’s 1-0 win vs. Sarpsborg 08 on Sunday.
  • A.J. Soares started and played 90 minutes in Viking’s 4-3 loss vs. Valerenga on Sunday.


  • Freddy Adu dressed but did not play in Kuopion Palloseura’s 1-1 draw vs. HJK on Friday.
  • Stephen McCarthy did not dress for Kuopion Palloseura.


  • Jonathan Bornstein started and played 60 minutes in Queretaro’s 3-0 win vs. Santos Laguna in the second leg of their Liga MX Liguilla finals series on Sunday. Queretaro lost via a 5-3 aggregate score.

What do you think of these performances? How impressed are you with Cruz’s showing for Bodo/Glimt? More disappointed to see Bornstein lose the Liguilla finals or O’Brien get relegated?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. You forgot the leading scorer in 1st division in Bulgaria, Bjorn Maars Johnsen. He scored another this past weekend.

    • Gatt left the match last weekend after 4 minutes due to a non contact injury. Initial scans came back inconclusive and he is quoted saying he made a lunge for the ball and felt knee pain. It freaked him out completely and forced himself to be subbed out for safety reasons. Although we don’t know if he reinjured it or he just got scared, it’s not a good sign for his mental strength. They have to wait a week before they can do another scan and find out how bad it is.

  2. You forgot Rhett Bernstein who played for Mjondalen against Danny Cruz & Valentin.

    He’s harder to find, but don’t forget Bjorn Johnsen who plays for Litex Lovech in the top Bulgarian league. US born & raised with a Norwegian passport. Has scored 6 goals since joining the club at mid-season.

    • I agree that this guy is playing well, but this team and league is not a great league, DESPITE it having champions league competition. Litex’s stadium holds under 8,000 seats

  3. DeAndre Yedlin played 90 minutes at right back for Tottenham in a friendly with Sidney FC. His performance was good enough to earn the supporters’ man of the match over the lone goal scorer, Harry Kane.


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