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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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A goal, an own goal, debuts and the return of a top league. This weekend seemed to have it all.

The most notable performance, however, may have come from William Yarbrough.

Yarbrough helped Club Leon stay perfect and atop the Liga MX table on Saturday, as he recorded six saves in a narrow 3-2 win at home over Cruz Azul. The 26-year-old goalkeeper conceded a goal in the early going of the match, but put that behind him as his side mounted a second-half comeback. Yarbrough’s performance is sure to grab U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s attention, especially in the wake of the news that Bill Hamid will be out four to six months because of injury.

Alejandro Bedoya nearly helped his club pick up a victory on Saturday, but Nantes allowed a healthy lead to slip away late and had to settle for just a point. Bedoya scored for the second time in four days, as he headed home a cross at the half-hour mark against Bordeaux to put Nantes up, 2-0, at home. The U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and Nantes ultimately failed to close out the game, though, as they conceded twice in the final six minutes.

Other notable outings came from Luis Gil and Lynden Gooch, both of whom made debuts for their new sides. Gil played from whistle to whistle in Queretaro’s 3-0 triumph over Dorados de Sinaloa on Friday, and Gooch got his short loan spell at Doncaster Rovers started with a 90-minute shift in a scoreless draw with Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

It was not all good news. Ventura Alvarado began Club America’s home humiliation at Estadio Azteca on Saturday, as he scored an unlucky own goal in a 4-1 loss to Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca. Alvarado accidentally netted in the 19th minute when a corner kick that was headed wide of goal ricocheted off his leg. Both Alvarado and Gonzalez went the distance for their respective outfits.

Here are how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes, and made three saves in Everton’s 2-1 loss vs. Swansea City on Sunday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa’s 0-0 draw vs. West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
  • Geoff Cameron did not dress in Stoke City’s 3-0 loss vs. Leicester City on Saturday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • DeAndre Yedlin dressed but did not play in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw vs. AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.


  • Jonathan Spector dressed but did not play in Birmingham City’s 3-0 win vs. Ipswich Town on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes, and received a yellow card in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win vs. Middlesbrough on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 1-1 draw vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday.
  • Emerson Hyndman came off the bench and played 13 minutes for Fulham.
  • Cody Cropper dressed but did not play in Milton Keynes Dons’ 3-1 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Duane Holmes dressed but did not play in Huddersfield Town’s 2-1 loss vs. Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

League One

  • Lynden Gooch started, played 90 minutes, and received a yellow card in Doncaster Rovers’ 0-0 draw vs. Fleetwood Town on Saturday.


  • Gedion Zelalem and Rangers play Greenock Morton on Monday.


  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-1 loss vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
  • Timmy Chandler did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-2 win vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
  • John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 0-0 draw vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales started, played 68 minutes, and received a yellow card in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 1-0 win vs. Mainz on Saturday.
  • Aron Johannsson did not dress in Werder Bremen’s 3-1 win vs. Schalke 04 on Sunday. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Christian Pulisic dressed but did not play in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started, played 90 minutes, and scored a GOAL in FC Nantes’ 2-2 draw vs. Bordeaux on Saturday.


  • Rubio Rubin did not dress in FC Utrecht’s 1-0 win vs. PEC Zwolle on Sunday.
  • Desevio Payne came off the bench and played 45 minutes in FC Groningen’s 0-0 draw vs. NEC Nijmegen on Friday.


  • Paul Arriola came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 3-1 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Friday.
  • Michael Orozco did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Alejandro Guido did not dress for Club Tijuana. He is recovering from an injury.
  • Edgar Castillo came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Monterrey’s 1-0 win vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Jose Torres dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL’s 2-2 draw vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday.
  • Luis Silva did not dress for Tigres UANL.
  • Joe Corona dressed but did not play in Dorados de Sinaloa’s 3-0 loss vs. Queretaro on Friday.
  • Ventura Alvarado started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card, and scored an OWN GOAL in Club America’s 4-1 loss vs. Pachuca on Saturday.


  • Jonathan Bornstein started and played 90 minutes in Queretaro’s 3-0 win vs. Dorados de Sinaloa on Frida
  • Luis Gil started and played 90 minutes for Queretaro.
  • William Yarbrough started, played 90 minutes, and made six saves in Club Leon’s 3-2 win vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.
  • Miguel Ibarra did not dress for Club Leon.
  • Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 4-1 win vs. Club America on Saturday.
  • Jorge Villafana started and played 90 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 3-1 win vs. Club Tijuana on Friday.
  • Gabriel Farfan did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas’ 1-1 draw vs. Veracruz on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Think Yarbrough should be the No. 3 goalkeeper for the USMNT if he keeps up this level of play? Encouraged by Bedoya’s most recent outings?

Share your thoughts below.


    • I’m sure they’re still on the radar, which is where they belong. I always cringe a little everytime some new dual-national emerges that scored a goal or 2, or has a short run of good form, and the immediate reaction is to bring him into camp.

      Lets see how some of these guys do over an extended period of time. This also goes for MLS flavors-of-the-month.

  1. Both goals against Everton yesterday were directly attributable to Stones, not Howard. An awful back pass and a lazy deflection.

  2. When are we going to get people championing Bornstein for a nat call-up he’s a regular on a team that made the LigaMx final and are in the quarters of the CCL. He has as many national team goals as Benny.

    • I mean, I know LB is a problem position, but the guy is 31 years old, with 41 club caps over the last 4 years, and has not been in the national team picture since 2011 as well.

      • Beckerman being called in at an advanced age shows anything is possible as long as Klinsmann thinks you can carve out a role.

      • Absolutely, which is why I will never fully rule someone out due to age (as long as they don’t show that age like Jones and Beckermen at WC; not Jones and Beckermen right now who can’t even put a proper 60 min. shift anymore).

        However, Beckermen I feel is a slightly different case. He was always a solid to good pro at the club level; he just managed to peak at the right time JK was looking for a disciplined DM. He didn’t need a young man’s body to play the #6 role the way JK wanted.

        Bornstein is a fullback, and JK’s tactics dictate almost all of our width to come from attacking fullbacks bombing forward. Bornstein would have to compete, not just form wise, but physically against speedsters like FabJo, Chandler, Shea, Garza etc, or guys JK hasn’t considered like Villafana. He even has to compete against the “slower” but defensively reliable fullbacks like Ream.

        Its just poor timing to be getting back into the swing of things for Bornstein. However, like Beckermen, I’m sure if in 2017, LB is still going to be a problem position, and Bornstein is still playing well enough, I’m sure he’ll get his shot.

  3. Interesting that guys like Gil, Gonzalez and Villafana all are playing the full 90 so soon after their transfers. Perhaps this is indicative of the narrowing of quality between MLS and Liga MX.

    • Gil would be the most surprising as he just never could seem to get it going with Salt Lake, maybe the change of scenery is all he needed. Hope there aren’t any problems being released for the U23 playoff.

    • For several years now, the Starting XI of most MLS were comparable to Liga MX, at least the MLS squads who made the CCL. Depth has been the issue; if healthy and in form Starting XI and 3 subs were available, MLS teams more than held their own.

      The issues were always getting your optimal starting onto the field. Because the second that you lose those 3 key players, the backups just aren’t good enough.

      MLS NEEDS to raise the salary cap, to improve the depth. Additional DP/TAM/etc. won’t matter, if your 16th-18th roster choices are they type of players willing to make the league minimum.

    • Sometimes players are just better fits in other leagues. I’m specifically talking about Gil because Gonzales is a WC veteran and Villafana is just a quality player.

    • Rubin hasn’t played since he had surgery to repair a broken foot. He was suppose to return in the new year, but maybe he’s not fully recovered yet.

      • I think I read awhile ago he would be returning to training at the new year. If that’s the case, then we probably won’t be seeing him for several more weeks as he works back to match fitness. I’d imagine you couldn’t do much after foot surgery, besides rehab.

        Sucks, because I was hoping to see him with the U-23’s. He’d pair up real nice with Morris, providing creativity, and being supported on the flanks by Keisewetter and Green.

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