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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Bobby Wood enjoyed a strong first half of the season in the 2. Bundesliga, and now it is about trying to carry that momentum over into the final months of the campaign.

Wood and FC Union Berlin return from their winter break on Friday when they visit Kaiserslautern, and the U.S. Men’s National Team striker will surely be looking to add to his team-high seven goals in league play. Wood will also want to help FC Union Berlin get off to a winning start in 2016, as the club currently sits just six points above the relegation zone.

Another German-based player who will have plenty of eyeballs on him is Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic, who made his professional debut last weekend. Pulisic is a long shot to start in Saturday’s road tilt vs. John Brooks and Hertha Berlin, but the 17-year-old midfielder could see more minutes off the bench again given that manager Thomas Tuchel showed extreme confidence in him by throwing Pulisic into a scoreless game in the last round of matches.

William Yarbrough is also worth keeping track of. Yarbrough has made more than a dozen saves in the last two weeks for top Liga MX side Club Leon, and continuing that run of form in Saturday’s showdown with Morelia is likely on his mind. The 26-year-old goalkeeper will want his team to get a better result this time, however, as his nine-save outing still could not prevent a 3-1 loss to Tigres UANL.

Here is who the Americans Abroad square off with this weekend:

FRIDAY

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen.

Bobby Wood and FC Union Berlin play Kaiserslautern.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play SC Paderborn 07.

Caleb Stanko and SC Freiburg play VfL Bochum.

Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro play Veracruz.

Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Jose Torres and Tigres UANL.

Michael Orozco, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana play Cruz Azul. (Guido is out injured.)

SATURDAY

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Norwich City.

DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland play Liverpool.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Tim Howard and Everton.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Sheffield Wednesday.

Cody Cropper and Milton Keynes Dons play Cardiff City.

Tim Ream, Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Derby County.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Leeds United.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play Preston North End.

Danny Williams and Reading play Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Lynden Gooch and Doncaster Rovers play Scunthorpe United.

Gedion Zelalem and Rangers play Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play VfB Stuttgart.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play FC Augsburg.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund.

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Toulouse.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna.

Edgar Castillo and Monterrey play Joe Corona and Dorados de Sinaloa.

Miguel Ibarra, William Yarbrough and Club Leon play Morelia.

SUNDAY

Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt play Karlsruhe.

Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig. (Boyd is out injured.)

Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play Cambuur Leeuwarden.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play PSV Eindhoven.

Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca play Pumas UNAM.

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Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Do you see Wood enjoying a strong second half in the 2. Bundesliga season? Think Pulisic will see more playing time this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. It was reported earlier this week that Johannsson is back in training. Hope he gets a run out and gets about 15 minutes of playing time against FJ and Moenchengladbach.

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  2. Too bad about Joe Gyau. He is only 23, but before this long injury layoff (he is supposed to be back this Spring), he was making first team appearances at 21/22. Remember, Dortmound and Jurgen Klopp bought his rights from Hoffenheim and they thought quite a bit of him. Additionally, former Dortmund assistant (and Dortmund II) coach,David Wagner, wanted to bring him to Huddersfield when he took over the English Championship side.

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    • Wagner wanted to take Joe Gyau on loan this spring, but Dortmound wasn’t willing to let him go. Hopefully this is an indication that Dortmound still sees value in Joe and has a plan for him in the future. Hopefully Joe will make a full recovery from this latest injury and will have a chance within both Dortmound & the USMNT.

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    • Gyau seems to be back with the club training (what level of training, I’m not sure). Obviously you have to hold some reservations for anyone that has an injury that takes them out for so long, but he is still young and it wasn’t a dreaded ACL or MCL tear. I’m optimistic that he is still in Dortmound’s plans and will get a look with the USMNT.

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