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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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If there were any lingering thoughts about Christian Pulisic’s cameo last week serving as just a one-off for the promising youngster, they were put to bed this weekend.

Pulisic played for Borussia Dortmund for the second straight game, as he once again came off the bench in the club’s scoreless draw with Hertha Berlin on Saturday. As was the case in his debut a week prior, the 17-year-old midfielder entered the game in the second half. Pulisic played 19 minutes, three less than in his first outing, but that he saw the field again against the German Bundesliga’s third-placed team seems to indicate that he is in very good standing with Dortmund right now.

DeAndre Yedlin also provided an encouraging development for U.S. Men’s National Team fans by playing in his first game for Sunderland in almost a month. Yedlin snapped an inactive streak that dated back to Jan. 9 in Sunderland’s 2-2 road draw vs. Liverpool, turning in a 15-minute shift as a substitute on Saturday. Yedlin and Sunderland trailed, 2-0, when he entered the field, but the Black Cats managed to pull off a late rally to earn themselves a crucial point in their battle against relegation.

As far as goal-scorers go, Bobby Wood and Omar Gonzalez both found the back of the net with clutch equalizers. Wood scored a neat tying goal in the 87th minute of FC Union Berlin’s 2-2 stalemate with Kaiserslautern on Friday, and Gonzalez pulled his club, Pachuca, level with his first Liga MX tally in the 88th minute of Sunday’s 1-1 draw vs. Pumas UNAM.

Here are how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard did not dress in Everton’s 3-0 win vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa’s 2-0 win vs. Norwich City on Saturday.
  • Geoff Cameron did not dress in Stoke City’s 3-0 loss vs. Everton on Saturday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
  • DeAndre Yedlin came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw vs. Liverpool on Saturday.


  • Jonathan Spector dressed but did not play in Birmingham City’s 2-1 loss vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win vs. Leeds United on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 0-0 draw vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
  • Tim Ream dressed but did not play in Fulham’s 1-1 draw vs. Derby County on Saturday.
  • Emerson Hyndman did not dress for Fulham.
  • Cody Cropper dressed but did not play in Milton Keynes Dons’ 0-0 draw vs. Cardiff City on Saturday.
  • Duane Holmes did not dress in Huddersfield Town’s 2-1 loss vs. Preston North End on Saturday.

League One

  • Lynden Gooch and Doncaster Rovers’s match vs. Scunthorpe United on Saturday was postponed because of a waterlogged field.


  • Gedion Zelalem started and played 61 minutes in Rangers’ 0-0 draw vs. Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.



  • Fabian Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 5-1 win vs. Werder Bremen on Friday.
  • Timmy Chandler did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-2 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
  • John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 0-0 draw vs. Borussia Dortmund on Saturday
  • Alfredo Morales came off the bench and played 30 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 2-1 win vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.
  • Aron Johannsson did not dress in Werder Bremen’s 5-1 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.
  • Christian Pulisic came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 0-0 draw vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

  • Bobby Wood started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card, and scored a GOAL in FC Union Berlin’s 2-2 draw vs. Kaiserslautern on Friday.

  • Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 1-0 win vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Friday.
  • Terrence Boyd did not dress in RB Leipzig’s 2-0 win vs. TSV Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Caleb Stanko dressed but did not play in SC Freiburg’s 2-0 loss vs. VfL Bochum on Friday.
  • Shawn Berry dressed but did not play in FSV Frankfurt’s 1-1 draw vs. Karlsruhe on Sunday.


  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes before being substituted in stoppage time in FC Nantes’ 0-0 draw vs. Toulouse on Saturday.


  • Rubio Rubin did not dress in FC Utrecht’s 2-0 loss vs. PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.
  • Desevio Payne started and played 76 minutes in FC Groningen’s 2-0 win vs. Cambuur Leeuwarden on Sunday.


  • Paul Arriola came off the bench, played 15 minutes, and received a yellow card in Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw vs. Cruz Azul on Friday.
  • Michael Orozco dressed but did not play 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 started and played 90 minutes in Monterrey’s 3-0 win vs. Dorados de Sinaloa on Saturday.
  • Jose Torres dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL’s 3-1 win vs. Jaguares de Chiapas on Friday.
  • Joe Corona came off the bench and played 21 minutes in Dorados de Sinaloa’s 3-0 loss vs. Monterrey on Saturday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress for Dorados de Sinaloa.
  • Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America’s 2-0 win vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein started and played 90 minutes in Queretaro’s 2-1 win vs. Veracruz on Friday.
  • Luis Gil came off the bench and played 10 minutes for Queretaro.
  • William Yarbrough started, played 90 minutes, and made two saves in Club Leon’s 2-1 loss vs. Morelia on Saturday.
  • Miguel Ibarra did not dress for Club Leon.
  • Omar Gonzalez started, played 90 minutes, and scored a GOAL in Pachuca’s 1-1 draw vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.

  • Jorge Villafana started and played 90 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 2-0 loss vs. Club America on Saturday.
  • Gabriel Farfan did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas’ 2-1 loss vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Do you see Pulisic continuing to earn minutes in the coming weeks? Is Yedlin ready to break back into Sunderland’s lineup?

Share your thoughts below.


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  1. With Zouma injured am I right in thinking that Miazga is the only other center back on the roster other than Cahill and Terry? Seems like he has a decent chance of seeing some action.

      • One can only hope. I won’t lie, my first thought after seeing Zouma injure himself was cringe, and then instantly thinking about Miazga’s chances for minutes going way higher this season.

        Depending on the type of/if he gets minutes will be very telling for his near future. If they give him some decent minutes now, then they rate him high. If he continues being depth, then I foresee Miazga going the long-term loan route.

    • issue is that Miazga is in pre-season. It will be hard for him to break through being in pre-season form on a team that is a bad month away from being in a relegation fight.

  2. I would take Geoff Cameron ( when healthy) and John brooks pairing right now with miazga and CCV pushing them in the near future. Besler and Gonzalez as strong backup options

    • Him and Besler or Brooks should be the pairing for every meaningful National Team game this year. Time for some consistency.

      • So long as they are healthy Besler, Brooks, Cameron, & Gonzalez are the 4 1st Choice CBs for the remainder of the year. However, IF we qualify for the Olympics than I could see Brooks participate in the summer games instead of at the Copa America.
        Primary alternates/replacements for injuries IMO would be Alvarado, Miazga, & Birnbaum.

  3. Lots of min all around. I watched Dortmund vs Hertha to see Pulisic.. he had a good but uneventful 19 min but Jon Brooks stole the show. Dominating in defense and nearly got a goal or two off of corners.

    Worried about the goalkeepers; Guzan benched now? On a team destined for relegation.. is he going to be our starter this summer? Howard isn’t in a great spot either

    • I’m not overly concerned about our keepers in England. Howard may have slipped a bit recently but he’s still very good. Guzan’s situation at AV has less to do with his play and more to do with the crappy defense in front of him. The coach has tried changing up his defenders in order to get points, and when that didn’t work he started rotating the Keeper. Long term…hopefully Guzan gets out of AV when they get Relegated.

      I’m more concerned with our defense. Only Brooks is really playing well. Alvarado & Gonzalez have been up and down. Cameron is still injured, Chandler has been sidelined for a while as has Yedlin. Villafana is still an unknown, but hopefully earn a shot.


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