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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


Bobby Wood’s red-hot form continued this weekend, as the striker tied the American goal record in the 2. Bundesliga.

Wood scored his 14th goal of the season on Saturday, as FC Union Berlin defeated Eintracht Braunschweig, 3-1. The forward will now join the USMNT in preparation for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.

While Wood was the best American attacker abroad this weekend, two of his defensive compatriots showed well in England. Geoff Cameron was part of a Stoke City back line that defeated Watford, 2-1, on Saturday. Elsewhere, DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland earned a 1-1 draw with a Newcastle United side recently reinvigorated by Rafa Benitez.

These important performances and results were counteracted, though, by some disappointments from other Americans plying their trade in Europe. Brad Guzan had an absolute howler in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss to Swansea City. Alejandro Bedoya’s Nantes side lost, 2-0, to Lyon, a direct opponent for European competition next season.

In Mexico, Paul Arriola started his second consecutive match for Club Tijuana, going 90 minutes as they drew Toluca 0-0. Omar Gonzalez started and went the distance as his Pachuca team recorded a 6-0 victory over Veracruz. Edgar Castillo also played a part in a big win, playing the full 90 as Monterrey defeated Chivas, 3-1.

Here are how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:



  • Tim Howard dressed but did not play in Everton’s 2-0 loss vs. Arsenal on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes, and made zero saves in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss vs. Swansea City on Saturday.
  • Matt Miazga did not dress in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw vs. West Ham on Saturday.

  • Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-1 win vs. Watford on Saturday.
  • DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United this weekend.


  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-1 draw vs. Fulham on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 loss vs. Derby County on Saturday.
  • Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 1-1 draw vs. Cardiff City on Saturday.
  • Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-1 draw vs. Birmingham City on Saturday.
  • Emerson Hyndman started and played 75 minutes for Fulham.
  • Cody Cropper started, played 90 minutes, and made four saves in Milton Keynes Dons’ 2-1 loss vs. Brighton Hove and Albion on Saturday.
  • Duane Holmes did not dress in Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 win vs. Leeds United on Saturday.

League One

  • Lynden Gooch did not dress for Doncaster Rovers’s 2-1 loss vs. Peterborough United on Saturday. Gooch has been ruled out for the remainder of the season by injury.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Shrewsbury Town’s 2-2 draw vs. Bury on Saturday.



  • Perry Kitchen started and played 90 minutes in Heart of Midlothian’s 3-0 loss vs. St. Johnstone on Saturday.


  • Gedion Zelalem did not dress in Rangers’ 3-2 loss vs. Falkirk on Friday.



  • Fabian Johnson started and played 70 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 2-1 loss vs. Schalke 04 on Friday. Johnson exited with a groin injury.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 win vs. Hannover on Saturday.
  • John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win vs. FC Ingolstadt on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales came off the bench and played 15 minutes in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 2-1 loss vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
  • Aron Johannsson did not dress in Werder Bremen’s 1-1 draw vs. Mainz on Saturday.
  • Christian Pulisic did not dress in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win vs. FC Augsburg on Sunday.
  • Russell Canouse did not dress in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 3-1 win vs. Hamburg SV on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

  • Bobby Wood started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in FC Union Berlin’s 3-1 win vs. Braunschweig on Saturday.

  • Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 2-0 loss vs. St. Pauli on Saturday.
  • Terrence Boyd did not dress in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 loss vs. Nurnberg on Sunday.
  • Caleb Stanko and SC Freiburg play Karlsruher on Monday.
  • Shawn Barry started and played 90 minutes in FSV Frankfurt’s 2-2 draw vs. Heidenheimer on Friday.


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


  • Rubio Rubin dressed but did not play in FC Utrecht’s 2-1 win vs. Excelsior on Friday.
  • Desevio Payne did not dress in FC Groningen’s 3-0 loss vs. Vitesse on Sunday.


  • Ethan Horvath started and played 90 minutes in Molde FK’s 2-1 victory vs. Stabaek on Sunday.
  • Cole Grossman did not dress in Stabaek IF’s 2-1 loss vs. to Molde FK on Sunday.
  • AJ Soares started and played 90 minutes in Viking’s 0-0 draw with Sarpsborg on Sunday.


  • Paul Arriola started and played 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 0-0 draw vs. Toluca 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 started and played 90 minutes in Monterrey’s 3-1 win vs. Chivas.
  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Tigre’s 0-0 draw vs. Puebla.
  • Joe Corona dressed but did not play in Dorados de Sinaloa’s 3-1 victory over Santos Laguna.
  • Sonny Guadarrama did not dress Dorados de Sinaloa.
  • Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Club America’s 2-1 win vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday.
  • Luis Gil started and played 78 minutes in Queretaro’s 1-1 draw vs. Chiapas on Friday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein dressed but did not play for Queretaro.
  • William Yarbrough started, played 90 minutes, and made four saves in Club Leon’s 2-0 win vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
  • Miguel Ibarra dressed but did not play in Club Leon’s 2-1 loss to Club America.
  • Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 6-0 win over Veracruz.
  • Jorge Villafana dressed but did not play in Santos Laguna’s 3-1 defeat vs. Dorados.
  • Sebastian Saucedo dressed but did not play in Veracruz’s 6-0 loss to Pachuca on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Williams goes 90 so he’s obviously healthy…Morales makes an 15 min cameo so he’s clearly back from injury and getting his fitness back… and yet we get Beckerman called up for the Qualification matches. The continued use of these has been players is getting on my nerves.
    Beckerman & Wondo have no place with the national team any more.

    • Last I heard some mediocre EPL club like Manchester United was interested. I for one can’t wait for the day when our best young players join big clubs, not midtable cannon fodder.

      • I was aware of that, just wondering if it had developed any. Guess they’re waiting til summer for the free transfer

    • Once the January transfer window has closed no transfers can occur. Some clubs make deals at this time, but they cannot take effect until Summer. There is no need for a team to do that in this case as you mentioned he’s a free agent in June.

      • If he’s within the last 6 months of his contract, he can sign with a new team, although I’m not sure if that is the same with youth players and minimum develop compensation fees.

        Either way, I don’t think he is quite yet in that range. I think I remember hearing that this past winter transfer period was when he entered his last year, and Fulham will have one more period to make a transfer for profit. I assume everyone is just gonna wait for a Bosman contract, and pay the minimum in fees.

  2. Great, who is our GK for Guatemala–the keeper who let in a howler (Guzan), or the GK who just sits and watches (Howard)? Or do we go with someone else? And is AJ ever going to see the pitch again for Bremen this year? He just fell off the radar after that last injury. The good news is that we have a lot of defenders playing and apparently playing well.

    • love Tim Howard, but right now Guzan deserves to be the automatic starter for both games. Bingham and Yarbrough are prospects as is Hamid (when he returns) and should be competing for roster spots but not Qualifying minutes. Howard even said he has been on 2.5 month break – not in the national team mindset right now, maybe as a squad guy but not a starter until he makes his move to Colorado.

    • I was thinking the opposite; Pulisic, Miazga, Rubin, Zelalem, Garza. Most of those did not even dress. Were there injuries? Also, how’s Hyndman doing at Fulham? I know there were rumors linking him to the Premier League. Can’t see this happening as he’s not getting consistent playing time in the Championship.

      • Pulisic – Agree the last thing he needs is a loan. He is doing exactly what is expected. he will be rotated through the first team. for a 17 year old, that’s incredible given it’s Dortmund.

        Miazga – Again, no loan needed at the moment. he just got there, they are evaluating him, he’s dressed a few times for the first team, and will get time in the U-21 team. next season a loan might be needed.

        Rubin – just came back from injury.

        GZ – something is no longer working. which is a real bummer.

        Garza – still coming back from injury.

        Hyndman – i think he’ll be just fine. been a bit of a roller coaster but clearly he is still highly rated given Man Utd’s recent interest. that said, not sure that would be a good move for him. needs to play.

      • Zelalem is injured according to the reports after he wasn’t on the U23 roster.

        Rubin is also returning from injury played a few minutes a couple of weeks ago and tweeted about a set back so I think they are bringing him back slowly.

        Garza tweeted over the weekend that he can’t wait to get back on the field so I believe he is also still recovering from an injury from last fall. Not sure why SBI didn’t include that Greg is still injured.

        Pulisic is back with the BD youth team after several first teamers returned from injury.

        Terry is back for Chelsea, although there was an article last week that claimed Chelsea was planning on taking a look at some youngsters in the final weeks of the season.

  3. Adding that LeHAC is in a promotion dogfight right now. After 31 matches, Bradley’s club is on 51 points in 3rd place, 1 point above 4th place Metz. Red Star (49 pets, 5th place) and Cleremont (48, 6th) play this afternoon. If one of them win, LeHAC is in 4th.

    There’s little chance of LeHAC catching the leaders: Dijon (60, 1st) and Nancy (58, 2nd).


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