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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


While a 20-year-old centerback made his English Premier League debut, Fabian Johnson made a major impact in a crucial Bundesliga matchup.

The U.S. Men’s National Team winger and fullback started an important fixture against Hertha Berlin as a right midfielder, and helped Monchengladbach earn an impressive 5-0 victory. Johnson assisted the game’s second goal in the 60th minute. On the other side of the ball, John Brooks did not dress for Hertha BSC as he is still recovering from a bruised knee.

Plenty of Americans took the field in Mexico, with Jorge Villafana and Omar Gonzalez each helping Santos Laguna and Pachuca, respectively, record a shutout.

In England, four Americans started and played all 90 minutes in their respective EPL matches. Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan arguably had the worst outing of all Americans playing abroad, as he saw four goals fly past him in a defeat to Chelsea. Matt Miazga was one of those Chelsea men who helped the team earn a 4-0 win. His play earned the praise of head coach Guus Hiddink, who said: “He had a rather comfortable game, although it’s not easy to play (Rudy) Gestede, but I think he showed he does have the potential.”

Here’s how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:


Jonathan Bornstein started and played 90 minutes in Queretaro’s 4-2 win vs. Club Tijuana on Friday.

Luis Gil did not dress in Queretaro’s 4-2 win vs. Tijuana on Friday.

Michael Orozco did not dress in Tijuana’s 4-2 loss vs. Queretaro on Friday.

Greg Garza did not dress in Tijuana’s 4-2 loss vs. Queretaro on Friday.

Paul Arriola started and played 76 minutes in Tijuana’s 4-2 loss vs. Queretaro on Friday.

Alejando Guido did not dress in Tijuana’s 4-2 loss vs. Queretaro on Friday.

Sebastian Saucedo dressed but did not play in Veracruz’s 0-0 tie vs. Dorados de Sinaloa on Friday.

Joe Corona came off the bench, played 27 minutes and received a YELLOW card in Dorados de Sinaloa’s 0-0 tie vs. Veracruz on Friday.

Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Dorados de Sinaloa’s 0-0 tie vs. Veracruz on Friday.

Jorge Villafana started and played 90 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 0-0 tie vs. Toluca on Friday.

Jose Torres came off the bench and played 21 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 2-2 tie vs. Atlas on Saturday.

William Yarbrough started, played 90 minutes and made seven saves in Club Leon’s 2-1 loss vs. Monterrey on Saturday.

Miguel Ibarra dressed but did not play in Club Leon’s 2-1 loss vs. Monterrey on Saturday.

Edgar Castillo started and played 46 minutes in Monterrey’s 2-1 win vs. Club Leon on Saturday.

Ventura Alvarado dressed but did not play in Club America 2-0 win vs. Chiapas on Saturday.

Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 0-0 tie vs. Cruz Azul on Saturday.


Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Molde FK’s 4-2 win vs. Lillestrom on Friday.

AJ Soares started and played 90 minutes in Viking’s 1-0 win vs. IK Start on Saturday.

Cole Grossman did not dress in Stabaek IF’s 3-1 loss vs. FK Bodo/Glimt on Sunday.


Premier League

Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Aston Villa’s 4-0 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday.

Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-2 tie vs. Swansea City on Saturday.

DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 0-0 tie vs. West Brom on Saturday.

Tim Howard dressed but did not play in Everton 1-0 loss vs. Manchester United on Sunday.

Matt Miazga started and played 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 4-0 win vs. Aston Villa.


Duane Holmes did not dress in Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 loss vs. Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj started, played 77 minutes and was shown two YELLOW cards and a RED card in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 loss vs. Brentford on Saturday.

Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City’s 2-1 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

Emerson Hyndman did not dress in Fulham’s 2-1 win vs. Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

Cody Cropper started, played 90 minutes and made seven saves in Milton Keynes Dons’ 2-1 loss vs. Fulham on Saturday.

Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 1-0 win vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.



Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 3-0 win vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler started, played 90 minutes and received a YELLOW card in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Fabian Johnson started, played 90 minutes and provided an ASSIST in Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-0 win vs. Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

John Brooks did not dress in Hertha Berlin’s 5-0 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

Russell Canouse did not dress in Hoffenheim’s 1-1 tie vs. FC Cologne on Sunday.

Caleb Stanko dressed but did not play in SC Freiburg’s 3-2 win vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Monday.

2. Bundesliga

Terrence Boyd did not dress in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win vs. VfL Bochum on Saturday.

Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 2-0 loss vs. Kaiserslautern on Sunday.

Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in FC Union Berlin’s 0-0 tie. vs. St. Pauli on Friday.

Shawn Barry started and played 90 minutes in FSV Frankfurt’s 3-0 loss vs. Nurnberg on Sunday.



Perry Kitchen started, played 90 minutes and received a YELLOW card in Hearts’ 3-1 loss vs. Celtic on Saturday.


Gedion Zelalem came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Rangers’ 3-3 tie vs. Raith Rovers on Saturday.


Rubio Rubin dressed but did not play in FC Utrecht’s 1-1 tie vs. Heracles Almelo on Saturday.

Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play ADO Den Haag.


Alejandro Bedoya did not dress in FC Nantes’ 3-0 loss vs. Lille on Sunday.


  1. Not dressing gave Bedoya plenty of time to mock Abby Wambach on twitter according to Jozy also joined in, so much for “One Nation One Team” campaign, between Abby bashing JK and foreign players, the misleading figures used to push the lawsuit, and now this.

    I didn’t check if it was Jozy and Ale’s twitter accounts to confirm it was actually them, but I assume Goal did.

    • To be fair, Abby was on the “real American” bus with Donovan, so I can see some US players having some beef with her essentially saying their team wasn’t American enough (and both Bedoya and Jozy are second generation immigrants, I believe, which might also lead them to be sensitive about “real American” comments). Haven’t seen their comments, but Abby seems to be doing the right thing and owning up to it. She might be entitled to some ribbing because she’s a star athlete, but I hope nothing too vicious.

  2. Anyone want to see JB called in the play some left back?

    Oh wait… Jurgen is still our manager… I guess he and Benny can have a watch party together.

    • I can not think of how those two players have anything in common, in either play, personality, or current situation.

      • Oh skimming your comment I was think JAB not JB. I also forgot your hair-brained belief that JK is anti-semitic and its not that Bornstein was awful and Benny is known by pretty much everybody as being selfish and uncoachable.

      • Benny was best 11 in MLS last year and precisely the type of player the USMNT deserately needs… The US still struggles at LB…Bornstein has been very impressive over the past year in a league better than MLS.

        And yes JK is anti-semetic in my eyes… and Eric Lichaj does not get calls in because he is Polish…. I firmly believe our petulant child of a manager is that small.

    • None what so ever. There are plenty of LBs I’d like to see tried at the USMNT before ever seeing Bornstein again…..
      Villafana, Shea, Ream, Acosta, Payne, Klute, Garza, even Castillo again before JB.

  3. Heavy victory for Gladbach could prove to be huge. They now have a 6 goal edge on goal differential over Leverkusen for the 4th and final CL spot.

  4. And apparently, Johnson, of, Borussia Moenchengladbach, beat Heartha Berlin 1-0 on Sunday. But, John Brooks, of Hertha Berlin, lost to Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-0 on Sunday.

  5. Thanks for the roundup, but I have what is hopefully a small request; please include coverage of American coaches abroad, Bob Bradley and David Wagner.


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