This weekend may well be the best of the year for American soccer players abroad, with several goals and key results from different leagues around the globe.
Christian Pulisic and Alfredo Morales flew the American flag in German Bundesliga action on Saturday. Morales headed in FC Ingolstadt’s first goal early in the match to help ensure a result. Elsewhere, a red-hot 17-year-old Pulisic skillfully tapped in a rebound in his third consecutive start for Borussia Dortmund.
Youngster Fafa Picault scored in his second straight match for St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga, while Andrew Wooten, Shawn Barry and Caleb Stanko all got some minutes in Germany’s second division.
DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland earned an important draw against Arsenal as the side fights relegation in the final weeks of the English Premier League season. Sunderland leapfrogged Norwich City into 17th place, leading its relegation rivals on goal differential. These final games will now be crucial for Yedlin and the rest of the back line as they look to avoid the English Championship.
Another American fullback is currently having success in the Championship, as Eric Lichaj made a case for himself with a fantastic showing in Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 win over Fulham. Lichaj assisted one of Nottingham’s goals while also shutting down Emerson Hyndman and his teammates.
In Scotland, Gedion Zelalem had another impressive outing as Rangers were awarded the trophy for winning the Scottish second division.
Here’s how the Americans abroad fared this weekend:
DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Aston Villa’s 4-2 loss to Southampton.
Tim Howard dressed but did not play in Everton’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Matt Miazga dressed but did not play in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth.
Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 4-0 loss to Manchester City.
Eric Lichaj started, played 90 minutes and had an ASSIST in Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 win over Fulham.
Emerson Hyndman started and played 45 minutes for Fulham.
Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes for Fulham.
Cody Cropper started, played 45 minutes and made one save as MK Dons lost, 4-1, to Brentford and were officially relegated.
Danny Williams served the second match of a three-match suspension as Reading drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers.
Jonathan Spector dressed but did not play in Birmingham City’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.
Duane Holmes did not dress for Huddersfield Town.
Gboly Ariyibi started and played 90 minutes in Chesterfield FC’s 1-0 loss to Swindon Town.
Fabian Johnson came off the bench to play nine minutes in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim.
Russell Canouse did not dress for Hoffenheim.
John Brooks did not dress for Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich.
Christian Pulisic started, played 76 minutes and scored a GOAL in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart.
Alfredo Morales started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in FC Ingolstadt’s 2-2 draw with Hannover.
Timmy Chandler did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 loss to Mainz.
Bobby Wood started and played 90 minutes in FC Union Berlin’s 6-2 loss to Nurnberg.
Fafa Picault started, played 81 minutes and scored a GOAL in St. Pauli’s 1-1 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Andrew Wooten came off the bench to play 13 minutes in SV Sandhausen’s 1-0 win over FSV Frankfurt.
Shawn Barry started and played 90 minutes for FSV Frankfurt.
Caleb Stanko came off the bench to play three minutes in SC Freiburg’s 3-0 win over MSV Duisburg.
Rubio Rubin dressed but did not play in FC Utrecht’s 2-1 loss to Feyenoord.
Ethan Horvath started and played 90 minutes in Molde’s 4-0 loss to Sarpsborg.
AJ Soares started, played 90 minutes and drew a YELLOW CARD in Viking’s 4-0 loss to Rosenborg.
Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Nantes’ 1-1 draw with Marseille.
Gedion Zelalem started and played 90 minutes in Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Alloa Athletic.
Perry Kitchen started and played 90 minutes in Hearts’ 1-0 loss to Motherwell.
Michael Orozco started, played 90 minutes and drew a YELLOW CARD in Tijuana’s 3-1 loss to Pumas.
Paul Arriola started and played 74 minutes for Club Tijuana.
Greg Garza and Alejando Guido didn’t dress for Club Tijuana.
Sebastian Saucedo did not dress for Veracruz’s 2-1 win over Cruz Azul.
Ventura Alvarado started and played 69 minutes in Club America’s 1-0 loss to Toluca.
Jonathan Bornstein started and played 90 minutes in Queretaro’s 3-2 loss to Monterrey.
Luis Gil did not dress for Queretaro.
Edgar Castillo did not dress for Monterrey.
Jorge Villafana started and played 90 minutes in Santos Laguna’s 2-1 win over Tigres.
Jose Torres did not dress for Tigres.
William Yarbrough started, played 90 minutes and made one save in Club Leon’s 1-1 draw with Atlas.
Miguel Ibarra did not dress for Leon.
Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 1-1 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara.
Joe Corona came off the bench to play 26 minutes in Dorados de Sinaloa’s 1-0 win over Morelia.
Sonny Guadarrama did not dress for Dorados.