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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The German Bundesliga returns to action over the weekend as several Americans look to make an early impression to start the league campaign.

German action begins Friday with a clash between Julian Green’s Bayern Munich and Aron Johannsson’s Werder Bremen. Saturday’s schedule could feature Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Alfredo Morales and Fabian Johnson, while Saturday will see the season debuts of John Brooks’ Hertha Berlin and Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig.

In England, DeAndre Yedlin could see his first match with new club Newcastle, while Lynden Gooch is a good bet to return to the Sunderland lineup against Southampton. Fresh off of his Bournemouth debut midweek, Emerson Hyndman could also be in line for a run out against Crystal Palace.

Liga MX action is headlined by a clash between Pachuca and Monterrey that pits Omar Gonzalez against the other Mexican club that nearly signed him, while Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna face William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra and Club Leon.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:


Julian Green and Bayern Munich face Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen.

Greg Garza, Michael Orozco, John Requejo, Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno, Alejandro Guido and Tijuana take on Pumas.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht take on Vitesse.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen face Stuttgart.

Russell Canouse and VFL Bochum face Hannover.

Theoson Siebatcheu and Stade de Reims face Tours.

Kyle Duncan and Valenciennes face Stade Laval.


Cameron Carter-Vickers and Tottenham host Liverpool

Matt Miazga and Chelsea face Burnley.

Emerson Hyndman and Bournemouth visit Crystal Palace.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City face Everton.

Gedion Zelalem and Arsenal travel to Watford.

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland take on Southampton.

DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle face Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City face Norwich City.

Tim Ream, Luca de la Torre and Fulham face Blackburn Rovers.

Danny Williams, Andrija Novakovich and Reading visit Cardiff.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest take on Leeds United.

Gboly Ariyibi and Chesterfield face off with Milwall.

Duane Holmes and Scunthorpe United visit Port Vale.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face Mainz.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach face Bayer Leverkusen.

Bobby Wood and Hamburg face Alfredo Morales and Ingosltadt.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt face Schalke.

Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro take on Necaxa.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America face Chivas de Guadalajara.

Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca face Edgar Castillo and Montrerrey.

Perry Kitchen and Hearts face Partick Thistle.

Caleb Stanko and FC Vaduz take on FC Sion.

Aaron Schoenfeld and Hapoel Tel Aviv face Hapoel Be’er.

Ethan Horvath, Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer and Molde take on Stromgodset


Brad Guzan and Middlesbrough visit West Brom.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin host FC Freiburg.

Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig visit Hoffenheim.

Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna host William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra and Leon.

Desevio Payne and FC Groningen visit PSV Eindhoven.

AJ Soares and AGF Aarhus visit AaB.

Fafa Picault and St. Pauli face Dynamo Dresden.

Cole Grossman and Stabaek visit Sogndal.


  1. Julian on the bench for Bayern with AronJo starting. Wasn’t it just 2 months ago Weder Bremen made it clear that Aron would miss the beginning of the season due to the continuing hip injury?

      • That’s what I said when people were projecting him playing 15 to 20 games. They aren’t going to be needing a lot of offensive subs, and what happens when Robben, Coman, Costa, and Sanchez are back.

  2. A quote from the Guardian website, with a less than stellar review of our yank in goal:

    Guzan was arguably at fault for Sunderland’s goal and the American did not exactly inspire confidence in his defenders during his time as Aston Villa’s No1. He will need to be commanding against West Brom, with Tony Pulis’s side likely to pressure Middlesbrough in the air.

  3. Jack McBean of the Galaxy recently loaned to Coventry City. Is he ready to play? What’s the status of Hajji Wright? Anyone know? I think they are both promising youngsters.

  4. Bjorn Maars Johnsen is a relatively unknown player who is already 24. He has spent most of his career to date at a small Portuguese club (1 yr) than transferred to a Bulgarian club where he played for 2 1/2 yrs. Neither of these leagues are heavily covered in the US.
    Now that he’s transferred to the Scottish league he is more likely to obtain some notice here in the US. Having Kitchen there at the same club will help improve his coverage/recognition within the US and potentially the USMNT. But he’ll have to play consistently and perform at a really high level before anyone really takes an interest in him or before he’ll be given a chance with the USMNT. There are just to many options emerging/returning for the US that play in equal or better leagues (Dempsey, Jozy, Wood, Morris, Green, Pulisic, Rubin, Arriola, Kiesewetter, Johannsson, Gyau, Menneh). He’s basically an unheard of longshot.

  5. No love for Bjorn Maars Johnsen? 6’5″ striker born and raised in North Carolina who plays for Hearts with Perry Kitchen. He’s in their forward mix and had a hell of an assist last week.


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