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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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While most teams are either just beginning their new seasons or concluding their preseasons, several U.S. players were involved in action over the weekend.

Danny Williams began the new English Championship campaign with a solid performance for Reading in his side’s 1-0 win against newcomers Preston North End, while Jonathon Spector was involved in Birmingham City’s scoreless draw against Cardiff City.

Defenders Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco and Jorge Villafana were all on the field for their respective teams in Liga MX play, as the Clausura season continues. Meanwhile, goalkeeper William Yarbrough started in goal for Club Leon in their 3-0 defeat against Monterrey.

Here’s how the Americans abroad fared this weekend:


Jorge Villafana started and played 90 minutes for Santos Laguna in a 0-0 tie.

Sebastian Saucedo made a substitute appearance in Veracruz’s 4-2 loss against Club America.

Greg Garza did not play in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 win against Cruz Azul.

Jonathan Bornstein started in Queretaro’s 0-0 tie against Chivas Guadalajara.

Luis Gil didn’t play for Queretaro in the match.

Michael Orozco played 90 minutes for Club Tijuana in its 2-1 win over Cruz Azul, while Paul Arriola made a substitute appearance.

Ventura Alvarado did not play in Club America’s 4-2 win against Veracruz.

Edgar Castillo missed Monterrey’s 3-0 win against Club Leon with a knee injury.

Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 2-0 loss vs. Toluca.

Jose Torres played the first half in Tigres’ 1-0 win over Chiapas.

Fernando Arce Jr. started and played 90 minutes for Dorados de Sinaloa in their 1-1 tie vs. Atlante, while Joe Corona made a substitute appearance.

Sonny Guadarrama didn’t dress for Dorados de Sinaloa.

William Yarbrough started for Club Leon in their 3-0 loss against Monterrey, while Miguel Ibarra was on the bench.


Cole Grossman played 90 minutes in Stabaek’s 1-0 loss against Haugesund.


Premier League

Matt Miazga didn’t make the bench for Chelsea’ 4-2 win against Werder Bremen in Sunday’s preseason friendly.

Gedion Zelalem didn’t appear for Arsenal in their 3-2 friendly win against Manchester City.


Eric Lichaj appeared in the 85th minute in Nottingham Forest’s 4-3 win against Burton Albion.

Tim Ream was subbed on with five minutes remaining in Fulham’s 1-0 win against Newcastle.

Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 1-0 win vs. Preston North End.

Jonathan Spector played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 0-0 tie against Cardiff City.

English League 1

Duane Holmes did not appear in Scunthorpe United’s 3-0 win vs. Bristol Rovers.



Timmy Chandler did not dress for Hoffenheim’s 2-0 friendly win over Chievo Verona on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic made a second-half appearance for Borussia Dortmund in the team’s 1-1 tie against Sunderland in a preseason friendly.

John Brooks did not dress in Hertha Berlin’s 3-2 win vs. Al Jazira in a friendly.

Bobby Wood started and played 90 minutes in Hamburg’s 1-0 win over Stoke City in a preseason friendly.

Terrence Boyd started for RB Leipzig in its 3-2 friendly win against Eibar.

2. Bundesliga

Andrew Wooten made a substitute appearance in Sandhausen’s 2-2 draw vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Jerome Kiesewetter made the bench for Dusseldorf in the match.

Shawn Barry played in the second half for FSV Frankfurt’s 1-0 loss vs. Rot-Weiss Erfurt.

Russell Canouse made a late appearance for VfL Bochum in their 2-1 win over Union Berlin.


Perry Kitchen did not play for Hearts in its 2-1 loss to Celtic.


Rubio Rubin started and played 90 minutes for Utrecht in its 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven.

Desevio Payne did not dress for FC Groningen’s 5-0 loss vs. Feyenoord.


Caleb Stanko started and played 90 minutes for FC Vaduz in its 2-0 win over Lugano.


  1. I think it is finally time to start adding USMNT players, playing in MLS, with at least 5 caps to a comprehensive weekly performance list. There are just way too many of them playing domestically now. I used to use the Americans Abroad article as my weekly State of the Union as most our Nat players were abroad, but now that isn’t the case. I think it would be much more enjoyable and hopefully create some more discussion if a more comprehensive list was created. It’s time SBI.

    • Your criteria doesn’t really make much since IMO. There are currently 28 players in MLS that meet your requirement of USMNT players with a minimum of 5 Caps. Nearly half of them (12) aren’t likely to ever represent the US again…..
      Beckerman, Evans, Rimando, Wondo, Edu, Parkhurst, Kljestan, Feilhaber, Nguyen, Rogers, Davies, & McCarty
      While 3 others are coming to the end of their USMNT Careers (Dempsey, Jones, Howard).
      The players remaining and those who could potentially be tracked are discussed extensively every time a camp approaches and when a roster is actually called.

      • Meddle with the criteria all you want, I threw it out there as just an example. I know the rest are discussed close to camps, but I want to keep track of them and discuss them more frequently with you fine folks.

      • Re: reengaging a seemingly disengaged reader base, I think that ship has sailed, unfortunately.

        You’ll still get conversation around the USMNT articles, but it’s often fractured and fragmented due to the frequency with which new content is posted. Hell, during the Copa America, within two hours of a game ending there would be four different articles posted by three different people. Not exactly ideal for trying to generate engagement and discussion, you know?

        All goes back to the change in direction the site has taken. Used to be about Ives breaking stories and doing actual journalism, but that happens on now (that site is hot garbage, sorry IG), and Ives is rarely, if ever, seen around here. I mean, dude hasn’t dropped a podcast in like three months…..

        Credit to Ryan and Matt for what they do, as I’m sure it generates revenue. Just doesn’t bring about the discussion and interaction that made SBI the go-to site for me for so many years.

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