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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Johnson, Chandler, Pulisic and more


Midweek action proved wildly successful for plenty of Americans Abroad, but now league play returns as matches kick off this weekend.

While Friday’s slate is a small one, it does include a Bundesliga clash between Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler. Both are entering the weekend in solid form, with Johnson scoring midweek while Chandler continues to shine defensively against Germany’s elite. In other Bundesliga action, Christian Pulisic looks to return from an illness as Borussia Dortmund hosts Schalke, while Bobby Wood will try to build off a two-goal performance as Hamburg faces Cologne on Sunday. There’s also the case of Julian Green, who is riding high with Bayern Munich after scoring his first competitive goal midweek.

The bulk of Americans Abroad take the field on Saturday, including Matt Miazga, who seems to have secured a more regular spot in the Vitesse lineup. Recent U.S. Men’s National Team call-ups Lynden Gooch, DeAndre Yedlin and Danny Williams are also in action, with the latter facing Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.

Finally, Sunday’s action is busier than usual with Wood and John Brooks leading the way. Norwegian action also presents an interesting clash of Americans as Ethan Horvath, Josh Gatt and Molde host Cole Grossman and Stabaek.

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


Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach face Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen take on Arminia Bielefeld.


Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Gedion Zelalem and Arsenal.

Brad Guzan and Middlesbrough face Emerson Hyndman and Bournemouth.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Tottenham host Leicester City.

Julian Green and Bayern Munich visit Augsburg.

Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt visit Mainz.

Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig take on Darmstadt.

Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen face Freiburg.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund host Schalke.

Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro face Chiapas.

Jose Torres, Luis Silva and Tigres face Edgar Castillo and Monterrey.

Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca host Atlas.

Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna visit Ventura Alvarado and Club America.

Tim Ream and Fulham take on Huddersfield Town.

DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle face Preston North End.

Danny Williams and Reading face Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.

Desevio Payne and FC Groningen take on Willem II.

Matt Miazga and Vitesse host PSV Eindhoven.

Perry Kitchen and Hearts visit Inverness.

Gboly Ariyibi and Chesterfield take on Charlton Athletic.

Duane Holmes and Scunthorpe United face Swindon Town.

Jerome Kiesewetter and Fortuna Dusseldorf visit Union Berlin.


John Brooks and Hertha Berlin visit Hoffenheim.

Bobby Wood and Hamburg take on Cologne.

Greg Garza, Michael Orozco, John Requejo, Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno, Alejandro Guido and Tijuana visit Toluca.

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra and Leon visit Puebla.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City face Aston Villa.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht face NEC Nijmegen

Caleb Stanko and FC Vaduz visit Young Boys.

Russel Canouse and VFL Bochum host Heidenheimer.

Ethan Horvath, Josh Gatt and Molde host Cole Grossman and Stabaek.


  1. Did anyone see Mochengladbach and Eintract today? rated FJ as the worst player on the pitch with Marco Fabian close behind (which is good because he’s been Bundesliga player of the week the last two weeks). Did he look that bad or did Timmy look good defending him?

    • I saw most of the game. Fabian was largely invisible and didn’t do anything of note. The whole Gladbach team was pretty much missing in action the first half and only showed some spark in the second half. It’s hard to say how bad FJ was, since the whole team looked disinterested and unready to play. Chandler was very involved in the game and spent a good part of the game in the final third of the field and certainly looked better and much more prominent than FJ. He was very active and played well, but didn’t do anything distinguishing; but then, nobody really did. A scoreless draw with only a couple of chances between the teams was indicative of the level of play. Although Frankfurt looked more dangerous for most of the game, they didn’t really do much with it.Gladbach had a relatively brief spell in the second half where they looked dangerous, but then went back into slumber after about 15 minutes of some spirited play.

  2. Looking for our players to continue to have success as we approach the November qualifiers.
    We need our core players….Fabian, Brooks, Cameron, Yedlin, Chandler, Pulisic, Wood…to play significant minutes and avoid any kind of injuries.
    Also looking for our emerging/returning players….Gooch, Green, Miazga, ArJo…to continue to receive minutes so that they’ll be in a position to possibly contribute.

  3. What I’m most interested in seeing this weekend is how much if any time Wood, Green, and AJ play this weekend? (obviously I think Wood will play, but will he start) What’s everyone else looking for?

    • A few things I’m watching for: 1. Miazga continuing to solidify himself with Vitesse. 2. Stanko and Canouse continuing to get playing time, considering they could be future NT options in central midfield. 3. Rubin hopefully coming off the bench at least. 4. Danny Williams continuing his good run of form with Reading. 5. Gooch maybe getting some PT off the bench. 6. The Tijuana crew, particularly Arriola.

      • BvB’s twitter account lists him as the probable starter. Its not always accurate though, its just the guess of the person that handles the account.

    • This might be a good game for Zelalem to atleast make the bench and maybe pic up some late mins. I hope he keeps getting time in the cup games and gets a few league appearances as well then go on loan in January.

      • Gedion needs an injury to someone in front of him to get first team league opportunities. That’s not a slight to him Arsenal is just deep. He isn’t starting the cup matches nor did he start the reserve featured preseason matches. He’s the 4th or 5th option at his position for the first team. He has had good reports coming out of the U23 matches though.

        AM Ozil, Walcott, Iwobi, Ox, Perez, Adelade

        This is were he’s subbed in during cup matches, but with big leads so perhaps looking for more of a possession player to kill time. The deeper holding midfield spots are also pretty tough to break into.

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