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Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Alvarado, Gonzalez, Brooks and more

Photo by Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports
Photo by Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports

One American helped his side seal a spot in the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla, while another’s strong defensive performance wasn’t enough to see his team advance.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America slipped past Chivas de Guadalajara, 1-0, on Sunday, sealing a 2-1 aggregate win and a spot in the semifinal round. Alvarado is one of several Americans in the hunt for the league crown, joining Leon’s William Yarbrough and Miguel Ibarra as well as Tigres’ Luis Silva and Jose Torres in the semifinal round.

Omar Gonzalez, meanwhile, will miss out, as Pachuca settled for a 0-0 draw with underdog Necaxa. The tie sends the reigning champions home due to a 2-1 first leg loss.

Elsewhere, John Brooks put in another solid shift in a win, helping Hertha Berlin top Mainz.

Here’s a closer look at Sunday’s Americans Abroad:

Geoff Cameron did not dress for Stoke City’s 1-0 win over Watford.

Emerson Hyndman and Gedion Zelalem did not dress for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

John Brooks started and played 90 minutes Hertha Berlin’s 2-1 win over Mainz.

Ventura Alvarado started and played 83 minutes in  Club America’s 1-0 win over Chivas de Guadalajara.

Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 0-0 draw with Necaxa.

Rubin Rubin dressed but did not play in FC Utrecht’s 3-3 draw with Feyenoord.

Caleb Stanko dressed but did not play in FC Vaduz’s 5-1 win over AC Lugano.

Andrew Wooten started and played 90 minutes SV Sandhausen’s 1-0 loss to Union Berlin.


  1. Johnny any word on whats going on with Joel Sonora at Stuttgart? he seem to make the bench earlier this season but haven’t seen him making the bench for awhile

    • That’s exciting but what are the chances he plays, they won 4-0 last week and didn’t get off bench. You would think in a blowout they would put the younger players in when the game is out of hand so they can see how they handle playing against first team players

      • Serie A allows 23 players to be dressed as opposed to the usual 18 for club matches in most leagues, so its even harder to get off the bench. Josh is an attacking player so it would seem more likely for him to get a chance in a close game where they need a goal than a 4-0 blowout, but I haven’t seen Fiorentina play in a couple years so I have no idea what their rotation looks like.

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