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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind


German soccer provided plenty of highlights for Americans playing abroad while several U.S. Men’s National Team regulars continued their recent runs of form heading towards March qualifiers.

Fabian Johnson returned to Borussia Monchengladbach’s lineup for his first league start since November in a 1-0 win over Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen on Saturday. Johnson previously featured for Monchengladbach midweek in cup action, providing an assist.

Terrence Boyd made his mark this weekend, scoring his first Bundesliga goal to help lead Darmstadt to an upset of Borussia Dortmund. With Christian Pulisic lined up on the other side, Boyd’s finish helped Darmstadt creep towards safety as the club looks to battle back from their current position on the bottom of the table.

In England, DeAndre Yedlin continued his recent run of form, helping lift Newcastle to a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Elsewhere, Gedion Zelalem scored his first goal for VVV Venlo in a lopsided win on Friday, while Eric Lichaj, who was recently mentioned as a potential USMNT call-up, drew a red card in a Nottingham Forest loss.

Here is a look back at how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:



Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Everton on Saturday

Geoff Cameron did not dress in Stoke City’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. Cameron is recovering from an injury.

Lynden Gooch did not dress in Sunderland’s 4-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers did not dress in Tottenham’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.


DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj played 69 minutes and drew a RED CARD in the 70th minute in Nottingham Forest’s 5-1 loss to Norwich City.

Gboly Ariyibi did not dress for Nottingham Forest.

Danny Williams played 90 minutes in Reading’s 0-0 draw with Barnsley on Saturday.

Tim Ream played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday.



Terrence Boyd played 58 minutes and scored A GOAL in Darmstadt’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday

Christian Pulisic played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s loss.

Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Aron Johannsson came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Werder Bremen’s loss.

Alfredo Morales played 90 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Bobby Wood played 90 minutes in Hamburg’s 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday.

John Brooks played 90 minutes in Hertha Berlin’s 2-0 loss to Schalke on Saturday.


Julian Green played 58 minutes in VfB Stuttgart’s 2-1 win over Sandhausen on Sunday.

Andrew Wooten played 90 minutes for Sandhausen.

Jerome Kiesewetter dressed but did not play in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 1-1 draw with Kaiserslautern on Saturday.


Josh Perez did not dress in Fiorentina’s 3-0 win over Udinese on Saturday.



Desevio Payne played 90 minutes in FC Groningen’s 2-0 loss to Feyenoord on Saturday.

Matt Miazga came off the bench and played 53 minutes in Vitesse’s 2-0 win over Willem II on Saturday.


Gedion Zelalem came off the bench, played 25 minutes and scored A GOAL in VVV Venlo’s 7-0 win over Helmond Sport on Saturday.


Perry Kitchen dressed but did not play in Hearts’ 0-0 draw with Hibernian on Sunday.

 Bjorn Johnsen came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Hearts.

Emerson Hyndman played 90 minutes in Rangers’s 2-0 win over Greenock Morton on Sunday.


Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Club Brugge’s 1-0 loss to KSC Lokeren on Sunday.


Caleb Stanko came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Vaduz’s 4-2 loss to FC Sion on Sunday.


Jonathan Bornstein played 90 minutes in Queretaro’s 2-1 loss to Club Leon on Saturday.

Luis Gil dressed, but did not play for Queretaro.

William Yarbrough played 90 minutes for Club Leon.

Edgar Castillo did not dress in Monterrey’s 2-0 loss to Pumas on Saturday.

Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 1-0 win over Tigres on Saturday.

Jose Torres dressed but did not play for Tigres.

Joe Corona played 90 minutes in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss to Necaxa on Friday.

Paul Arriola played 68 minutes for Club Tijuana.

Michael Orozco did not dress for Club Tijuana. He is recovering from an injury.

Amando Moreno did not dress for Club Tijuana.

John Requejo did not dress for Club Tijuana.

Ventura Alvarado dressed but did not play in Santos Laguna’s 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul on Sunday.

Jorge Villafana did not dress for Santos Laguna.


  1. Jose Torres (age 29), Villafana (age 27 years) and Gil (age 23 years) are players that can GREATLY impact the defensive/holding/Attacking structure of ANY team in MLS.
    Torres was in JK’s / USMNT circle for a long time, Villafana excelled in Portland and is a USMNT contender (even without play time), and Luis Guil was a huge part of the success of RSL.

    What gives? Why are their talents wasting in Mexico?

    • Very few Americans seem to succeed long term in Liga MX. You can look at player after player and get the same picture…..
      American player starts doing well, receive National team call-up, get benched/injured,fall out of national team picture…….Once out of the NT Picture, start seeing club minutes again.

      Happened w/ Bornstein, Orozco, Gomez, Torres, Castillo, Corona, Alvarado, Villafana, Gil, etc….

      Only USMNT pool players who haven’t been effected yet are Gonzalez & Arriola. And both were far enough down the pecking order when JK was the coach that it wasn’t seen as an issue.

      • It’s funny because I was thinking the same exact thing, and I’m rarely one to go all conspiracy theorist but your take seems to have some legs to it.

  2. I read that Groningen sold their starting RB because they felt Payne was ready to take that spot. It’s great to have another RB getting solid minutes, particularly at 21. If only we could get someone minutes at LB!

    Also, anyone else completely made the switch to the Bundesliga? With 8 teams that have Yanks I feel like I can almost always have someone to watch.

    • If they were willing to let him leave for two weeks during their regular season for Nat duty, probably should tell you his isn’t in their plans.


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