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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Jonathan Gonzalez, John Brooks and more

It wasn’t the best weekend for Americans Abroad as several endured tough matches spread throughout Europe and Mexico.

Jonathan Gonzalez and Monterrey missed a chance to claim a trophy over the weekend in a 2-1 loss to Jose Torres and Tigres. After storming through a majority of the Liga MX season, Gonzalez and co. squandered an early advantage and, ultimately, the league title. However, the opportunity for another trophy remains with an upcoming Copa MX clash with Omar Gonzalez’s Pachuca.

In Germany, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund fell to Werder Bremen, costing Peter Bosz his job, while John Brooks led the way in a scoreless draw between Wolfsburg and Hamburg. In third division action, Joe Gyau scored a goal while Caleb Stanko scored an unfortunate own goal in Bundesliga play.

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



DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Newcastle’s 3-2 loss to Leicester City on Saturday.

Danny Williams entered as an 89th minute substitute in Huddersfield Town’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

Geoff Cameron entered in the 75th minute of Stoke City’s 5-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday.

Emerson Hyndman did not dress for Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.


Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Birmingham on Saturday.

Luca de la Torre dressed but did not play for Fulham on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers dressed but did not play in Sheffield United’s 2-1 win over Bristol City on Friday.

Lynden Gooch started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton on Saturday.



Bobby Wood did not dress in Hamburg’s 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg on Saturday.

John Brooks started and played 90 minutes for Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Caleb Stanko entered in the 78th minute and scored an OWN GOAL in Freiburg’s 4-3 win over FC Koln on Sunday.

Christian Pulisic started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Aron Johannsson did not dress for Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Weston McKennie started and played 90 minutes in Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

Fabian Johnson did not dress for Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

Jonathan Klinsmann dressed but did not play in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw with FC Augsburg on Sunday.


Haji Wright did not dress in Sandhausen’s 3-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.

Julian Green started and played 90 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 1-0 win over Heidenheim on Saturday.

Terrence Boyd started and played 90 minutes in Darmstadt’s 1-0 loss to Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday.

McKinzie Gaines did not dress for Darmstadt on Sunday.

Alfredo Morales started and played 90 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 1-1 draw with Kaiserslautern.

Jerome Kiesewetter and Fortuna Dusseldorf face Nurnberg on Monday.


Joe Gyau played 90 minutes and scored A GOAL in Sonnehof’s 4-1 win over Muenster.



Shaq Moore started and played 45 minutes in Levante’s 2-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.



Keaton Parks dressed but did not play in Benfica’s 3-1 win over Estoril on Saturday.



Jonathan Gonzalez started and played 80 minutes in Monterrey’s 2-1 loss to Tigres on Sunday.

Jose Torres dressed but did not play for Tigres on Sunday.



Matt Miazga and Vitesse’s match against Sparta was postponed.

Shane O’Neill did not dress for Excelsior’s 2-1 loss to Zwolle on Saturday.

Desevio Payne did not dress for Excelsior on Saturday.


Andrija Novakovich played 65 minutes and missed a penalty kick in Telstar’s 0-0 draw with Emmen on Friday.



Juan Pablo Torres dressed but did not play in KSC Lokeren’s 3-1 loss to Club Brugge on Sunday.

Ethan Horvath did not dress for Club Brugge on Sunday.

Kenny Saief entered as a 69th minute substitute in Gent’s 2-1 win over Kortrijk on Saturday.



Perry Kitchen and Randers face Midtjylland on Monday.


  1. Hearing rumblings that Gonzalez may be heading to Europe, including BVB. Not sure Dortmund will be buyers with an interim manager but it’d be fun to see him and Pulisic playing together.

    • Don’t think that they care who the manager is, last year they bought Isak when Touchel said that he didn’t know anything about it and Wiegel isn’t in form right now but I doubt Gonzalez would be an improvement. But I do agree I would like to see them play together.

  2. The positives:
    Green going 90 minutes. He plays a position of need (Striker/LM) so getting minutes is good.
    Boyd going 90 minutes. Depth for striker which we’re going to need until Sargent gets going.
    Gooch going 90 minutes. Plays a position of need (RM).
    Moore getting minutes. Helps provide depth at another position of need (RB)
    Saief back to getting minutes. Plays a position of need (LM).
    Gyau continues to perform and will hopefully get a shot at a better league after the season.
    Gonzalez & McKennie both continue to get significant minutes. Soon to be mainstays for the USMNT.
    Staying the course:
    Pulisic & Brooks continue go 90…will be key building blocks for this cycle.

    Hyndman still not getting minutes.
    Wright not getting minutes
    Horvath not getting minutes
    ArJo not getting minutes

  3. Stanko’s OG wasn’t that egregious. He tried to make a sliding clearance and only caught part of the ball. Considering the game was reminiscent of the US-CR snow bowl it wasn’t that terrible. The starting center backs had a far worse time of it from the looks of things. Both were subbed out at 18 minutes in to the game and they looked bad on the first two Cologne goals. Remarkable comeback by Freiburg.

  4. Julian Green played center forward again and hit one off the post. He also had a pretty good header that was either saved or went just over the crossbar, I can’t remember. The JG hype train is picking up speed!

  5. Save Emerson — By contributing just 25-cents a day, less than $8 a month, to the SAVE EMERSON Fund, you too can rescue and adopt an Emerson Hyndman from Bournemouth

    • Emo is surely getting loaned out again this winter and hopefully can stay healthy and impress again wherever he goes. I think one thing that is holding him back at Bournemouth is they were struggling early on and fighting to get out of the drop zone and now are playing better so why add new players to the lineup. Would like to see him go to a top team in a 2ND division somewhere to get meaningful experience

  6. I am very hangry whit the mexicans sport press,especially soccer,the insist that The
    best playr mexican american whit Monterrey jonathan Gonzalez will play,and the liar osorio
    said that this boy is whit the TRI,but he said a tousand times that he will play USAMNT
    USAMNT,no the tri,they pushhim but el denied,he is very gratefull whit USA,
    Orisorio coach and to klose leave him in place,and let him choose his country of birth

  7. Stanko actually entered in the 17th minute, due to an injury, meaning he played most of the game. Maybe the injury to the starter will get him some additional time over the next few games.

    Agreed on Gyau! It sounds like he’s played well enough to get a bump to the 2. BL next year. Hopefully someone buys him and he gets a chance to make an impression at that level. He is on an 18 month contract that expires next summer, so I don’t think it would take much of an offer for him to get sold.


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