Top Stories

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Green, Novakovich, and more

Julian Green returned to domestic play for Greuther Furth on Sunday and did so with a bang.

The 23-year-old forward scored his third goal of the season as Furth held on for a 2-2 draw at home. Green’s finish came in the opening minute and was one of the better strikes in his career. Green lined up a shot and rattled it off the right post and in from long-range to give Furth an early lead.

Despite holding a 2-0 halftime lead, Furth would have to settle for a point at Trolli Arena as Arminia Bielefeld scored twice in the final 45 minutes. Green finished with a 88% passing completion rate, he won five duels, and had two shots on goal in total.

Elsewhere, Duane Holmes had a strong performance for Derby County in their rout of Rotherham United. Tyler Adams picked up an assist in RB Leipzig’s trouncing of Hertha Berlin. Andrija Novakovich was also amongst the goals for Fortuna Sittard, Christian Cappis made his senior debut for Hobro in league play, and Andrew Wooten’s late game-winning goal helped Sandhausen away from home.

Matt Miazga, Eric Lichaj, Antonee Robinson, and Cameron Carter-Vickers all went 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. Lynden Gooch was a second-half substitute for Sunderland despite their loss to Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy Final at Wembley. John Brooks played 90 minutes but could not help Wolfsburg shut down Borussia Dortmund in a 2-0 loss.

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



DeAndre Yedlin started and played 90 minutes in Newcastle United’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Monday.

Tim Ream did not dress (Injury) in Fulham’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday.

Emerson Hyndman did not dress (Selection) in Bournemouth’s 2-0 loss to Leicester City on Saturday.

Danny Williams came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Huddersfield were relegated with the loss.


Duane Holmes started, scored ONE goal, registered ONE assist, and played 90 minutes in Derby County’s 6-1 win over Rotherham United on Saturday.

Matt Miazga started and played 90 minutes in Reading’s 2-1 win over Preston North End on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Wigan Athletic’s 0-0 draw with Brentford on Saturday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Swansea City’s 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Hull City’s 2-0 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Geoff Cameron did not dress (Selection) in Queens Park Rangers 2-1 loss to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.


Lynden Gooch came off the bench and played 47 minutes in Sunderland’s 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Portsmouth on Sunday. Gooch scored ONE goal in the penalty shootout.



Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu is OUT for Rennes.



Tyler Adams started, registered ONE assist, and played 90 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 5-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Fabian Johnson started and played 69 minutes in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 3-1 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.

Josh Sargent came off the bench and played six minutes in Werder Bremen’s 3-1 win over Mainz on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler did not dress (Selection) in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Sunday.

Timothy Tillman dressed but did not play in Nuremberg’s 3-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday.

Aron Johannsson dressed but did not play for Werder Bremen.

Alfredo Morales did not dress (Injured) for Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Christian Pulisic (Injured) did not dress for Borussia Dortmund.

Bobby Wood did not dress in Hannover’s 1-0 loss to Schalke on Sunday.

Haji Wright did not dress for Schalke.

Weston McKennie is OUT (Injury) for Schalke.


Andrew Wooten started, scored ONE goal, and played 90 minutes in Sandhausen’s 2-1 win over Ingolstadt on Sunday.

Julian Green started, scored ONE goal, and played 75 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 2-2 draw with Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.

Joe Gyau came off the bench and played one minute in Duisburg’s 0-0 draw with St Pauli on Friday.


McKinze Gaines dressed but did not play in FC Zwickau’s 3-1 loss to Hansa on Saturday.


Chris Gloster started and played 90 minutes in Hannover U-23’s 2-1 loss to BSV Schwarz-Weib Rehden on Friday.

Jonathan Klinsmann did not dress (Selection) in Hertha Berlin U-23’s 2-1 win over Erfurt on Friday.


Chris Richards started and played 90 minutes in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 loss to Stuttgarter Kickers on Saturday.

Alex Mendez started and played 90 minutes in Freiburg’s 4-0 win over Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

Sebastian Soto started and played 55 minutes in Hannover’s 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Taylor Booth did not dress for Bayern Munich.


Liga MX

Ventura Alvarado started and played 90 minutes in Necaxa’s 2-0 win over Veracruz on Saturday.

Tony Alfaro started and played 82 minutes in Guadalajara’s 2-1 loss to Pumas on Sunday.

Michael Orozco started and played 45 minutes in Lobos 4-0 loss to Puebla on Sunday.

Omar Gonzalez dressed but did not play in Atlas 1-0 win over Santos Laguna on Friday.

William Yarborough dressed but did not play in Club Leon’s 3-2 win over Morelia on Friday.

Jonathan Suarez did not dress in Queretaro’s 1-0 win over Club Tijuana on Saturday.

Jose Torres did not dress for Puebla.

Ascenso MX

Fernando Arce started and played 90 minutes in Dorados de Sinaloa 3-2 win over Tampico Madero on Sunday.

Rubio Rubin dressed but did not play.



Shaq Moore started and played 90 minutes in Levante B’s 0-0 draw with Peralada on Sunday.



Andrija Novakovich started, scored ONE goal, and played 90 minutes in Fortuna Sittard’s 3-2 loss to Willem II on Saturday.

Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in NAC Breda’s 1-1 draw with VVV Venlo on Sunday.

Desevio Payne dressed but did not play in Excelsior’s 1-0 loss to Heerenveen on Saturday.


Sergino Dest started and played 90 minutes in Jong Ajax’s 2-1 win over NEC on Friday.

Richard Ledezma did not dress in Jong PSV’s 2-1 win over RKC Waalwijk on Friday.



Ethan Horvath started and played 90 minutes in Club Brugge’s 3-0 win over Gent on Sunday.

Brendan Hines-Ike started and played 90 minutes in Kortrijk’s 3-1 win over R. Excel Mouscron on Saturday.



Jonathan Amon did not dress in Nordsjaelland’s 0-0 draw with Midtjylland on Saturday.

Emmanuel Sabbi did not dress (Selection) for Hobro.

Christian Cappis started and played 90 minutes in Hobro’s 3-3 draw with Vendsyssel FF on Sunday.

Mike Lansing dressed but did not play in Aalborg’s 2-1 loss to Randers on Sunday.



Timothy Weah dressed but did not play in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Rangers on Sunday.

Gboly Ariyibi started and played 63 minutes in Motherwell’s 3-0 win over St. Johnstone on Saturday.

Kevin Silva did not dress (Selection) in Hearts 2-1 win over Aberdeen on Saturday.


Ian Harkes came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Dundee United’s 2-1 loss to Queen of the South on Friday.



Romain Gall dressed but did not play in Malmo’s 1-1 draw with Hacken on Monday.



Josh Gatt did not dress in Rheindorf Altach’s 2-1 win over Mattersburg on Saturday.

South Korea


Mix Diskerud started and played 72 minutes in Ulsan Hyundai’s 2-1 win over Jeju on Friday.


    • Here’s my question though, if he has this skill in his arsenal why does he only have 7 goals in 2 1/2 seasons in the 2.Bundesliga? It makes you think this kind of shot is really the exception, not the rule.

  1. Tyler Adams right now might be the best young US player. He made some absolutely killer passes Saturday. And I don’t care what Berhalter’s strategy might be. I think Adams should be in the middle of the play and orchestrating our attack.

      • Not the same position Johnny and you are clearly smart enough to know that. Berhalter acknowledged that it’s not in his comments on the subject. Adams is for sure the best player we have to fit that role in Berhalter’s system, but is Adams in that role maximizing his ability and what is best for the team? I’m not convinced it is, but we’ll see. Unfortunately- we burned an entire year that could have been used to answer questions like this.

      • Come on Johnny, this is disingenuous. He was not in the middle of the field when the team was defending. He’s an incredibly disruptive force defensively for Leipzig playing in midfield. Much of his value in the midfield is not utilized when he is defending as a right back. Pretty sure that assist from Saturday doesn’t happen in the USMNT because he would’ve been out right and not in a position to receive the pass from Kempl or whoever it was.

      • Shaggy, yes he wouldn’t have been on the far left, that is someone else’s position in the 3-2-2-3, had the turnover been on the right he would have made the same play. He couldn’t have made the play two weeks ago when Kampl was playing the double 6 either. RBL wants to counter, the US wants to have possession. Berhalter wants to push Adams higher to force turnovers in our end RBL wants to let the ball into their half and play long balls into space. Two strategies doesn’t mean Adams can’t play both just because you saw him play one on Saturday. This repeated whining about how he’s a “RB” is disingenuous, as if he’s Graham Zusi, never getting more than 30 yards upfield or Yedlin playing all the way out on the touchline.

    • Totally Agree Gary. We are getting blessed with a golden generation in CM right now. We need to build around that talent instead of shuffling the lineup around to work in MLS players.

      Again any objective outside(non US based) manager would realize the talent we have and utilize it but so much of our decision making on call ups and who starts where seems to be geared to giving MLS players every opportunity possible and criticizing a European based player the first time they make a mistake, and that last part is not hyperbole they ran out multiple articles on several soccer sites on why Yedlin shouldn’t start. It boggles the mind really. We have talent everywhere except in the USSF office and at NT manager, and LB of course.

    • Green has 6 goals and 2 assist in 3600 min.over two seasons with Gruether. Fafa Picault had 4 goals and 2 assists in 800 minutes for St. Pauli over two seasons. Green has not been good since being forced out at Bayern, he’s had similar numbers with far more playing time than a pretty average MLS player.

    • I don’t see it. He is certainly skilled, pulls out an occasional spectacular play, but disappears for long stretches is easily pushed off the ball, coughs it up a lot, is a liability on defense.

    • Why should we be giving Green a chance, or even a callup, when we have standouts like Baird and Arriola??? Green (23 yr old) is actually the same age as Baird- but clearly Bundesliga II experience as an attacking player is not comparable to one season in MLS on a mediocre team.

      • Danny- Not a bad point. However, Green has played winger three times since Sept. 2017. So really you have to say he’s behind Pulisic as a #10 obviously, so is he better than Lletget. Lletget has similarly looked better for the USMNT than his club so I think it is a discussion but he’s hardly a lock.

    • I have always been a Green supporter for those who know me here. He has very good touch and control of the ball. Green’s primary problem over the years has been he’s not fast enough or good enough at crossing the ball to be a true winger and he’s not big enough to play as a lone target striker.

      His true talent is at finishing and scoring first touch goals that get served to him. He is excellent at this. At Freuth he’s been played a lot at ACM or again on the wing. As for him at ACM I said over a year back he’s never really played this role before and has to completely relearn his position if thats where they see him.

      I don’t see him as an ACM btw. I’ve always thought he works best as a withdraw striker or false 9 playing alongside a bigger striker that is his true position and where his talent is maximized. ACM was an experiment but not really going his way IMO. Also as a smallerish player now 23 he will start to bulk a little thru his mid 20s so he could turn into a late bloomer.

      I do see him as a better bench option than LLegett or Baird though. And he has good stats when he wears the Shirt too.

      • His best quality is what he showed on the goal over the weekend, he’s not afraid to shoot. You are right as the players around him have grown physically he has lost the edge he had in the youth ranks. He’s not fast enough to go by top-level players or strong enough to play through them. I’m sure he’s better than Baird, not sure on Lletget.

      • Johnny. Just to clarify. Green was never the bigger faster kid who relied on speed or strength or size who then was found out once the rest of the kids caught up to him to physically. That was NOT Green. He was always small and never fast.

        His skill and why he came up thru the Bayern system and what they saw in him was his touch and skill on the ball. His control of the ball is excellent and he’s a very good finisher in front of goal. But when he never developed physically Bayern moved on.

        His touch and finishing are still there and imo still ahead of a lot of players getting more starts and caps than him. He could be very useful as a last 15 sub down a goal. He just needs that one chance on a strike. If he gets service he could be deadly in the system that uses him as a false 9. But alas he keeps moving from wing to ACM and back wasting his true talent.

  2. Green’s goal was in the 10th minute.
    fantastic strike! but i’m not sure why it wasn’t ruled an own goal.

    also: American Ian McGrath started for Queen of the South in that same match Harkes played in.

  3. A couple of other updates:
    Danny Williams came off the bench for the final 10 minutes for Huddersfield.
    Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV U19s 2-2 draw with Feyenoord.
    Isaiah Young scored the game winner in Werder Bremen IIs 2-1 win over St. Pauli II in the Regionalliga Nord (4th division). He now has 1 goal and 7 assists on the season.
    Konrad went 36 minutes for Barcelona Juvenil A in a 5-1 win over Penya Arrabal. They play Lyon Tuesday in the UEFA Youth League Quarterfinals.
    Zyen Jones went 90 minutes in Schalke U19s 2-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.


Leave a Comment