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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Alvarado, Sabbi, and more

Liga MX side Necaxa continued on Sunday after a 2-0 road win over Monterrey.

American centerback Ventura Alvarado helped post the clean sheet, while putting in a strong shift in the backline. Alvarado finished with an 85% passing completion rate, while also winning eight of his 11 individual duels. The veteran also made one successful tackle, won one foul, and made seven clearances in his team’s fourth league win in the past five matches.

Alvarado and Necaxa are next in action on Sept. 21st against Club Leon.


Elsewhere, Emmanuel Sabbi scored the game-winning goal for Hobro in a upset win over FC Kobenhaven. Lynden Gooch scored a goal for Sunderland in a road league win, while Matthew Olosunde assisted once in Rotherham United’s lopsided win. Rubio Rubin helped Dorados earn a tie on the road in league play, Eric Lichaj and Antonee Robinson went head-to-head in league play, and Jonathan Klinsmann was sent off in St. Gallen’s Swiss Cup defeat.

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



Christian Pulisic dressed but did not play in Chelsea’s 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

DeAndre Yedlin is OUT with injury for Newcastle United

EFL Championship

Antonee Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Wigan Athletic’s 2-2 draw with Hull City on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Hull City.

Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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

Duane Holmes started and played 81 minutes in Derby County’s 1-1 draw with Cardiff City on Friday.

Geoff Cameron dressed but did not play in QPR’s 3-2 win over Luton Town on Saturday.

Matt Miazga did not dress in Reading’s 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

League One

Matthew Olosunde started, registered ONE assist, and played 90 minutes in Rotherham United’s 6-1 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch started, scored ONE goal, and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 3-1 win over Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Giles Phillips came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 loss to Gillingham on Saturday.

Charlie Kelman did not dress in Southend United’s 3-3 draw with Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

National League

Jordan Adebayo-Smith came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Boston United’s 3-0 loss to Gateshead on Saturday.

U-23 Premier League

Luca De La Torre started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Friday.

Kyle Scott came off the bench and played one minute in Newcastle United’s 3-2 win over Norwich City on Monday.



Zack Steffen started and played 90 minutes in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg on Friday.

Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss to Augsburg on Saturday.

Weston McKennie came off the bench, registered ONE assist, and played 28 minutes in Schalke’s 5-1 win over Paderborn on Sunday.

Josh Sargent came off the bench and played 22 minutes in Werder Bremen’s 2-1 win over Union Berlin on Saturday.

Fabian Johnson did not dress in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Koln on Saturday.

Khiry Shelton did not dress for Paderborn.

Alfredo Morales did not dress for Fortuna Dusseldorf.

John Brooks did not dress for Wolfsburg.

Tyler Adams is OUT for RB Leipzig.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green started, scored ONE goal, and played 90 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 2-1 win over Wehen Wiesbaden on Friday.

Bobby Wood dressed but did not play in Hamburg’s 2-0 loss to St. Pauli on Monday.

Sebastian Soto did not dress in Hannover’s 2-0 loss to Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

3. Liga

Terrence Boyd started, scored TWO goals, and played 82 minutes in Hallescher FC’s 3-2 win over Ingolstadt on Sunday.

McKinze Gaines started and played 64 minutes in Sonnenhof Grobaspach’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich II on Saturday.

Chris Richards started and played 90 minutes for Bayern II.

Timothy Tillman, Taylor Booth did not dress for Bayern II.


Brady Scott started and played 90 minutes in Koln II’s 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Michael Edwards started and played 90 minutes in Wolfsburg II’s 1-1 draw with Jeddeloh on Saturday.

Nick Taitague is OUT for Schalke II with injury.

u-19 bundesliga

Giovanni Reyna started and played 75 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Viktoria Koln on Saturday.

Matthew Hoppe started and played 45 minutes in Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Rot-Weib Oberhausen on Saturday.

Ulysses Llanez did not dress in Wolfsburg’s 2-0 loss to Energie Cottbus on Saturday.

Thomas Vincent Robinson dressed but did not play for FC Energie Cottbus.



Sergino Dest dressed but did not play in Ajax’s 4-1 win over Heerenveen on Saturday.

Haji Wright started and played 70 minutes in VVV Venlo’s 2-1 win over FC Groningen on Saturday.

Desevio Payne did not dress in FC Emmen’s 3-1 loss to Utrecht on Saturday.

Eerste Divisie

Richard Ledesma started, scored TWO goals, registered ONE assist, and played 90 minutes in Jong PSV’s 3-2 win over Jong AZ on Friday.

Chris Gloster came off the bench and played 27 minutes for Jong PSV.

Alex Mendez came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Jong Ajax’s 3-2 loss to De Graafschap on Friday.

Ledezma and Gloster stated and played the full 90 minutes in Jong PSV’s 2-0 loss to Jong Ajax on Monday.

Mendez started and played 69 minutes for Jong Ajax.


Pro League

Brendan Hines-Ike started and played 90 minutes in Kortrijk face R. Excel Mouscron on Sunday.

Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Club Brugge’s 2-0 win over Cercle Brugge on Saturday.

Kenny Saief did not dress in Anderlecht’s 2-1 loss to Antwerp on Sunday.


Super Lig

Tyler Boyd came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Besiktas 3-2 loss to Gazisehir on Saturday.



Michael Lansing started, made six saves, and played 90 minutes in AC Horsens 0-0 draw with Sonderjyske on Friday.

Emmanuel Sabbi started, scored ONE goal, and played 90 minutes in Hobro’s 2-1 win over FC Copenhagen on Saturday.

Christian Cappis started and played 78 minutes for Hobro.

Yosef Samuel dressed but did not play for Hobro.

Louicius Don Deedson did not dress for Hobro.

Jonathan Amon came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Nordsjaelland’s 4-2 loss to Brondby on Sunday.


Segunda Division

Shaq Moore dressed but did not play in Tenerife’s 4-0 win over Albacete on Sunday.


Ligue 1

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu started and played 74 minutes in Rennes 0-0 draw with Brest on Saturday.

Timothy Weah is OUT for Lille. (Injury)

Ligue 2

Maki Tall did not dress in AC Ajaccio’s 0-0 draw with US Orleans on Friday.



Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in Austria Wien’s 3-0 loss to Wolfsberg on Sunday.



Romain Gall dressed but did not play in Malmo’s 1-0 win over Norrkoping on Sunday.

Aron Johannsson started and played 11 minutes in Hammarby’s 6-2 win over Goteborg on Sunday. Johannsson left the match with an injury.


Andrew Stadler did not dress in Syrianska’s 3-0 loss to Frej on Saturday.


premier league

Niko Hamalainen started and played 90 minutes in Kilmarnock’s 2-0 win over Hibernian on Saturday.

Kevin Silva did not dress in Hearts 3-2 loss to Motherwell on Saturday.


Ian Harkes came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Dundee United’s 2-0 loss to Ayr United on Saturday.

James Murphy started and played 90 minutes in Arbroath’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle on Friday.



Johan Gomez started and played 85 minutes in Porto’s 1-1 draw with Feirense on Sunday.


First DivisioN

Danny Williams started and played 90 minutes in Pafos FC’s 3-2 loss to Apollon Limassol on Saturday.


Serie B

Andrija Novakovich came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Frosinone’s 1-0 loss to Virtus Entella on Saturday.


swiss cup

Jonathan Klinsmann started and played 31 minutes in St. Gallen’s 2-0 loss to Winterthur on Friday. Klinsmann was sent off after receiving a straight red card.



Joel Sonora came off the bench, scored ONE goal, and played 16 minutes in Arsenal de Sarandi’s 4-1 win over Union on Saturday.

Alan Sonora did not dress in Independiente’s 2-2 draw with Lanus on Sunday.

South Korea

K League

Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Ulsan Hyundai’s 3-3 draw with Gyeongnam on Saturday.


Liga MX

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

William Yarborough dressed but did not play in Club Leon’s 3-1 win over Juarez on Saturday.

Fernando Arce did not dress in Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw with Tigres on Friday.

Jonathan Suarez and Queretaro are off this weekend.

Segunda MX

Tony Alfaro started and played 90 minutes in Zacatepec’s 2-1 loss to Zacatepec XXI on Saturday.

Rubio Rubin came off the bench, scored ONE goal, and played 16 minutes in Dorados de Sinaloa’s 1-1 draw with Correcaminos on Friday.


  1. Impressive, 82 players listed, nearly double the number from 4 years ago; I think I remember not so long ago when the list was closer to 10. I suppose some of that is due to better reporting, but …

  2. Jong Ajax played Jong PSV and won 2-0. Gloster and Ledezma went 90 minutes each for PSV, Mendez 68 mins for Ajax and Pynadath 18 mins off the bench (his first minutes for the 2nd Division squad).

  3. I’m not trying to laugh at ArJo, but I mean at this point when do you just call it a career? 11 minutes into the game and injured again? Dude there’s no doubt you’re a very very good footballer, but if you can’t stay healthy for more than 4 days at a time just call it.

    If you’re able to keep making millions by never playing then kudos to your agent, but this isn’t fair to yourself, the clubs you play for, and the fans.

  4. Continued to see top league players and national teams during Euro qualifications that teams trying to play out from the back committed ugly mistakes that yielded silly goals over & over again. Today it was City’s central defender, Nicolás Otamendi and Arsenal’s Sokratis’ turn to screw up building from the back. Nowadays, teams always try to play out from the back; however, defensive coaches have also come out with compact and effective high press to cause turnover at the opponent’s final third. Maybe we were frustrated that the USMNT committed mistakes and lost to El Tri again and being a bit too harsh on our players.

  5. Anyone actually seen Necaxa play this season I understand their in first place but is Alvarado playing well? Gonzo and Villafana played on good teams in Liga Mx and it didn’t translate to great national team moments.

    • Yes Alvarado has been playing well he has also been getting 90 mins every week. That is why after the Uruguay game I was advocating for him to make a return also he is better and playing at a higher level than Aaron Long.

    • I didn’t see the Monterrey match, but I know he’s a left center-back! I’ve watched Liga MX & Necaxa a lot in ‘17 & ‘18. Every match I’ve seen him play, he’s started, he’s specifically plays left-center back. Obviously, there aren’t as many Americans playing in Liga MX, as in years past, but Alvarado def has the quality, and is consistently in Necaxa’s starting XI.

    • While I’ve not seen many of the Liga MX matches Alvarado has been a consistent contributor to his club for a while now. As a Defender who can play across the back line it would be worthwhile to call him into a camp for a closer evaluation.
      Personally if there is any interest in the USMNT playing with a 3 back formation than Alvarado makes a ton of since to be in the 23. He is younger & faster than Ream. Has good distribution and can slot into multiple positions. Hell, he even makes more since at LB than Ream….who seems to be the #1 LB option in GB’s mind.
      It may be worth testing something like the following in the October matches against Canada & Cuba:
      We should have the bulk of possession which would allow the wide players to stay up field more often while maintaining sufficient cover in defense to shut down counter attacks.
      – At this point I don’t think Adams or Yedlin will be available. If Dest doesn’t accept a the call, use Robinson. If he does accept he could also be fielded at RB while Robinson is used at LB. Not sure the health situation of Brooks or Miazga at this point so their still questionable.

      Bench: Zimmerman, Ream, CCV, Lima, Bradley, Morales/Williams, Green, Morris, Arriola, Zardes, Horvath, S. Johnson,

      • He hasn’t played for the National team in four years, you said you haven’t seen him play in Liga Mx much but you slot him right into the starting lineup?

  6. How did Johansson start and only play 11 minutes? Did he come off injured? Also Desavio Payne was getting some minutes at the beginning of the season looks like he dropped back to the bench, UGhhh

  7. I think important to note of our first team we’d called in from Europe only Ream started in his return to his club. Something to think about when considering guys like Gall, Wood, and Soto that haven’t been playing much with their clubs to begin with.

    • Soto has tonsillitis right now.
      not saying he would’ve played otherwise, but that precluded the possibility of him playing this weekend for sure.
      also not saying he deserves a senior call-up, either.
      wouldn’t oppose it, tho.
      Wood and Gall both need to get the f outta Dodge and do something if they want MNT call ups.
      Wood’s just loitering at Hamburg for the guaranteed cash.
      for all i know, Gall’s doing the same at Malmo

      • Kenny Glass-Bones Saief was in a hurry to leave Cincinnati to warm the bench in Belgium. I hope he never gets called up he is dead weight and highly injury prone. I wouldn’t even invest money on him in a fifa PS4 2019 manager career mode transfer window. LOL!??‍♂️?

  8. Ariyibi played the second half for Panetolikos in the Greek Super League.
    Adebayo-Smith subbed on in the 77th minute for Boston United in the English National League North


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