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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Adams, Reyna, and more

Tyler Adams retained his starting spot for RB Leipzig in the return of Bundesliga play on Saturday.

The midfielder started and played 86 minutes in a 3-1 home comeback win over Union Berlin, putting in a strong shift for Julian Nagelsmann’s side. Adams finished with an 84% passing completion rate, while having 104 touches in the match. He won eight of 14 individual duels, won four fouls, made seven recoveries, and won two aerial battles. Saturday’s win kept Leipzig atop the league table as they reached the 40-point mark. Sitting four points clear of second-place Bayern Munich, Adams and Co. next travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on Jan. 25th.

Elsewhere, Timmy Chandler scored a game-winning goal for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 2-1 road win over Hoffenheim. It was Chandler’s first league goal since the 2017-18 Bundesliga season, which helped Frankfurt to an important road win.

Lynden Gooch continued his strong run of form for Sunderland, scoring his fourth goal in his last five matches. The U.S. Men’s National Team prospect’s curling effort late in the second-half, extended the Black Cats’ unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.

Youngsters Giovanni Reyna and Indiana Vassilev made their respective league debuts for Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa respectively. Reyna played the final 15+minutes of Dortmund’s 5-3 road win over Augsburg while Vassilev and the Villains tied Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 at the Amex.

Richard Ledezma bagged a pair of goals for Jong PSV this weekend, continuing his impressive domestic season. Although he has yet to debut for the first team in Eredivisie play, he continued to rack up minutes in a 4-2 loss to FC Volendam.

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



Indiana Vassilev came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

DeAndre Yedlin did not dress (Injury) in Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

Owen Otasowie did not dress in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic is OUT (Injury) for Chelsea.

EFL Championship

Duane Holmes started and played 90 minutes in Derby County’s 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes for Hull City.

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

Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in QPR’s 1-0 win over Leeds United on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Wigan Athletic’s 2-1 loss to Swansea City on Saturday.

Matt Miazga dressed but did not play in Reading’s 2-0 loss to Millwall on Saturday.

Luca De La Torre dressed but did not play for Fulham.

League One

Lynden Gooch started, scored ONE goal, and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over MK Dons on Saturday.

Matthew Olosunde started and played 90 minutes in Rotherham United’s 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Charlie Kelman started, scored ONE goal, and played 75 minutes in Southend United’s 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Giles Phillips dressed but did not play in Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-1 win over Rochdale on Saturday.

non league premier

Jordan Adebayo-Smith started and played 78 minutes in Gainsborough Trinity’s 3-1 win over Witton Albion on Saturday.

premier league cup u-23

Kyle Scott did not dress in Newcastle United’s 2-1 loss to Hull City on Friday.



Tyler Adams started and played 90 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Union Berlin on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler started, scored ONE goal, and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday.

John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 3-1 loss to Koln on Saturday.

Josh Sargent started and played 86 minutes in Werder Bremen’s 1-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.

Alfredo Morales started and played 71 minutes for Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Giovanni Reyna came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 5-3 win over Augsburg on Saturday.

Fabian Johnson dressed but did not play in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-0 loss to Schalke on Friday.

Weston McKennie did not dress (Fitness) for Schalke.

Zack Steffen is OUT for Fortuna Dusseldorf.



Haji Wright came off the bench and played five minutes in VVV Venlo’s 1-1 draw with PSV on Sunday.

Sergino Dest dressed but did not play in Ajax’s 2-1 win over Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

Desevio Payne did not dress (Injury) in FC Emmen’s 1-0 win over Heracles on Sunday.

Eerste Divisie

Richard Ledesma started, scored TWO goals, and played 71 minutes in Jong PSV’s 4-2 loss to FC Volendam on Friday.

Chris Gloster started and played 90 minutes for Jong PSV.

Alex Mendez started, scored ONE goal (penalty), and played 90 minutes in Jong Ajax’s 2-0 win over FC Dordrecht on Monday.


Pro League

Chris Durkin started and played 90 minutes in Sint-Truiden’s 2-0 win over Kortrijk on Saturday.

Brendan Hines-Ike started and played 90 minutes for Kortrijk.

Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Club Brugge’s 2-1 win over Anderlecht on Sunday.

Kenny Saief did not dress for Anderlecht.


Super Lig

Tyler Boyd dressed but did not play in Besiktas’ 2-1 loss to Sivasspor on Sunday.


league Cup

Niko Hamalainen started and played 90 minutes in Kilmarnock’s 6-0 win over Queen’s Park on Saturday.

Ian Harkes started, registered ONE assist, and played 82 minutes in Dundee United’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Sunday.

Dillon Powers started, registered ONE assist, and played 90 minutes for Dundee United.

James Murphy dressed but did not play in Arbroath’s 0-0 draw with Falkirk on Saturday.

Matt Polster dressed but did not play in Rangers 2-0 win over Stranraer on Friday.


Coupe De France

Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu dressed but did not play in Rennes’ 2-0 win over Marseille Consolat on Sunday.

Timothy Weah did not dress in Lille’s 2-0 win over Gonfreville on Saturday.


Segunda Division

Shaq Moore came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Tenerife’s 1-0 win over Girona on Sunday.


Super League

Gboly Ariyibi did not dress in Panetolikos’ 1-1 draw with Lamia on Friday.


First DivisioN

Danny Williams and Pafos FC’s scheduled match with Olympiakos Nicosia was postponed.


Serie B

Andrija Novakovich dressed but did not play in Frosinone’s 2-2 draw with Pordenone on Friday.



Alan Sonora did not dress in Independiente’s 2-1 loss to River Plate on Sunday.


Liga MX

Ventura Alvarado did not dress in Necaxa’s 3-2 win over Toluca on Sunday.

William Yarborough did not dress in Club Leon’s 3-2 loss to Santos Laguna on Sunday.

Jonathan Suarez did not dress in Queretaro’s 3-0 win over Club Tijuana on Sunday.


  1. Ariyibi can’t even make the first team on Greek league. He should just hamg it up and look into coaching or something other than playing. Smh very disappointing!

    • He played in their first 14 matches starting 9 and had gone the full 90 in four straight matches before being subbed off in the 74th minute Dec. 22. He hasn’t dressed since so either a serious discipline issue or more likely an injury.

      • East that’s a good tip I never thought of checking betting sites for injury reports in the smaller leagues.

      • yea the betting sites have decent last minute info on players, and sometimes links to fan chats dishing dirt and rumors in real time.
        i mean you gotta take some of it with a grain of salt, but there’s some info to be found there.

  2. While it seems that everyone projects Adams as a defensive mid, I sure like his passing. I think he should be put in the middle and given a chance as a playmaker,. Maybe he could be the next Claudio Reyna. Any updates on Steffen? It’s been over 2 months since he missed the the Nation’s League games in November.

    • Huh? His greatest strength has been and always will be breaking up the opposition’s attack before develops into danger. He is not a playmaker, and frankly struggles in those positions. Look at where he plays and how he plays with Leipzig. Always trailing offensively, always in position to press initial build up defensively.

    • Steffen played 6 matches for Dusseldorf after missing Nations League.
      he was held out this weekend over a patella injury, according to the club

  3. A few welcome additions and returns to the Yanks Abroad.
    Reyna – 18 min for BvB. A welcome new attacking option if he continues to see minutes.
    Vassilev – 23 min for AV, a much needed potential option at Striker.
    Adams – Back to playing 90.
    McKennie – Back to full training. Will hopefully be back playing next week.

    Considering the Olympic qualification is happening in March, which will keep some of the MLS names at homem it will be interesting to see who gets invited to the March Sr. USMNT friendlies. We could see some fresh faces and some players many of us have been calling for…A. Robinson, EPB, etc…since anyone called for Olympic duty isn’t going to be released for these friendlies as well.

    • players are required to be released for the March friendlies, even if they’re not required to be released for Olympic qualifying.

      • I think what Lost meant was a guy like Ledezma might not be released for Olympic Qualifying but would be for the friendlies so Aaronson would go with Olympic team and Ledezma could go with NT.

      • well i’d certainly be cool with that
        although i wouldn’t rule out Ledezma’s release for OQ, either.
        Jong PSV are practically guaranteed relegation to the reserve league, at this point.

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