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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Boyd, Wright, and more


Besiktas picked up an opening day with in Turkey on Sunday with U.S. Men’s National Team winger Tyler Boyd playing a vital role in the victory.

Boyd opened his scoring account for the season, helping Besiktas to a 3-1 road win over fellow rivals Trabzonspor. The winger only needed 20 minutes to score his opening goal of the new campaign, beating Ugurcan Cakir to the top-right corner. After creating space for a shot outside of the box, Boyd ripped an effort past Cakir and celebrated his first goal since July 9th.

The 25-year-old also won one duel and completed 75% of his passes, playing 81 minutes before being substituted. Besiktas added a pair of second-half goals to end up 3-1 winners on the afternoon. Up next for Boyd and Co. is a home date with Antalyaspor.

Haji Wright also scored his first goal in his debut for Danish side Sonderjyske, helping them knock off defending champions Midtjylland, 2-0, at home. The striker did not start the match, but came off the bench and padded the victory with a cool finish in stoppage time. After holding off a Midtjylland defender, Wright lifted a shot past Jesper Hansen to cap off an opening day win for the hosts. Sonderjyske next travels to Vejle Boldklub on Sept. 20th.

Sergino Dest also helped Ajax to a 1-0 opening day with over Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday, appearing off the bench. Dest came on minutes after Ajax starting right back Nicolas Tagliafico was sent off and helped Ajax pick up an important win to start its season. Dest will next look to start on Sept. 20th against RKC Waalwijk.

Elsewhere, Josh Sargent and Julian Green both scored in German Cup wins for Werder Bremen and Greuther Furth respectively. Timothy Tillman came off the bench and also registered two assists for Furth in its 6-1 win. Konrad de la Fuente and Weston McKennie both appeared in friendlies for their clubs while Tyler Adams earned Man of the Match honors for RB Leipzig in its 3-0 win over Nuremberg.

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


premier league

Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

Christian Pulisic did not dress (Injury) in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.

DeAndre Yedlin did not dress in Newcastle United’s 2-0 win over West Ham United on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson did not dress for Fulham.

Matt Miazga did not dress for Chelsea.


Duane Holmes did not dress (Injury) in Derby County’s 2-0 loss to Reading on Saturday.

Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in QPR’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Giles Phillips dressed but did not play in Wycombe Wanderers’ 1-0 loss to Rotherham United on Saturday.

Matthew Olosunde did not dress for Rotherham United.

League One

Marlon Fossey came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Shrewsbury Town’s 0-0 draw with Portsmouth on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

League Two

Charlie Kelman started and played 90 minutes in Southend United’s 4-0 loss to Harrogate Town on Saturday.


DFB Pokal

Julian Green started, scored a GOAL, registered an ASSIST, and played 98 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 6-1 extra time win over RSV Meinerzhagen on Saturday.

Gio Reyna started, scored a GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 5-0 win over Duisburg on Monday.

Tyler Adams started and played 90 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 3-0 win over Nuremberg on Saturday. Adams was also named Man of the Match.

Josh Sargent started, scored a GOAL, and played 89 minutes in Werder Bremen’s 2-0 win over Carl Zeiss Jena on Saturday.

Alfredo Morales started and played 78 minutes in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 1-0 win over Ingolstadt on Saturday.

Timothy Tillman came off the bench, registered two ASSISTS, and played 57 minutes for Greuther Furth.

Timothy Chandler came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over 1860 Munich on Saturday.

Bobby Wood came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Hamburg’s 4-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden on Monday.

Pellegrino Matarazzo and Stuttgart defeated Hansa Rostock 1-0 on Sunday.

Nick Taitague and Schalke’s scheduled match with FC Schweinfurt was postponed on Sunday.

John Brooks dressed but did not play in Wolfsburg’s 4-1 win over FSV Union Furstenwalde on Saturday.

McKinze Gaines did not dress in Hannover’s 3-2 win over Wurzburger Kickers on Monday.

Ulysses Llanez did not dress for Wolfsburg.


Ligue 1

Timothy Weah came off the bench and played seven minutes in Lille’s 1-0 win over Metz on Sunday.

Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu did not dress in Rennes’ 4-2 win over Nimes on Sunday.


Liga 2

Shaq Moore started and played 90 minutes in Tenerife’s 2-0 win over Malaga on Sunday.



Sergino Dest came off the bench and played 57 minutes in Ajax’s 1-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

Luca De La Torre came off the bench, scored ONE goal, and played 27 minutes in Heracles Almelo’s 2-0 win over ADO Den Haag on Sunday.

Desevio Payne dressed but did not play in FC Emmen’s 5-3 loss to VVV-Venlo on Sunday.

Eerste Divisie

Richard Ledezma started, scored a GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Jong PSV’s 4-1 win over Jong AZ Alkmaar on Friday.

Alex Mendez came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Jong Ajax’s 2-1 loss to NEC Nijmegen on Friday.

Sebastian Soto came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Telstar’s 2-1 loss to MVV Maastricht on Sunday.

Chris Gloster dressed but did not play for Jong PSV.



Aron Johannsson started, scored a GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Hammarby’s 2-2 draw with Helsingborg on Sunday.

Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes for Helsingborg.

Romain Gall did not dress in Orebro’s 0-0 draw with Ostersunds on Monday.


Super Lig

Tyler Boyd started, scored a GOAL, and played 81 minutes in Besiktas 3-1 win over Trabzonspor on Sunday.

Eric Lichaj came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Fatih Karagumruk’s 3-0 win over Yeni Malatyaspor on Saturday.



Kenny Saief started and played 59 minutes in Lechia Gdansk’s 3-0 loss to Gornik Zabrze on Sunday.

Ben Lederman came off the bench and played 11 minutes in Rakow Częstochowa’s 2-1 win over Zaglebie Lubin on Monday.



Ian Harkes started and played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 4-0 loss to Rangers on Saturday.

Dillon Powers started and played 45 minutes for Dundee United.

Cameron Harper did not dress in Celtic’s 5-0 win over Ross County on Saturday.


first division

Chris Durkin started and played 90 minutes in Sint-Truiden’s 3-2 loss to Royal Antwerp on Sunday.

Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Club Brugge’s 4-1 win over Waasland-Beveren on Saturday.

Brendan Hines-Ike dressed but did not play in Kortrijk’s 3-0 win over Royal Excel Mouscron on Sunday.


Super League

Gboly Ariyibi dressed but did not play in Panetolikos’ 1-1 draw with OFI Crete on Saturday.



Jesse Marsch and Red Bull Salzburg defeated Wolfsberger 3-1 on Sunday.

Erik Palmer-Brown dressed but did not play in Austria Wien’s 1-0 loss to LASK on Friday.



Emmanuel Sabbi started and played 64 minutes in Odense’s 3-2 win over FC Kobenhaven on Sunday.

Haji Wright came off the bench, played 27 minutes and scored a GOAL in Sonderjyske’s 2-0 win over Midtjylland on Friday.

Michael Lansing dressed but did not play in Horsens’ 3-0 loss to Randers on Sunday.

Jonathan Amon OUT (Injury) for Nordsjaelland.

1 Division

Christian Cappis is OUT (Eligibility) for Hobro.

Republic of Ireland

Premier division

Josh Gatt dressed but did not play in Dundalk’s 3-2 win over Shelbourne on Friday.


Liga MX

Ventura Alvarado started and played 90 minutes in Atletico San Luis’ 3-0 loss to Pumas on Sunday.

Fernando Arce started and played 75 minutes in Necaxa’s 2-1 loss to Guadalajara on Friday.

Jonathan Suarez did not dress in Queretaro’s 3-2 loss to Club Leon on Sunday.

Sebastian Saucedo did not dress for Pumas.


  1. He and Mazraoui traded off the starting role last season. Mazraoui was hurt a couple times last year that helped Dest get more time. Sergino had a minor ankle injury that held him out a little which probably didn’t help his cause. Given their full schedule he’ll play a lot even if he isn’t the first choice starter.

  2. what’s going on with Dest? I’m kind of guessing he was on the bench given a departure from Ajax is imminent, but then again haven’t heard anything other than a rumors and here we are with the seasons kicking off.

  3. Good to see Wright score, it’s been a long time since his last one. Let’s hope this gives him confidence and he continues to improve.

    • Last professional goal Oct. 30 in the Dutch Cup vs 4th Div side Groene Star (missed the final pk in VVV loss). Haji has never had more than one professional goal in a season. Schalke 1g, Sandhausen 1g, VVV 1g, Sonderjyske 1g. He’s never had trouble in the youth ranks (15g for Schalke U19, 14g for Schalke II, 5g in 6 matches for VVV U21). Haji is a debut warrior scored in his debut for Schalke U19s, Sandhausen, Schalke II, and now Sonderjyske, he assisted in his debut for VVV. It took him four matches to score for Schalke.

  4. 24 year old Georgia native Joseph Effords registered his 2nd assist of the season in a 4-1 loss to Club Brugge. Joe has 1g 2a in 4 appearances for Waasland-Beveren this season. He’s been in the Greek lower divisions, he certainly looks the part, he’s got size and athleticism, seems to have good timing on his runs (hard to really know though from highlight videos). He’s on a pretty bad team but credit to him for getting into a decent league and being successful straight away. Eastdeflection has been on this guy for awhile. He can play CF or W. More depth never hurts.

  5. Overall a good kick-off of the European Season for Yanks:
    Goals Scored –
    Sargent, Green, Boyd, Johannson, De La Torre,

    Only drawbacks were that a couple of our most notable players didn’t dress or make it off the bench (Yedlin, Brooks, Robinson, Uli, etc…)

    • De la Torre was actually an assist, he flubbed his shot but a teammate stabbed it home.
      Not sure about Brooks but given he’s injury prone and they were playing a 4th division side might just have been to keep him healthy.
      I’ve heard the Uly loan to Heerenveen is essentially done so he wouldn’t have played and risked injury if that’s true, and as I said the Wolfsburg manager has almost completely refused to play anyone under 21 the last two seasons.
      A.Robinson was expected to be the replacement for Joe Bryan who was thought to be headed to Leicester to replace Chilwell. The manager said they’re aren’t selling Bryan and that Robinson was brought in to push not replace. That being said to not even dress suggests some sort of minor injury since nothing was reported.
      Yedlin leaving also seems back on this week so likely won’t see him until a deal is done or the transfer window closes. Same for Miazga and CCV.
      On the good Wes started with Ronaldo in Juve’s friendly, and Cannon started for Boavista and scored in their final tune up so there melding in with their new clubs.

      • I get Brooks due to the fact it’s the DBK Polka 1st round.
        If Uli is headed out on Loan…I’m fine with him not playing. If he isn’t going to be loaned than it doubly disappointing.
        CCV, Miazga, & Yedlin loans are all expected and understandable. Just hope they land somewhere they’ll get consistent playing time.
        A. Robinson was always going to take a little time to adjust. I expect he’ll see minutes in the FA Cup and be used when the schedule get congested.
        McKennie & Cannon settling in is a very good sign. Hopefully both will see consistent minutes this season. A strong season from both will help push the USMNT player pool.

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