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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind (Reyna, Pulisic, Dest and more)


Gio Reyna heads into the new German Bundesliga season carrying heightened expectations to go along with his new number — number seven— and the U.S. men’s national team star wasted no time showing he’s ready for the added responsibility.

Reyna scored a goal and looked sharp in Borussia Dortmund’s season-opening 5-2 romp over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Playing on the right side of midfield, Reyna was on the receiving end of one of Erling Haaland’s three assists, making no mistake from close range.

Christian Pulisic also opened his goal-scoring account in his team’s league opener, with Pulisic finding success against an opponent he has repeatedly abused during his time at Chelsea.

In Spain, Sergiño Dest and FC Barcelona enjoyed a winning start to the post-Lionel Messi era, with Dest starting and putting in a strong shift in a 4-2 win against Real Sociedad.

In England, Josh Sargent made his English Premier League debut off the bench in Norwich City’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool, and while the match was out of reach by the time he entered, Sargent did show some good flashes of his ability during his 13-minute cameo.

In Italy, Tanner Tessmann made his Venezia debut, coming off the bench in a Coppa Italia penalty shootout win vs. Frosinone.

It was a rough start to life in the German Bundesliga for Jesse Marsch, who tasted defeat in his first league match in charge of RB Leipzig.

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



Christian Pulisic started, played 81 minutes and scored a GOAL in Chelsea’s 3-0 win vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Zack Steffen dressed but did not play in Manchester City’s vs. Tottenham on Sunday.

Josh Sargent came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Norwich City’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.


Antonee Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 5-1 win vs. Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes for Fulham.

Duane Holmes started and played 66 minutes for Huddersfield Town.

Ethan Horvath dressed but didn’t play in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Matthew Olosunde was OUT (Achilles injury) for Preston North End’s 2-1 loss to Reading on Saturday.


Lynden Gooch started, played 90 minutes, drew a yellow card and missed a penalty kick in Sunderland’s 2-1 win vs. MK Dons on Saturday.



Gio Reyna started, played 86 minutes and scored a GOAL in Borussia Dortmund’s 5-2 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Joe Scally started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Friday.

Chris Richards dressed, but did not play for Bayern Munich.

Tyler Adams started and played 63 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to Mainz on Sunday.

John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 win vs. Bochum on Saturday.

Julian Green started and played 69 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 5-1 loss to Pellegrino Matarazzo and Stuttgart on Saturday.

Timothy Tillman dressed, but did not play for Greuther Furth.


Matthew Hoppe did not dress for Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Aue on Friday.


Bryang Kayo came off the bench and played three minutes in Viktoria Berlin’s 4-0 win vs. Kaiserslautern on Sunday.

Terrence Boyd and Hallescher face Braunschweig on Monday.



Sergino Dest started and played 70 minutes in Barcelona’s 4-2 win vs. Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Yunus Musah was OUT (ankle injury) for Valencia’s 1-0 win vs. Getafe on Friday.


Shaq Moore dressed but did not play in Tenerife’s 2-1 loss to Fuenlabrada on Sunday.


Coppa Italia

Tanner Tessmann came off the bench and played 38 minutes, and missed a shootout penalty in Venezia’s 2-1 penalty shootout win vs. Frosinone on Sunday.

Gianluca Busio did not dress for Venezia.

Andrija Novakovich did not dress for Frosinone.



Tim Weah started and played 63 minutes in Lille’s 4-0 loss to Nice on Saturday.

Konrad De La Fuente started and played 89 minutes in Marseille’s 2-2 draw with Bordeaux on Sunday.


Nicholas Gioacchini and Caen had their match vs. AJ Ajaccio postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at AJ Ajaccio.



Reggie Cannon and Boavista face Ferreira on Monday.

Alex Mendez did not dress in Vizela’s 2-1 win vs. Tondela on Saturday.


Sebastian Soto came off the bench and played 10 minutes in FC Porto B’s 2-0 loss to Casa Pia on Saturday.


Luca De La Torre started and played 56 minutes in Heracles 2-0 loss to PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.


Mark McKenzie came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Genk’s 4-0 win vs. Lueven on Saturday.

Chris Durkin started and played 90 minutes in Sint-Truiden’s 2-1 loss to Eupen on Saturday.


DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray face Giresunspor on Monday.

Haji Wright started and played 90 minutes in Antalyaspor’s 1-1 draw with Goztepe on Sunday.

Tyler Boyd was OUT (injured) for Besiktas’ 3-0 win vs. Rizespor on Friday.


ADMIRAL Bundesliga

Brenden Aaronson started and played 63 Red Bull Salzburg’s 1-0 win vs. Admira on Saturday.

Thomas Roberts did not dress in SK Austria Klagenfurt’s 1-1 draw with Austria Vienna on Sunday.

2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez came off the bench and played 31 minutes in SKN St. Polten’s 3-1 loss to Horn on Sunday.



Jordan Siebatcheu did not play in Young Boys’ 4-1 win vs. Littau on Saturday.



Christian Cappis was OUT (illness) for Brondby’s 1-0 loss to Nordsjaelland on Friday (Jonathan Amon was OUT with a knee injury).

Emmanuel Sabbi started and played 75 minutes in Odense’s 1-1 draw with Silkeborg on Sunday.



Aron Johannsson was OUT (hand injury) for Lech Poznan’s 3-1 win vs. Termalica on Friday.

Ben Lederman is OUT (Injury) for Rakow, which had its match vs. Radomiak Radom postponed.



Christian Ramirez came off the bench and played 30 minutes in Aberdeen’s 2-1 loss to Raith on Sunday.

Ian Harkes started and played 76 minutes in Dundee United’s 2-1 penalty shootout win vs. Ayr on Saturday



Romain Gall did not dress in Malmo’s 3-2 loss to Goteborg on Saturday.

Nebiyou Perry was OUT (injured) for Ostersunds’ 2-1 loss to Norrkoping on Sunday.


Liga MX

Sebastian Saucedo started and played 75 minutes in Pumas’ 0-0 draw vs. Queretaro on Saturday.

Fernando Arce came off the bench, played 13 minutes and drew a RED CARD in Necaxa’s 2-0 win vs. San Luis on Saturday.


Liga Profesional

Joel Sonora started and played 64 minutes in Banfield’s 2-0 win vs. Argentinos Juniors on Saturday.

Alan Sonora started and played 90 minutes in Independiente’s 2-1 win vs. Rosario Central on Saturday.


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional face Fluminense on Sunday night.


  1. Incredible detailed coverage Ives. If you keep doing stuff like this, you will most probably bring me from the USWNT Posts over to the men. But I will be aboard commenting on ALL of the USMNT W/C Qualifiers!!!

  2. watching dest play for barca sunday, setting aside the defensive shyness, they play more positionless soccer, flow across the lines, show back to the line behind them, faster tempo. they occasionally get caught in this keepers and backs playing it out business but they, the granddaddy of tiki taka, have no compunction to clear a ball past half, and routinely take goal kicks past half. the constant motion machine and willingness to get away from positions gives constant passing options, the tempo keeps the wolves away, and they are quite willing to launch the ball downfield, remove pressure, start the attack deeper downfield, take men out of the play.

    also, barca is constantly hitting aggressive passes behind the defense at risk of possession. in that they are more akin to juve in the sense of taking attacking risks. we kind of seem to favor pointless passing. playing the ball into spaces creates the very danger bland possession soccer does not.

  3. Any thoughts here on if Alan Sonora has earned a call-up at this point? He plays in center midfield, and has a great passing range and defends (not at an elite level but still works both sides of the ball). He’s also very technical and good with the ball in tight spaces and can serve as an outlet when trying to build out of the back.
    I think he could look good next to McKennie and Adams.
    I think Sebastian Saucedo could do a solid job here as well. He’s a different player than Sonora, since Saucedo is more of a attacking midfielder. But he did have to defend when he was at RSL and I think can put in a strong shift as well if asked. Saucedo has been getting regular minutes with Pumas. Saucedo was on the Olympic team, and I’m not sure if the failure to qualify has hurt his chances with the senior team.

  4. Thanks Ives! I too enjoy these posts, and can appreciate it must be taking more time to cover our fellas abroad since there are so many now. Pretty big weekend for the stars, with both Pulisic and Reyna scoring and having good games. Leipzig and Adams were the only “downer” but I figure they will get that worked out.

  5. Just a note for future editions, Haji Wright started and played 90 minutes for Antalyaspor in their 1-1 draw with Goztepe.

  6. Thanks for continuing to do this weekly Yanks Abroad weekend rewind, Ives! This is always my favorite post each week on SBI and is so informative, so glad to see you’re continuing to do it. It’s a great service to USMNT fans!


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