Gregg Berhalter has continued to search for his starting striker with the U.S. men’s national team and one potential option is making a name for himself in the Turkish Super Lig this season.
Haji Wright scored twice on Sunday as Antalyaspor rolled past Hatayspor 4-1, staying alive in the race for European qualification next season. Wright has scored four goals in his last four matches and his most recent performance helped him earn SBI’s Americans Abroad Player of the Week honors.
The former Schalke striker scored in the 16th and 35th minutes respectively as Antalyaspor earned a fifth-consecutive league win this weekend. Wright leads the Turkish club with nine goals in his first season in Turkey.
The 24-year-old has yet to make his senior debut for the USMNT, but continued performances during the final six league matches this season could help him force his way into the picture this summer. Wright and Antalyaspor will next face off with Alanyaspor on Saturday before matches against Kayserispor and Trabzonspor to close April’s schedule.
Here is a look at some of the other top Americans Abroad performers from the past week:
Wolfsburg continued to move itself further away from the Bundesliga relegation picture and John Brooks excelled during Saturday’s lopsided win over Arminia Bielefeld.
Brooks logged his 26th league appearance of the season, helping Wolfsburg earn a 4-0 home victory. The USMNT veteran defender won four of eight duels in the match and also made eight recoveries to go along with 63 completed passes. Brooks has made 12 starts for Wolfsburg in 2022 and despite not being called into the last two World Cup Qualifying windows with the USMNT, hasn’t hurt his stock over recent weeks.
German club Kaiserslautern remains well in contention for promotion to the 2. Bundesliga this season and Terrence Boyd has showed zero signs of slowing down for his new club.
Boyd scored once and assisted once in Kaiserslutern’s 2-1 win over Wurzburger Kickers on Friday, helping the third-tier club move two points clear of Eintracht Braunschweig for the final automatic promotion spot. The 31-year-old has made nine appearances since joining Kaiserslautern from Hallerscher FC and has scored seven goals.
Royal Antwerp is fighting to maintain its place in the Belgian League’s top four, to earn the place in the championship playoffs that goes with it, and Sam Vines was a big part in the club’s hard-fought 1-1 draw with Cercle Brugge on Saturday.
Vines was one of the top defensive performers in the Jupiler Pro League this weekend, delivering three key passes and completing 52 of 64 passes, while also contributing three tackles and two clearances to help keep Royal Antwerp one point ahead of Gent for fourth place in the Belgian League standings.
Boavista earned back-to-back league wins for the first time August and Reggie Cannon was at the forefront of a strong defensive performance for the Portuguese club.
Cannon started on the right side of a back-three for Petit’s side and excelled individually in a 1-0 victory. The 23-year-old Cannon won six of his seven duels, won his lone tackle attempt, made three clearances, and seven recoveries as he continued to earn a spot in the starting lineup.
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