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Borussia Moenchengladbach’s strong run of form continued on Saturday with an important win over Greuther Furth and Joe Scally remained a regular in Adi Hutter’s starting lineup.

Scally logged 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 victory, continuing his strong campaign in the German Bundesliga. The U.S. men’s national team fullback started as a left wingback on Saturday, helping Gladbach move 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Scally won two of his four duels in the match while also winning both of his tackles and making one interception. It was only Scally’s third league start since March, but was another prime example of his impressive time in the starting lineup when called upon.

Scally will be pushing for another start on April 16 against Cologne.

In England, Christian Pulisic came off of the bench in Chelsea’s lopsided win over Southampton. Antonee Robinson played his first full 90 minutes since coming back from international duty in Fulham’s 3-1 loss to Coventry City, while Tim Ream reached his 250th appearance for the Cottagers with a busy 90 minutes of his own.

In Germany, John Brooks logged 90 minutes as Wolfsburg defeated Arminia Bielefeld 4-0 at home. Ricardo Pepi participated in the crucial showdown against Bayern Munich on Saturday. Terrence Boyd scored once and assisted once as Kaiserslautern continues its push towards promotion to the German 2. Bundesliga.

Elsewhere, Jordan Pefok scored once in Young Boys’ 2-2 draw with Lausanne in Switzerland. Mark McKenzie helped Genk to a 2-0 league win in Belgium while Kyle Duncan was ejected in Oostende’s road victory after picking up two yellow cards.

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


England


Premier League

Christian Pulisic came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Chelsea’s 6-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

Zack Steffen dressed but did not play in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Jesse March’s Leeds United won 3-0 over Watford on Saturday.

Josh Sargent is OUT (injury) for Norwich City.

Championship

Antonee Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-1 loss to Coventry City on Sunday.

Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes for Fulham.

Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Huddersfield’s 2-0 win over Luton Town on Monday.

Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 win over Birmingham on Saturday.

Matthew Olosunde did not dress in Preston North End’s 2-1 win over QPR on Saturday.

Daryl Dike is OUT FOR SEASON (injury) for West Brom.

League One

Lynden Gooch started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Oxford United on Saturday.

Marlon Fossey is OUT FOR THE SEASON (Injury).


Germany


Bundesliga

Chris Richards started and played 90 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Sunday.

Justin Che did not dress for Hoffenheim.

Tyler Adams came off the bench and played 45 minutes for RB Leipzig.

John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 4-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

George Bello dressed but did not play for Arminia Bielefeld.

Joe Scally started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-0 win over Greuther Furth on Saturday.

Tim Tillman started and played 78 minutes for Greuther Furth.

Julian Green started and played 78 minutes for Greuther Furth.

Ricardo Pepi came off the bench and played 34 minutes in Augsburg’s 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Pellegrino Matarazzo’s Stuttgart lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Gio Reyna started and played six minutes for Borussia Dortmund. Reyna left with a season-ending thigh injury.

Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss to Freiburg on Sunday.

2. Bundesliga

Nico Carrera did not dress in Holstein Kiel’s 1-0 win over Hamburg SV on Sunday.

Bryang Kayo did not dress in Nuremberg’s 3-1 win over Darmstadt on Saturday.

3. Liga

Terrence Boyd started, scored ONE GOAL, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 90 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-1 win over Wurzburger Kickers on Friday.

Johan Gomez did not dress in FSV Zwickau’s 3-0 win over Havelse on Sunday.


Italy


Serie A

Gianluca Busio started and played 52 minutes in Venezia’s 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday.

Tanner Tessmann dressed but did not play for Venezia.

Weston McKennie is OUT (Injury) for Juventus.

Serie B

Andrija Novakovich did not dress in Frosinone’s 2-1 win over Cremonese on Saturday.

Anthony Fontana dressed but did not play in Ascoli’s 2-0 win over Reggina on Sunday.


Spain


La Liga

Yunus Musah started and played 72 minutes in Valencia’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano on Monday.

Matthew Hoppe dressed but did not play in Mallorca’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Matt Miazga dressed but did not play in Alaves’ 1-0 loss to Osasuna on Sunday.

Sergiño Dest is OUT (injury) for Barcelona.

Segunda Liga

Shaq Moore started and played 74 minutes in Tenerife’s 2-1 win over Real Sociedad B on Saturday.

Samuel Shashoua dressed but did not play for Tenerife.


France


Ligue 1

Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in Troyes’ 2-1 loss to Monaco on Sunday.

Tim Weah is OUT (Suspended) for Lille.

Konrad De La Fuente is OUT FOR THE SEASON for Marseille.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Luca De La Torre started and played 90 minutes in Heracles’ 4-1 loss to Feyenoord on Sunday.

Cole Bassett did not dress for Feyenoord.

Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 2-0 win over RKC Waalwijk on Sunday.

Eerste Divisie

Dante Sealy started and played 76 minutes in Jong PSV’s 2-0 loss to TOP Oss on Friday.


Portugal


Liga Portugal

Reggie Cannon started and played 90 minutes in Boavista’s 1-0 win over Arouca on Saturday.

Alex Mendez did not dress for FC Vizela (Suspension).


Belgium


Pro League

Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 2-0 win over RFC Seraing on Sunday.

Bryan Reynolds started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 84 minutes in Kortrijk’s 3-2 loss to Anderlecht on Sunday.

Sam Vines started and played 90 minutes in Royal Antwerp’s 1-1 draw with Cercle Brugge on Saturday.

Kyle Duncan started and played 28 minutes in Oostende’s 2-0 win over Eupen on Saturday. Duncan was ejected after receiving two yellow cards in the match.

Owen Otasowie is OUT (selection) for Club Brugge.


Scotland


Premiership

Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Celtic’s 7-0 win over St. Johnstone on Saturday. 

James Sands came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Rangers’ 4-0 win over St. Mirren on Sunday.

Joe Efford started and played 67 minutes in Motherwell’s 2-2 draw with Livingston on Saturday.

Sebastian Soto came off the bench and played one minute for Livingston.

Christian Ramirez started and played 90 minutes in Aberdeen’s 1-0 loss to Ross County on Saturday.

Chris Mueller started and played 90 minutes in Hibernian’s 3-1 loss to Hearts on Saturday.

Ian Harkes is OUT (injury) for Dundee United.


Austria


Bundesliga

Brenden Aaronson is OUT (injury) for Red Bull Salzburg.

2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez started and played 90 minutes in St. Poelten’s 1-1 draw with SV Lafnitz on Sunday.


Switzerland


Super League

Jordan Pefok started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Young Boys’ 2-2 draw with Lausanne on Saturday.


Denmark


Superliagen

Christian Cappis came off the bench and played 26 minutes in Brondby’s 3-0 loss to Silkeborg on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sabbi came off the bench, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 25 minutes in Odense’s 2-2 draw with Sonderjyske on Sunday.


Hungary


Nb I

Henry Wingo did not dress in Ferencvaros’ 3-0 win over Debrecen on Saturday.


Turkey


Super Lig

Haji Wright started, scored TWO GOALS, and played 85 minutes in Antalyaspor’s 4-1 win over Hatayspor on Monday.

Tyler Boyd started, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 90 minutes in Rizespor’s 2-1 win over Konyaspor on Saturday.


Norway


Eliteserien

Kobe Hernandez-Foster did not dress in HamKam’s 2-1 loss to Tromso on Sunday.

Sam Rogers is OUT (injury) for Rosenborg.


Sweden


Allsvenskan

Joe Gyau started and played 90 minutes in Degerfors’ 2-1 loss to Hacken on Saturday.

Jeffrey Gal dressed but did not play for Degerfors.

Forrest Lasso started and played 45 minutes in Sundsvall’s 5-1 loss to Hammarby on Saturday.

Joe Corona came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Sundsvall.

Romain Gall did not dress in Malmo’s 1-1 draw with Elfsborg on Monday.


Argentina


Copa De La Liga Profesional

Joel Sonora started and played 72 minutes in Velez Sarsfield’s 0-0 draw with Boca Juniors on Saturday.

Alan Sonora came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Independiente’s 1-1 draw with Tigre on Saturday.


Brazil


Gaucho

Johnny Cardoso dressed but did not play in Internacional’s 2-0 loss to Atletico MG on Sunday.


Mexico


Liga MX

Sebastian Saucedo started and played 45 minutes in Pumas’ 2-2 draw with Puebla on Friday.


Comments

  1. A hypothetical for question/game for all the USMNT fans out there. Gregg says he’s all about players form and their statistics. The players listed below have all been called into at least 1 USMNT Camp during qualification.
    Based on statistics (Games/Minutes played) this season at the club level pick 4 of the following players you think are most deserving of being in consideration for the WC Squad based on their stats.

    Player A: Plays in Euro 2nd division, Has 33 appearances, played 2804 minutes
    Player B: Plays in Euro 1st division, Has 25 appearances, played 1810 minutes
    Player C: Plays in Euro 1st division, Has 18 appearances, played 1423 minutes
    Player D: Plays in Euro 1st division, Has 18 appearances, played 1356 minutes.
    Player E: Plays in Euro 1st division. Has 16 appearances, played 1268 minutes
    Player F: Plays in Euro 2nd division. Has 17 appearances, and 770 minutes.
    Player G: Plays in MLS. Has 6 appearances, played 540 minutes
    Player H: Plays in Euro 1st division. Has 6 appearances, played 225 minutes.

    I’ll give it a couple days to see if there’s any interest before posting who each player is, their league, and number of Caps for the USMNT.

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    • You can’t even answer that question without knowing which league is which or even which team in each league. Kind of not fair to compare MLS minutes either unless you go back and include Aug-Nov minutes since that matches the Euro time frame. Next Oct. do you want someone to say Player A only has 400 mins this season but Player B in MLS has 3000 because the season is almost over. I want the guys playing the best not ones with good agents and accommodating passports. Nor do I think guys like Sargent or Hoppe should necessarily excluded because their moves were poor.

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      • OK…I get it’s hard without knowing the league to understand the level of competition, but its the only real way to take bias and/or fandom out of the equation.
        So a little extra information:
        Players A-F all play in countries where the 1st division is considered to be part of the Big 5 leagues. Player H is on loan from a Big 5 1st division club to get 1st team minutes/experience.
        Games/Minutes played is a strong indicator of form in Europe since if they’re playing poorly they’d be benched. Players A-E are averaging 70-84 minutes per game played….meaning they are performing for their clubs.
        The MLS player has gone the distance every game in this early season….again an early indicator he’s performing for his club.
        Player F & H are averaging 45 minutes or Less per appearance….which indicates they’re not really performing.

      • I still think it’s too hard to try to pick players based on their minutes played. Like TimWeah last year, getting 10-15 minutes a game for a good portion of the year. People questioned why he was on NL roster. The reason was he was pretty darn good in the minutes he was getting. It’s also how does someone fit into what you’re trying to do. Miazga, CCV and Brooks are all good defenders in their teams system but are they mobile enough play in the open space that is required. We’ve seen the answer is no for Miazga and Brooks (include Ream here too).
        So I’ll say there isn’t a Euro based player that isn’t being called that I think should be in the top 23. Guys I’d like to get some time this summer to see if they can move in Scalley, Hoppe, Sargent, Ledezma, Mendez, CCV. Honestly given how well he’s performed in the few caps he’s had I wouldn’t mind Uly Llanez getting a summer call even though he hasn’t been outstanding in Austrian 2nd. I guess throw Wright in there just because striker is a weak position but Nico has been productive for the US too so shouldn’t he get some time too?

  2. You guys made another mistake. Venezia lost 2-1 against Udinese. Quite a few US players teams will be relegated. Some from MLS are not even dressing to play. US sports media and their fans over-hype them and their league. Poor guys, they show up there and find out how hard European football actually is. The way I see it until MLS teams can beat Liga MX teams regularly you all should stop comparing MLS to any other European league.

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    • I would tend to agree that many Euro leagues are better than MLS and that it often comes as a shock to some MLS players when they transfer to Europe (especially mid season). That said the odd case does crop up where a player who can’t see the pitch in MLS can sometimes magically find himself as a regular starter for a club in Europe.
      Examples: Harks & Gyau were both rooted to the benches for their MLS sides, but found success for smaller leagues in Europe.
      It really does come down to the player and the club. Reynolds was on a good path until Roma changed coaches. Once Jose took over we all knew Reynolds would be hard pressed to see the field. Sands, Bello, Tesseman, Busio, and others arrived mid-season and have had to fight for minutes….The real test will be if they break into the line-ups at the start of next season. Others (Hoppe) just make poor choices on where to go….

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      • @ Razor – Gyau probably wasn’t the best example because of his early history in Europe. But his career/promise was derailed by injury just as he was starting to break into BvB’s first team. Eventually came to MLS to try and re-boot his career….got almost no PT in Columbus last season yet has apparently found his way back into a lower level European League and is starting to see time again. Was trying to point out that just because a player is in Europe does not necessarily make them better players.

      • Got ya, it was FCC don’t blame my Crew. I think they used him mostly as a RB which seems an FCC thing to do.

      • “it often comes as a shock to some MLS players when they transfer to Europe (especially mid season).”

        * This is NOT unique to MLS players. Lots of players come from all over the world to try and make their mark in the TOP leagues in Europe and MOST of them do not make it.

        Fans here just focus on the Americans who don’t make it. Being from MLS and an American is not a guarantee of failure. It’s just real hard for anyone from anywhere.

        * Ian Harkes was never that good even in MLS. He’s no Gio.

        * Gyau went over to BVB before Pulisic and might have even broken through to the first team before Christian but he tore his knee up pretty badly and never was quite right after that. The guy you see in MLS is a pale reflection of what he might have been.

        * Reynolds was barely there for a cup of capuccino before Jose came in. You can’t blame Jose for Reynold’s bad timing.
        * Sands is at Rangers because the Original Gio has familiarity with NYFC and rates him. And he seems to be well thought off.
        * Tesseman and Busio are in Venezia not necessarily just on merit but because the of the American connections. Regardless at least Busio is making the most of it.
        * Don’t know about Bello but Armenia Bielfield (sp?) is a going down and may not be the best place to learn your trade.
        * Mallorca may not be the greatest club ( but Mallorca itself is awesome) but Matt has also been hurt a lot and missed a lot of games. It’s too soon to say he made the wrong choice, assuming he had much of a choice.

        When you’re a young pro like these guys are, a successful transfer is hard to manage.

        No matter where you’re from and no matter where you transfer to.
        You just make the best choice you can. And sometimes it doesn’t work out.

        For example, neither Hoppe nor Dike figured on being injured so much. What if they had stayed in great shape and great form? They might be looking pretty good right about now.

      • I kind of wondered if Mallorca was too nice of a place for Hoppe as a 21 year old. Too much fun and sun is not always good for football.
        —————————
        Who’s shocking to me is Soto. Couldn’t score in Portugal 2nd and now can’t get many minutes or score in Scotland.

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