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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Horvath, Reyna, and more


Luton Town rebounded with a 2-0 road victory over fellow promotion chasers Swansea City this weekend with Ethan Horvath delivering a strong outing in goal.

Horvath made two saves in the clean sheet for Nathan Jones’ side, giving him two shutouts through five matches so far. The U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper has been strong so far for Luton Town, conceding only four goals through 450 minutes of action. The 27-year-old has continued to fight for minutes during the early stages of the EFL Championship season, especially with international duty coming in one month. Horvath is one of several USMNT goalkeepers pushing for involvement in September, along with Zack Steffen, Matt Turner, and Sean Johnson. Luton Town will next host Sheffield United on Friday before closing out a busy August schedule on Aug. 30 at Cardiff City.

In England, Brenden Aaronson scored his first Premier League goal as Leeds United routed Chelsea. Ethan Horvath posted a clean sheet in Luton Town’s road victory over Swansea City. Josh Sargent scored twice in Norwich City’s home win over Millwall.

In Germany, Jordan Pefok scored once and assisted once as Union Berlin downed RB Leipzig. Gio Reyna made his season debut in Borussia Dortmund’s loss to Werder Bremen.

In Spain, Yunus Musah logged 60+ minutes in a 1-0 La Liga loss to Athletic Bilbao.

In Italy, Tanner Tessmann logged 90 minutes in a 2-1 win for Venezia while Jack De Vries helped force an own goal off of the bench.

Elsewhere, Haji Wright delivered a Man of the Match performance as Antalyaspor downed Trabzonspor. Mark McKenzie impressed in a 2-1 Belgian Pro League victory for Genk while Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic defeated Hearts at home. Reggie Cannon and Ian Harkes both logged 90 minutes in defeats for their respective clubs.

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


Premier League

Brenden Aaronson started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 83 minutes in Leeds United’s 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.

Tyler Adams started and played 90 minutes for Leeds United.

Christian Pulisic came off the bench and played 24 minutes for Chelsea.

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-2 win over Brentford on Saturday.

Chris Richards came off the bench and played one minute in Crystal Palace’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Matt Turner dressed but did not play in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.


Josh Sargent started, scored TWO GOALS, and played 84 minutes in Norwich City’s 2-0 win over Millwall on Friday.

Jonathan Tomkinson did not dress for Norwich City.

Zack Steffen started, made TWO SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Middlesbrough’s 1-0 loss to Reading on Saturday.

Matthew Hoppe came off the bench and played 20 minutes for Middlesbrough.

Ethan Horvath started, made TWO SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Luton Town’s 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

Auston Trusty started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town’s scheduled match with Coventry City was postponed on Saturday.

Matt Olosunde did not dress in Preston North End’s 0-0 draw with Watford on Saturday.

Daryl Dike is OUT (Injury) for West Bromwich Albion.



Joe Scally started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Friday.

Jordan Pefok started, scored ONE GOAL, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 63 minutes in Union Berlin’s 2-1 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Gio Reyna came off the bench and played 28 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 loss to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Ricardo Pepi came off the bench and played 22 minutes in Augsburg’s 2-1 loss to Mainz on Saturday.

Kevin Paredes came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 0-0 draw with Schalke on Saturday.

Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart lost 1-0 to Freiburg on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-1 draw with Cologne on Sunday.

2. Bundesliga

Terrence Boyd started and played 74 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 3-1 win over Greuther Furth on Sunday.

Timothy Tillman started and played 70 minutes for Greuther Furth.

Julian Green came off the bench and played 20 minutes for Furth.

George Bello dressed but did not play in Arminia Bielefeld’s 1-1 draw with FC Heidenheim on Sunday.

Nico Carrera did not dress in Holstein Kiel’s 7-2 loss to Paderborn on Saturday.

Bryang Kayo did not dress in Nuremberg’s 2-1 loss to Sandhausen on Saturday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez came off the bench and played 20 minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 2-0 win over SpVgg Bayreuth on Monday.


La Liga

Yunus Musah started and played 62 minutes in Valencia’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Sergino Dest did not dress in Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Jonathan Gomez did not dress for Real Sociedad.

Luca De La Torre came off the bench and played three minutes in Celta Vigo’s 4-1 loss to Real Madrid on Saturday.

Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua started and played 70 minutes in Tenerife’s 1-1 draw with Lugo on Sunday.


Serie A

Weston McKennie started and played 61 minutes in Juventus 0-0 draw with Sampdoria on Monday.

Serie B

Tanner Tessmann started and played 90 minutes in Venezia’s 2-1 win over Sudtirol on Sunday.

Gianluca Busio, Andrija Novakovich started and played 63 minutes for Venezia.

Jack DeVries came off the bench and played 12 minutes for Venezia. De Vries helped force an own goal.

Anthony Fontana dressed but did not play in Ascoli’s 1-1 draw with Spal on Saturday.


Ligue 1

Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in Troyes 4-1 loss to Lyon on Friday.

Folarin Balogun started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Stade Reims 1-1 draw with Strasbourg on Sunday.

Tim Weah is OUT (Injury) for Lille.



Cole Bassett came off the bench and played 30 minutes in Fortuna Sittard’s 4-1 loss to Cambuur on Saturday.

Richie Ledezma is OUT (Injury) for PSV.


Liga Portugal

Reggie Cannon started and played 90 minutes in Boavista’s 2-0 loss to Casa Pia on Sunday.

Alex Mendez came off the bench and played 26 minutes in Vizela’s 1-1 draw with Chaves on Saturday.



Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Celtic’s 2-0 win over Hearts on Sunday.

James Sands started and played 90 minutes in Rangers 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Saturday.

Malik Tillman dressed but did not play for Rangers.

Ian Harkes started and played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 3-0 loss to St. Mirren on Saturday.

Joe Efford came off the bench and played 36 minutes in Motherwell’s 1-0 win over Livingston on Saturday.

Dante Polvara came off the bench and played three minutes in Aberdeen’s 1-0 win over St. Johnstone on Saturday.

Christian Ramirez dressed but did not play for Aberdeen.


Pro League

Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 2-1 win over Cercle Brugge on Saturday.

Bryan Reynolds came off the bench and played one minute in Westerlo’s 5-4 loss to Mechelen on Sunday.

Owen Otasowie dressed but did not play in Club Brugge’s 2-1 win over Kortrijk on Sunday.

Griffin Yow did not dress for Westerlo.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp are OFF this weekend.


Super League

Konrad de la Fuente started and played 64 minutes in Olympiakos 2-0 win over PAS Giannina on Sunday.


Super Lig

Haji Wright started, scored TWO GOALS, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 90 minutes in Antalyaspor’s 5-2 win over Trabzonspor on Saturday.

Tyler Boyd did not dress in Besiktas 4-1 win over Fatih Karagumruk on Sunday.



Christian Cappis started and played 90 minutes in Brondby’s 2-1 loss to Aalborg on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sabbi did not dress in Odense’s 1-0 win over Horsens on Monday.


2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez started and played 66 minutes in SKN St. Poelten’s 2-0 win over Kapfenberger SV on Friday.


NB 1

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros are OFF this weekend.



Kobe Hernandez-Foster started, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 78 minutes in HamKam’s 2-2 draw with Bodo/Glimt on Saturday.

Sam Rogers started and played 76 minutes in Rosenborg’s 2-1 win over Aalesund on Sunday.



Joe Gyau started, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 90 minutes in Degerfors 5-1 loss to Hammarby on Monday.

Jeffrey Gal dressed but did not play for Degerfors.

Forrest Lasso started and played 90 minutes in Sundsvall’s 2-1 loss to Helsingborg on Sunday.

Joe Corona started and played 73 minutes for Sundsvall.

Romain Gall is OUT (Injury) for Malmo.


Primeira Liga

Alan Sonora started, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 90 minutes in Independiente’s 1-1 draw with Godoy Cruz on Sunday.

Joel Sonora did not dress in Velez Sarsfield’s 1-1 draw with Sarmiento on Monday.


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso started and played 72 minutes in Internacional’s 1-0 win over Avai FC on Monday.


  1. Looking like Horvath is the most in form GK right now. Steffen continues to worry me. He definitely has regressed since joining Man City. I can’t get behind Turner starting when he rides the pine. Would Balugon switch? Hard to say. Don’t really know Englands young striking options going into the future. But Kane isn’t retiring anytime soon and Abraham and Calvert Lewin look to be in the England set up going into the future.

    Good to see Americans playing well so far this new European season.

  2. I have been talking about Balogun for a year now. He is quality. His is also friends with Alex Mighten who is “supposedly” switching from England to the US.

    • Holy @#$%!!!!! First Balogun…….now Mighten???!!!!!! How did I not know about these players lol??? How come these players are not being highly sort after or highlighted a ton by US Soccer??? Thanks for bringing him up on my radar Goalkeeper. Wow, USMNT are having really good / quality / possible / realistic “options” heading into the World Cup.

      Folarin Balogun, 21 (born in New York) and Alex Mighten, 20 (born in Hartford, Connecticut) have a far better chance of playing INTERNATIONALLY for the USMNT than England (hope they see this lol), just saying, especially when it comes to the striker / winger positions. I hope that makes them lean towards THEIR PLACE OF BIRTH LOL!!!!!! Wow….

  3. Anyone know why Xavi dislikes Dest now? The commentators mentioned it in game. On another note, nice to see a lot of American Abroad goals this weekend!

  4. Is it time to see if Folarin Balogun can offer us anything for the cup? I would much rather see him and Tillman come in for these two games than a Morris or roldan.

    • Woof. Hadn’t really watched much film on Balogun but I did this morning…wow. He’s an absolute steal that just dropped out of the heavens if we can actually get him. Dude would be the best, most-complete, and most-dynamic striker in our pool, period. Can hold it up, drop off into space and play as a field player, runs the channels, presses in a flash, has crazy speed and acceleration, has great skill with the ball at his feet, can finish any which way and with either foot, and oh, yeah, his movement is extremely intelligent. That checks a whole lot of boxes.

      He’s better than a Ricardo Pepi, a Haji Wright, a Brandon Vasquez, or a Jordan Pefok. What he looks like to my eyes is a future starter at Arsenal, honestly.

      If Gregg doesn’t recruit him ASAP he’s crazy. Steal NOW, Gregg, while the stealing’s good.


        “He’s better than a Ricardo Pepi, a Haji Wright, a Brandon Vasquez, or a Jordan Pefok”
        quozzel that’s a very very bold statement…..especially since from Arsenal he was loaned to Middlesbrough (only 18 appearances) then loaned again to a mid-to-bottom Ligue 1 team like Reims (3 goals in 3 appearances). Not saying the kid doesn’t have skill and abilities…..all I’m saying is he has a lot more to do or prove to be able to even be in the conversation for the number #1 spot as USMNT BEST STRIKER.

        with that being said the kid DOES have skills

      • bizzy-

        Oh, no doubt he’d be a gamble, but let’s face it, anybody we take past Ferreira right now is a roll of the dice and we know exactly what we’re getting with Ferreira, what he can do well and what he can’t. Ferreira can press and combine, and his movement’s excellent…he lacks some size and strength and he can’t hold it up or bully in the box or serve as a target man.

        But in terms of sheer talent, anyhow, this kid would be in a league unto himself in our pool. Granted, we have no idea how he’d mesh with the squad – though he’s apparently good friends with Musah, which speaks well of him – and we have no idea if he’s a diva and the thing I’d really want to do is watch him over a game to see if he’s fading in and out of it and how consistently he’s willing to press and run.

        But the sheer upside and talent are CLEARLY there. It jumps off the field at you just like it did with Malik Tillman, and IMHO he’s ahead of Tillman right now.

        This is a young squad, built around youth. He’s flashing more than enough I’d be burning up his DM’s already inviting him in for September. (Tillman would be in for me as well.) When a potential gift like this pops up on your radar, IMHO you grab it.

      • You might be on to something here quozzel. What an awesome problem to have !!!!!! Lol

      • All of those things you listed in your paragraphs make him unlikely to switch now. None of the current players were with him with U18 (only Uly has any caps and he’s fallen off). He and Musah were in different age groups. There’s no coaching staff ties as there were with Musah. There’s just nothing to get him to switch besides a promise of Qatar and Gregg doesn’t make promises.?Also, he’s been consistently called in by England unlike Dest for Netherlands. If Gregg lands him, his era is a success regardless of results in Qatar.

    • Balogun is a talented player, able to play anywhere across the attacking front line.
      If there is a chance to secure his services by calling him into the Sept. camp than it’s a no brainer…and Gregg should do it.
      Imagine the possibilities in 2026 when all these players are hitting their Prime playing years:
      Attack: Pulisic, Malik, Weah, Balogun, Mighten, Ferreira, Sargent, Pepi, Hoppe, Dike, P. Aaronson,
      Midfield: McKennie, Reyna, Adams, B. Aaronson, Musah, Luca, Busio, Tessmann,
      T. Booth, Z. Booth, Mendez, Ledezma, Cardoso, Soñora
      Defense: Richards, Che, Robinson, CCV, EPB, McKenzie, Trusty, Tomkinson, Henry
      Jedi, Dest, Scally, Bello, Reynolds, Gomez, Tolkin, Paredes

      @razor: “If Gregg lands him, his era is a success regardless of results in Qatar.” I have to disagree with this statement. A coach/manager is measured on results, not their recruiting. Gregg already has a pool of players who’re as talented (or more so) than any other generation of players. So far Gregg has had average results. If he doesn’t get out of his WC Group he should still be considered a failure.
      That said I’m hoping that regardless of the results in 2022 that the USSF replaces Gregg as the manager. We’ve never done well when we keep a Manager for 2 cycles. Arena, Bradley, JK all failed in there 2nd term. I’m hoping that the current USSF executives have learned this lesson.

      • Balogun has to file a switch to play in September. I don’t see that happening. I suppose he could just come and train but I’m not sure we’d see that right before WC. I think a large group will claim Berhalter is a failure even if we win this WC.

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