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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Musah, Sargent, and more


Yunus Musah barely missed out on his first La Liga goal of the new season on Monday, but followed that up with a stellar performance in Valencia’s league win on Sunday.

Musah registered two assists in Valencia’s 5-1 victory over Getafe, putting in a Man of the Match shift for Gennaro Gattuso’s squad. The 19-year-old also won six of nine duels, made two interceptions, and completed two dribbles, racing all around the field at Mestalla. Valencia scored three goals in the opening 16 minutes of the match before adding a pair of second-half goals in a three-minute span after the hour mark. Musah has went the distance in three of Valencia’s four league matches this season and will face Rayo Vallecano and Celta Vigo before the September international break.

In England, Josh Sargent scored once and assisted once in Norwich City’s fifth-straight league win. Christian Pulisic started in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Ham United while Antonee Robinson left Fulham’s loss with an apparent ankle injury.

In Italy, Weston McKennie logged 90 minutes in Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.

In France, Folarin Balogun netted his fifth league goal for Stade Reims. Erik Palmer-Brown helped Troyes earn one point.

Elsewhere, Mark McKenzie helped Genk to a clean sheet draw while Joe Gyau assisted once for Swedish side Degerfors. Christian Cappis continued his left back role for Danish club Brondby. Johnny Cardoso started in a 2-2 draw for Internacional.

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


Premier League

Christian Pulisic started and played 60 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday.

Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson started and played 90 minutes in Leeds United’s 5-2 loss to Brentford on Saturday.

Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson started and played 29 minutes for Fulham. Robinson was substituted off with an ankle injury.

Chris Richards dressed but did not play in Crystal Palace’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday.

Matt Turner dressed but did not play in Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.


Josh Sargent started, scored ONE GOAL, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 83 minutes in Norwich City’s 3-0 win over Coventry City on Saturday.

Jonathan Tomkinson did not dress for Norwich City.

Auston Trusty started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win over Preston North End on Saturday.

Matt Olosunde did not dress (Injury) for Preston North End.

Lynden Gooch started and played 75 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough on Monday.

Matthew Hoppe dressed but did not play for Middlesbrough.

Zack Steffen did not dress for Middlesbrough.

Ethan Horvath started, made ZERO SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Luton Town’s 2-1 loss to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 17 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 loss to Blackpool on Sunday.

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



Joe Scally started and played 82 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-0 loss to Mainz on Sunday.

Kevin Paredes came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 4-2 loss to Cologne on Saturday.

Gio Reyna came off the bench and played seven minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 loss to Hoffenheim on Friday.

Jordan Pefok did not dress in Union Berlin’s 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart tied Schalke 1-1 on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler came off the bench and played four minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-0 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Timothy Tillman started and played 90 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 2-2 draw with St. Pauli on Saturday.

Julian Green dressed but did not play for Furth.

Terrence Boyd started and played 81 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 0-0 draw with Sandhausen on Sunday.

George Bello came off the bench and played seven minutes in Arminia Bielefeld’s 1-1 draw with Darmstadt on Sunday.

Nico Carrera did not dress in Holstein Kiel’s 0-0 draw with Jahn Regensburg on Saturday.

Bryang Kayo did not dress in Nuremberg’s 4-2 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez started and played 70 minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 0-0 draw with Viktoria Koln on Sunday.


La Liga

Yunus Musah started, registered TWO ASSISTS, and played 90 minutes in Valencia’s 5-1 win over Getafe on Sunday.

Luca De La Torre came off the bench and played seven minutes in Celta Vigo’s 3-0 win over Cadiz on Friday.

Jonathan Gomez did not dress in Real Sociedad’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua dressed but did not play in Tenerife’s 1-0 win over Racing Santander on Saturday.


Serie A

Weston McKennie started and played 90 minutes in Juventus 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on Saturday.

Sergino Dest dressed but did not play in AC Milan’s 3-2 win over Inter Milan on Saturday.

Serie B

Jack DeVries started and played 45 minutes in Venezia’s 2-0 loss to Benevento on Saturday.

Andrija Novakovich came off the bench and played 19 minutes for Venezia.

Tanner Tessmann dressed but did not play for Venezia.

Gianluca Busio did not dress for Venezia.

Anthony Fontana dressed but did not play in Ascoli’s 0-0 draw with Cittadella on Saturday.


Ligue 1

Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in Troyes 1-1 draw with Rennes on Sunday.

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

Tim Weah is OUT (Injury) for Lille.



Cole Bassett came off the bench and played 16 minutes in Fortuna Sittard’s 4-3 loss to FC Utrecht on Friday.

Taylor Booth dressed but did not play for FC Utrecht.

Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 2-1 loss to Twente on Saturday.

Ricardo Pepi did not dress in FC Groningen’s 1-0 loss to Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.


Liga Portugal

Reggie Cannon started and played 90 minutes in Boavista’s 1-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira on Monday.

Alex Mendez started and played 90 minutes in Vizela’s 2-1 loss to Benfica on Friday.

Joel Sonora started and played 67 minutes in Maritimo’s 2-1 loss to Santa Clara on Sunday.



Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Celtic’s 4-0 win over Rangers on Saturday.

James Sands started and played 90 minutes for Rangers.

Malik Tillman started and played 60 minutes for Rangers.

Ian Harkes started and played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 0-0 draw with Motherwell on Saturday.

Joe Efford started and played 73 minutes for Motherwell.

Dante Polvara dressed but did not play in Aberdeen’s 1-1 draw with Ross County on Saturday.

Christian Ramirez did not dress for Aberdeen.


Pro League

Sam Vines started and played 90 minutes in Royal Antwerp’s 3-0 win over Westerlo on Sunday.

Bryan Reynolds started and played 76 minutes for Westerlo.

Griffin Yow did not dress for Westerlo.

Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 0-0 draw with Sint-Truiden on Saturday.

Owen Otasowie did not dress in Club Brugge’s 4-0 win over Cercle Brugge on Friday.


Super League

Konrad de la Fuente started and played 75 minutes in Olympiakos 3-1 win over Ionikos on Saturday.


Super Lig

Haji Wright started and played 90 minutes in Antalyaspor’s 2-0 loss to Kasimpasa on Sunday.

Tyler Boyd did not dress in Besiktas 3-2 win over Ankaragucu on Sunday.



Christian Cappis started and played 90 minutes in Brondby’s 2-0 win over Horsens on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sabbi did not dress in Odense’s 2-1 loss to Viborg on Sunday.


2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez did not dress in SKN St. Poelten’s 2-1 loss to Floridsdorfer on Sunday.


NB 1

Henry Wingo started and played 90 minutes in Ferencvaros 6-0 win over Ujpest on Sunday.



Kobe Hernandez-Foster started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in HamKam’s 2-1 loss to Sarpsborg on Sunday.

Sam Rogers did not dress in Rosenborg’s 4-1 win over Viking on Sunday.



Forrest Lasso started and played 90 minutes in Sundsvall’s 4-0 loss to AIK on Sunday.

Joe Corona started and played 65 minutes for Sundsvall.

Joe Gyau started, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 90 minutes in Degerfors 2-2 draw with Hacken on Sunday.

Jeffrey Gal dressed but did not play for Degerfors.

Romain Gall is OUT (Injury) for Malmo.


Ligat HaAL

Josh Cohen started and played 90 minutes in Maccabi Haifa’s 2-1 win over Hapoel Beer Sheva on Saturday.


Primeira Liga

Alan Sonora started and played 59 minutes in Independiente’s 3-1 loss to Gimnasia on Saturday.


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso started and played 64 minutes in Internacional’s 2-2 draw with Corinthians on Sunday.


  1. Jozy scored the only goal (that counted) for Puebla in their draw against Queretaro.
    He received a through ball on the turn and opened his hips towards the far post, but shot towards the near post, fooling the gk dead in this tracks. Golazo!

    Looks like he’s going to do well here.

  2. Steffen still out for Boro. I’m sorry I don’t see how Steffen is a lock for the WC. A once promising GK career derailed by making the wrong Club move and chronic injuries.

    We have a GK issue, but no one wants to talk about it. Horvath, Slonina, and Sean John are playing regularly. Turner is riding the pine. Turner should have made that move after the WC.

    • What’s the news on Hoppe? He’s not been in their squad for the last two games. Is he hurt too or they already decided he’s not good enough that soon?

      • Was on the bench today. I don’t think he played much with Mallorca this preseason so his fitness is probably not there yet. Didn’t get in today.

  3. Berhalter was in Europe to watch 3 matches:
    – Rangers vs Celtic Saturday (Sands, Tillman, and CCV)
    – Valencia on Sunday (Musah)
    – Boavista on Monday (Cannon)

    Sands did not help his cause for September, having a real stinker of a game at CB for Rangers. It’s unfortunate, as he’s played well in SPL and UCL for Rangers thus far, and is one of the few in the pool who can play both CB and CDM. Tillman did a bit better in a losing cause, but Rangers as a team just looked lost. CCV was solid for Celtic, but wasn’t particularly busy.

    Musah? No need to say more. Impressive! Peaking at the right time. Berhalter is probably trying to sort out CAM with Aaronson slotted in there for Leeds, but Aaronson can also play up top.

    Berhalter’s interest in Cannon is his experience playing outside in a back 3 for Boavista. We know he can also play the back wing, which increases his value. It seems Berhalter this weekend was looking for players with versatility.

    Apparenlty US scouts are in attendance for Union Berlin’s match, but Pefok is injured.

  4. Musah starting to look like our most talented player. Was running the show today for Valencia. If he can get his final third production looking good like he did today he will be a huge force.

    • People tend to forget how young Musah (19 yrs Old, 19 Caps) and Reyna (19 yrs Old, 12 Caps) actually are due to the number of games they’ve already played at high level clubs and for the USMNT. This is not the norm, and especially not for the US.
      For generations USMNT Fans have begged to have the kind of talent that we’ve begun to amass. And the most amazing thing about all this talent is that they are relatively young and will (hopefully) improve as they gain experience and chemistry together. We are truly seeing an emergence of what could be a “Golden Generation” for the USMNT.
      Slonina (18 yrs, 0 Caps), Musah (19 yrs, 19 Caps), Reyna (19 yrs, 12 Caps), Pepi (19 yrs, 11 Caps), Scally (19 yrs, 2 Caps), Busio (19 yrs, 8 Caps), Konrad DLT (20 yrs, 3 Caps), Aaronson (21 yrs, 22 caps), Dest (21 yrs, 17 Caps), Richards (22 yrs, 8 Caps), Weah (22 yrs, 25 Caps), Sargent (22 yrs, 19 Caps), Adams (23 yrs, 30 Caps), McKennie (23 yrs, 35 Caps), Pulisic (23 yrs, 51 Caps)….with the possibility of adding Balogun, Mighten, and Gomez. and you have a significant talent pool who will all be entering or in their Prime when we host the 2026 WC.
      I’m sure some will fail to reach their full potential, just as there are others I didn’t mention who will arrive from seemingly nowhere. The point here is that this WC will be a proving ground for a young, inexperienced group of US players who will learn what it takes to compete in a WC; than be able to build on that for another 4 years to make a real run in 2026.

  5. I think it’s time we call in Folarin Balogun. Watching that kid is a ton of fun and has a huge upside. He may not know our system yet, but he would learn fast. Tillman and Balogun have the potential to be game changers. we need those qualities in Qatar. I am watching Morris play and rewatched arriolas game and they just don’t have anywhere close the same quality as those two kids.

    • I think it’s widely held that we have been in contact. The problem is he’s represented England in UEFA competitions at the youth level (including in June), he’d have to file a switch to play for us. He could come train as Efra Alvarez did a few years ago but bringing a guy to the WC no matter how he looked in training and Ligue 1 would be very iffy (I’m talking about you David Regis). Unless he’s already filed the paperwork I don’t think he could get it approved in time for September friendlies and maybe even in time for Qatar. Sometimes it seems to go fast and other times very slow not sure why that is? Because he played for USYT in an unofficial tournament in the past maybe some of that paperwork is already complete and approved?

      • I can’t imagine that US Soccer has not been in touch with him but I have been surprised before. I do agree that it is hard for a player that has not been around long to fit into any system, let alone ours. I just think if you have a potential top three league talent in the wings and he wants to play for us he is worth a shot, especially for a 9. Now that I think about it, the whole leaving Landon off for Julian green really upset me so I think I’m going to leave it alone and reevaluate lol. I just really don’t want to see Morris or Arriola at the cup.

      • Mr. Eklund,

        There was a report back in March that pretty much guaranteed Balogun was going USMNT. I’m still waiting.

        Until I read where the kid says to Ives, ” It will be hard beat out quality like Ariolla and Jordan Morris but I believe in my quality”, will I take any of this very seriously. I’d love to be wrong.

        McBride is in charge of the recruitment “team” so he probably is the most up to date.

        By the way, Julian Green didn’t knock LD off of the WC squad.

        The decision was to not have Landon on the team in Brazil.

        If Julian had not been around it would have been some other player.

        That’s a different thing entirely.

      • I don’t really think McBride is in charge of recruiting. Like maybe he makes the contact with the agent, but it’s Gregg talking with the players.
        I don’t buy that March report given Folarin continued to represent England this summer. Not saying he won’t eventually switch but there’s a lot of click bait big headlines no information “reporting” out there.

    • Also watched the Reims – RCL game. Was impressed with Balogun. He’s a guy that loves dancing with ball inside the box instead of taking care of business first and foremost. Typical traits of young players with less than 50 games under their belt. Raw.

      Morris and Arriola are blue-collar type of players, who run up and down the sides and cross the ball, nothing more, nothing less. Balogun is someone who can create something magical in the last 5 mins of the game to win it for you.

  6. Gregg was there watching Yunus today. Yunus did not disappoint. 2 assists plus a hockey assist on Valencia’s 5 goals. MOTM by Fotmob, Sofascore, and Whoscored so the algorithms loved his performance.

    • Only saw highlights, but the first assist was nice. Clean, well timed 12 yard chip to a striker rushing into the box, who took it first time.


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