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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Pepi, Scally, and more

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Ricardo Pepi began his loan spell with Dutch side FC Groningen on Sunday and played a key role in an important road victory for the club.

Pepi came off the bench at Cambuur and set up the winning goal in a 1-0 result. It was Pepi’s first appearance for the Eredivisie side following his loan move from FC Augsburg. Pepi helped spring a counter-attack in the 71st minute, laying off a pass out wide to a streaking Tomas Suslov. Suslov eventually cut onto his left foot before hitting a low drive into the bottom-right corner of Joao Virginia’s net. Pepi logged 45 minutes in his club debut, completing seven of nine passes, winning four duels, and completing two tackles. The 19-year-old will now be pushing to start FC Groningen’s final match this month, a Sept. 17 road match at Sparta Rotterdam.

In Germany, Joe Scally helped Borussia Moenchengladbach earn one point at Freiburg while Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin defeated Cologne. Johan Gomez scored the winning goal for third-tier side FSV Zwickau.

In Italy, Weston McKennie started for Juventus against Salernitana while Tanner Tessmann was sent off in Venezia’s loss to Spal.

In Spain, Yunus Musah logged 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Rayo Vallecano.

In Belgium, Mark McKenzie and Sam Vines both played 90 minutes apiece for their respective clubs. Joe Gyau went the distance for Swedish side Degerfors while

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


England


All matches have been postponed following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.


Germany


Bundesliga

Joe Scally started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 0-0 draw with Freiburg on Sunday.

Jordan Pefok started and played 75 minutes in Union Berlin’s 1-0 win over Cologne on Sunday. Pefok also missed one penalty kick opportunity.

Gio Reyna came off the bench and played 31 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Kevin Paredes dressed but did not play in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart tied Bayern Munich 2-2 on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Timothy Tillman started and played 87 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 2-1 loss to Magdeburg on Sunday.

Julian Green came off the bench and played 31 minutes for Greuther Furth.

Terrence Boyd started and played 90 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 3-3 draw with Darmstadt on Sunday.

George Bello came off the bench and played three minutes in Arminia Bielefeld’s 1-0 loss to Nuremberg on Friday.

Nico Carrera did not dress in Holstein Kiel’s 3-2 loss to Hamburg on Friday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 77 minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 1-0 win over Erzgebirge Are on Sunday.


Spain


La Liga

Yunus Musah started and played 90 minutes in Valencia’s 2-1 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Jonathan Gomez did not dress in Real Sociedad’s 2-1 loss to Getafe on Sunday.

Luca De La Torre dressed but did not play in Celta Vigo’s 4-1 loss to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua did not dress in Tenerife’s 1-0 loss to UD Ibiza on Sunday.


Italy


Serie A

Weston McKennie started and played 85 minutes in Juventus 2-2 draw with Salernitana on Sunday.

Sergino Dest dressed but did not play in AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Saturday.

Serie B

Tanner Tessmann came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Venezia’s 2-0 loss to Spal on Sunday. Tessmann was sent off in the 86th minute.

Andrija Novakovich came off the bench and played 32 minutes for Venezia.

Gianluca Busio, Jack DeVries dressed but did not play for Venezia.

Anthony Fontana dressed but did not play in Ascoli’s 1-0 loss to Perugia on Saturday.


France


Ligue 1

Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in Troyes 1-0 loss to Lens on Friday.

Folarin Balogun started and played 90 minutes in Stade Reims 1-0 loss to Toulouse on Sunday.

Tim Weah is OUT (Injury) for Lille.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Ricardo Pepi came off the bench, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 45 minutes in FC Groningen’s 1-0 win over Cambuur on Sunday.

Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 1-0 win over RKC Waalwijk on Sunday.

Cole Bassett dressed but did not play in Fortuna Sittard’s 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen on Saturday.

Taylor Booth dressed but did not play in FC Utrecht’s 1-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.


Portugal


Liga Portugal

Reggie Cannon started and played 45 minutes in Boavista’s 2-1 win over Arouca on Sunday.

John Brooks dressed but did not play in Benfica’s 1-0 win vs. Famalicao on Saturday.

Joel Sonora did not dress in Maritimo’s 2-1 loss to Gil Vicente on Sunday.

Alex Mendez and Vizela host Estoril on Monday.


Scotland


Premiership

All matches postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.


Belgium


Pro League

Sam Vines started and played 90 minutes in Royal Antwerp’s 2-0 win over Cercle Brugge on Sunday.

Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 2-1 win over Union St. Gilloise on Sunday.

Bryan Reynolds started and played 90 minutes in Westerlo’s 2-1 win over Anderlecht on Sunday.

Griffin Yow did not dress for Westerlo.

Owen Otasowie did not dress in Club Brugge’s 2-0 win over RFC Seraing on Saturday.


Greece


Super League

Konrad de la Fuente came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Olympiakos 1-1 draw with NFC Volos on Sunday.


Turkey


Super Lig

Haji Wright started and played 90 minutes in Antalyaspor’s 1-0 loss to Kayserispor on Sunday.

Tyler Boyd and Besiktas host Istanbul Basaksehir on Monday.


Denmark


Superliagen

Christian Cappis started and played 90 minutes in Brondby’s 2-2 draw with Randers on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sabbi did not dress in Odense’s 2-1 win over FC Kobenhaven on Saturday.


Austria


Bundesliga

Sebastian Soto did not dress in Austria Klagenfurt’s 2-0 loss to Sturm Graz on Sunday.

2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez did not dress in SKN St. Poelten’s 2-1 win over FC Liefering on Saturday.


Hungary


NB 1

Henry Wingo dressed but did not play in Ferencvaros 3-0 win over Kisvarda on Sunday.


Norway


Eliteserien

Kobe Hernandez-Foster started and played 45 minutes in HamKam’s 2-1 loss to Viking on Sunday.

Sam Rogers did not dress in Rosenborg’s 2-1 loss to FK Haugesund on Sunday.


Sweden


Allsvenskan

Forrest Lasso started and played 45 minutes in Sundsvall’s 2-0 loss to Elfsborg on Sunday.

Joe Corona came off the bench and played 23 minutes for Sundsvall.

Joe Gyau started and played 90 minutes in Degerfors 0-0 draw with Mjallby on Saturday.

Jeffrey Gal dressed but did not play for Degerfors.

Romain Gall is OUT (Injury) for Malmo.


Israel


Ligat HaAL

Josh Cohen dressed but did not play in Maccabi Haifa’s 3-1 win over Sektzia Nes Tziona on Saturday.


Argentina


Primeira Liga

Alan Sonora and Independiente visit Sarmiento on Monday.


Brazil


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso started and played 60 minutes in Internacional’s 1-0 win over Cuiaba on Saturday.


Comments

  1. With the postponement of matches in the UK, I hope it allows for some clubs & players to right the ship a little. Chelsea under new management needed a reset. I’m hoping that this will improve Pulisic’s match minutes.
    Overall the rest of our players are doing well and are going to make it difficult for Gregg to select a roster for September friendlies and the squad for the WC. Our CF’s are on a good run of form (goals and assists). Our midfield (MMA & Aaronson) are seeing consistent minutes and performing.
    The only concerns I have at the moment are our Keepers, Dest, Luca, and Weah…struggling to adjust to their new clubs. But there is still time for them to get healthy and get into a run of form ahead of the WC.

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    • Honest question….where does Reynolds realistically fit for the 2026 cycle. Yes he’s a talented player, but RB is one of our deepest positions with Dest and Scally the likely top 2 options based on experience and leagues. Then there’s Cannon & Moore (GB rates them both highly) as the probable “B-Team” options. Can Reynolds work his way ahead of Cannon & Moore….I think so, but will Gregg.
      If Dest gets moved to LB more permanently than Reynolds could sneak into the
      A-Team….but there is real competition at the 2026 LB spot as well with Robinson, Gomez, Vines, Bello, Jones, Paredes, & Tolkin looking like they’ll all be in the running.
      Reynolds has the physical size (6’3″) to potentially be used as a RCB in a back 4 or if we move to a back 3 and use wing-backs he’d possibly be an interesting option considering his base skill set. But even CB is looking like it could be hard to break into (Richards, Reynolds, Pierie, Trusty, Che, McKenzie, Sands, EPB, CCV, and M. Robinson). The competition for defensive positions is going to be fierce next cycle.
      There are some significant talents in the running as well as solid contributors.

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  2. Pepi comes in during the 46th minute and proves the assist in the 71st minute. Awesome!!! It sucks that the Groningen FC game wasn’t televised on any of the major networks.

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      • Seems pretty clear his teammates aren’t used to playing with him yet. In couple of those highlights players ignore Pepsi’s runs to make harder plays. There was an all touches video on Twitter but it looks like it got yanked off for copyright violations. Had 7.3 Fotmob score so it’s doubtful he was poor. A big part of his FCD success was Ferreira playing him into good spots we’ll see if he has that at Groningen or can create it on his own.

    • I’m not sure of the exact # of games ESPN+ has each week but usually if you aren’t playing Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord or AZ you aren’t on in the US. So just by luck you should get at least one of Basset (Fortuna) Booth (Utrecht), or Pepi. None were on this week and Booth and Bassett stayed on the bench anyway. Hopefully Ledezma gets some more consistent minutes at PSV.

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