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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Reynolds, Pefok, and more

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Bryan Reynolds has been rewarded with increased playing time this September with Belgian club Westerlo and the AS Roma loanee celebrated his first goal for the club on Saturday in a winning effort for the team.

Reynolds scored the opening goal on Saturday as Westerlo defeated Sporting Charleroi 3-2 away from home. It was the 21-year-old’s second-career goal in Europe and his first since April 10th while still on loan with Kortrijk. Not only did Reynolds score the opening goal in Saturday’s win, he also won two duels, made two interceptions, and three clearances as Westerlo tied Sporting Charleroi on 12 points apiece this season. The U.S. men’s national team fullback has started in each of the last three matches for Westerlo and will be pushing to remain in Jonas De Roeck’s starting lineup following the two-week international break.

In Germany, Jordan Pefok scored his fourth goal of the season in all competitions for Union Berlin while Gio Reyna logged over 50 minutes for Borussia Dortmund.

In England, Zack Steffen and Ethan Horvath both registered shutouts for their respective clubs. Tim Ream logged 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.

In Italy, Weston McKennie played 90 minutes for Juventus, but the Old Lady suffered a humiliating defeat to Monza.

In Spain, Yunus Musah missed Valencia’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo through injury.

Elsewhere, Ricardo Pepi marked his first start for Eredivisie side FC Groningen by scoring his first goal for the club. Mark McKenzie and Sam Vines both impressed in Belgian Pro League victories, while Ian Harkes played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 2-1 SPFL loss to Rangers. Haji Wright was held in check as Antalyaspor lost 3-0 at home to Adana Demirspor.

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


England


Premier League

Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on Friday.

Antonee Robinson did not dress for Fulham.

Matt Turner and Arsenal visit Brentford on Sunday.

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United’s match with Manchester United was postponed.

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea’s match with Liverpool was postponed.

Chris Richards and Crystal Palace’s match with Brighton & Hove Albion was postponed.

Championship

Josh Sargent started and played 90 minutes in Norwich City’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Auston Trusty started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 0-0 draw with Coventry City on Saturday.

Ethan Horvath started, made ZERO SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Luton Town’s 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Duane Holmes started and played 80 minutes in Huddersfield’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.

Zack Steffen started, made ZERO SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Rotherham United on Saturday.

Matthew Hoppe did not dress for Middlesbrough.

Lynden Gooch started and played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday.

Matthew Olosunde did not dress in Preston North End’s 2-0 loss to Sheffield United on Saturday.

PL2

Matthew Hoppe started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Middlesbrough’s 3-1 loss to Norwich City on Sunday.

Jonathan Tomkinson started and played 90 minutes for Norwich City.


Germany


Bundesliga

Jordan Pefok started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 87 minutes in Union Berlin’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Kevin Paredes came off the bench and played 11 minutes for Wolfsburg.

Joe Scally started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Gio Reyna came off the bench and played 52 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 win over Schalke on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 win over Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green started and played 71 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 2-1 win over Paderborn on Sunday.

Timothy Tillman came off the bench and played 19 minutes for Furth.

Terrence Boyd started, scored TWO GOALS, and played 87 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-2 draw with Heidenheim on Sunday.

George Bello dressed but did not play in Arminia Bielefeld’s 4-2 win over Holstein Kiel on Saturday.

Nico Carrera did not dress for Holstein Kiel on Saturday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez started and played 55 minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund II on Saturday.


Spain


La Liga

Yunus Musah did not dress (Injury) in Valencia’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Luca De La Torre came off the bench and played seven minutes for Celta Vigo.

Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife host Malaga on Monday.


Italy


Serie A

Weston McKennie started and played 90 minutes in Juventus’ 1-0 loss to Monza on Sunday.

Sergino Dest came off the bench and played 45 minutes in AC Milan’s 2-1 loss to Napoli on Sunday.

Serie B

Andrija Novakovich started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Venezia’s 1-1 draw with Pisa on Saturday.

Gianluca Busio started and played 90 minutes for Venezia.

Jack DeVries dressed but did not play for Venezia.

Tanner Tessmann did not dress for Venezia.

Anthony Fontana dressed but did not play in Ascoli’s 3-1 loss to Parma on Saturday.


France


Ligue 1

Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in Troyes 3-1 win over Clermont Foot on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun started and played 90 minutes in Stade Reims 3-0 loss to Monaco on Sunday.

Tim Weah is OUT (Injury) for Lille.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Ricardo Pepi started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 65 minutes in FC Groningen’s 2-1 loss to Sparta Rotterdam on Saturday.

Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 4-3 win over Feyenoord on Sunday.

Cole Bassett dressed but did not play in Fortuna Sittard’s 1-0 win over Excelsior on Saturday.

Taylor Booth dressed but did not play in FC Utrecht’s 0-0 draw with NEC Nijmegen on Friday.


Portugal


Liga Portugal

Reggie Cannon started and played 90 minutes in Boavista’s 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon on Saturday.

Alex Mendez started and played 90 minutes in Vizela’s 2-0 loss to Braga on Sunday.

John Brooks came off the bench and played one minute in Benfica’s 5-0 loss to Maritimo on Sunday.

Joel Sonora dressed but did not play for Maritimo.


Scotland


Premiership

Ian Harkes started and played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 2-1 loss to Rangers on Saturday.

Malik Tillman came off the bench and played 20 minutes for Rangers.

James Sands dressed but did not play for Rangers.

Cameron Carter-Vickers did not dress (Injury) in Celtic’s 2-0 loss to St Mirren on Sunday.

Dante Polvara came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Aberdeen’s 3-1 loss to Hibernian on Saturday.

Christian Ramirez dressed but did not play for Aberdeen.

Joe Efford started and played 30 minutes in Motherwell’s 3-0 loss to Hearts on Sunday.


Belgium


Pro League

Bryan Reynolds started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Westerlo’s 3-2 win over Sporting Charleroi on Saturday.

Sam Vines started and played 90 minutes in Royal Antwerp’s 2-1 win over RFC Seraing on Friday.

Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 1-0 win over Gent on Sunday.

Owen Otasowie did not dress in Club Brugge’s 3-0 loss to Standard Liege on Sunday.

Marlon Fossey did not dress for Standard Liege.


Greece


Super League

Konrad de la Fuente did not dress in Olympiakos 2-1 loss to Aris Thessaloniki on Sunday.


Turkey


Super Lig

Haji Wright started and played 90 minutes in Antalyaspor’s 3-0 loss to Adana Demirspor on Saturday.

Tyler Boyd did not dress in Besiktas 2-2 draw with Istanbulspor on Saturday.


Denmark


Superliagen

Christian Cappis started and played 90 minutes in Brondby’s 0-0 draw with Viborg on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sabbi did not dress in Odense’s 2-0 win over Lyngby on Sunday.


Austria


Bundesliga

Sebastian Soto did not dress in Austria Klagenfurt’s 4-1 win over Rheindorf Attach on Saturday.

2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez dressed but did not play in SKN St. Poelten’s 1-0 win over BW Linz on Friday.


Hungary


NB 1

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


Norway


Eliteserien

Sam Rogers did not dress in Rosenborg’s 3-1 win over Lillestrom on Sunday.

Kobe Hernandez-Foster did not dress in HamKam’s 2-0 loss to Odd on Saturday.


Sweden


Allsvenskan

Forrest Lasso started and played 90 minutes in Sundsvall’s 1-1 draw with Mjallby on Sunday.

Joe Corona started and played 65 minutes for Sundsvall.

Joe Gyau started and played 90 minutes in Degerfors 1-1 draw with AIK on Sunday.

Jeffrey Gal dressed but did not play for Degerfors.

Romain Gall did not dress in Malmo’s 2-1 win over Helsingborg on Sunday.


Israel


Ligat HaAL

Josh Cohen started and played 90 minutes in Maccabi Haifa’s 3-0 loss to Hapoel Jerusalem on Sunday.


Argentina


Primeira Liga

Alan Sonora and Independiente visit Union on Monday.


Brazil


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Atletico GO on Monday.


Comments

  1. Pefok’s goal was a very nice header off a cross, and he almost had a second on a one time shot earlier in the game. The guy is our most polished finisher, and I thought he looked good holding the ball up in this game also. Have to think he is world cup bound at this point. I get he doesn’t press and possible communication issues if his english isn’t great, but if he keeps playing the way he is and is left off entirely, I will have a problem with the decision. Having a system is great for a general framework and basic game plan, but sometimes you just need to get the best players on the field together.

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    • 2tone – If you discount the injuries (Weah, Musah, CCV, Jedi) the # of players seeing significant minutes is still pretty impressive. Yes, some of our key players are still struggling for minutes (Pulisic, Luca DLT, Turner, & Richards) but significantly more of our important players are actually starting, seeing significant minutes, and contributing. When you factor in how young most of the US Players Abroad are we have made major strides over the failed 2018 team. I expect the #’s and minutes to significantly increase next cycle as our guys mature and grow into their talent.
      It’s why I hope USSF has learned from past mistakes and does not extend Gregg’s contract beyond this cycle.

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  2. John Brooks made his 1st appearance for Benfica. Coming in 89′. He’s not starting because Otamendi and the other guy are ahead of him on the depth chart.

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    • They’ve got three CBs hurt right now that could move ahead of Brooks too. Morato 21 yr old Brazilian started earlier, expected back in Oct., another Brazilian Joao Victor who they spent 10 million on his return isn’t listed on transfermkt and Verrisimo but he’s got a torn ligament in his knee that occurred last November so return could be coming soon.

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  3. Looks like Carter-Vickers and Richards are sidelined with injuries. Big opportunity for McKenzie and Palmer Brown. Both have had really good starts to the season.

    Good to see Reynolds starting to flourish again. Will be a good bet for the Olympic team.

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    • U23 teams often have release issues because it’s not FIFA calendar. even for a summer tournament. in terms of calling europeans, the paris olympics will be in july-august, not in the june holiday period like U20 regional qualifying or the world U20 tournament are.

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