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Haji Wright’s scoring drought for Turkish side Antalyaspor came to an end on Friday with the U.S. men’s national team striker celebrating his first goals since late-August.

Wright scored twice on Friday as Antalyaspor fell 3-2 on the road at Alanyaspor, giving him seven goals in nine league appearances this season. The 24-year-old had not scored since August 26, but gained some confidence ahead of the FIFA World Cup this November. Wright’s first goal came in the 57th minute as his close-range header found the back of the net. With Antalyaspor trying to fight back for one point, Wright cut the visitors deficit to 3-2, slotting home Mustafa Erdilman’s pass into bottom-left corner.

It was Wright’s third multi-goal performance of the Super Lig season, moving him to second place in the league’s Golden Boot race. Wright has now scored seven of Antalyaspor’s 11 league goals this season, but will need him from others to get the club out of the relegation zone. Up next for Antalyaspor is a home showdown with Istanbulspor on Friday, Oct. 21.

In England, Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream both played 90 minutes apiece in Fulham’s draw with Bournemouth. Josh Sargent scored his eighth Championship goal of the season, but Norwich City lost at Watford.

In Germany, Jordan Pefok was subbed off in Union Berlin’s win over Borussia Dortmund with an apparent injury. Joe Scally played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s draw with Wolfsburg.

In Spain, Yunus Musah made his first start since returning from injury.

In Italy, Weston McKennie logged 90 minutes in Juventus’ 1-0 derby win over Torino.

In France, Tim Weah registered two assists for Lille in a road victory over Strasbourg.

Elsewhere, Cameron Carter-Vickers played 90 minutes for Celtic. Malik Tillman scored an impressive solo goal for Rangers in a road victory over Motherwell. Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege got the better of Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp in Belgian league action. Jeffrey Gal made eight saves in goal for Swedish side Degerfors.

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


England


Premier League

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams started and played 90 minutes in Leeds United’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.

Matt Turner dressed but did not play for Arsenal.

Christian Pulisic dressed but did not play in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Chris Richards did not dress in Crystal Palace’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City on Saturday.

Championship

Josh Sargent started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Norwich City’s 2-1 loss to Watford on Saturday.

Zack Steffen started, made FOUR SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Middlesbrough’s Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Ethan Horvath started, made FOUR SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Luton Town’s 3-1 win ove QPR on Saturday.

Auston Trusty started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 2-0 win over Hull City on Sunday.

Duane Holmes started and played 67 minutes in Huddersfield’s 2-1 loss to Rotherham United on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch started and played 45 minutes in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

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

Daryl Dike is OUT (Injury) for West Brom.

Vaughn Covil is OUT (Injury) for Hull City.

PL2

Jonathan Tomkinson and Norwich City is off this weekend.

Matthew Hoppe did not dress in Middlesbrough’s 2-1 win over West Brom on Monday.


Germany


Bundesliga

Jordan Pefok started and played 67 minutes in Union Berlin’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Gio Reyna came off the bench and played eight minutes for Borussia Dortmund.

Joe Scally started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Kevin Paredes came off the bench and played 17 minutes for Wolfsburg.

Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 5-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green started and played 86 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 2-2 draw with Hansa Rostock on Friday.

Timothy Tillman started and played 79 minutes for Furth.

Terrence Boyd started and played 90 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 3-0 loss to Jahn Regensburg on Sunday.

George Bello started and played 90 minutes in Arminia Bielefeld’s 2-0 loss to Hannover on Saturday.

Nico Carrera did not dress in Holstein Kiel’s 3-1 win over FC Heidenheim on Sunday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez came off the bench and played 45 minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 3-2 loss to Saarbrucken on Saturday.


Spain


La Liga

Yunus Musah started and played 75 minutes in Valencia’s 2-2 draw with Elche on Saturday.

Luca De La Torre dressed but did not play in Celta Vigo’s 2-1 loss to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua did not dress in Tenerife’s 2-0 win over Granada on Sunday.


Italy


Serie A

Weston McKennie started and played 90 minutes in Juventus 1-0 win over Torino on Saturday.

Sergino Dest dressed but did not play in AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Serie B

Gianluca Busio started and played 66 minutes in Venezia’s 3-1 loss to Frosinone on Friday.

Andrija Novakovich came off the bench and played 24 minutes for Venezia.

Tanner Tessmann dressed but did not play for Venezia.

Jack DeVries did not dress for Venezia.

Anthony Fontana came off the bench and played one minute in Ascoli’s 2-0 win over Bari on Saturday.


France


Ligue 1

Tim Weah came off the bench, registered TWO ASSISTS, and played 25 minutes in Lille’s 3-0 win over Strasbourg on Friday.

Erik Palmer-Brown came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Troyes 1-1 draw with AC Ajaccio on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun started and played 90 minutes in Stade Reims 0-0 draw with Lorient on Saturday.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Ricardo Pepi started and played 90 minutes in FC Groningen’s 3-0 loss to FC Twente on Sunday.

Taylor Booth started and played 71 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 6-1 loss to PSV on Sunday.

Richie Ledezma came off the bench and played 28 minutes for PSV.

Cole Bassett came off the bench and played two minutes in Fortuna Sittard’s 0-0 draw with RKC Waalwijk on Saturday.


Portugal


Cup

John Brooks started and played 120 minutes in Benfica’s 5-3 shootout win over Caldas SC on Saturday.

Alex Mendez started and played 73 minutes in Vizela’s 2-1 shootout win over Penafiel on Saturday.

Joel Sonora came off the bench and played 17 minutes in Maritimo’s 4-2 loss to Mafra on Saturday. Sonora was sent off in the 94th minute for a red card offense.

Reggie Cannon did not dress in Boavista’s 1-0 loss to Machico on Sunday.


Scotland


Premiership

Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Celtic’s 5-0 win over Hibernian on Saturday.

Malik Tillman started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Rangers 2-1 win over Motherwell on Sunday.

James Sands dressed but did not play for Rangers.

Joe Efford did not dress for Motherwell.

Christian Ramirez dressed but did not play in Aberdeen’s 2-0 win over Hearts on Sunday.

Dante Polvara did not dress for Aberdeen.

Ian Harkes dressed but did not play in Dundee United’s 1-1 draw with Ross County on Saturday.


Belgium


Pro League

Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 1-0 win over OH Leuven on Saturday.

Bryan Reynolds started and played 90 minutes in Westerlo’s 2-2 draw with RFC Seraing on Friday.

Marlon Fossey started and played 77 minutes in Standard Liege’s 3-0 win over Royal Antwerp on Sunday.

Sam Vines started and played 17 minutes for Royal Antwerp.

Owen Otasowie did not dress in Club Brugge’s 1-0 win over Anderlecht on Sunday.


Greece


Super League

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


Turkey


Super Lig

Haji Wright started, scored TWO GOALS, and played 90 minutes in Antalyaspor’s 3-2 loss to Alanyaspor on Friday.

Tyler Boyd did not dress in Besiktas 2-2 draw with Trabzonspor on Sunday.


Denmark


Superliagen

Christian Cappis came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Brondby’s 1-1 draw with FC Kobenhaven on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sabbi did not dress in Odense’s 0-0 draw with Viborg on Sunday.


Austria


Bundesliga

Sebastian Soto did not dress in Austria Klagenfurt’s 3-1 loss to LASK on Saturday.

2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez started and played 65 minutes in SKN St. Poelten’s 0-0 draw with Grazer AK on Friday.


Hungary


NB 1

Henry Wingo did not dress in Ferencvaros 2-1 loss to Mezokovesd on Sunday.


Norway


Eliteserien

Sam Rogers started and played 83 minutes in Rosenborg’s 3-0 win over Stromsgodset on Saturday.

Kobe Hernandez-Foster came off the bench and played one minute in HamKam’s 0-0 draw with Aalesund on Sunday.


Sweden


Allsvenskan

Forrest Lasso started and played 90 minutes in Sundsvall’s 4-1 loss to Hacken on Saturday. Lasso also conceded one own goal.

Joe Corona started and played 63 minutes for Sundsvall.

Jeffrey Gal started, made EIGHT SAVES, and played 90 minutes in Degerfors 1-1 draw with Elfsborg on Friday.

Joe Gyau started and played 90 minutes for Degerfors.

Romain Gall dressed but did not play in Malmo’s 2-1 loss to Goteborg on Monday.


Israel


Ligat HaAL

Josh Cohen started and played 90 minutes in Maccabi Haifa’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Hadera on Monday.


Argentina


Primeira Liga

Alan Sonora came off the bench and played five minutes in Independiente’s 1-0 win over Banfield on Sunday.


Brazil


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso started and played 65 minutes in Internacional’s 1-0 win over Botafogo on Sunday.


Comments

  1. Here we are mid-October with just a couple of weeks away from the roster announcement and another DNP for Chris Richards. Injuries or not, at this point, it is a foregone conclusion he is not game-fit and does not start in the WC, We’re almost at the point if this continues where one has to wonder if he should be selected to go to Qatar at all.

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    • Maybe Richards should have stayed at Hoffenheim. At least EPB is getting time in France. Other possible defenders are McKenzie, CCV, and Reynolds in Belgium. And Ream seems to be holding his own at Fulham. Our MLS guys are fine for CONCACAF, but I worry they aren’t good enough for the WC.

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      • It’s unfortunate, as the player pool is starting to gel, as we’re now seeing all 3 goalkeepers getting game time, Weah working his way back, and Pepi getting consistent minutes. Our usual strength on the back line now seems to be a concern. The only other long shot at CB is Trusty, but very doubtful he could break in this late.

  2. Starting to see Bizzy’s thinking Norwich 12pts in 4 matches with Sargent as the lone striker, 12pts in 10 matches with Pukki starting as a striker.

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      • Pukki’ s a legend at Norwich though like 70 total goals over last 4 years, but Josh is on such good form right now. Put another one in the net but had it called off for a Pukki offside. I think even the people at Norwich are like is this the real Josh and are afraid he’ll dip again.

      • There’s no such thing as a “permanent change”.
        You’re the first choice striker until you’re not, for whatever reason ( form, money, relationship issues with the manager, etc.)

        It’s a little premature to talk about dumping Pukki for a hot Josh.

        This is Josh’s first extended run of good form at striker for his entire career. Josh is better today but how will he look at the end of the season? There’s a lot of season left to go.

        Pukki is a fricking Norwich legend whose goals have helped get them promoted twice.

        In a league where teams are dying for strikers like Pukki and Josh, Norwich has two of them. Norwich shouldn’t be in a rush to get rid of Pukki until they have to, And if he’s still in good form, and they can afford him, they could certainly use him if and when they get promoted.

        In the two seasons that Norwich was in the EPL Pukki scored 11 goals each time for a total of 22 goals.

        Josh has 2 goals in the EPL.

    • It’s a two striker formation now with both Pukki and Sargent up top. This is the way forward for Norwich.

      Josh has the ability to be a playmaking striker as well as he a finisher.

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  3. Also Joe Scally should be the starting RB at the WC. Not Dest. Ultimately I think 3 RB’s will be chosen. Scally, Dest, Yedlin. Dest will be cover at LB.

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  4. 2026 cycle will have have quite a few strikers to choose from. I think Wright will get many more looks/ chances in the 2026 cycle. Second behind Enner Valencia in the Turkish goal scoring charts this season. 7 goals so far. And plenty of season to go.

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    • Depending on who the Manager is you could be right. However, like you said there are still a number of strikers who’ll be in consideration:
      Pefolk (26), Sargent (22), Pepi (19), Vazquez (24), Ferreira (21), Dike (22), Wright (24)…
      then there are any number of others who’ve yet to emerge or who could switch nationalities. For Wright to have a chance he’ll have to continue to score and possibly transfer to a better league.

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      • I’d say he should feel a little based on the U20s haven’t had a striker, but how many 9 months ago would have predicted Vazquez would be even in the discussion. Even Ferreira 9 months ago few would have thought would be in consideration. Can Sebastian Soto ever get healthy and comfortable again? You still have to consider Ebobisse who had a good year on a horrible team, and of course can the US land Balogun?

      • Gary, not sure if Malik is CF or Bayern just put him there to get minutes. Not always perfect but transfermkt said he only played there in 3 of 19 appearances last season for Bayern I and II. He played as a CF a lot as a youth before his knee injury.

      • If fans were really excited about the USMNT’s chances in Qatar you all wouldn’t be talking so much about who the strikers will be in 2026.

        That’s like Lions or Browns fans talking about who they might be able to get in the draft next year.

        Four years is a very .very long time . And of the aforementioned guys:

        “Pefolk (26), Sargent (22), Pepi (19), Vazquez (24), Ferreira (21), Dike (22), Wright (24)…” Pepi and Josh may become useful, solid journeyman pros but that’s about it.

        The rest look like they will fall by the wayside.

        The current generation has the potential to be the next lost generation. The current striker pool reminds me of Juan Agudelo, all sizzle, no steak.

        Hopefully, they will produce a few WC vets to build on for the next cycle, guys like Adams, Aaronson, Gio, Dest and maybe Pulisic or Timo.

        They might not be starters, except for Turner ( who I think wins the Arsenal job long term) Gio and maybe Musah, but they could serve as the kind of not completely useless veteran depth the team is missing this cycle.

      • I don’t know Vacqui I think hardcore fans are always looking at next year during the “season”. Fans are always looking at cap space, and free agents. Who do we need to trade before the deadline so we get a return?

      • JR.

        “I think hardcore fans are always looking at next year during the “season”.”

        Especially when those fans despair for the future.

        The Japan/Saudi games did not serve any obvious purposes.

        Long should have played himself off the plane but we all know that won’t happen. If Gregg was hoping to give other players a last chance saloon to make their case no one did.

        Instead, in the time left, bubble players are making their case with their club teams.
        Pepi and Tillman, for example, were smart enough to make a recent move to someplace they can make a positive splash. Pepi and Tillman were playing well at their new clubs before those friendlies and hopefully, will continue to play well. That’s more valuable than 45 minutes or whatever in some pissant friendly, where no one involved with the USMNT (except for Matt ) looked like they knew where they were or why they were there.

        This team was set before those friendlies.

        Any changes from the team we all know and not necessarily love will be the result of what happens with the players at their clubs in the time remaining.

        Goalkeepers getting PT? At their clubs
        Either getting injured or recovering from injuries? At their clubs
        Losing form or suddenly finding it? At their clubs.

        Right now any optimism about this team comes from the fact that enough players might have a nice run of games in the remaining time and come into camp healthy, in form, confident and feeling better about things than they have been.

        We’ll see.

      • Vacqui –
        I have ZERO faith that the current USMNT Manager knows how to create and implement a strategy that will put a young, talented, but inexperienced squad in a position to advance out of the group stage of the 22 WC. While I’ll root for the players and the team to somehow exceed the expectations our lack luster manager has set, I’m not banking on it. So yes, I’ll looking forwards to what this team could look like when these players hit their prime in 2026.
        You’ve compared our current striker pool to Agudelo and the lost generation. While that is a possibility, our current pool has already surpassed Juan & his compatriots. Everyone I originally mentioned, with the exception of Ferreira & Vazquez, have more field time and goals/assists in Europe than the “Lost Generation” strikers ever did.
        You’ve suggested “Hopefully, they will produce a few WC vets to build on for the next cycle,”…implying that most of the current squad starting XI will be turned over and become depth for 2026. While we will turn over some of the XI, the vast majority of them will likely maintain their spot in XI. Yes, 4 years is a long time away….but for the most part no one has emerged to challenge any of what is essentially our Core players.
        Of the current player pool in the running to make the 26 player WC squad only Zimmerman, Long, Ream, Brooks, Acosta, Morris, Arriola, Roldan, and possibly Pefolk will have “Aged Out” by 2026. CCV & EPB will see challengers (Trusty, Che, etc…) as will some others (hopefully). That said most of the talent in the current squad will also be growing in experience which should help them continue to progress and improve.
        We may not have any World Class talent(s) in the USMNT Player Pool yet…but there is still more talent in this squad than we’ve ever had before. Some may only be mid table journeymen and solid contributors, but they’ll ALL be European players (Europa League & Champions League) as compared to MLS journeymen & stars. This still represents a step forwards for the US program. With a decent manager we have enough talent in our pool to make a statement. I just have to hope that USSF will realize this after 2022 and hire someone capable of coordinating and leading them.

      • Mr. Space,

        “I have ZERO faith that the current USMNT Manager knows how to create and implement a strategy that will put a young, talented, but inexperienced squad in a position to advance out of the group stage of the 22 WC. ………….”

        Welcome aboard!

        “You’ve compared our current striker pool to Agudelo and the lost generation. While that is a possibility, our current pool has already surpassed Juan & his compatriots. Everyone I originally mentioned, with the exception of Ferreira & Vazquez, have more field time and goals/assists in Europe than the “Lost Generation” strikers ever did.”

        Very true, and great for our guys who play in Europe but what has it done for the USMNT striker pool? You are equating success with European clubs with success with the USMNT and that’s just not valid.

        Hopefully, in a month I’ll be proven wrong but right now, tell me that you wouldn’t be happy to have a young, in form Landon, Dempsey or even Jozy or McBride on this team? I would be. Hell, I’d settle for, an in-form, healthy Eddie Johnson, Jordan Morris ( 2019 version) or Bobby Wood.

        By the way, he’s not a striker but this USMNT have no one in the same zip code with Jermaine Jones. And they really, really could use a player with his skill and is confidence. This team is soft and insecure. Is that down to Gregg? Well, Gregg does not inspire confidence or have that “command presence” but he can only do so much.

        “You’ve suggested “Hopefully, they will produce a few WC vets to build on for the next cycle,”…implying that most of the current squad starting XI will be turned over and become depth for 2026. While we will turn over some of the XI, the vast majority of them will likely maintain their spot in XI. Yes, 4 years is a long time away….but for the most part no one has emerged to challenge any of what is essentially our Core players.”

        Which means nothing at this time.
        I repeat, 4 years or thereabouts is a very long time in soccer. In 2018 Brenden Aaronson was playing in the USL, Matt Turner was coming back to the Revs after a loan to the Richmond Kickers, Tyler was just beginning at NYRB, Timo was with PSG B. The chances that our future 2026 core starters are still unknown are pretty good.
        As a general rule our current crop of stars, Pulisic, Weston Adams, Gio, Dest etc. have been exceptionally average and consistently inconsistent. They’ve looked great for a while then gone anonymous for a while. Musah and to a lesser extent Gio are the only ones I can see as getting better and better every season. And the reason I rate Gio a bit behind Yunus is because Gio’s injuries have been more serious and longer lasting.
        Now all of these guys are probably better players than they were a year or two ago but it’s not only a question of getting better, it’s about being better than whoever you are competing with for playing time at your club. And so far, our guys aren’t doing great with that.

        Again it’s not about being better than previous American players.

        It’s about being better than whoever we’re playing today in 2022.

        Like England, Wales or Iran or whoever we meet in the next round if we get that far. Our “stars” are very disappointing.

        “Of the current player pool in the running to make the 26 player WC squad only Zimmerman, Long, Ream, Brooks, Acosta, Morris, Arriola, Roldan, and possibly Pefolk will have “Aged Out” by 2026. CCV & EPB will see challengers (Trusty, Che, etc…) as will some others (hopefully). That said most of the talent in the current squad will also be growing in experience which should help them continue to progress and improve.
        We may not have any World Class talent(s) in the USMNT Player Pool yet…but there is still more talent in this squad than we’ve ever had before. Some may only be mid table journeymen and solid contributors, but they’ll ALL be European players (Europa League & Champions League) as compared to MLS journeymen & stars.”

        By the way, expect Roldan and Ariolla (both will be 31 then) to be back in 2026 especially if Gregg is still there. He will justify them as the kind of seasoned World Cup vets that we were missing in Qatar. And yes I expect Gregg to find a way to stash Roldan on the roster, especially if someone gets hurt before November.

        Not good enough is still not good enough. It’s irrelevant where USMNT players make their day job money. What matters is, does a player make the USMNT better? And therefore is the team worth a damn?
        What I have appreciated the most about our guys playing in the Champions League and Europa league is I got to see them play with a good team in great games with good to great players against good to great players. That’s something I don’t see watching the USMNT. For a soccer neutral USMNT games must be unwatchable garbage.

        As long as Gregg is in charge, at least I will have that consolation. It’s one reason I don’t really despair of the current humiliation of the USMNT so much.

        Arena, Bob, and JK all produced teams that eventually won the respect of their World Cup opponents. Their best teams, with a bit of luck on their day could beat anyone. Which has been the status of the USMNT in the World Game for over 20 years.

        Gregg’s team may be more talented than any of those teams but so what? Pearls before swine! The history of all team sports is full of very talented teams that underachieved. Have you ever followed the NBA?
        Right now, this team is the 3rd place CONCACAF finisher, on merit, and a clown car of an embarrassment. Like the US teams before them they too might be able to beat anyone with a bit of luck. Even the insanely arrogant England. But it’s a lot less likely with these guys.
        And by that, I mean manager and players because those two are inextricably bound. You can’t have one without the other.

        “This still represents a step forwards for the US program. With a decent manager we have enough talent in our pool to make a statement. I just have to hope that USSF will realize this after 2022 and hire someone capable of coordinating and leading them.”

        I question how much the US program( I equate “US program” with the USSF and hold it separate from MLS) has to do with all these talented kids. European teams have gotten much more aggressive about scouting world wide ( looking for great talent that is more affordable).
        And MLS has upped their development game.

        We will make a statement. I just hope it’s not X rated. As for the USFF having an epiphany? Right. Those cheap clowns will probably keep Gregg because he’s a company yes man, is budget friendly and they’ll reason that now that he has this experience under his belt, combine that with a new wave of sure fire World Class USMNT super stars on the horizon and Gregg will have us make a statement in 2026.

        Now where have I heard that before?
        This will be a fascinating World Cup. At least the USMNT still holds entertainment value.

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