Malik Tillman retained his spot in Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s squad on Wednesday night and played the hero in a needed bounce-back victory for Scottish club Rangers.
Tillman netted his third league goal of the season in Rangers’ 1-0 win over Hearts. The result kept Rangers seven points behind rivals and league-leaders Celtic, but overall was a huge performance following a weekend loss to St. Johnstone. Tillman arrived in the center of the Hearts box in the 66th minute, one-timing a pass from Borna Barasic into the back of the net. It was his fourth goal of the season in all competitions.
Rangers were able to hang on and claim three points in its penultimate match of the first half schedule. Tillman created the most chances (4) in the match and also won eight of his 13 duels from his attacking midfield position. Despite not being called up to the U.S. men’s national team World Cup roster, the 20-year-old still has a bright future for club and country.
In England, Christian Pulisic started in Chelsea’s EFL Cup loss at Manchester City.
In Germany, Joe Scally logged 80 minutes for Borussia Moenchengladbach while Gio Reyna appeared off the bench for Borussia Dortmund.
In Belgium, Mark McKenzie helped Genk defeat Westerlo in cup play. Bryan Reynolds logged 70 minutes off the bench.
In Brazil, Johnny Cardoso played 60 minutes in Internacional’s 1-0 win over São Paulo.
Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:
Christian Pulisic started and played 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Wednesday.
Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams did not dress in Leeds United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves on Wednesday.
Matt Turner dressed but did not play in Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.
Chris Richards is OUT (Injury) for Crystal Palace.
Zack Steffen started, made ONE SAVE, and played 90 minutes in Middlesbrough’s 3-0 win over Blackpool on Tuesday.
Auston Trusty started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City on Tuesday.
Duane Holmes started and played 69 minutes in Huddersfield’s 2-1 win over QPR on Tuesday.
Ethan Horvath did not dress (Illness) in Luton Town’s 2-0 loss to Stoke City on Tuesday.
Joe Scally started and played 80 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 2-1 loss to Bochum on Tuesday.
Gio Reyna came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Jordan Pefok came off the bench and played six minutes in Union Berlin’s 2-2 draw with Augsburg on Wednesday.
Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday.
Terrence Boyd started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 61 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-0 win over Karlsruher on Tuesday.
Tim Tillman came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Greuther Furth’s 1-0 win over Hamburg on Wednesday. Tillman was ejected for a red card offense in the 87th minute.
Julian Green dressed but did not play for Furth.
George Bello dressed but did not play in Arminia Bielefeld’s 2-0 win over Paderborn on Tuesday.
Johan Gomez started and played 90 minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 2-1 loss to Waldhof Mannheim on Wednesday.
Yunus Musah started and played 85 minutes in Valencia’s 3-0 win over Real Betis on Thursday.
Luca De La Torre did not dress in Celta Vigo’s 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.
Sergino Dest did not dress in AC Milan’s 0-0 draw with Cremonese on Tuesday.
Weston McKennie is OUT (Injury) for Juventus.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Motherwell on Wednesday.
Malik Tillman started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 85 minutes in Rangers 1-0 win over Hearts on Wednesday.
James Sands started and played 45 minutes for Rangers.
Christian Ramirez came off the bench and played seven minutes in Aberdeen’s 2-1 loss to Livingston on Tuesday.
Ian Harkes dressed but did not play in Dundee United’s 4-0 win over Kilmarnock on Wednesday.
Dante Polvara is OUT (Injury) for Aberdeen.
Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 1-0 win over Westerlo on Wednesday.
Bryan Reynolds started and played 70 minutes for Westerlo.
Marlon Fossey started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege’s 1-0 win over FCV Dender EH on Tuesday.
Owen Otasowie did not dress in Club Brugge’s 2-0 extra time win over Patro Eisden on Wednesday.
Sam Vines is OUT (Injury) for Royal Antwerp.
Henry Wingo started and played 90 minutes in Ferencvaros 3-2 win over Paksi SE on Wednesday
Johnny Cardoso started and played 60 minutes in Internacional’s 1-0 win over São Paulo on Tuesday.