Eredivisie side FC Utrecht rebounded from a weekend loss by shutting out Excelsior on Wednesday as American attacker Taylor Booth made his 13th appearance for the club.
Booth played 79 minutes in a 1-0 home victory, continuing to fight for opportunities in the Dutch top-flight. The 21-year-old won four duels, created three shots, and drew three fouls from his right wing position, helping Michael Silberbauer’s squad move to seventh place in the league standings. Booth has continued to develop his game with FC Utrecht this season, totaling two goals and two assists so far. Up next is a tough road test at AZ Alkmaar before a home showdown with SC Heerenveen on Feb. 4. Continued improvement for FC Utrecht could see it sneak into the top-three race, especially with several top-half matches still on its calendar.
In Germany, Gio Reyna scored the game-winning goal for Borussia Dortmund in a road win over Mainz. It was Reyna’s second-consecutive match with the game winner.
Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Djordje Mihailovic scored his first Eredivisie goal in AZ Alkmaar’s romp over Vitesse Arnhem. Ricardo Pepi went the distance for FC Groningen, but the hosts fell 1-0 to Cambuur.
In Spain, Yunus Musah started for Valencia, but Gennaro Gattuso’s squad suffered Copa Del Rey elimination at the hands of Athletic Bilbao.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
Jonathan Tomkinson and Stevenage’s scheduled match with Swindon Town was postponed on Tuesday.
Gio Reyna came off the bench, scored ONE GOAL, and played 28 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Mainz on Wednesday.
Kevin Paredes came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 5-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Tuesday.
Jordan Pefok came off the bench and played 17 minutes in Union Berlin’s 2-1 win over Werder Bremen on Wednesday.
Joe Scally dressed but did not play in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-0 loss to Augsburg on Wednesday.
Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-1 draw with Freiburg on Wednesday.
Justin Che dressed but did not play in Hoffenheim’s 2-2 draw with VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday.
Copa Del Rey
Yunus Musah started and played 57 minutes in Valencia’s 3-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Sergino Dest started and played 90 minutes in AC Milan’s 4-0 loss to Lazio on Tuesday.
Djordje Mihailovic started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 83 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday.
Ricardo Pepi started and played 90 minutes in FC Groningen’s 1-0 loss to Cambuur on Thursday.
Taylor Booth started and played 79 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 1-0 win over Excelsior on Wednesday.
Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 1-0 loss to FC Emmen on Tuesday.
Henry Wingo dressed but did not play in Ferencvaros 2-1 win over Zalaegerszge on Tuesday.