The race to claim a top-six spot in the English Football League Championship continued on Saturday with Ethan Horvath and Zack Steffen both continuing to excel for their respective clubs.
Horvath and Steffen both registered clean sheets on Saturday as Luton Town defeated Stoke City 1-0 and Middlesbrough shutout Blackpool 3-0. Both U.S. men’s national team shot-stoppers have continued to deliver top performances in between the posts, as their clubs sit level on 48 points apiece. Horvath’s 12th clean sheet has him tied for the second-most amongst all goalkeepers in the Championship this season. Steffen now has seven shutouts for Middlesbrough this season, including three in his last four appearances under Michael Carrick. Middlesbrough sits in third place following this weekend’s victory while Luton Town is in fourth on goal difference.
Steffen and Horvath are expected to meet on April 22, with points likely being at a premium before the end of the season.
In Germany, Gio Reyna came off the bench to score for the third-straight match for Borussia Dortmund. Jordan Pefok delivered the game-winning goal for Union Berlin.
In England, Chris Richards started once again for Crystal Palace, but the Eagles lost to Manchester United. Weston McKennie made his English Premier League in Leeds United’s loss at Nottingham Forest. Auston Trusty scored the winning goal for Birmingham City in a seven-goal thriller with Swansea City.
In Spain, Luca De La Torre assisted once as Celta Vigo defeated Real Betis away from home.
In Scotland, Malik Tillman scored for the second time this week as Rangers defeated Ross County. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic continued to pad their lead at the top of the SPFL table. Matthew Hoppe made his Hibernian debut off the bench.
Elsewhere, Mark McKenzie and Genk defeated Gent in league play. Marlon Fossey and Bryan Reynolds both went the distance in their respective Belgian league matches. Alex Zendejas was carted off in Club America’s 2-2 Liga MX draw with Santos Laguna.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
Tyler Adams started and played 90 minutes in Leeds United’s 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Weston McKennie came off the bench and played 33 minutes for Leeds United.
Brenden Aaronson dressed but did not play for Leeds United.
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Friday.
Chris Richards started and played 90 minutes in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday.
Matt Turner dressed but did not play in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday.
Christian Pulisic is OUT (Injury) for Chelsea.
Ethan Horvath started, made ONE SAVE, and played 90 minutes in Luton Town’s 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.
Zack Steffen started, made ONE SAVE, and played 90 minutes in Middlesbrough’s 3-0 win over Blackpool on Saturday.
Auston Trusty started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 4-3 win over Swansea City on Saturday.
Josh Sargent started and played 61 minutes in Norwich City’s 3-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday.
Daryl Dike started and played 59 minutes in West Bromwich Albion’s 1-0 win over Coventry City on Friday.
Duane Holmes did not dress in Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw with QPR on Saturday.
Lynden Gooch did not dress (Injury) in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Millwall on Saturday.
Jonathan Tomkinson started and played 90 minutes in Stevenage’s 0-0 draw with Sutton United on Saturday.
Joe Scally started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 0-0 draw with Schalke on Saturday.
Gio Reyna came off the bench, scored ONE GOAL, and played 19 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 5-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday.
Jordan Pefok came off the bench, scored ONE GOAL, and played 10 minutes in Union Berlin’s 2-1 win over Mainz on Saturday.
Kevin Paredes came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 4-2 loss to Bayern Munich on Sunday.
John Brooks started and played 90 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 5-2 loss to Bochum on Saturday.
Justin Che did not dress for Hoffenheim.
Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-1 win over Holstein Kiel on Saturday.
George Bello started and played 83 minutes in Arminia Bielefeld’s 3-1 win over Jahn Regensburg on Saturday.
Julian Green came off the bench and played six minutes in Greuther Furth’s 1-0 win over Nuremberg on Saturday.
Timothy Tillman did not dress for Furth.
Johan Gomez started and played 73 minutes in FSV Zwickau’s 1-1 draw with Meppen on Saturday.
Nico Carrera dressed but did not play for FSV Zwickau.
Yunus Musah started and played 79 minutes in Valencia’s 1-0 loss to Girona on Sunday.
Luca De La Torre started, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 75 minutes in Celta Vigo’s 4-3 win over Real Betis on Saturday.
Sergino Dest did not dress in AC Milan’s 1-0 loss to Inter Milan on Sunday.
Tanner Tessmann started and played 57 minutes in Venezia’s 2-1 win over Benevento on Saturday.
Gianluca Busio came off the bench and played 33 minutes for Venezia.
Andrija Novakovich dressed but did not play for Venezia.
Anthony Fontana did not dress in Ascoli’s 3-0 loss to Cittadella on Saturday.
Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 90 minutes in Troyes 3-1 loss to Lyon on Saturday.
Folarin Balogun started and played 90 minutes in Stade Reims 0-0 draw with Auxerre on Sunday.
Tim Weah came off the bench and played 55 minutes in Lille’s 3-1 win over Rennes on Saturday.
Ricardo Pepi started and played 90 minutes in FC Groningen’s 1-1 draw with FC Twente on Sunday.
Taylor Booth started and played 85 minutes in FC Utrecht’s 1-0 win over Heerenveen on Saturday.
Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 2-2 draw with Feyenoord on Sunday.
Djordje Mihailovic did not dress (Injury) in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-1 draw with FC Volendam on Saturday.
Reggie Cannon came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Boavista’s 2-2 draw with Santa Clara on Saturday.
Alex Mendez came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Vizela’s 1-0 loss to FC Porto on Sunday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Celtic’s 4-1 win over St. Johnstone on Sunday.
Malik Tillman came off the bench, scored ONE GOAL, and played 79 minutes in Rangers 2-1 win over Ross County on Saturday.
James Sands dressed but did not play for Rangers.
Matthew Hoppe came off the bench and played 72 minutes in Hibernian’s 1-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday.
Ian Harkes did not dress (Injury) in Dundee United’s 3-1 loss to Hearts on Saturday.
Dante Polvara did not dress in Aberdeen’s 3-1 win over Motherwell on Saturday.
Joe Efford is OUT (Injury) for Motherwell.
Mark McKenzie started and played 90 minutes in Genk’s 3-2 win over Gent on Sunday.
Bryan Reynolds started and played 90 minutes in Westerlo’s 1-1 draw with Eupen on Saturday.
Marlon Fossey started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege’s 1-1 draw with Cercle Brugge on Saturday.
Sam Vines is OUT (Injury) for Royal Antwerp.
Henry Wingo dressed but did not play in Ferencvaros 3-1 win over Ujpest on Sunday.
Sebastian Soto started and played 37 minutes in Austria Klagenfurt’s 1-0 loss to LASK on Saturday. Soto left the match with an apparent injury.
Haji Wright is OUT (Back Injury) for Antalyaspor.
Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa’s scheduled match with Hapoel Hadera was postponed on Monday.
Johnny Cardoso came off the bench and played 21 minutes in Internacional’s 0-0 draw with Novo Hamburgo on Sunday.
Alejandro Zendejas started and played 19 minutes in Club America’s 2-2 draw with Santos Laguna on Saturday. Zendejas left the match with an apparent injury.
Sebastian Saucedo came off the bench and played two minutes in Toluca’s 2-1 loss to Monterrey on Sunday.
“LEEDS – American coach Jesse Marsch was fired by Leeds on Monday after nearly a year in charge of the relegation-threatened Premier League team.
Leeds hasn’t won any of its last seven games in the league and has dropped into 17th place in the 20-team division, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.”
So Marsch did get sacked.
He was Bradley’s assistant with the USMNT so he understands what that entails. Also after he parted from Montreal, he basically went on vacation, first touring the world with his family, then was an unpaid assistant at PU for a couple years
before getting the NY Red Bulls job.
If Marsch get sacked would at Leeds would USMNT fans really want him as head coach? This would be his second sacking in two years. He looks like a coach devoid of alternate tactics. Same type of high press tactics like Berhalter, and if that doesn’t work he looks lost with adjusting in game tactics. But it’s not looking good for Marsch at Leeds. I think there are current MLS coaches who display better coaching tactics than Marsch.
Interesting. Who do you think are those MLS coaches? (Serious question, I don’t follow MLS all that closely outside the two NY area teams.)
Apples and Oranges.
MLS managers deploy their tactics in MLS which is a more patient league. I doubt any MLS manager has to put up with the level of expectation Jesse has to.
And getting fired is not a metric to measure managers by, not in Europe where a lot of good managers get fired on a regular basis. For example, Marco Silva , who is having a phenomenal run with Fulham right now was fired from Everton and Watford before he got the Fulham gig. The EPL has its fair share of managers formerly known as managers of other teams..
“All of the permanent head coaches in MLS history (not including interim managers who were not converted to a permanent position) have an average tenure of 873.88 days, or just shy of:
2.5 years at 2 years, 5 months, and 20 days.”
Do you know what the average length of stay is for an EPL manager?
2 years and 4 days.
5 months and 16 days LESS than a MLS manager gets. That’s a big difference.
All of that said I agree that Jesse is not ideal for the USMNT.
But not because of the “system ” thing per se.
Jesse is still too young and still too interested in the day to day coaching you get to do at a club. I think he would hate being a national team manager , for any country.
I would argue Jesse is just beginning to learn his job. He had that one quickie thing at Montreal, then led NYRB, was Ralf Rangnick’s assistant at Leipzig , then had the Salzburg job and then Leipzig and now Leeds.
Leeds looks better to me since he got there. And they seem to have the players they will need. It just has to happen faster. This is not the first game they have lost while looking better than the other team. They should stay up but they might not. Better teams than Leeds have gone down in flames.
If he does get fired by Leeds , if I were him I’d try to get another club job in Europe.
He needs the training and the practice and he needs to get the club game out of his blood.