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Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Kristoffer Lund

Palermo’s dream of returning to Serie A next season remained alive following Kristoffer Lund’s top performance against Sampdoria.

Lund assisted once in Palermo’s 2-0 playoff win over Sampdoria, earning him SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week honors. The U.S. men’s national team left back logged 90 minutes to help Palermo set up a two-legged showdown with Venezia over the upcoming week.

Lund, 22, has been an impactful signing for the club this season, totaling 36 combined appearances, two goals, and three assists. His strong 90 minutes against Sampdoria featured two duels won, three clearances, one interception, and nine clearances.

Palermo split the season series with Venezia this season and will host the first leg at the Stadia Renzo Barbera before traveling to Venice on Friday.

Here is a look at some of the other top Americans Abroad performers from this past week:

Brenden Aaronson

Union Berlin avoided Bundesliga relegation on Saturday thanks to a strong performance from Brenden Aaronson.

Aaronson registered one assist and logged an impactful 80 minutes as Union Berlin defeated Freiburg 2-1 on home soil. The American attacker set up Union’s opening goal of the match before watching the final 10+ minutes from the bench.

Aaronson’s loan spell will officially conclude at month’s end, opening the door to a move elsewhere this summer.

Tim Ream

Fulham concluded its English Premier League season on Sunday with Tim Ream excelling in his first club start since February.

Ream played 90 minutes as Marco Silva’s Cottagers defeated Luton Town 4-2 at Kenilworth Road. The 36-year-old won six duels and made four clearances as Fulham ended the season on a winning note.

Ream remains under contract at Fulham for next season, which could very well be his last in London.

Dante Polvara

Dante Polvara did not feature in Aberdeen’s season finale on Sunday, but did deliver in the club’s penultimate win last week.

Polvara scored once in Aberdeen’s 5-1 hammering of Livingston at Pittodrie. The American midfielder played 79 minutes in midfield, winning the most duels out of any player on the field (10).

The 23-year-old’s return to Aberdeen finished with 40 combined appearances, four goals, and five assists.

Chris Richards

A 5-0 triumph for Chris Richards and Crystal Palace over Aston Villa gave the Eagles their first top-half finish since 2014-15.

Richards played 90 minutes as Oliver Glasner’s men concluded the season on a seven-match unbeaten run. The USMNT centerback made two interceptions, won one duel, and completed one tackle.

The 24-year-old will now enter USMNT duty in fine form.

What did you think of these individual performances this past week? Was there anyone left off the list that you would’ve added?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Cole Campbell scored a goal, assisted on a goal, and converted the final penalty to put Dortmund’s U19s in the Junior A Bundesliga final vs Hoffenheim May 30. 11g 13a on the season.

    • With both Rues and Sancho leaving and maybe Reyna… it’s a possibility young Campbell may be in the first team in preseason for Dortmund and may see first team action next year.

      It will be interesting to see if Reyna stays with Dortmund.

  2. We needed preferably three in-form CB’s for Copa and we have two – Richardson and Trusty – but it’s encouraging to see Ream go 90 and hold up there at the end, particularly since Ream’s definitely ahead of Trusty at the moment.

    CCV is probably the other CB Gregg is likely to take and he’s been banged up. Anybody know if he’s back to 100% or close?

    It’s also good to see Lund in good form, though I’ll be rooting against him with Venezia because I’d really, really like to see Busio and Tessmann go up. We’ll need him too with Dest banged up and our fourth fullback spot an open question. I think Aaronson’s played his way back onto the Copa roster though I’d really, really be thinking hard about Zendejas because he adds something very different to our roster and it’d be hard personally for me to leave him off.

    Sargent would be lovely to have…if he was healthy. He isn’t. To me that makes it a no-brainer between he and Pepi, who still has his legs after limited minutes with PSV and will be raring to go. Hard to not see Haji Wright there but more likely as a winger; it’s still hard to see a roster without Balogun on it.


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