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Top 5 Americans Abroad of the Week: Feb. 29-Mar. 6

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DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson are in top form this week.

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5. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)

After a recent seven-week hiatus recovering from an ankle injury, Cameron quickly eased any concerns about reclaiming a starting role. And once again, his versatility and ability to excel at multiple positions has proven invaluable.

Prior to his most recent absence, Cameron regularly featured in a defensive midfield role for the Potters. Upon his return in late February, he resurfaced on the back line as a starting center back.

That's where he began the day on Wednesday versus Newcastle United. When Stoke captain Phil Bardsley departed after 26 minutes with a calf injury, Cameron once again found himself in a new position, this time shifting to right back. His emergency position shift soon turned into emergency defending, sprinting to make a massive goal-saving tackle in the 44th minute:

Cameron's defensive work the rest of the way helped maintain a clean sheet on the way to a 1-0 home win.

He'd get the start at right back on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. His 84% passing efficiency helping contain a resurgent Chelsea team in a hard-fought 1-1 away draw. Stoke City has now taken 7 of 9 points since Cameron's return and sits 8th on the Premier League table.

4. William Yarbrough (Club León)

With the top two goalkeepers on the USMNT depth chart both having their struggles this season in England, Jürgen Klinsmann would surely love to see a clear third choice emerge.

That someone just might be currently plying his trade in Mexico.

On Friday night, William Yarbrough made 6 saves and recorded his third clean sheet of the season, backstopping a difficult 0-0 away draw for León at Tijuana. After spending most of the Liga MX Apertura season as the backup, he's wrested back the top job, starting all 9 matches thus far in the Clausura. With 28 saves to his credit during that stretch, he's been heavily tested and has León in third place, well positioned for a playoff run.

3. Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

By any measure, Fabian Johnson is having a breakout season. Thus far, he's impressed primarily with his new-found goal scoring prowess, amassing 8 goals across all competitions in just over a half a season. This week, it was his playmaking abilities on display, contributing assists in two consecutive matches.

On Wednesday in the 16th minute, Fabian got things started when he controlled a deep cross to get behind the defense, his patience on the end line leaving a mere tap-in for teammate Thorgan Hazard.

It would prove to hold up as the game-winner in a 4-0 rout vs VfB Stuttgart:

Then on Saturday at Wolfsburg, he'd again get Gladbach on the board. His 23rd minute through-ball set the table for Raffael's top shelf blast.

Unfortunately, it wouldn't be enough, as the Fohlenelf went down to a 2-1 defeat.

Gladbach remains very much in contention for a repeat ticket to UEFA Champions League. The club is currently sixth on the Bundesliga table, yet only six points separate third-place Hertha Berlin from eighth-place Bayer Leverkusen.


2. Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)

There's no way to overstate the absolutely scorching form of Bobby Wood. Simply put, he's been pouring goals into the net on a weekly basis and has singlehandedly kept Union Berlin's season afloat. To wit: Union Berlin has a +15 GD this season with Bobby Wood on the pitch; -11 GD without him.

That's no happy accident.

After missing last Monday's game at Greuther Fürth due to yellow card accumulation (a 2-0 loss, by no small coincidence), Wood returned to the lineup on Saturday. His scoring barrage continued where he left off with a brace versus FSV Frankfurt, lifting his total to seven goals in his last six games. You can see both of his goals against Frankfurt right here.

Wood now has twelve goals on the season, which puts him third in the 2.Bundesliga Golden Boot race. Meanwhile, he's lifted his club from the edge of the relegation zone to a comfortable mid-table position.

1. DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)

What a difference a month makes.

As the calendar flipped to February, DeAndre Yedlin seemed hopelessly glued to Sam Allardyce's bench at Sunderland. Without a single minute of EPL playing time in the month of January, observers were left to conclude the Black Cats' new manager had simply lost faith in the young American defender.

Fast forward to present time, where Yedlin now appears to have a lock on the starting right back job. He's not only started the last four league matches at the position, but the quality of his performances are now making Allardyce's lineup choice easy.

On Tuesday, Yedlin notched his first career Premier League assist, and did so in dramatic fashion. His perfectly weighted pass to Fabio Borini in the first minute of stoppage time set off a raucous celebration at the Stadium of Light:

Yedlin's assist lifted Sunderland to an important 2-2 home draw vs Crystal Palace, moving the club out of the relegation zone for the first time in many months.

On Saturday, his name wouldn't end up on the score sheet. Instead, his defensive efforts were the headline item. But don't just take my word for it, ask the BBC, which named him Man of the Match in a tough 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Sunderland was mere seconds away from a clean sheet and three gigantic away points. Southampton's 93rd minute equalizer put a damper on the day, but the Black Cats nudged an important point ahead of relegation foes Norwich City and Newcastle United. With just one loss in five matches, and thanks in no small part to Yedlin's recent efforts, there is renewed optimism for another Sunderland survival.