The Americans dominated score sheets around the world over the weekend, recording a combined 10 goals + assists. And yes, I did include Yedlin’s own goal in that tally. We’ve got goals in Germany, Sweden, and even South Korea! Gooch is on fire, Sargent looks ready for a big season, and Yedlin got to hit Olivier Giroud in the face.
A goal from Johnson is a sight for sore eyes. He got the start for Borussia Mönchengladbach and scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. He executed a nifty little give & go in the box with Raffael before smashing it home. (VIDEO)
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Fabian Johnson scores his 1st goal of the season to put Gladbach up 2-0! pic.twitter.com/L2U2rqAK76
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This one feels good as well. Brooks was making his 100th Bundesliga appearance in Wolfsburg’s home opener and he got the scoring started in the 33rd minute. While the rest of his team crashed the near post, Brooks simply faded back. He was left entirely unmarked and headed it home. His reaction was basically, “Well that was easy.” He did play pretty well other than the goal. He finished with 86% passing and earned a yellow card along the way. (VIDEO)
Gall is doing work in Sweden. He netted a brace over the weekend in Malmo’s 5-0 victory over Sirius. He’s got nine goals this season. (VIDEO)
Romain Gall's brace for Malmo. What a brace that was! He now has 9 goals in the Swedish season. pic.twitter.com/Hzg7B6dvTB— USMNT Videos (@USMNTvideos) August 26, 2018
It was great. And it was terrible. Yedlin went the full 90 against Chelsea. He assisted the equalizer with a great ball into the box, but just four minutes later he scored the winner for Chelsea. Yedlin’s numbers weren’t the best against such a tough side, but he had five clearances and two interceptions on the defensive end. The best thing he did all day was jacking Giroud in the face with his forearm - and somehow getting away with it. (Assist Video) (Own Goal Video)
Now it may be for Sunderland all the way in England’s third tier, but Gooch has three assists in his last three games played (after adding another this weekend). He played all 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon. (VIDEO)
Josh Sargent's goal for Werder 2. Good run and a good finish. I'll have highlights of his performance soon.pic.twitter.com/dbt1Ly2IG0— USMNT Videos (@USMNTvideos) August 26, 2018
The Kortrijk defender picked up an assist (and a yellow card) in a 2-0 win over Sporting Charleroi in Belgium’s First Division A.
What curious case this has been. He is still under contract with Manchester City, now playing in South Korea. But hey, he scored a goal for Ulsan on Saturday who defeated Seoul 4-1.
Borussia Dortmund kicked off the Bundesliga season with a big 4-1 win. Pulisic started and went 77 minutes before being subbed out for Jadon Sancho. It was an up and down game for Pulisic as he only completed 7 of 16 passes in 47 touches, although two of those were credited as Key Passes. He lost too many duels on the day and the sub was not much of a surprise. He did however set up the third goal with a beautifully placed, out-swinging corner kick. (VIDEO)
McKennie got a full 90 minutes for Schalke’s 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg. He completed 23 of 32 passes but assumed his roll of doing the dirty work in the midfield, winning duels and filling in passing lanes.
Miazga played a solid 90 minutes for Nantes as they drew Caen 1-1. He had 77% pass success and won 12 duels.
Over in the Netherlands, Novakovich went 90 minutes for Fortuna Sittard in a 3-1 loss at Den Haag.
The Hull City man went 90 minutes against Stoke City (Geoff Cameron still absent from their by the way) in a 2-0 loss. Despite the scoresheet, he played well defensively. Hull could do nothing going forward however.
The 19-year-old went all 90 minutes in FC Heidenheim’s 3-1 win over Dynamo Dresden. He was 6/11 passing on just 23 touches in the midfield.