Another Yanks Aborad, another headline with Andrew Wooten. The Taylor Twellman “Just stop it!” exclamation comes to mind. But please don’t, Andrew! When it comes to strikers, I am preferable to the hot hand and there is no American that even comes close right now. It will be very hard for Gregg Berhalter to leave him off of his upcoming Gold Cup roster.
This piece may be late this week, but it is worth it!
Six goals in the last four matches. Nine in the last eight. Ten in the last ten. It was another brace for him over the weekend as Sandhausen got the 3-2 win. He was both FotMob’s & WhoScored’s highest rated player. Wooten has put the team on his back to close out the season and keep them in the 2nd tier. With two matches remaining they are just above the red line, five points clear.
FotMob: 9.2 WhoScored: 7.6
94% passing; 2/3 shots on goal; 15/16 passing; 2/2 long balls; 6/7 duels; 1/1 dribbles; 1/1 tackles; dispossessed once; 2 recoveries
American forward Andrew Wooten, 29, with a brace for Sandhausen today in a 3-2 win over Heidenheim. He now has 17 goals on the 2.Bundesliga season & 10 goals in his last 10 games to pull the club out of the relegation zone. The goals today pic.twitter.com/xmkgMXENfy— American Soccer Now (@ClassicASN) May 4, 2019
Pulisic got the scoring started in the 6th minute of Borussia Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen with a beautiful run from the center circle. He won the most duels (15) and was the most fouled player (5) in the match. He also lost possession the most times (3). BvB are four points behind Bayern Munich with two matches remaining. Bayern would have to drop points in both matches for Dortmund to have a chance. It’s definitely a long shot, although Bayern have to play the 3rd & 4th place teams to secure it. Youth Update
FotMob: 8.6 WhoScored: 8.4
74% passing; 2 chances created; 3/6 shots on target; 2 big chances missed; 15/20 duels; 5/6 dribbles; 1/1 tackles
The 26-year-old scored in the 55th minute in a 2-0 Duisburg win over Holstein Kiel. However, he lost possession four times, the most in the match. VIDEO
FotMob: 7.1 WhoScored: 7.5
1 chance created; 76% passing; 1/1 shot on goal; 2/10 duels; 1/1 dribbles; 8 recoveries
The 20-year-old played 90 minutes as Schalke drew with Augsburg 0-0, an underwhelming performance against the 14th place team that secured their safety in the top tier. McKennie was WhoScored’s highest rated player.
FotMob: 7.3 WhoScored: 7.6
1 chance created; 91% passing; 1/1 shot on target; 4/6 long balls; 4/8 duels; 4 interceptions
Green played 90 minutes as Greuther Fürth were thrashed 4-0 in FC Cologne’s title clinching match. With two matches remaining, Fürth is not quite safe yet but it would take a miracle.
FotMob: 5.4 WhoScored: 5.3
88% passing; 1 shot off target; 2/10 duels; 0/2 dribbles; 1/1 tackles; dispossessed once
It was one to forget for the 26-year-old as Jahn Regensburg fell 1-3 to Erzgebirge Aue (what a name). George picked up two yellow cards within three minutes of each other at the beginning of the 2nd half.
FotMob: 5.1 WhoScored: 5.3
2 chances created; 79% passing; 0/2 shots on goal; 2/6 duels; 3/4 crosses; 1/1 dribbles
FotMob: 6.7 WhoScored: 6.8
69/71 passing; 4/6 long balls; 2/4 duels; 1/1 dribbles; 9 clearances; 1 interception; 10 recoveries
He was also the most accurate passer (92%) as Reading drew 0-0 with Birmingham City. They finished the Championship season down in 20th place.
FotMob: 7.4 WhoScored: 7.8
88/96 passing; 6/9 duels; 12 clearances; 1/1 tackles; 1 interception; 5 recoveries
Hull City drew 1-1 with Bristol City with Lichaj playing all 90 minutes. He was actually the highest rated player according to FotMob, having created the most chances (4) in the match.
FotMob: 7.7 WhoScored: 7.5
88% passing; 8 throws; 7/12 duels; 5 clearances; 2/2 dribbles; 2/2 tackles; 1 interception; 4 recoveries
The 21-year-old finished the Championship season on Sunday with a 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers. He actually turned in the highest passing percentage in the league, although that stat can be misleading when it comes to centerbacks.
FotMob: 6.5 WhoScored: 6.5
1 chance created; 77% passing; 3/5 long balls; 3/7 duels; 1/1 dribbles; 1 interception
FotMob: 7.2 WhoScored: 7.1
93% passing; 2/8 crosses; 6/6 long balls; 7 throws; 2/5 duels; 1 clearances; 8 recoveries
33-year-old Cameron went 90 minutes for QPR’s (on loan from Stoke) 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. They finished the season in 19th place.
FotMob: 7.3 WhoScored: 7
77% passing; 2/6 long balls; 9/14 duels; 8 clearances; 1/1 tackles; 3 interceptions; 4 recoveries
Sunderland finished the League 1 season with a 2-1 loss at Southend United, but head into the promotion playoffs with a 5th place finish. Gooch played the first 56 minutes. They will take on Portsmouth Saturday in the first of two legs.
Celtic secured the Scottish Premiership title with a 3-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday. Weah got the start and played 73 minutes. Celtic are also playing for another trophy in the Cup Final on May 25th. Youth Update
The Club Brugge shot stopper was in goal for a 1-0 win over Gent. He has 11 clean sheets this season plus another three in UCL action. (Side Note: Last week I told you he had saved three PK’s in four matches. That is incorrect. Although this was after FotMob confirmed to me that one of their symbols meant a saved PK. But after seeing the symbol yet again this week, I looked closer to see it actually means clean sheets.)
He opened the scoring with a nice finish from a tight angle in a 2-1 Nordsjælland loss to Midtjylland last week. He then played 89 minutes in a 0-0 draw at Esbjerg on Tuesday. Youth Update
FotMob: 5.9 WhoScored: 7
75% passing; 1 chance created; 2/6 duels, dispossessed twice; 1/1 tackles; 2 recoveries
He played 90 minutes as Necaxa beat Queretaro 1-0.
86% passing; 1 blocked shot; 1/3 long balls; 7/9 duels; 3 clearances; dispossessed once; 2/3 tackles; 3 interceptions; 8 recoveries
30-year-old Gonzalez went 90 minutes for Atlas as they beat Monterrey 2-0. He completed 43 passes, the most of any player.
77% passing; 6/13 long balls; 6/9 duels; 1 interception; 3 recoveries