The United States internationals playing abroad turned in some great performances across the globe, with goals from surprising players like Julian Green & Terrance Boyd. Others, like Weston McKennie & DeAndre Yedlin, will want to forget this week ever happened.
Here’s a recap of some of the main action from this past weekend:
Pulisic made his return to the Borussia Dortmund lineup from injury that saw him miss most of November. His return marked a milestone as he became the 3rd youngest player to ever reach 50 Bundesliga appearances, and he’s THE youngest non-German to do it (as well as the youngest in BvB’s history). While that is all good news, the match was not. Dortmund saw a 4-0 lead disappear and end in a 4-4 draw to Schalke 04. He started the match basically as a wing back - a different role for him - and was then something of a striker when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was red carded. His bright spot came early on when he helped create the first goal:
It’s been a pretty rocky spell at Darmstadt for Boyd, but he earned his second straight start over the weekend and responded with a brace in a 3-3 draw with Union Berlin. Here are his two goals:
THAT’S RIGHT! Julian Green. The Stuttgart loanee scored his first goal since February and it was actually really pretty. He took the ball from the midfield into the danger area and then finished off a nifty little one-two. His Greuther Fuerth side won 4-0 over St. Pauli in the second tier of Germany.
He himself acknowledged the 3-0 defeat to Watford was his worst performance in a Newcastle shirt. Just before halftime he stuck out his boot to block a cross, but it deflected towards goal and snuck passed his own keeper.
While Schalke 04 made the miraculous comeback to steal a point from BvB, McKennie wasn’t on the pitch to be a part of it. He didn’t play well and was very close to earning a second yellow card before subbing out in just the 33rd min. The teenager will be disappointed he was unable to build upon his great performance last week, especially against his USMNT buddy Christian Pulisic.
For the first time in well, forever, it isn’t all bad news here. He was actually given another start, but deployed behind the striker. In this different role, Bobby was able to be a key contributor again. He won a free kick that ended up as a goal for Hamburger SV, and almost added one himself when he hit the post from distance.
Huddersfield Town came out with an incredibly gritty performance against Manchester City, but ultimately lost 2-1 after going into halftime with a lead. Williams obviously didn’t turn in any shiny statistics against such an elite side, but he fought all 90 minutes as Huddersfield were forced to drop further and further back into defense. Just after City scored the go-ahead goal in the 86th min, Williams won the ball back and earned a free kick 25 yards out. It didn’t pan out, but he had his moments this match.
Moore followed up his first start in La Liga with another start this past week. Unfortunately, it was against Atletico Madrid and it was pretty ugly. Levante were leveled 5-0.
18-year-old Gonzalez went 90 mins in the midfield for Monterrey’s second leg win over Atlas to advance to the semifinals in Mexico.
The 20-year-old English-American was unfortunately part of a backline that conceded five goals in a 5-1 loss to Wolverhampton. Robinson is on loan from Everton and has been a regular starter at left back for the Championship side, with one assist this season.
The defender had a pretty poor match and was subbed off in the 68th min in favor of a midfielder as his Sheffield United side searched for an equalizer that would eventually come in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.
Other performances you believe are noteworthy? Let us know in the comments!