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Yanks Abroad: Wood benched, Pulisic shines

Bobby Wood was benched over the weekend, but there were plenty of positives from the Americans.

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There was plenty of action from United States internationals playing abroad this past week to cover. Cameron Carter-Vickers picked up an assist in the Championship, Weston McKennie went the full 90, and we’ve even got an Aron Johannsson sighting for you! On the other hand, Bobby Wood has finally been relegated to the bench for Hamburger SV.

Here are the highlights:

Christian Pulisic
While Borussia Dortmund as a whole continue to struggle, Pulisic has actually been playing quite well. The German side could only muster a 1-1 draw in their Champions League clash with APOEL Nicosia, meaning they’ll have to beat both Real Madrid & Tottenham to advance. Then last weekend, they were beat down by rival Bayern Munich. Pulisic was the bright spot in both matches. He was dancing around the Bayern defense and was dangerous all night, but nobody could finish for BvB. They finally got one though... after he nutmegged a legend:

Cameron Carter-Vickers
The Spurs loanee picked up an assist for Sheffield United in the 2nd tier of English football. They took down Hull City by a final of 4-1. Its good to see the 19-year-old playing regularly, as he went mostly unused for a long time with Tottenham.

Romain Gall
Started on the right win for GIF Sundsvall in Sweden, and he got the assist on the first goal in a 3-0 win over Mix Diskerud’s IFK Goteborg. (Mix was on the field for all 90 mins of the thrashing).

DeAndre Yedlin
Yedlin went the distance for Newcastle in a hard fought match that would see AFC Bournemouth steal all three points with a stoppage time winner. The speedy right back had a solid evening with several clearances and interceptions. But, these two sides bored with some ugly football play.

John Brooks
It wasn’t the performance Brooks would have wanted against his old Hertha Berlin side as Wolfsburg settled for a 3-3 draw. He came SO CLOSE to a goal and assist early in the match with a clever flick that hit the post and was bouncing across the line before being smashed home, but video review called it back.

Danny Williams
Huddersfield Town picked up yet another win and are sitting in 10th place (?!) at the moment. Williams came on for the goal scorer in the 62nd minute to help secure the result, and he would add 5 clearances/interceptions (and a yellow card) to do so.

Weston McKennie
The youngster got in a full 90 for Schalke 04, who defeated Freiburg 1-0. The kid knows his role on the team and does it well pretty well. It isn’t necessarily a pretty role, but it works. He challenges every ball, and he runs down everything. Expect McKennie’s minutes to keep increasing.

Heather O’Reilly
She went 90 minutes for the Arsenal Ladies in what is a rare loss for one of our girls overseas. The Gunners were taken down 2-1 by Reading in a Cup match.

Aron Johannsson
Well....he finally made an appearance. For one minute. This could potentially be a small sign he’s going to be given an opportunity, but it has been a very rough go for Johannsson at Werder Bremen.

Matt Miazga
Turned in another solid performance for Vitesse in a 0-0 draw with PEC Zwolle.

Caleb Stanko
Made a rare appearance for Freiburg, going the full 90 in a 1-0 loss to Schalke.

Omar Gonzalez
Played the final 11 mins of Pachuca’s 1-0 loss to Queretaro.

Jonathan Gonzalez
The 18-year-old came off the bench in the 53rd min for Monterrey in a 2-1 loss. I’m including him because we hope he is still rocking the stars and stripes.

What other Yanks Abroad appearances did you note? Which of the above were you most excited about? Hit the comments and let us know!