This past weekend brought all sorts of good news, including a stunner from Lynden Gooch, a rare goal from Timothy Chandler, a Tyler Adams start, and Gio Reyna got on the pitch for Borussia Dortmund! It’s a list of positives so you can sit back and briefly escape the negatives around United States soccer at the moment.
The 24-year-old scored the one and only goal of the match as Sunderland shut out MK Dons on Saturday. The goal was so fantastic that you can’t even be mad at him for getting an excessive celebration yellow card immediately following it. They are holding on to 6th place, the final promotion qualification spot, although they are just six points from the top of the table. Gooch now has three goals and an assist in the last five matches.
FotMob: 8.1 (Man of the Match)
70% passing | 2/2 long balls | 2/2 shots on target | 7/9 duels | 2/2 dribbles | 1 interception
Derby got the 1-0 win over Eric Lichaj’s Hull City, with Holmes playing the full 90. He turned in another solid performance as they look to climb the table with player-coach Wayne Rooney on the pitch. Sitting in the 15th place, Derby is eight points from promotion qualification.
FotMob: 7.6 WhoScored: 7.3
84% passing | 0/3 shots on target | 9/15 duels | 3/4 dribbles | 3/4 tackles | 1 interception
The Hull City captain played all 90 minutes of that loss at Derby County. Hull are exactly mid table in 12th place, still two points ahead of Rooney & Co.
FotMob: 6.8 WhoScored: 6.5
1 chance created | 0/1 shot on target | 57% passing | 2/6 long balls | 7/10 duels | 1 clearance | 1/1 dribble
FotMob: 7.4 WhoScored: 7.5
1 chance created | 80% passing | 8/12 duels | 4 clearances | 2/2 tackles | 1 interception
Now reportedly a target of AC Milan, Robinson played the full match as Wigan Athletic fell to Swansea City by a final of 2-1. With Wigan sitting firmly in the relegation zone, a move to the Italian giants must be looking real nice right about now.
FotMob: 6.6 WhoScored: 7.3
3 chances created | 84% passing | 3/9 duels | 3 clearances | 2/3 dribbles | 4 interceptions
34-year-old Cameron played 90 minutes for Queens Park Rangers and finished with the most tackles in the match with three. He also picked up a yellow card after one of his teammates was taken down with a very nasty red card challenge.
FotMob: 7 WhoScored: 7
62% passing | 5/11 duels | 1/1 dribble | dispossessed twice | 2 interceptions | 1 clearance
FotMob: 7.9 WhoScored: 7.6
50% passing | 1/1 shot on target | 6/10 duels | 1 clearance | 1/1 tackle | 1 interception
The 20-year-old started and played 86 minutes of RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Union Berlin. Really great to see Adams back out there. He returned just before the winter break so now he should be 100% fit and ready to impress.
FotMob: 7.5 WhoScored: 7.2
2 chances created | 84% passing | 1/2 shots on target | 8/14 duels | 1/1 tackle | 1 interception
17-year-old (born in 2002 if you want to feel old) Gio Reyna became the youngest American to play in the Bundesliga when he was subbed on in the 72nd minute of Borussia Dortmund’s 5-3 win at Augsburg.
FotMob: 5.9 WhoScored: 5.9
Wolfsburg lost their second straight match, falling 3-1 at Cologne. Brooks played 90 minutes at centerback, picking up a yellow card along the way.
FotMob: 5.9 WhoScored: 6.6
4 interceptions | 3 clearances | 9/20 duels | 66% passing | 1/1 shot on target | 2/2 tackles
Starting at striker, Sargent played 86 minutes of Werder Bremen’s 1-0 shutout of fellow relegation zone member Fortuna Düsseldorf.
FotMob: 6.8 WhoScored: 7
0 shots | 16/28 passing | 12/23 duels | 3 clearances | 2 interceptions | dispossessed thrice
Morales was on the other end of that shutout. Fortuna Düsseldorf were leapfrogged by the result and are now in 17th place, two points behind Werder Bremen.
FotMob: 6.4 WhoScored: 7.2
68% passing | 1/4 shots on target | 12/21 duels | 4 clearances | dispossessed once | 2 interceptions
Did Not Play
Sergiño Dest - Ajax - Unused sub
Matt Miazga - Reading - Unused sub
Tyler Boyd - Besiktas - Unused sub
Cameron Carter-Vickers - Tottenham - Not in the 18
Andrija Novakovich - Frosinone - Unused sub
Christian Pulisic - Chelsea - Adductor injury
DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle - Broken hand
Tim Weah - Lille - Hamstring - Returned to training
Zack Steffen - Fortuna Düsseldorf - Knee