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An absolutely phenomenal goal from Lynden Gooch highlights a week full of good news for the Yanks.

Burnley v Sunderland - Carabao Cup Second Round Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

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.

England

Lynden Gooch

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

Duane Holmes

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

Eric Lichaj

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

Tim Ream

Ream played 90 minutes as Fulham won 1-0 against Middlesbrough to stay in third place. They’re still just four points from automatic promotion.

FotMob: 7.4 WhoScored: 7.5
1 chance created | 80% passing | 8/12 duels | 4 clearances | 2/2 tackles | 1 interception

Antonee Robinson

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

Geoff Cameron

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


Germany

Timmy Chandler

Chandler won a header at the back post to score the winner in the 62nd minute as Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Hoffenheim 2-1. His last goal was nearly two years ago in February of 2018.

FotMob: 7.9 WhoScored: 7.6
50% passing | 1/1 shot on target | 6/10 duels | 1 clearance | 1/1 tackle | 1 interception

Tyler Adams

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

Gio Reyna

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

John Brooks

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

Josh Sargent

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

Alfredo Morales

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


Injured

Christian Pulisic - Chelsea - Adductor injury

DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle - Broken hand

Tim Weah - Lille - Hamstring - Returned to training

Zack Steffen - Fortuna Düsseldorf - Knee