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Americans Abroad roundup: Brooks, Hyndman, Williams on the rise

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With 20-year-old Lynden Gooch going on loan from Sunderland to Doncaster Rovers, we thought it an apt time to check in with other Americans Abroad.

We’re not talking Geoff Cameron, Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and DeAndre Yedlin in the Premier League, statuses well-covered in this space, but those Yanks plying their trades elsewhere.

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Alejandro Bedoya has endured a lot this year, from a lengthy illness to a failed MLS move to a long scoring drought. While that’s still alive in Ligue 1, he belted in an extra time winner in the French Cup this week and the 28-year-old remains a fixture for Nantes and one of the more unheralded Yanks in Jurgen Klinsmann’s set-up. Nantes is in 11th.

Germany remains a fertile spot for American production. Ingolstadt’s Alfredo Morales continues to chew up minutes for the promoted side, though he recently served a yellow card suspension and the advanced stats don’t love his game. Ingolstadt is in 11th, six points clear of automatic relegation. Julian Green famously made his UEFA Champions League bow with Bayern Munich in December, but has played mostly with the B-team. Green has 8 goals and 4 assists this season.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach are in Bundesliga’s fourth place, and the winger is a big part of their success with six goals and three assists through all competitions. Aron Johannsson scored twice in his first six matches for Werder Bremen, but a hip ailment has cost him the better part of the season so far.

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John Brooks is back playing a regular 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin, and the 22-year-old is 5-1 in his last six matches. The only loss was a 2-0 setback against Bayern Munich. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Timmy Chandler has failed to reestablish himself as a regular with his club.

In 2.Bundesliga, Terrence Boyd is still out with injury while Bobby Wood has seven goals and two assists, including a pair in a December win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. FSV Frankfurt winger Shawn Barry has two assists in his last five matches. After a hot start, Sandhausen forward Andrew Wooten is going through a goal drought, while Freiburg defensive midfielder Caleb Stanko broke into the lineup before winter break as his teammate, goalkeeper Zach Steffen is with Freiburg 2 and has a pair of clean sheets.

Desevio Payne during the team presentation of FC Groningen on June 29, 2015 at the Euroborg in Groningen, The Netherlands.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Desevio Payne Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

In England’s Championship, a new coach has breathed new life into Emerson Hyndman‘s time with Fulham. The Craven Cottage 19-year-old has appeared in every game but one dating back to Dec. 5. Eric Lichaj remains one of Nottingham Forest’s best, playing 90 minutes in all but two contests this year, while fellow back Jonathan Spector is going through an unusual stretch out of the starting lineup. Spector’s gone four matches without a minute for Birmingham City. Danny Williams hasn’t missed a minute in Reading’s central midfield since Nov. 7, and has three goals during that stretch.

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21-year-old winger Gboly Ariyibi is seeing his most regular playing time with Chesterfield, chipping in a pair of assists in a recent 7-1 win over Shrewsbury Town. And in Scotland’s second tier, Gedion Zelalem has been relegated to a substitute’s role at Rangers for over a month.

Rubio Rubin, now 19, remains with FC Utrecht in the high-flying Eredivisie, where he’s been out for three months after undergoing foot surgery. Desevio Payne (right), 20, took his season bow in the Eredivisie as a 90-minute left back in Groningen’s 4-1 win over Utrecht.

Ethan Horvath is still the starting keeper for Molde, which faces Sevilla next in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32.

UCL AT HALF: Marsch’s Salzburg rolling; Champions holding firm; Chelsea’s Mount hurt

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We’ve got news after 45 minutes of six more UCL matches, including a big injury at Stamford Bridge and a monumental start for an American in Austria.

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Chelsea 0-0 Valencia

No goals to report here, but early season hero Mason Mount has left the match with an injury for the Blues. He was not replaced by Christian Pulisic, rather Pedro.

Liverpool 0-0 Napoli

It’s been a pretty even affair, though Liverpool can thank Adrian for a pair of great saves on Dries Mertens before Hirving “Chucky” Lozano’s goal was ruled offside.

Red Bull Salzburg 5-1 Genk

Jesse Marsch is now officially the first American man to manage a team in a UEFA Champions League game.

The Red Bull Salzburg boss is also the first to hold a second minute lead, as red hot striker Erling Braut Haland scored his 15th, 16th, and 17th goals in nine matches under Marsch.

Haland also five assists on the season, having entered Tuesday’s match with 658 minutes across all competitions.

Haland is the son of former Leeds, Man City, and Nottingham Forest manager Alf-Inge Haland.

Hwang-Hee Chan has Salzburg’s other goal, and two assists.


Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague — RECAP
Lyon 1-1 Zenit Saint-Petersburg
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
Ajax 1-0 Lille
Benfica 0-0 RB Leipzig

Yedlin nears return, hoping for October USMNT call-up

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Hindsight being 20/20, it’s easy to see that DeAndre Yedlin didn’t look right last season.

The Newcastle United and USMNT right back was not up to his standards during the 2018-19 season, and Yedlin says the injury that’s cost him the start of this season has been the culprit for a long time.

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Yedlin, 26, went through surgery this May for a sports hernia which he says bothered him on game days for almost a year and a half.

From NUFC.co.uk:

 “It was tough, and it was a bit confusing because it would come and go. There would be months that I’d be playing with it and I’d take pain killers before the game and try to get through it, then there’d be times when it didn’t bother me at all,” he said.

“Even in warm ups, I’d be thinking ‘it’s going to be tough to make it through this game.’ Once the pain killers hit in, you can’t really feel anything anymore and then adrenalin hits in but, yeah, it’s tough. As a player you don’t want to stop and then lose your place, but you’ve also got to do what’s best for you and for the longevity of your career.

That’s not good, and both USMNT and Newcastle supporters will hope the injury was the reason behind his decline in form.

Yedlin’s stats dropped in each of his last two PL seasons. For a player whose blessed with blazing speed, a sports hernia is only going to dramatically affect performance.

He says he has been in touch with USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter.

“That’s been tough. I’ve had contact with the manager and they’re keeping updated on how I’m doing. This last international break was just a bit too soon but hopefully the next one, I’ll be ready for and hopefully I’ll have some minutes under my belt by that time, then really crack on from there.”

Conte’s Inter avoids UCL upset in stoppage time

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The Champions League nearly began with an upset, as Slavia Prague led Inter Milan 1-0 into stoppage time at the San Siro on Tuesday.

But a pair of Inter loanees produced a play to tie the score in the second minute of stoppage, as Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo) curled a free kick off the bar and Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) first timed the rebound through traffic and inside the far post.

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Peter Olayinka started and finished the play for Slavia Prague’s second half opener. The scorer took the ball to the end line and cut back for Lukas Provod, whose shot was saved by Samir Handanovic.

But Olayinka followed the play and took advantage of the marker who slid to block his initial pass. On the doorstep at the back post, the Nigerian smashed the ball into the top of the goal.

The goal was deserved, and the score line represented the tightness of the contest. Inter barely out shot the Czech visitors and had just a little bit more of the ball.

Romelu Lukaku nearly thumped home a header in the sixth minute of stoppage, but Slavia keeper Ondrej Kolar made a fine save.

Here’s the equalizer:

LIVE, UCL: Napoli v. Liverpool, Chelsea v. Valencia

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is back, as Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea are both in action on Tuesday.

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Reigning European champs Liverpool head to Napoli in their opening group game, as Jurgen Klopp‘s men aim to avenge the defeat at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stage last season. As for Chelsea, Frank Lampard and several of his young Blues stars are making their UEFA Champions League debuts as a manager and players.

A beauty of a game takes place in Group F, as Borussia Dortmund host Barcelona with Lionel Messi back in the Barca squad after injury.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s late games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group E
Napoli v. Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg v. Genk

Group F
Borussia Dortmund v. Barcelona

Group G
Benfica v. Leipzig

Group H
Ajax v. Lille
Chelsea v. Valencia