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USMNT left back Robinson a surprise target for AC Milan?

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AC Milan has identified an American as a potential answer to its left back depth issues.

Hampered by Financial Fair Play concerns, the Rossoneri could be offloading Ricardo Rodriguez to Fenerbahce and chasing a replacement.

The future No. 2 to left-sided wizard Theo Hernandez? It could be Antonee Robinson.

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The England-born USMNT back is in his second season with Wigan Athletic, making a permament move from Everton this summer after a loan move in 2018/19.

From CalcioMercato.com:

“The boy is American, he has already given his go-ahead to AC Milan but at the moment he has been put on stand-by… The executives like him and it’s a bet with good potential at low cost. For now, he has to wait.”

It’s a risky move; If Milan doesn’t qualify for Europa League or Champions League, minutes behind one of the most highly-regarded left backs in the world would be scarce. The 22-year-old Hernandez has six goals and two assists in 17 appearances since arriving from Real Madrid (He’s real good).

Then again, if they don’t qualify, Hernandez might want out of Milan.

Robinson, 22, has seven senior caps for the USMNT and is a major hope to solve a problematic position for Gregg Berhalter’s program.

Only one of those caps came under Berhalter, who otherwise hasn’t called up the Olympic-eligible left back in favor of Daniel Lovitz and Tim Ream.

Robinson has also played a little left mid for the Latics this season, scoring a goal in 28 Championship matches.

Americans Abroad: Chandler, Gooch score; Reyna, Vassilev debut

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The bar for the best weekend for Americans abroad in 2020 has been set.

After months with the under-19 side, 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna made his debut with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. In England, Indiana Vassilev, 18, did exactly the same for Aston Villa, becoming the second youngest American to play in the Premier League.

Established Americans abroad like Timothy Chandler scored Eintracht Frankfurt’s match winner, while Lynden Gooch struck from distance for Sunderland in England’s League One.

Here is a list of several other USMNT affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) abroad this weekend.

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea — The USMNT star continues to recover from an abductor injury.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — Yedlin is also recovering from an injury, and did not dress for Newcastle on Saturday.

Indiana Vassilev, Aston Villa – The 18-year-old came off the bench and played 23 minutes in his Premier League debut for Aston Villa. Villa drew 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

EFL Championship

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Holmes played 90 minutes in Derby’s 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic — Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Wigan’s 2-1 loss to Swansea City on Saturday.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — The 24-year-old dressed but didn’t feature in Reading’s 2-0 loss to Millwall.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — The Tigers’ defender started and played for Hull.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — The 34-year-old defender played 90 minutes in QPR’s 1-0 victory ver Leeds United on Saturday.

Tim Ream, Fulham — Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Weah and Lille were inactive this weekend.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — Jordon-Siebatcheu and Rennes were inactive this weekend. 

Eredivisie

Haji Wright, VVV-Venlo — Wright came off the bench and played five minutes in Venlo’s 1-1 draw with PSV.

Sergino Dest, Ajax — Dest dressed but didn’t feature for Ajax over the weekend. It’s been an on-and-off cycle for the fullback in Holland’s top-flight.

Desevio Payne, FC Emmen — The U-23 MNT fullback is injured and didn’t feature for FC Emmen.

Bundesliga

Timmy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt — The fullback played 90 minutes and scored Frankfurt’s match-winning goal on Saturday against Hoffenheim. 

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig — Adams started and played 86 minutes in Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Union Berlin. The midfielder completed 84 percent of his passes.

Weston McKennie, Schalke — McKennie is still having some setbacks from his shoulder injury. The midfielder didn’t dress for Schalke due to fitness issues over the weekend.

Zack Steffen, Fortuna Dusseldorf — Steffen is inactive with an injury.

Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf Morales started and played 71 minutes in Fortuna’s 1-0 loss to Werder Bremen.

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen  The 19-year-old started and played 86 minutes on Saturday. It’s refreshing to see Sargent back on the field, getting regular playing time after the injury.

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach Johnson was on Mönchengladbach’s bench but didn’t play.

Honorable Mentions

Lynden Gooch, Sunderland — Gooch has been superlative for Sunderland lately, and on Saturday, he was rewarded with this match-deciding goal:

Ian Harkes, Dundee United — Harkes continues to grind it out in Scotland. On Sunday, he registered an assist in Dundee United’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian. 

The USMNT player pool in Europe is as promising as ever

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It would be a challenge to put together a Best XI from Americans performing in Europe this Saturday.

That’s for two reasons, not one of them because there aren’t 11 players worthy of the honor.

One is goalkeepers: Zack Steffen is hurt and Ethan Horvath backing up Simon Mignolet.

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The other is pretty great: There are many more than 11 players thriving in Europe even with Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Zack Steffen, and Timothy Weah not available for selection.

It’s a weekly thing now. Gregg Berhalter trains a strong and mostly-MLS squad for January friendlies, The Americans Abroad round-ups on our site have shown plenty of progress for those eligible for the USMNT.

There was a time when Haji Wright coming off the bench for VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands had a shot at being the highlight of the weekend.

Now it’s a footnote. The 21-year-old is a regular for the relegation-threatened side after a transfer from Schalke. If anything, the discussion is about two in-a-row off the bench after a run of 10-straight league starts.

Consider this list of players, now that Aston Villa’s Indiana Vassilev and Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna made league debuts in the same weekend.

First team players in top tier leagues

Zack Steffen (Man City, on loan to Dusseldorf)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Sergino Dest (Ajax)
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Tyler Boyd (Besiktas)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)
Haji Wright (VVV Venlo)
Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Tim Weah (Lille)

Dig deeper and there’s more: Matt Miazga (Reading), Tim Ream (Fulham), Geoff Cameron (QPR), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), and Duane Holmes (Derby County) have been regulars in the English Championship. Same for Julian Green (Greuther Furth) in 2.Bundesliga and in-form Lynden Gooch at League One’s Sunderland. Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock) is a regular starter in the Scottish Premiership.

Then there are heralded U-20 and U-17 prospects Chris Gloster (Jong PSV), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich II), Richie Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven), Alex Mendez (Ajax), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Ulysses Lainez (Wolfsburg II). Some have taken first team bows while others have made the bench or ar eon the verge.

And we’re just talking Europe here, as the U.S. still has a bevy of reliable international players playing domestically like Jordan Morris, Miles Robinson, and Jozy Altidore amongst others. That’s leaving alone the caliber of Homegrown players being produced by Major League Soccer academies, Paxton Pomykal and Djordje Mihailovic among them (Reyna and Richards, too).

In terms of potential, American soccer is at a golden age. This makes Brian McBride’s new role as USMNT general manager even more important, as he teams up with Gregg Berhalter to put the best possible American team together for qualifying.

One thing’s for sure, the player pool is deep and no longer an excuse. Game on.

Americans Abroad: Saucedo, Holmes score; Sargent returns, records brace in friendly

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It was a weekend with a pair of must-see goals by Americans abroad, with Sebastian Saucedo and Duane Holmes as the protagonists.

In Germany, Josh Sargent scored a brace in Werder Bremen’s friendly after returning to action from a month-long injury. While over in England’s third-tier, Lynden Gooch assisted on Saturday, continuing his fine run of form,

Here is a list of several other USMNT affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) abroad this weekend.

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea — The USMNT star, who is recovering from an abductor injury, is reportedly expected to miss “a few weeks” for Chelsea.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — Yedlin was not on the bench for Newcastle in their 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. Is it time to worry about his playing time? Not yet.

Indiana Vassilev, Aston Villa – The 18-year-old dressed but didn’t play in Villa’s near-historic 6-1 loss to Manchester City.

EFL Championship

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Holmes played 90 minutes against Middlesbrough on Saturday, and scored a last-minute stunner, earning Derby County a valuable point.

Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic — Robinson started and played 90 minutes in Wigan’s 2-0 loss to Bristol City.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — The 24-year-old spectated Reading’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest from the bench on Saturday.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — The Tiger’s captain started and played all game as Hull lost 1-0 to Fulham.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — The 34-year-old defender played 90 minutes in QPR’s 3-1 loss to Brentford.

Tim Ream, Fulham — Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 win.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Weah didn’t feature for Lille on Sunday; however, he did return to practice recently.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — Jordon-Siebatcheu didn’t feature for Rennes on Friday.

Honorable Mentions

Sebastian Saucedo, Pumas — Debuting for Pumas, Sebastian “Bofo” Saucedo, 22, scored a curling, right-footed shot against Pachuca on Sunday. Take a look at the skill from the former Real Salt Lake winger:

Lynden Gooch, Sunderland — Gooch continues to impress for a surging Sunderland side. On Saturday, the 24-year-old registered an assist in the Black Cats’ 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Americans Abroad: Cameron, Boyd score, Lichaj registers assist

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It was a blatantly unbalanced weekend for Americans abroad, with Christian Pulisic left on the bench in Chelsea’s win, Geoff Cameron scoring his first goal in over a year, and Tyler Adams making his return to RB Leipzig’s starting lineup.

But also a positive one, as Eric Lichaj also and Terrence Boyd also headlined the weekend, with one assisting in Hull City’s commanding win and the other scoring in Germany’s third division, respectively.

Here is a list of several other USMNT affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) abroad this weekend.

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea — On Sunday, Pulisic viewed Chelsea’s decisive, 2-0 victory over Tottenham from the bench.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — Yedlin was called off the bench by Steve Bruce towards the end of Saturday’s match, playing only a minute in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

EFL Championship

Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic —  Wigan play Blackburn Rovers on Monday.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — The 24-year-old is out with a hamstring injury. There is no timeline on his return.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — The Tiger’s captain played the full 90 minutes and recorded an assist in Hull City’s 3-0 win over Reading.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — The 34-year-old defender scored in the sixth minute in QPR’s 2-2 draw with Charlton.

Tim Ream, Fulham — Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Leeds on Saturday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Stoke City (loan Tottenham Hotspur) — Carter-Vickers wasn’t on Stoke’s 18 on Friday.

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Holmes drew a yellow card in Derby’s 3-0 loss to Reading on Saturday.

Bundesliga

John Brooks, Wolfsburg – The 26-year-old defender started and played 90 in Wolfsburg’s 2-0 draw loss to Champions Bayern Munich.

Weston McKennie, Schalke —  McKennie is out with a shoulder injury.

Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf — Steffen played all 90 minutes and recorded four saves in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 2-1 win over Union Berlin. Morales also started and played all 90 minutes on Sunday.

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen  Sargent is out with a hamstring injury.

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig — Adams started and played 86 minutes as a fullback in RB Leipzig’s 2-1 win over Augsburg on Saturday.

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach — Johnson didn’t feature for Borussia Mönchengladbach this weekend.

Timmy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt — Chandler started and played in Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss to Paderborn on Sunday.

Eredivisie

Sergino Dest, Ajax — Dest started and played 90 minutes in Ajax’s 6-1 win on Sunday.

Haji Wright, VVV-Venlo — The 21-year-old striker came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Venlo’s 3-0 loss to Vitesse. 

Desevio Payne, FC Emmen — Payne didn’t feature for FC Emmen on Sunday.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Weah didn’t feature for Lille on Saturday.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — Jordon-Siebatcheu didn’t feature for Rennes on Saturday.