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Borussia Dortmund promotes Giovanni Reyna
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Borussia Dortmund promotes USMNT prospect Reyna to first team

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Giovanni Reyna may play a role in Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title push.

Reyna has shown a lot to Dortmund in just over a half-year, as the Bundesliga outfit promoted the 17-year-old American playmaker to its senior team on Wednesday.

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Reports that Reyna would join BVB circulated for almost a year before he signed on July 1, and he’s done exceptionally well in the academy.

BVB tracked Reyna for a long, long time, but we wonder whether they saw this move happening so quickly. Manager Lucien Favre praised Reyna for fitting into BVB’s system,.

From Bundesliga.com:

“He presented himself well in Marbella, that’s why we want to put him on a much higher level at training,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. “We want to develop him to a full-fledged player of Borussia Dortmund.”

Reyna has eight goals and eight assists in 16 matches between the UEFA Youth League and the U-19 Bundesliga.

Dortmund is seven points back of leaders RB Leipzig, and is alive in the Champions League and German Cup. There will be plenty of chances to get some first team run, even at his age.

Reyna is the sixt#h teen in Dortmund’s senior squad, joining high-profile stars Jadon Sancho (19) and Erling Braut Haland (19) as well as Mateu Morey (19), Tobias Raschl (19), and Luca Unbehaun (18).

Giovanni is a New York City FC academy product and the son of USMNT legend and Man City player Claudio Reyna. His rise has arguably been more monitored than Christian Pulisic before him.

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.

USMNT forward Sargent returns, scores brace in Werder Bremen friendly (video)

USMNT forward Josh Sargent scores brace
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Josh Sargent returned for Werder Bremen on Sunday, and any lingering effects of the injury that cost him a month on the sidelines were not apparent.

Bremen met Hannover 96 for a friendly in order to warm up for next week’s Bundesliga restart.

The 19-year-old American scored twice in 45 minutes before departing at halftime.

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The first goal was a swell volley of a tricky first touch, the second a powered header off a cross.

Sargent missed four league matches with a groin injury, and Bremen lost them all by a combined score of 13-1.

He has two goals and two assists in 553 Bundesliga minutes this season, counting six starts amongst his 11 league appearances.

The center forward has been capped 12 times by the United States men’s national team, scoring five goals.

Stoppage time equalizer for American midfielder Duane Holmes

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Derby County stayed unbeaten with Wayne Rooney on the pitch thanks to a last minute goal from an American playmaker.

Duane Holmes hit a beautiful volley in the first minute of stoppage time to give the Rams a point away to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

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It was the American’s first goal of the season and third in 56 appearances for the Rams. Holmes earned his first two USMNT caps this summer.

The 25-year-old has been an every week starter for Philip Cocu dating back to mid-October.

Rooney went 90 minutes as Derby is 17th with 34 points, eight back of the promotion playoff picture.

Back to Holmes, he admitted that the goal was lucky; He swung his peg but it struck his shin pad to fool the goalkeeper.

USMNT star Pulisic to miss a ‘few weeks’ for Chelsea

Christian Pulisic injured for Chelsea
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Chelsea will be without American winger Christian Pulisic for several weeks after the 21-year-old suffered an adductor injury.

Manager Frank Lampard is not downplaying the player’s absence, which comes with Burnley, Newcastle, Arsenal, and Leicester City next on the PL fixture list.

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Pulisic has six goals and six assists in under 1600 minutes for the Blues since arriving from Borussia Dortmund. Five of those goals and two assists have come in the Premier League.

“It is a damaging miss,” Lampard said, via Football.London. “Before Christmas he did report a bit of tiredness so he came out of the team and I was worried about injury. He is a very talented player, where he can make things happen.”

Pulisic has been dangerous when healthy and chosen by Lampard, as detailed in Joe Prince-Wright’s first half report card.

Still, he pledged improvement on the field as recently as last week. Clearly, this injury is a tricky one.