Be it for their performances, progress or new places in U.S. men’s national team’s fans hopes, here’s our team of Americans that stood out last week:
GK – Tim Howard (Everton): The veteran U.S. international has been doing quite well in the last few weeks. Howard was part of Monday’s 1-1 draw at home against Crystal Palace, a result that helped Everton to move one point back of Liverpool and four points away from a European qualification spot in the Premier League.
LB – Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach): Playing in midfield for Borussia Moenchengladbach (though we’ve slotted him into defense here), Fabian was man of the match in one of the biggest surprises of the Bundesliga season. Gladbach claimed a 3-1 win over league-leading Bayern München thanks in part to a goal and an assist from their in-form U.S. international. Player of the week without a doubt.
CB – Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): Stoke’s last three games at the Brittania Stadium (against Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City have all ended in wins and clean sheets. Cameron appeared in all three, and on Saturday, he was in midfield against one of the best teams in England. As with Johnson, we’ve slotted him into another of his positions, defense – the spot he’s trying to win at international level.
CB – John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin): Being a defender and scoring does not usually go together, yet when you have Brooks’ combination of strength and heading ability, you can be almost as impactful offensively as defensively. This weekend, Brooks’ second half goal gave to Hertha Berlin a win against Leverkusen, allowing his team to claim fourth place in the Bundesliga.
RB – Travis Brent (Almere City): A former defender for Portland’s academy and a California-native, Brent has spent the last two seasons adapting to Dutch soccer without not getting much playing time. However, after appearing in both of his Almere City’s Eerste Divisie matchups last week, he might slowly be winning time at a club he inked a new deal with a few months ago.
CM – Gedion Zelalem (Glasgow Rangers): The young prodigy has been receiving a lot of criticism recently, especially from Rangers fans criticizing his in-game choices. However, he seemed to appear more intelligent this week as he was involved in the build-up of most of the Rangers’ dangerous moments in a 4-0 trashing against Dumbarton. Zelalem’s assist was his second of the season.
CM – Emerson Hyndman (Fulham): As mentioned a few weeks ago, Emerson is one of America’s brightest talents, and likely the future of the US men’s national team midfield. On Saturday, Hyndman earned his first minutes of the season, coming on as a second half substitute in Fulham’s 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
CM – Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): Playing on the right wing during a matchup of teams without high hopes this season, Alejandro delivered a nice assist to Argentinian Emiliano Sala in a 1-1 draw at GFC Ajaccio. The point helped Nantes move to a comfortable 11th place in the Ligue 1 table.
LW – Julian Green (Bayern Munich II): Green is racking up the goals as he plays for Bayern’s second team in the German Regionalliga, including a quite good one this weekend against Unterhaching. Receiving a low cross in the area while totally unmarked, Julian used a soft finish to post his eighth league goal of the season – a strong start which should definitely help his quest to earn time in the Bundesliga.
CF – Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Moenchengladbach II): Gladbach player, Mario has enjoyed a decent start to the season, posting forr goals and three assists in 14 games. This weekend, he scored an important goal in Regionalliga to help the Gladbach’s second team post a 3-0 win at Rot Weiss Ahlen.
RW – Shawn Barry (Frankfurt): It was an interested outing for Barry, with FSV Frankfurt winger helped his team beat 1860 Munich and secure 10th place in the 2. Bundesliga, who earned a yellow card in his 10th start of the season. Thanks to a converted first half penalty, Frankfurt were able to claim a 1-0 victory in Munich, with the Florida-born wide man going 90 minutes on FSV’s flank.
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