While a mostly domestic-based group continues to train ahead of the U.S. MNT’s first friendly of 2016 next week against Iceland, a number of Americans plying their trade abroad were active for their clubs this weekend.
In France, midfielder Alejandro Bedoya capped a fantastic week for himself with FC Nantes. On Wednesday, the veteran attacker had barely gotten on the field before running on to a header and tallying the only goal in extra time of Nantes’ 1-0 victory at Mantois 78 in the Coupe de France (WATCH). With the win, Nantes setup a Round of 16 clash away to Bordeaux.
Bedoya and Nantes then got a preview of Les Girondins in Ligue 1 action on Saturday, and the U.S. international bagged his second goal of the week in the 30th minute. Already with a 1-0 lead thanks to Kolbbein Sigþórsson’s first half effort, teammate Ermir Lenjani beat his man on the left before sending a cross to the back post where Bedoya was unmarked and able to head past Bordeaux ‘keeper Cedric Carrasco to take the score to 2-0 (WATCH).
Bedoya went 90 minutes in the match, but Bordeaux poured on the pressure late, getting two goals back inside the final six minutes to force a 2-2 draw.
In Mexico, a pair of U.S. MNT center backs faced off as Omar Gonzalez’s Pachuca ran out of Estadio Azteca with a 4-1 win against Ventura Alvarado’s Club America. Both defenders went the full 90 minutes for their sides, with Alvarado conceding an own goal in the 19th minute while Gonzalez was part of a back line that never looked too bothered in the victory. Since transferring to Pachuca from the LA Galaxy just before the new year, Gonzalez has appeared in all three of Los Tuzos matches, helping the side to a 2-0-1 start to the 2016 Liga MX Clausura campaign.
In Guanajuato, goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Club León remained perfect in the Liga MX Clausura as Club Leon downed Cruz Azul 3-2 on Saturday.
In Germany, a number of U.S. internationals returned from the Bundesliga’s winter break on Saturday. Center back John Brooks anchored the back line for third-place Hertha Berlin in their 0-0 home draw with Augsburg, marking the fourth straight match across all competitions that he’s played and helped the side to a clean sheet.
Fabian Johnson played the full 90 minutes for Borussia Moenchengladbach as they began the second half of the season with a tough 3-1 home defeat to second-place Borussia Dortmund. Notably, 17-year-old U.S. youth international Christian Pulisic, who featured in first team matches during Dortmund’s winter break, made the game day 18 for the side, but did not appear in the match. Alfredo Morales started and went 68 minutes in midfield during Ingolstadt’s 1-0 victory against Mainz.
In the English Premiership, goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton were undone by Gilfy Sigurðsson’s 17th minute penalty kick and Andre Ayew’s 34th minute winner as the Toffees felt 2-1 to Swansea City on Saturday.
In the English Championship, Danny Williams went 90 minutes in midfield as Reading drew 1-1 at home with Sheffield Wednesday. Tim Ream started and went the distance while midfielder Emerson Hyndman entered in the 7th minute as Fulham fell 1-0 to Hull City at Craven Cottage.