On Sunday, Omar Gonzalez capped a week where three U.S. MNT players found the back of the net for their clubs abroad. Trailing 1-0 late in their Liga MX match at Pumas UNAM, Gonzalez rose above the rest to head home Erick Gutierrez’s 88th minute free kick from the left, earning a 1-1 road draw for los Tuzos. With the draw, Pachuca sit second with 11 points and remain the lone undefeated side left in the Liga MX Clausura campaign (3-0-2).
The day before, defender Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes in Monterrey’s 3-0 win vs. Dorados Sinaloa, which pushed los Rayados atop the Liga MX table (4-1-0; 12 points). Elsewhere in Mexico, left back Jonathan Bornstein went the distance in Queretaro’s 2-1 win against Veracruz, goalkeeper William Yarbrough was in net for Club Leon’s 2-1 home defeat to Morelia and U.S. youth international Paul Arriola entered in the 75th minute of Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul.
In France, attacking midfielder Alejandro Bedoya had a busy week, appearing in both of Nantes’ Ligue 1 matches. He started off with a bang on Wednesday, laying off a beautiful outside of the foot pass for Emiliano Sala to give les Canaris a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute of their match with GFC Ajaccio. Nine minutes later, Bedoya picked off a pass at midfield and started a quick counter attack with Sala, which led to the U.S. international burying his third goal in four matches across all competitions. Bedoya would play 72 minutes in the match as the two sides traded one more goal, with Nantes running out 3-1 winners.
On Saturday, Bedoya set up Sala with a great chance in the 26th minute, but goalkeeper Alban Lafont turned away the danger as Nantes settled for a 0-0 draw at Toulouse. With the four points picked up, Nantes sit seventh, just three points out of a UEFA Champions League qualifying place in the tight Ligue 1 table.
On Friday, the German Second Bundesliga returned from its winter break, with Union Berlin striker Bobby Wood raring to go. With Union Berlin trailing 2-1 late at Kaiserslautern, Wood received the ball on the left and split two pairs of defenders as he drove to the end line before sliding his effort inside the near post to force a 2-2 draw. With the goal, Wood moved into a tie for fourth in scoring in the 2.Bundesliga, tallying eight in 20 appearance for Union Berlin this season.
Two Americans played in the prime Bundesliga matchup this weekend, as John Brooks had one of his strongest performances of the season in central defense for Hertha Berlin in their 0-0 home draw with Borussia Dortmund. The fact that the match was second place Dortmund vs. third place Hertha Berlin didn’t deter BVB manager Thomas Tuchel from inserting 17-year-old attacker Christian Pulisic in the 71st minute. The U.S. youth international didn’t seem phased by the crowd of 74,244 in attendance at Berlin’s Olympiastadion, having a couple good moments in attack before the final whistle blew.
Meanwhile, Fabian Johnson performed well on the left wing and contributed in the buildup to Andreas Christiansen’s 30th minute goal in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 5-1 destruction of Werder Bremen on Friday. The following day, Alfredo Morales entered in the 60th minute, helping Ingolstadt to a 2-1 comeback win against Augsburg. Andrew Wooten started and went 90 minute in Sandhausen’s 1-0 home win vs. Paderborn in German Second Division action.
In England, U.S. midfielder Danny Williams went 90 minutes in Reading’s 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, while right back Eric Lichaj also went the distance in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win at Leeds United.
In Scotland, U.S. youth international Gedion Zelalem played 61 minutes in Rangers’ 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, forcing a replay at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park on Feb. 16.