Americans Abroad: Germany

20160417 Christian Pulisic First Borussia Dortmund Goal


Bundesliga logoThe 2016-17 Bundesliga season has come to an end with Bayern Munich lifting the championship trophy a fifth straight championship season.

Here is a look at the performances of the nine Americans who play for Bundesliga clubs.

Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt)

While some questioned his place on the U.S. national team, right back Timmy Chandler, 27, had a strong season. He only missed two matches for Eintracht Frankfurt, switching among right back, right wing and center back. He earned a larger leadership role under Coach Niko Kovac, eventually being handed the captain’s band twice at the end of the season.

Eintracht finished 11th in the Bundesliga, with Chandler playing in 32 league matches and providing 4 assists.

Christian Pulisic (Dortmund)

It was a notable season for Christian Pulisic, 18, a budding star for both Dortmund and the U.S. national team. The native of Hershey, Pa., made 42 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 5 goals and providing 12 assists. Dortmund finished third in the Bundesliga and will again play in the Champions League next season. He is certain to be a key player for the U.S. as its heads into the final games in a bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

In his first season with Hamburg, Bobby Wood, 24, became a quasi cult hero. The striker from Hawaii helped his German side dig out of the relegation zone. In 32 matches, Wood scored 9 goals as Hamburg finished 14th.

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)

A 1-1 draw in its final match of the season doomed 17th-place Ingolstadt to relegation after two years in the Bundesliga. Alfredo Morales, 27, was a regular starter throughout the season, playing in 27 matches and scoring 1 goal.

John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)

John Brooks, 24, had a difficult season. Brooks, a center back, was dogged by injuries and limited to only nine appearances in league matches. Hertha, however, battled to a sixth-place finish and could still land in the Europa League next season if Borussia Dortmund beats Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Cup final on May 27. Brooks has played 30 times for the U.S.

Fabian Johnson (Mönchengladbach)

It was a up-and-down season for the versatile Fabian Johnson, 29. Injuries limited him to playing in only eight out of the club’s final 10 matches. Over all, Johson played in 35 games, in all competitions, 21 in the league.

Aron Johannsson (Bremen)

Aron Johannsson, 26, spent the season either on the bench of injured, making only eight appearances and scoring one goal. Werder Bremen finished in eighth place and Johannsson is a candidate for a transfer, possibly to Major League Soccer.

Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)

Terrence Boyd, 26, started the season with Leipzig, but was transferred to Darmstadt in January. He got off to a quick start at Darmstadt but picked up an ankle injury that sidelined him for the final seven games of the season. Darmstadt finished in last place and was relegated to 2.Bundesliga.

West McKennie (Schalke)

After spurning the offer of a homegrown contract from FC Dalls of MLS, West McKennie, 18, signed with Schalke. He made his Bundesliga debut in the final match of the season for Schalke, which finished in 10th place.