Americans Abroad: Good, Bad, Ugly (and a new jersey)

IMAGE, USSOCCER.COM

by JACK HAZZARD

With Silly Season behind most European clubs now, teams are back to the task that matters: playing their fixtures.

Few Americans made massive moves abroad. However, United States youngsters Emerson Hyndman and Gboly Ariyibi made successful moves to historic European sides, highlighting the weekend’s work. As these players settle in their new cities, a few Americans found themselves on their clubs score sheets. Xolos winger Paul Arriola was able to extend his side’s lead while Bjorn Johnsen was able to provide an assist.

The Good

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana): Continuing their hot start, Liga MX side Club Tijuana continued to stay atop of Liga MX with a convincing 4-2 win against Club Leon.

Three Americans found themselves making the starting eleven under Miguel Herrera. Paul Arriola, Michael Orozco, and Jose Corona all earned starting nods. Using his time wisely, Paul Arriola was able to grab Xolos’ fourth and final goal, helping his side keep a breathable lead throughout the 90.

Bjorn Johnsen & Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian): Having slipped down the Scottish Premiership table in past weeks, Heart of Midlothian find themselves fighting for a European spot yet again after grabbing a 4-1 win against Rangers FC.

In the match, American internationals Perry Kitchen and Bjorn Johnsen put in strong performances. Kitchen played the full 90 with captain’s armband and Johnsen added an assist to his impressive 2016/17 stat line.

The JamTart’s impressive victory against Rangers FC wasn’t the clubs only impressive feat last week. Over the weekend, Hearts was able to pick up another solid win against Motherwell FC. In the club’s 3-0 win, Kitchen was rested and only played 27 minutes while Johnsen only saw one-half.

Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest FC): As the European Transfer Window came to a close, one American was able to slip in a final move in the few remaining hours.

Arlington, Virginia native Gboly Ariyibi was able to secure a transfer from Chesterfield FC to FL Championship club Nottingham Forest.

Ariyibi will be joining fellow American International Eric Lichaj in Nottingham. The Reds currently sit fifteenth in the Championship.

The Bad

Emerson Hyndman (Glasgow Rangers): In itself, Emerson Hyndman has had an excellent start with Scottish side Rangers FC. However, the young American was unable to prevent his side’s crushing 4-1 defeat against Hearts of Midlothian during the week.

Hyndman was able to knock in an impressive goal, his second in three games, but it wasn’t enough as his side slipped up in a crucial regular season match.

The Ugly

United States Men’s National Team: Like it or not but Nike looks to still be pushing the plain solid color kits for their sponsored international teams.

Early in the week, Footy Headlines leaked a possible picture for either the United States’ third kit or its Women’s International Team’s newest kit.

If social media had any say in the kit, it would seem that Nike needs to go back to the drawing board and re-imagine a new style.