Americans Abroad: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

With the Major League Soccer back in action with some new storylines and Liga MX shut down, the game in Europe (no frigid home openers or referees’ strike in Mexico) provided its usual drama — and plenty of highlights and lowlights for some Americans Abroad.

The Good

Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

The Hawaiian native did it again. Wood, a United States international and Hamburger SV striker, scored the game-winning goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

With the win, desperate Hamburg is seven points above the relegation zone in the Bundesliga.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Although he may have lost to Wood’s side, Johnson, 29, another the U.S. international, earned his 100th appearance for ‘Gladbach. He joined the club in 2014.

Mix Diskerud (Goteborg)

Diskerud, 26, the sometime U.S. international and and former NYCFC midfielder, was shut out in New York. But he’s found a home back in Scandinavia on loan to Goteborg of Sweden.

The Bad

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)

Yedlin, another U.S. international, has been ruled out for an indefinite period after Coach Rafa Benitez said that the right back had suffered a thigh injury.

“Yedlin didn’t realize he had the problem against Brighton,” Benitez said. “We protected him against Huddersfield, but he had to come on.”

“He was complaining and you could see that maybe it would be one week or two weeks. He had a knock, maybe has a small tear.”

The Ugly

Tim Ream (Fulham)

It has been a up-and-down 2016-17 season for Fulham defender Tim Ream.

In a terrific 3-1 victory against League Championship heavyweights Newcastle United, the Fulham phenom Ryan Sessegnon, 16, was taken down in the box, earning a penalty.

After having scored two goals, the young attacker was looking to complete his hat trick. Ream had other plans.

The American center back took control of the penalty, stood over the spot, fired away, and missed.