Outlaws Overseas: Boyd turns down MLS move, Liga MX Champions

Photo: GEPA pictures/ Kerstin Kummer

by JACK HAZZARD

After a slow holiday weekend without soccer, fans were delighted to see many of their favorite European football clubs return to the pitch on Boxing Day.

As clubs donned their kits after the short break, several Outlaws Overseas took to the field on the beloved holiday. Nevertheless, few leagues participated in Monday’s festivities, resulting in many Americans enjoying the day off. With most European leagues on their winter breaks, few leagues are set to play within the next month, giving many players a much-needed respite. This means few USMNT players will feature in the upcoming weeks.

Out of all the Outlaws Overseas that appear week-in-and-week-out on EoS, only three made it on the pitch:

Tim Ream (Fulham FC): Having started on and off for Fulham throughout the season, former New York Red Bull defender Tim Ream helped steer his side to a 2-0 win against Ipswich Town by providing the club with a clean sheet.

Fulham currently rests seventh in the EFL Championship, only four points behind a playoff position.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest): A bright spot in Nottingham Forest’s underwhelming season, former United States Men’s National Team defender Eric Lichaj has continued to pose as both a defensive and offensive threat against English sides.

Having the ability to create plays up and down the wing, Lichaj has been at the beginning of many Nottingham goals. Forest has endured a disappointing season, sitting 18th in the EFL, only six points above the relegation zone.

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield FC): Making himself a shout for future United States Men’s National Team squads, 21-year-old midfielder Gboly Ariyibi is a budding prospect.

Continuing to make the starting lineup for Chesterfield FC every week, the Virginia native was one of the few Outlaws Overseas to play over the weekend.

Ariyibi and Chesterfield FC fell 3-0 to Rochdale AFC, causing the League One side to slip into the relegation zone.

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Tigres UANL (Liga MX): After 120 minutes of pure chaos, the Tigres became the Liga MX Champions after defeating Club America in penalty kicks. 

Americans Luis Silva and Jorge Torres earned the honors as they frequently appeared for the Mexican side throughout the season.

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig): According to German outlets, RB Leipzig and United States Men’s National Team striker Terrence Boyd is preparing to leave the Bundesliga side.

Earlier last week, Boyd was rumored to be on the move to MLS. However, after recent reports, rumors suggest Boyd will turn down a chance in NY due to pricey living.

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