Outlaws Overseas: FA Cup Round Up

USMNT Brad Guzan

by JACK HAZZARD

While most European countries are enjoying their winter breaks, English clubs from multiple tiers participated in the country’s most historic tournament over the weekend: the FA Cup.

Consisting of clubs ranging from the Vanarama Conference to the English Premier League, the 146-year-old cup provides entertaining football.

Partaking in the annual knockout tournament were a plethora of American footballers.

With larger clubs sparring against smaller sides, the early stages of the tournament provide an opportunity for younger and role players to impress the coach and the crowd.

Notable Outlaws Overseas who appeared in the weekend’s tournament includes Brad Guzan, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Emerson Hyndman.

Brad Guzan (Middlesborough FC):

In a 3-0 victory against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, frequent United Men’s National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan started in the net for Middlesborough.

The tournament match resulted in well-rounded effort from the Smoogies. A strong offensive performance mixed with a savvy defensive show that resulted in a laudable victory.

Guzan has struggled to break into the first team, only making a few starts since joining last summer. A clean sheet may raise a brow from manager

A clean sheet may raise a brow from manager Aitor Karanka. However, the American must compete with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, a tough to ask for most professionals.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspurs): 

England native Cameron Carter-Vickers played the full 90 at the center back position for the Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs against Championship club Aston Villa.

The young American international is slowly earning the trust and respect of head coach Mauricio Pochenttio, who has primarily used the 19-year-old as an emergency substitute.

Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth AFC):

Before parting ways with Bournemouth to join Scottish side Rangers FC on loan, 20-year-old American international Emerson Hyndman played in his side’s 3-0 loss against League 1 side Millwall.

The midfielder played for 56 minutes of the match, failing to provide his side with a much-needed goal.

Since joining Bournemouth in the summer, the Dallas native has struggled to earn a spot with the club’s senior squad, resulting in his eventual loan move.

Newcastle United vs. Birmingham City (1-1):

  • DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
  • Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)

In a stale 1-1 draw, United States internationals DeAndre Yedlin and Jonathan Spector competed in a 90-minute draw that saw the two clubs leave the pitch unsatisfied.

Continuing to grow under head coach Rafa Benitez, Yedlin played the full 90. Whereas, Spector only appeared for 44 minutes on the pitch.

Danny Williams (Reading FC):

Enjoying a spectacular season with Reading FC, frequent United States Men’s International midfielder Danny Williams suffered greatly in his side’s 4-0 loss to Manchester United.

Unable to create chances, the midfielder struggled against the inform Red Devils. This was not Reading’s best performance by a long shot.

Tim Ream (Fulham FC):

Former New York Red Bulls center back Tim Ream played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 victory against Welsh side Cardiff City.

The 29-year-old defender has gained form over the past couple of weeks, which has resulted in his minutes to increase.

The St. Louis native has been rumored to be making a move to MLS sooner rather than later. However, reports have quieted down since his recent success.