Outlaws Overseas: Goals, drama in a tumultuous week of US Soccer

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by JACK HAZZARD

Looking to impress their new international boss, many Americans took to the field over the weekend away from their homeland. Performances from United States Men’s National Team regular Timothy Chandler and Heart’s midfielder Bjorn Johnsen highlight this week’s edition of Outlaws Overseas.

With Liga MX playoffs in full swing, few Americans partook in action over the weekend; however, it was Club America’s Ventura Alvarado who made a surprise start in the Mexican side’s 1-0 win against Chivas. The 24-year-old defender has impressed greatly in the last two weeks, making himself shine at the right time for new U.S. boss Bruce Arena.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt): After a few rocky performances with the National Team, Eintracht Frankfurt defender/winger Timmy Chandler has returned to his fantastic club form. Providing the assist for Marco Fabian’s second half goal, Chandler proved to be both a defensive and offensive threat in Frankfurt’s 2-1 win against BVB Dortmund.

A result of their weekend winning, Frankfurt finds themselves sitting fourth in the Bundesliga table, only six points behind first place RB Leipzig.

Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian): Deserving of an international call-up, Heart of Midlothian striker Bjorn Johnsen capped off his weekend with a brace that provided his Scottish side with a simple 3-0 win against Motherwell FC. 

In the 2016/17 Scottish Premiership season, Johnsen has tallied four goals and two assists, making him one of the most under-the-radar strikers in European soccer.

The Jam Tarts currently sit fourth in the Scottish Premiership, only three points behind second-place Rangers FC. If the Scottish side continues their domestic success, they can find themselves participating in European football next season.

UNDER THE RADAR:

Ventura Alvarado (Club America): With Liga MX playoffs heating up over the weekend, on-and-off U.S. international Ventura Alvarado partook in the epic weekend. The 24-year-old right-back played the whole 90 as his side took home a 1-0 win. 

In their two aggregated matches, America defeated Chivas Guadalajara 2-1, seeing the historic Liga MX side move to the next round.

NEWS:

Bob Bradley Gets His First W: Nothing has come easy for the Swans in Premier League play this season, and Bob Bradley has come to learn that first hand. However, he did have some luck on his hands this weekend, taking his first win in the Premier League — a 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klinsmann (United States Men’s National Team): After five and half years as the United States’ manager, Jurgen Klinsmann has been relieved of his coaching duties. The 52-year-old brought both good and bad during his tenure in states, but recent disappointments led to the German’s demise. Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena will take over as the United States’ head coach. For more on the story, read below: 

Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): After sitting out of the game for a few months, United States striker Clint Dempsey has returned to light training with the Seattle Sounders. The 33-year-old attacker has been sidelined due to a heart issue that has officially ruled him out for the remainder of the 2016 season. With the Sounders heading to the MLS final, the Seattle side will surely miss their captain. 

Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers): After a quiet season in Portland, American international Darlington Nagbe has been the newest target of transfer rumors. The 26-year-old winger has been linked with a move to Scottish side Celtic FC. With Portland’s season under wraps, a move to Scotland will be a perfect challenge for Nagbe. 

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