Outlaws Overseas: Goals, Goals and More Goals

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

Goals, goals and more goals.

Some Outlaws Overseas helped cook up entertainment in leagues across Europe.

Three capped United States men’s national team players scored over the past week. Goals by Bobby Wood and Julian Green helped seal wins for their sides in the DFB Pokal, while Terrence Boyd scored for SV Darmstadt in regular-season play. Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem was also able to score in his side’s 7-0 victory during his loan spell in the Dutch second division.

With all three players expected to make Bruce Arena’s March World Cup qualifying squad, the United States should have an in-form frontline.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Terrence Boyd (SV Darmstadt 98): The big man is back! Boyd, a frequent U.S. national team contributor, scored his first Bundesliga goal of the 2016-17 season.

After joining SV Darmstadt 98 from Red Bull Leipzig in the transfer window, Boyd has hit the ground running in his new destination.

The big striker only played 58 minutes against Borussia Dortmund but his goal was enough in Darmstadt’s 2-1 win.

Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV): Grabbing his first goal since late December, Wood scored Hamburg’s second goal in a 2-1 DFB Pokal win against 1. FC Koln.

Hamburger SV is slowly turning its season around in a desperate bid to avoid relegation. The win in the German Cup is a good start.

Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart): Green, 21, kicked off his time in Germany’s second tier in style.

He recently sealed a move to VfB Stuttgart from Bayern Munich. Since joining his new side, Green was able to provide an impactful goal during the week against Düsseldorf.

Stuttgart is currently in first place in the 2. Bundesliga, five points above Eintracht Braunschweig.

UNDER THE RADAR

Gedion Zelalem (VVV Venlo): Coming on as a sub in the dying moments of a monstrous victory, Arsenal loanee Zelalem scored his first goal for Dutch second tier side VVV Venlo.

Having joined Venlo toward the end of the January transfer window, Zelalem has made his mark early in the Netherlands.

Although his goal came late and was one among seven others, the U.S. product has started his time away from Arsenal at a humble rate.

Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach): Having dealt with inconsistency and injury, Borussia Mönchengladbach winger Johnson played his first full 90 minutes since late October.

The U.S. international has struggled to gain ground this season with his underperforming side. After winning three games in a row, where Johnson appeared in all three, Gladbach could be finding its way in the Bundesliga once again, which could affect Johnson’s overall performances.

Notes

Joshua Gatt (Molde FK): Known for his pace and passion, Molde FK winger Gatt has been tipped to be make a move to Major League Soccer.

With Minnesota United preparing for its first year in North America’s top flight, the Loons look to sign Gatt to help beef up the flanks.

With Minnesota lacking designated players, Gatt could sign a lucrative deal with the Loons.

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen): Rumor alert: U.S. international striker Johannsson, 26, has been a shadow of his former self. He has struggled to make appearances for his Bundesliga side Werder Bremen because of injuries.

Johannsson has found himself in and out of the first team, suggesting that he may need to move on to jump-start his career.