Outlaws Overseas: Moving Up and Down the Ladder

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER.

by JACK HAZZARD

As European clubs creep closer to the end of the season, it is now or never for players on the fringe to make an impact.

With some Americans abroad taking part in the weekend’s festivities, a few contributed to their clubs’ victories in moves up their league’s table. Others, however, found themselves going in the opposite direction.

Although goals were few from the Outlaws Overseas, American players put in strong performances in meaningful matches.

United States defenders John Brooks and Eric Lichaj earned praise for their defensive play while Terrence Boyd and Theoson Siebatcheu chipped in with assists and goals.

John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) & Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)

In a match that saw American vs. American, only one defender made it out of the match with a smile on his face.

Playing the full 90, center back Brooks led Hertha Berlin’s backline against Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt offense.

The winner? Brooks’ defense.

He created a wall around his keeper’s goal and defended his net with energy and aggressiveness in Hertha’s 2-0 win.

With the victory, Brooks & Company found themselves overtaking Frankfurt for fifth place in the Bundesliga table.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)

As Nottingham Forest continues to struggle, the Championship side has looked increasingly to the American defender Lichaj for some stability.

The former U.S. national team player had a big role in his team’s 0-0 draw at Wigan. Lichaj now wears his club’s captain’s armband and might just be doing enough to catch the eye of U.S. Coach Bruce Arena. You never know.

Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)

U.S. forward Boyd found himself assisting his side’s one and only goal in Darmstadt’s 2-1 weekend loss against Augsburg.

Boyd only appeared for half of the match, and has yet to play a full 90 minutes for his new side. Darmstadt is stuck at the bottom of the Bundesliga table and seems headed for relegation.

Theoson Siebatcheu (Chateâuroux):

The young American striker from Washington is on a goal-scoring tear — the 20-year-old Chateâuroux forward added his fifth goal in three matches for the French third tier side.

Siebatcheu played 90 minutes for Chateâuroux, helping it notch a narrow 2-1 win. With one game behind and two points below first-place Dunkerque, Siebatcheu and Chateâuroux could find themselves atop the Championnat National table as early as next week.

Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV)

Although Wood’s lingering hamstring strain kept him out of Hamburg’s weekend match, the American striker probably didn’t feel too beat up about it.

Wood sat in the stands while his club took an 8-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. The match was ugly from the beginning and it doesn’t help a Hamburg team that is looking to avoid relegation.