Outlaws Overseas: Pulisic scores, Span wins title with Finnish side

Pulisic BVB

by JACK HAZZARD

Although the MLS regular season recently came to a close, there is still plenty of American soccer going on away from the states.

It was a weekend full of goals, assists — and even a title — as many Outlaws Overseas found themselves enjoying an exciting weekend. As the European season continues to move in full swing, many more under the radar Americans are making huge appearances for their respective clubs. Most notably, 24-year-old New York native Brian Span found himself achieving his first ever Finnish club title with IFK Mariehamn.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn): Clinching the Veikkausliga title after a thrilling 2-1 win against Ilves, former FC Dallas winger Brian Span found himself earning a spot into next year’s UCL Quarterfinal stage with his current Finish club IFK Mariehamn. The New York native has been with Mariehamn since signing in 2015, appearing in 50 matches as well as scoring four goals.

Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund): Subbing on early in the second half, United States prodigy Christian Pulisic found himself assisting one goal as well as scoring the late tying shot that saw his club claw out a well-earned 3-3 draw against FC Ingolstadt. Dortmund currently rests sixth in Germany’s top flight, only five points away from first place Bayern Munich. 

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen): Scoring yet again in Germany’s second division, Andrew Wooten found himself adding to Sandhausen’s goal tally as they defeated FC St. Pauli 3-0. In ten 2. Bundesliga appearances this season, the American striker has scored four goals as well as assisted one.

UNDER THE RADAR:

Keaton Parks (Varzim SC): Frisco, Texas product Keaton Parks made his first start for second division Portuguese side Varzim Sport Club. Growing up outside of the United States’ academy system, the young American could see himself enjoy a bright future in Europe.

Joe Corona (Dorados De Sinaloa): 26-year-old Mexican-American midfielder Joe Corona enjoyed another outing with his second division Mexican side Dorados De Sinaloa. Receiving the captain’s band, Corona led his side to an impressive 3-2 victory against Leones Negros.

NEWS:

Brad Davis (Sporting Kansas City): After a brilliant 15-year career in Major League Soccer, 34-year-old Sporting Kansas City winger Brad Davis has officially announced his retirement from professional soccer. The MLS veteran will retire third on the league’s all-time assist chart. 

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