Outlaws Overseas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Americans Abroad

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER.

by JACK HAZZARD

Winter Break is over!

Although England, Spain, and Mexico continued to play throughout January, most of Europe took the first month of the year as a brief respite. With most European leagues kicking off the second half of the season, many Americans overseas returned to the pitch.

As some Americans assisted, some sat on the bench, and others took a beating. Simply put, fans were provided with performances ranging from the good to the bad, and all the way to the ugly.

The Good

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United): Starting at right back, United States Men’s International DeAndre Yedlin put in a productive offensive performance for Newcastle over the weekend. Providing two assists for his side, Yedlin pushed his club to a simple 4-0 victory against Rotherham United.

With this win, Newcastle continues to stay on top of the EFL Championship. However, they sit one point above Bright and Hove Albion, who currently have a game in hand over the Toons.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana): With Liga MX three games deep into their infant season, Mexican side Club Tijuana have shot out of the gates, currently sitting atop of the league.

Thanks to United States Men’s International team member Paul Arriola, Xolos striker Milton Caraglio was provided with a fantastic cross from the American, which helped secure Tijuana a tough 1-0 win against Chivas Guadalajara.

Emerson Hyndman (Rangers FC): Making his first appearance for Rangers FC, U.S. youth product Emerson Hyndman didn’t take long to impress in Glasgow.

The 20-year-old Dallas native provided Rangers with a last minute assist to striker Kenny Miller that secured the Scottish side a late 2-1 victory against Motherwell.

The Bad

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen): After enjoying a restful Bundesliga winter break, on-and-off-again U.S. international striker Aron Johannsson found himself on the sidelines injured yet again.

The Werder Bremen striker sat out due to agitating calf problems. Johannsson has yet to play a full 90 for his German side, who fell 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund over the weekend.

The Ugly

Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt): It wasn’t Chandler’s fault this time; however, Eintracht Frankfurt did not enjoy their weekend outing against RB Leipzig.

Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky gave up a second-minute red card that saw Frankfurt play with 10-men for nearly the total 90. Chandler and company attempted to fight a man down but were unable to stop the Bundesliga giants from scoring three.