Outlaws Overseas: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

It was a tough week for the Outlaws Overseas, but a few players were able to enjoy their weekends.

Some sustained injuries and endured crushing defeats, while another celebrated a personal milestone.

The Good

Matt Miazga (Vitesse): Although his side suffered a crushing 1-0 defeat against Ajax, center back Miazga, a United States international on loan from Chelsea, gave Vitesse an heroic performance.

Since joining Vitesse in the summer transfer window, Miazga, 21, has been largely overlooked. He has made 17 appearances for the Dutch club and has helped his side to a respectable eighth-place position.

Nevertheless, Miazga’s performance against Ajax was unforgettable. Vitesse played  well against Ajax and Miazga commanded the backline, putting in crushing tackles for a defense that only allowed one goal.

With Bruce Arena, the national team coach, scouting players for his upcoming March camp, it would be silly not to consider the former New York Red Bull player.

Jordy Siebatcheu (LB Chateâuroux): Currently playing in France’s third division while on loan from first division side Stade de Reims, Siebatcheu, a U.S, native, is earning respect in the Championnat National league.

In his last two matches Siebatcheu, 20, has scored four goals — one of which helped his club to a narrow 2-1 win over the weekend.

After those impressive performances, U.S. fans should keep tabs on the Washington, D.C., native. He is eligible internationally to play for France, Cameroon and the U.S.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana): No one has had a better start to 2017 than Arriola, 22. He has earned a starting spot with Club Tijuana and caps with the U.S. national team. The California native and the Xolos squandered a 3-0 lead on the weekend as made his 100th appearance for the club. Xolos had to settle with a draw with UNAM Pumas.

The Bad

Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV): After rounding back into form, Wood suffered an injury setback.

Ahead of Hamburg’s the weekend match against Freiburg, the American striker remained on the sideline after sustaining a thigh injury. The severity of the injury is unclear; however, with Hamburg fighting to stay above the relegation zone, losing Wood would be a major blow.

The Ugly

U.S. U20 (CONCACAF U20 Championship): What else can you say? The U.S. U20 team lost its first match in the tournament, a huge disappointment for the players and Coach Tab Ramos in a 1-0 decisions against 10-man and host Panama.

With their second match, against Haiti, coming up later this week, both Ramos and his squad are desperate for a victory.