Several U.S. Men's National Team regulars face big-time cup matches in a busy week for Americans Abroad while one can seal promotion to the Premier League.
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle can seal a spot in the Premier League with a win on Monday against Preston North End. A result on Monday would see Newcastle bounce right back, joining Brighton & Hove Albion as the two sides automatically promoted to the Premier League.
Few rivalries in world soccer rival the Old Firm, and, on Sunday, Emerson Hyndman will once again take part in the historic clash with a spot in a cup final on the line.
Hyndman and Rangers are set to face off with Celtic as the Old Firm will decide a finalist in the Scottish Cup. Hyndman has been a revelation since moving to Rangers via a winter loan move, butthe American midfielder will face his toughest test yet as his side faces a Celtic team that cruised to an early lockup of the Scottish League title.
World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner as several Americans take the field for midweek action.
In Germany, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson take the field as they look to advance their side in non-league competitions. Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face DFB-Pokal action on Tuesday against Sportfreunde Lotte while Thursday brings Johnson's Europa League clash with Schalke.
With time ticking down, Bobby Wood stepped up, earning his side three points that could be vital in a relegation battle.
Wood scored an 80th minute winner on Sunday, leading Hamburg to a 2-1 win over Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach. With the win, Hamburg moves into a tie on points with 15th- place Werder Bremen although Aron Johannson and co.
Bobby Wood's Hamburg was knocked out of theDFB-Pokal by a fellow American Abroad on Wednesday, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward did fire one final parting gift before departing the German cup competition.
Wood score a late goal on Wednesday as Hamburg fell, 2-1, to Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengbladbach.
Wednesday is a busy day for Americans throughout both Europe and Mexico.
Two U.S. Men's National Team regulars combine in the headlining match of the day, which comes in German DFB-Pokal action. A spot in the competition's semifinal is on the line on Wednesday as Bobby Wood and Hamburg face off with Fabian Johnson and Borussia Dortmund for the right to join Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt in the next stage.
Several Americans endured tough results to close the weekend's action abroad.
Fabian Johnson continued his return to the Borussia Monchengladbach after several months away, but theU.S. Men's National Team regular couldn't quite make an impact in the team's 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig. Johnson was removed in the 80th minute, just moments before Mochengladbach scored their first goal of the game, one which proved to be a consolation against a soaring RB Leipzig side.
A pair of Americans Abroad directly contributed to pushing their sides into the next stage of the German cup on Tuesday.
Bobby Wood's late goal sealed a 2-0 win for Hamburg, helping the struggling Bundesliga club topple FC Cologne to book a spot in the quarterfinal round. Wood's goal, his seventh of the season, was his third finish in six games.
Paul Arriola and Tijuana continue to dominate the start of the Liga MX campaign while two other Americans contributed directly to goals in Saturday wins.
Arriola scored Tijuana's fourth and final goal in a 4-2 defeat of William Yarbrough on Saturday night. The victory sees Tijuana seal their fourth win in five games as they stay atop the Liga MX table through the first weekend of February.
There's good news on the injury front for one of the top players in the U.S. Men's National Team talent pool. Borussia Monchengladbach winger Fabian Johnson appears ready to challenge for a spot in the matchday squad once again after dealing with an Achilles injury.
In a clash of American regulars, John Brooks and Hertha Berlin emerged victorious.
Brooks played all 90 minutes and maintained a clean sheet as Hertha toppled Fabian Johnson and 10-man Borussia Monchengladbach. Brooks and co. held on to their second shutout in three games while riding a Salomon Kalou hat-trick to a 3-0 win.
Tuesday is a day for cup action, and several American stars may take part in helping their teams advance in domestic competitions.
German soccer headlines a busy day as several Americans face-off in the DFB-Pokal. One of the more in-form players abroad, Timmy Chandler, could be in the lineup for Eintracht Frankfurt for a clash with Alfredo Morales' Ingolstadt, while John Brooks and Fafa Picault may collide with Hertha Berlin takes on St.
Fabian Johnson will not take part in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Celtic.
Borussia Monchengladbach announced on Tuesday that Johnson will miss the match due to illness. Johnsonremained in Germany as the team traveled to Glasgow, joining Thorgan Hazard, Andreas Christensen and Raffael among those that remained at home.
It's another busy weekend for Americans Abroad as the schedule heads towards the international break.
Headlining the weekend is a Bundesliga clash between two U.S. Men's National Team regulars as Bobby Wood's Hamburg takes on John Brooks and Hertha Berlin. After several weeks away, Brooks is set to return to the Hertha Berlin squad after recovering from an injury.
The U.S. Men's National Team's injury issues have been highly publicized in the week leading up to Friday's World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Stars Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin are on the mend, leaving Bruce Arena with some big decisions on how to reshuffle and reshape his starting XI.
Bruce Arena's roster has been ravaged by injuries as World Cup qualifiers loom. Several players, most of which were presumed starters, will not be joining camp as the U.S. Men's National Team faces a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers.
Naturally, there are some concerns.
Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin headline the notable injury absences for the U.
Bad news for U.S. Men's National Team fans, as one of the team's best players appears to have picked up ainjury ahead of World Cup qualifiers.
USMNT midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson was forced to leave Borussia Monchengladbach's UEFA Europa League match against Schalke 04 on Thursday, as he pulled up with an apparent right hamstring injury.
The first two, and probably most difficult two, matches of the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualification didn't go the U.S. Men's National Team's way, but don't worry, says Fabian Johnson.
Though the USMNT first two matches against Mexico in Columbus and at Costa Rica went poorly, and signaled the end of the Jurgen Klinsmann era for the team, USMNT and Borussia Monchengladbachstar Fabian Johnson told FIFA.
A full list of the 55 players in the USMNT's current player pool, plus 32 others in contention.
Bruce Arena has officially been named new US national team head coach, and one of his first actions since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann was compiling a massive player pool of 50 or more players. We don't know who is on that list, but we have a pretty good idea of the players in consideration.
Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are starting, of course, but the surprise is that every replacement for the suspended players is an MLS star - Chris Wondolowski, Graham Zusi and Kyle Beckerman are in the XI.
As Jurgen Klinsmann's lead the United States on their Copa America run he has turned to MLS for his talent pool.
Jurgen Klinsmann hinted this week that he might be including Michael Orozco in his lineup for the suspended DeAndre Yedlin as the United States takes on Ecuador in their Copa America Centenario quarterfinal. That isn't the case, as Sporting KC center back Matt Besler gets the nod, likely slotting in at left-back -- this means that Fabian Johnson will move from left-back to right-back.
The USMNT hosts Costa Rica, with the hopes of getting 3 points in their quest to advance to the Quarterfinals. The amtch kicks off at 5:00 p.m. PT on FS1. This is your place for scores, highlights, updates and analysis.
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Ahead of an upcoming friendly with Ecuador, Jurgen Klinsmann has added some defensive depth as Fabian Johnson continues to recover from his injury issues.
Klinsmann called inFC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta for thisWednesday'sfriendly against Ecuador in Frisco, Texas. Acosta's call up adds further depth to the fullback position while Timmy Chandler wraps up his club season with Frankfurt in Monday's relegation playoff.