It was quite an eventful week for the boys in blue across the Atlantic. A youngster took home “King of the Match” while another saw a transfer to Serie A fall through. As usual, an injury update is included (sigh) plus a review of the Friendly match from Saturday.
On the Pitch
Gio Reyna, oh my you dirty dog. He became the youngest player to score in the DFB Pokal competition at 17 years old. Reyna beats four defenders off the dribble into a snipe from outside the 18.
Sergino Dest played his best 90 minutes for Ajax on Sunday. He was active on both sides of the pitch and created a chance that should have led to a penalty kick. Ajax kept a clean sheet and won 2-0 over rival PSV.
Tim Chandler had another result defining goal. He scored in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to level the score at 1 and steal a point for Frankfurt.
Weston McKennie returned to the pitch from his shoulder injury for Schalke. The injury is clearly still in the back of his mind as he is still feeling the effects from it.
Lynden Gooch was voted, by the supporters, as the Player of the Month for Sunderland. Gooch tallied 3 goals and one assist in January.
Josh Sargent did not start for Werder Bremen as he was subbed in at the 87th minute. Gio Reyna has yet to start for Dortmund and made his third appearance as he subbed in for Haaland at the 77th minute in Bundesliga play on Sunday
Winter Transfer Deadline Update
The rollercoaster of a deal between Wigan and AC Milan fell through on deadline day. Antonee Robinson had traveled to Milan and reports seemed like a done deal. Last minute disagreements over money made the deal fall through. Robinson will remain with Wigan.
Cameron Carter-Vickers has been loaned from Tottenham to Luton for the remainder of the season. This is his fifth loan stint since joining the senior team for Tottenham.
The New York Red Bulls either rejected or could not come to an agreement with West Ham over a loan with the potential to buy for Aaron Long. The main factors that made this deal fall through were the dollar amount and having himmiss part of the MLS season if the contract wasn’t bought at the end of the European season.
TIm Weah aims to return to the lineup in the upcoming week. It would be his third appearance for Lille since transferring and suffering a torn hamstring. Let’s see what the 19 year old can do in a top European League.
Christian Pulisic suffered a “setback” as he attempted to return this previous weekend. Thankfully, Chelesa is on break until the 17th. There are no reports if the setback will delay his mid-February return.
Matt Miazga has suffered a grade two strain on his ankle ligaments. He will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks as a result.
Zack Steffen’s lingering knee injury has kept him out of the 18 once again this past weekend. No indications on how long this injury will keep him out of the lineup.
USA vs Costa Rica Friendly, 1-0 USA
The youth was mixed into the starting XI for Gregg Berhalter. Four Americans made their national team debut and an additional three made theirs as subs. The January camp for the USA proves that Berhalter is instilling a system from the senior to youth levels. A major part of this roster is eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics so expect blank coach to deploy Berhalter’s style.
Ulysses Llanez was the most anticipated debut coming into the match and he did not disappoint. The ball-skill and his ability to maneuver past defenders looks more than promising.
The home of the LA Galaxy was empty for this friendly. It was a poor showing from the American supporters. Were they trying to send a message to US Soccer with their displeasure of the roster? Or was it purely a lack of interest in a February 1st friendly? Whatever the answer may be, it was a bad look for the United States.
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