Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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The result may not have been one to remember for most, but Hertha Berlin's 2-2 draw with SC Paderborn 07 will be a game John Anthony Brooks will never forget.

Brooks, a U.S. U-20 men's national team centerback, made his professional debut for Hertha Berlin in their season-opening tie with SC Paderborn 07 on Friday. The 19-year-old German-American started and went the distance in the 2. Bundesliga opener for Hertha and he showed composure on the ball in a game that Hertha needed to come back twice in. Hertha teammate and fellow American, Alfredo Morales, did not dress.

The lone goal this weekend came courtesy of Herculez Gomez, who netted for the second time in the early parts of the Mexican Apertura campaign in Santos Laguna's 2-2 draw with Puebla. Gomez powered home a diving header to put Santos up, 2-0, early on in the match, but DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla fought back to grab a 2-2 draw.

Charlie Davies did not find the back of the net but he did come off the bench to make a 45-minute appearance for Randers FC, his longest cameo at the club level since his time with D.C. United ended last October. Unfortunately for Davies and Randers, they lost, 2-1, to FC Midtjylland.

Here's how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:


2. Bundesliga

  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 2-2 draw vs. SC Paderborn 07 on Friday.
  • John Anthony Brooks started and played 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin.
  • Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern play FC Union Berlin on Monday.


  • Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played 9 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 1-0 win vs. Koninklijke Beerschot AC on Saturday.


  • Eugene Starikov did not dress in Zenit St. Petersburg's 3-1 win vs. CSKA Moscow on Saturday.


  • Terrence Boyd started and played 90 minutes in Rapid Vienna's 3-0 loss vs. Austria Vienna on Sunday.


  • Michael Parkhurst started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw vs. Aalborg BK on Saturday.
  • Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Brondby IF's 3-1 loss vs. AGF Aarhus on Sunday.
  • Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play AC Horsens on Monday.
  • Charlie Davies came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Randers' 2-1 loss vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.


  • Brian Span and Djurgardens IF play GIF Sundsvall on Monday.


  • Josh Gatt did not dress in Molde FK's 2-1 win vs. Sogndal on Saturday. He is recovering from a muscle injury.
  • Steve Clark started and played 90 minutes in Honefoss BK's 1-1 draw vs. Stromsgodset on Sunday.
  • Mix Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Brann on Monday.
  • Sean Cunningham and Stabaek IF play Brann on Monday.


  • Jose Torres did not dress in Pachuca's 1-0 win vs. Queretaro on Saturday. He was serving a one-game suspension for the ejection he received last week.

  • Herculez Gomez started, played 71 minutes and scored a GOAL in Santos Laguna's 2-2 draw vs. Puebla on Friday.


  • DaMarcus Beasley started and played 90 minutes in Puebla's 2-2 draw vs. Santos Laguna on Friday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Club America on Sunday evening.
  • Jonathan Bornstein dressed but did not play in Tigres UANL's 0-0 draw vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal started and played 90 minutes in San Luis' 3-3 draw vs. Morelia on Friday.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Club Tijuana's 1-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on Friday.
  • Joe Corona started and played 69 minutes for Club Tijuana.
  • Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.
  • Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Atlante on Sunday evening.


What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Brooks making his professional debut? Surprised that this is Davies' longest outing since last year?

Share your thoughts below.

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66 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

  1. jim morrison says:

    YES!!! Another German with an American passport. Keep em coming JK.
    And by the way, what ever happen to the huge involvement you were supposed to have in the improvement of youth development in the US? You have done nada in that area.

  2. bryan says:

    19 year old CB eligible got USMNT and now playing at the clublevel, music to my ears.

  3. SuperChivo says:

    Is JK breeding Germans with American passports or growing them in a petri dish? Please enlighten on how he will manage to “keep em coming..”

  4. Fernandino says:

    Will Soccer by Ives and other websites still update Timmy Chandler or is he no longer considered “american”?

  5. Matt says:

    Mexican-American forward Jesús Padilla made a 5 minute cameo for Chivas this weekend in Mexico.

  6. jimmorrison says:

    Bryan, I share your excitement but it is an bit of artificial success knowing that we did not develop him.
    My point is that the guy at the top is getting paid a lot of schekles ($2.5 million per year) and he has no plan for player development and that was supposed to a big part of his job description.

  7. Tyler says:

    How would you have any clue what Klinsmann is doing? Seriously, how would your ignorant self have any idea?

  8. Tyler says:

    Please share with everyone your proof that Klinsmann is doing nothing for player development.

    And I would expect you to ignore everything that’s been said about establishing certain playing styles and keeping players together at the lower levels, which has already begun.

    Please give us this secret reality you live in.

  9. cj says:

    I would assume he is not included since playing for chivas equals playing for Mexico

  10. ya says:

    how many kids have US servicemen had with foreign women- German in particular? Recruit all those kids. Must be dozens if not hundreds who have an interest in soccer or are trying to go pro

  11. chris says:

    Come on that sh!t was being done before he even became coach.

  12. chris says:

    yeah why even bother developing our own talent?

  13. ya says:

    Clarence Goodson plays for the biggest team in Scandinavia and they just seem to suck for the past year. what’s going on there?

  14. ya says:

    sooner or later he may choose to leave us

  15. ya says:

    2.5 million really? Source or it didn’t happen

  16. Elvis says:

    He still in the picture and could be called up in August against Mexico, pending club release.

  17. Galaxy G says:

    I heard it was 3.4 million and free Nike frees for life

  18. Galaxy G says:

    Or how many Germans have come to the USA and had kids here? We should look into this…..”Claudio! The meat loaf!”

  19. biff says:

    I saw most of the second half of Berlin-Paderborn match and John Anthony Brooks was impressive at left central midfield–I mean very impressive, with long pin-point passes forward and one tackle in particular showing good skills. I don’t want to make snap judgments, but it seemed to me that his skills are at a high level for a 19-year-old that it might not be long before he starts approaching the level of Tim Ream and Geoff Cameron.

  20. biff says:

    Chandler talked in a German press interview last week as if he is still a member of the USMNT. But I really don’t trust anything the guy says anymore (until proven otherwise) after his snub of the invitation for the May-June camp. I personally feel that Klinsmann should snub Chandler for the Mexico friendly in favor of others more deserving, but invite him for cap-tying World Cup qualifiers in September. If Chandler declines yet again to commit irrevocably in September to the USMNT, then I would hope Klinsmann slams the door in his face and keeps it closed forever and go for players who are totally committed to the US team and would be honored to be a part of it. Here’s a link to the the Germen interview:

    link to

  21. jim morrison says:

    Google Jurgen Klinsman’s salary. December 9, Washington Post article by Steven Goff. Four times higher than Bob Bradley (which means if we don’t get to the quarter final than we did not get our money’s worth) and 13 times higher than Pia’s salary.

    Get back to me.

  22. 2tone says:

    So if Morales who suited up twice for Hertha last year, and gets a call-up to USMNT camps; does this mean Brooks will be called in for the Mexico friendly because he started a game?

    Anyway, I think Brooks has a bright future at CB.

  23. Good Jeremy says:

    not in a racist way, just a cultural thing lol

  24. jim morrison says:

    TYLER,responding to your 5 pm post


    *Playing style? Surely you jest. JK said all of the teams, in vertical integration, from the full team down to the u14’s will play a 4-3-3. He flip flops on that formation more than a politician. How’d that 4-3-3 work out for the U23’s (they are presently watching the Olympics, tyler boy) when they were trying to hold a lead and did not make an adjustment. Think JK will play a 4-3-3 when trying to qualify in Mexico or against a real soccer nation?
    Playing style? Attacking soccer with J. Jones and M.Edu as your CMF? It is all blah, blah blah
    Keeping player together at the lower levels. What the heck does that mean?

    Don’t you have to make brownies for your u 8 girls team?

  25. jimmorrison says:

    JK was hired at $2.5 million per year not only to coach the full national team but to come up with a PLAN for player development. Where’s the plan? Show it to me and I will shut up.
    There is no plan. He was handed the keys to the operation and was supposed to come up with a player development plan for Zone 1 (the youngest age group) and right now there is nothing. He rarely comes around to have imput with youth national teams or show up to talk to coaches at the US Academy events. He does a few politically correct interviews and that is it.
    Show me his plan for development Mr. Soccer mom.

  26. john.q says:

    silly internet. just because you’ve read a few blog posts, read some interviews or articles doesnt mean you know everything about the full goings-on of the USSF. unless you work for them or are a high-level mls exec.

    only time will really tell. until then lets not be that internet a-hole/know-it-all that we all hate.

  27. Rlw2020 says:

    Isnt it a club requirement?

    Didnt salgado get released because he accepted the US call up

  28. Rlw2020 says:

    True, i was going to post the same thing. I dont know much at all about his club or Denmark but he is a great CB and they are not winning much, wonder if a transfer is to come for goodson

  29. Rlw2020 says:

    Sbi, you should include the monday performers on the next week’s report.

  30. Rlw2020 says:


  31. ISAF says:

    they are American. They have an American parent and a US military base is US soil. Thousands of our soldiers have relations. Those kids are American

  32. ya says:

    Oh my bad I thought you meant the kid (Brooks) was making that. I misread.

  33. ya says:

    They’re usually in the EL but not this year and probably not for a while to come if they keep underperforming. If I were Clarence I’d give Holland or Germany a chance.

  34. hirayw33qws6 says:

    We have no strikers who are consistent at scoring. Lord help us if we have to bring Wondolowski and EJ to the World Cup

  35. orh says:

    If he can help get our players transfers to some good clubs, get some PR for the National Team and make our guys round of 16 or better, he is worth every penny to me.

    We are 20-30 years away from having a great youth system and world soccer power. Be patient

  36. jimmorrison says:

    No problem Ya

  37. jimmorrison says:

    20-30 years? We have the resources to have one of the best youth systems in the world. We just don’t currently have the guy in place who knows how to do it

  38. jimmorrison says:

    Did you have to call me an a-hole?

    I don’t get this information from the interet.
    The only site I read is Ives and I didn’t get it from here.
    I am a college coach, played professionally, coach in the academy and I talk to several national staff coaches on a regular basis.
    The level of incompetance that goes on at US Soccer would shock you.

  39. Sal says:


  40. Matt says:

    Padilla is nowhere near a call-up for Mexico or the US, but as he is eligible for the US and plays abroad, should be included in an Americans Abroad list, as he is on several other sites.

  41. Darwin says:

    If you are talking to national team staff, then I believe the level of incompetence. That’s incompetence, with an e in the proper place.

  42. CrispyST3 says:

    Yes, jozy altidore hasn’t scored in like 12 weeks, he obviously SUCKS!

  43. Darwin says:

    20-30 years. You heard him. He is saying that in the next 5 world cups, the USA will begin to become a world soccer power. We won’t make it there without the youth system and the MLS also rising to become world powers…and that will take us throwing the bank at it.

  44. Kenny_B says:

    Your acting a bit like one. Do you not delegate any of your duties? Should JK stop by an run a few U11 clinics in the neighborhood?

    If you are in fact a college coach you sound like the pompous know it all that continuously let’s his players know he is in charge.

    If i recall correctly… JK hired Claudio Reyna as the youth technical director. A good coach (any manager for that matter) needs to be flexible in his approach changing a massive program. So what if He is trying to implement a 4-3-3 and doesn’t always stick with it. I imagine if he did and lost with it you would fillet him for being tactically inflexible.

  45. larry says:


  46. larry says:


  47. THomas says:

    I think it’s a ‘requirement’ for most Mexican teams, but Chivas may be one of the few who actually enforces it. They’re loss.

  48. THomas says:

    Wow…that escalated quickly

  49. Vic says:

    Great news about John Anthony Brooks. He’s 6″4. We could always use a big defender with skill on the ball.

  50. Shane says:

    I agree with the legend, Klinsmann has been a step backward for US soccer. A lot of words and stuff foreigners or Euro snobs want to hear but not much substance or results. Plus he gives guys like Boyd caps when they havent made first team appearances for their clubs yet denies appearances to Americans (in terms of the soccer system they developed in) who are producing for their clubs and have actually contributed at the international level. He has a double standard in favor of German players.

  51. chris says:

    JK did not hire Claudio Reyna. Reyna was hired and had already implemented his soccer cirriculum before Bob Bradley was fired.

  52. Daniel says:

    JK has done a lot for US Soccer, he has brought in a lot of new faces into our program bringing more depth to the player pool, he has chosen to give young players chances to help them grow in confidence, pushed players to transfer to bigger clubs or to clubs where they will play regularly, instituted a more competitive atmosphere in training and on the pitch, started to change the old style of kick it long into a more posseission style of play which you can see even if our current players are not great at that style it is what is needed to succeed in future soccer. I don’t want to rant forever but JK has also helped players train with Arsenal, Everton, E. Frankfurt and so on. He is respected as a former great player and as a coach. Bob Bradley is a good coach and got us to a consistent level but to go beyond that we needed another push, we will not be a top 5 team in the near future but we may be able to compete at that level, and I do not know of another coach who could help the USMNT get to that point besides JK.

  53. jorge belon says:

    do u really think improving the youth system in the U.S. is going to take only a year and some months???? if you do then maybe u should just keep ur comments to ur self man and try to think before the next time u post some thing publicly

  54. cj says:

    Jeremy I know that. but as long as he is with chivas he is tied to Mexico. And to be honest good for him, I think any kid who is from US or is able to choose USMNT helps even if they are tied to another country.

  55. cj says:

    Have you not seen Hercules or Boyd to start the season. Maybe you wrote that statement in April and did not see all those Altidore and Gomez goals?

  56. Eurosnob says:

    With due respect, the problem runs much deeper than having “the guy in place who knows how to do it.” Klinsmann was succesful reforming German system, but the challenges are much greater here. The play-to-win now mentality in the pay-to-play youth soccer system leads to mediocrity. It generally produces college level rather than professional leval players. The youth travel teams generally select most athletic and physical players because they give them a better chance to win at a youth level. And many of the “elite,” “premier” coaches are unable to teach technical skills properly so assembling a team of bruisers and horses in the preferred approach. This year I was a field marshall at U12 finals (boys and girls), where the boys game went into overtime, and both games were painful on the eyes. None of the four teams (including the team from a DA club) put together five consecutive passes. But the players were very physical, big, fast and well-oganized defensively. Part of the problem is cultural (the kids don’t watch soccer regularly and don’t play several hours a day with the ball as kids in many other countries do), but part is the system with entrenched mediocrity among the youth club’s management, coaches, etc. You can have a technical and intelligent player somewhere in the system, but you surround him with a bunch of donkeys on the team and it is very hard for him to play intelligenty, because his teammates are not making intelligent runs and hoof ball downfield rather than controlling it and keeping on the ground. If you indeed coach college soccer, you know that a lot of teams play “kick and run” or “hoof and head” style. This is not surprising – a lot of college players have a baby-rhino touch and other technical flaws, but could outrun a race horse. Very few college coaches teach technical soccer and most of college games are unwatchable. Would smaller players like Xavi or Iniesta make it in this youth system, if they were born here? Most likely, even if their parents could afford the travel fees, most coaches would have dismissed them as being too small, too slow, not physical enough.

  57. Eurosnob says:

    Dude, you’ve got to be reasonable, when you set standards for getting a call up to the national team. In the case of Boyd, the first team was Dortmund, Bundesliga’s repeat champions. Expecting him to appear with the first team would be like expecting a 21 year old to appear for Real Madrid, if he played in Spain, or Machester City, if he played in England, or Juventus, if he played in Italy. None of our USMNT players play for these clubs, but you expect a 21 year old to do it before he gets a call up? And by the way, Boyd deserved the call up – he had a strong performance for our U23 team (2 goals in 2 games) and (20 goals in 32 games) with Dortmund’s second team.

  58. Chris says:

    For everybody saying the national team coaching staff is incompetent, Jurgen/every previous coach was terrible etc etc etc, could you guys name some realistic people that would take the job/have US ties/incentives to improve us, who would be better?

    I am new to being a big follower so I have no knowledge of big time coaches, or anybody that can improve US Soccer. I’d like to hear from you guys some constructive options that could potentially take our US program to greater heights instead of just ripping down the current staff. Thanks in advance.

  59. fortunate only says:

    Mexico dramatically improved their youth systems in a matter of less than two years.

    It also goes without saying that they spend close to 25 million dollars a year on youth development and have better infrastructure than the US but it is certainly possible.

  60. jimmorrison says:

    Thanks Chris,
    Hey Kenny B, get your facts straight before you start talking US Soccer. You just made a fool of yourself
    Read what I have to say below.

  61. jimmorrison says:

    JK makes almost $7,000 PER DAY (actually $6,849.30)from US Soccer. He needs to have a plan in place for Zone 1 (youngest kids), for elite players (not just regular academy players but special players) ages 12-17, get a new Director of Coaching Education/Coaching Curriculum. He has not done anything in those areas.
    Plus, he needs to do better than the previous coach which means he must get to the quarter final. Otherwise, why are we paying him all of that money?

  62. DLizard King says:

    Ease up on Jim. It is tough to post from a grave in Paris especially when you are dead.

  63. GW says:

    Ream and Cameron?

    How unambitious. I would have hoped for more.

  64. GW says:

    “double standard”

    Horse manure. A manager like JK should play the guys who he feels fit his system the best. And no one, not even you is better qualified than JK to make that decision than him.

    It is not a popularity contest nor is it some sort of democratic election. JK should pick the guys he feels give us the best chance to win otherwise the job isn’t worth a roll of used toilet paper.

  65. GW says:

    So he is tall and he is skilled on the ball.

    Is he good in the air? Can he defend? Does he know how to mark a man? Does he know how to play the offside trap? Is he tough, strong and balanced and can he hold his own on set pieces. Is he coachable and disciplined? Is he a good player?

    There is a lot more to being a top flight CB than being tall and having some skill on the ball.

  66. b says:

    Being at the level of Ream and Cameron at 4-6 years younger is actually pretty impressive. He didn’t say that was his peak.