It was a weekend like American soccer has never seen.
On Saturday, 17-year-old Gio Reyna became the youngest player ever to record a hat trick of assists in the Bundesliga since the German league recorded the stat in Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 win over Freiburg.
On Sunday, Chris Richards started his first game for nine-time defending champion Bayern Munich and assisted on one of Robert Lewandowski's four goals in its 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin.
Richards, who played at center back for the USA, started at right back in place of French World Cup champion Benjamin Pavard. Sunday's debut came amid
reports out of France that Bayer was in the process of signing Bouna Sarr from Marseille as Pavard's backup.
And two days after his presentation, Sergino Dest became the first American to play for Barcelona in LaLiga, coming on as a sub in its 1-1 tie.
Dest was brought in from Ajax to play right back, but he made his first appearance for Barca on the left side, replacing the injured Jordi Alba in the 76th minute.
"I can play on either side, I don't mind," said Dest, who has played at left back for the U.S. national team and Ajax. "If the coach [Ronald Koeman] needs me on the left, there's no problem. I am really happy to make my debut and grateful for the confidence showed in me by the coach. I would have liked to get the three points instead of one, though, because that's the most important thing. But it's an incredible feeling to make my debut for Barcelona and to play in this stadium, the stadium of my dreams, despite the fact there were no fans there."Also: Antonee Robinson made his Premier League debut for Fulham, starting alongside the Cottagers' backline in its 1-0 loss at Wolves, and Uly Llanez made his first-team pro debut for Dutch club Heerenveen.
All the work I’ve put in since I was a kid has been to play in the Premier League. Can’t describe how proud a day it is for me and my family that i’ve finally achieved that. Unfortunate not to come away with something too but we can build on the positives going forward pic.twitter.com/lFuyRyvUGD— Antonee Robinson (@Antonee_Jedi) October 4, 2020
Netherlands (Eredivisie) Uly Llanez, Heerenveen, sub-24 minutes (1-1 at Utrecht)
Portugal (Primeira Liga) Reggie Cannon, Boavista, 90 minutes (1-1 vs. Moreirense)
Scotland (Premier League) Ian Harkes, Dundee United, 90 minutes (1-2 vs. Livingston)
Spain (LaLiga) Sergino Dest, Barcelona, sub-16 minutes (1-1 vs. Sevilla)
Sweden (Allsvenskan) Mix Diskerud, Helsingborg, 90 minutes (2-3 vs. Mjallby)
Aron Johannsson, Hammarby, 90 minutes (1-1 vs. Djurgarden)
Turkey (SuperLig) Tyler Boyd, Besiktas, 62 minutes (0-1 vs. Genclerbirlihi)
Eric Lichaj, Fatih Karagümrük, 72 minutes (1-2 vs. Fenerbahce)