Yanks Abroad: A weekend to remember

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.

Yanks Abroad: Major European first divisions
Austria (Bundesliga) Erik Palmer-Brown, Austria Wien, 90 minutes (2-0 at Swarovski Tirol)
Belgium (Pro League) Joe Efford, Waasland-Beveren, sub-18 minutes (1-1 vs. Genk)
England (Premier League)  Christian Pulisic, Chelsea, sub-8 minutes (4-0 vs. Crystal Palace)
Tim Ream, Fulham, 90 minutes (0-1 at Wolves)
Antonee Robinson, Fulham, 90 minutes (0-1 at Wolves)
France (Ligue 1) Tim Weah, Lille, sub-1 minute (3-0 at Strasbourg)
Germany (Bundesliga)  John Brooks, 90 minutes (0-0 vs. Augsburg)
Tim Chandler
, Eintracht Frankfurt, sub-4 minutes (2-1 vs. Hoffenheim)
Gio Reyna, Borussia Dortmund, 79 minutes, 3 assists (4-0 vs. Freiburg)
Chris Richards, Bayern Munich, 64 minutes, 1 assist (4-3 vs. Hertha Berlin)
Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen, 80 minutes (1-0 vs. Arminia Bielefeld)

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)

3 comments about "Yanks Abroad: A weekend to remember".
  1. R2 Dad, October 4, 2020 at 11:03 p.m.

    Watched the Bayern/Hertha match today. Chris Richards was very tentative going forward from that rightback slot, as the commentator pointed out. Compare him to how Alphonso Davies whenat his usual leftback position. CR will certainly develop and improve--that's one of the areas he will need to address. Very exciting developments for the American players. Maybe we will see these boys during the qualifiers?

  2. Ben Myers replied, October 5, 2020 at 10:32 a.m.

    Yes, if Berhalter will ever take off his rose-colored MLS glasses.

  3. Seth Vieux replied, October 5, 2020 at 10:48 p.m.

    While I agree seeing a man his size moving forward doesn't look as smooth and fluid as you'd like to see in a fullback, I think it's important to consider A) he's a center back and I'd be shocked if that's not what Bayern envisions him as (so getting experience as a RB is nice) and B) he was a few inches away from having two assists when Mueller uncharacteristically moves offside, and as I see it I don't think it was a case of the pass coming a bit late.

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