FUEL Soccer Talk: Big weekend for U.S. soccer abroad; More Rooney chatter; New US Youth Soccer look

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Eight U.S. players record goals for teams abroad

Steven Goff of the Washington Post did a great job highlighting what a great weekend it was for U.S. soccer players getting their kicks abroad. Eight players recorded goals and Tyler Adams had a brilliant assist for their teams over the weekend. Goff did not list players competing in lesser leagues or with reserve/youth squads or Americans with dual nationalities representing other national teams.

Derby County midfielder Duane Holmes: played 90 (scored in 62nd, assist) in 6-1 victory over Rotherham (second league goal).
League One
Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch: entered in the 73rd (converted a penalty in tiebreaker) in 2-2 draw with Portsmouth (5-4 defeat on penalties) in EFL Trophy final before 85,021 at Wembley

RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams (age 20): played 90 (assist) in 5-0 victory over Hertha Berlin
2 Bundesliga
Greuther Fuerth forward Julian Green: played 75 (scored in 10th) in 2-2 draw with Arminia Bielefeld (third league goal)
Sandhausen midfielder Andrew Wooten: played 90 (scored in 90+) in 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt (11th league goal)

La Liga
Sevilla forward Toni Payne: played 90 (assist) in 3-0 victory over Madrid.

Fortuna Sittard forward Andrija Novakovich, on loan from Reading: played 90 (scored in 32nd) in 3-2 defeat at Willem II (third goal in past four league matches, ninth in all competitions)

Ligat ha’Al
Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Aaron Schoenfeld: played 87 (scored in 55th) in 1-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa (third league goal, won league championship)
Maccabi Netanya defender Jonathan Bornstein: played 90 (scored in 35th) in 1-1 draw at Bnei Yehuda

For the complete list

Which American players overseas have the highest upside? 

More takes on Rooney’s controversial goal vs. Orlando

There was plenty of controversy surrounding Wayne Rooney’s goal against Orlando in DC United’s 2-1 win on Sunday. While we touched on it during yesterday’s “conversation,” there was still plenty of chatter about the free kick and the play that “earned” DC the free kick.  Here is a sampling from Social Media (it’s always fun to hear from the witty and the trolls):

“Don’t talk about how the free kick that led to this goal should have never happened. So sick of this league and trash referees. Garbage, a disgrace to the sport.”


“The slide was a foul though. He had to jump to avoid contact and that made him lose possession which is considered a foul, especially if no contact with the ball is made.”


“Nice take out of (Orlando keeper) Brian Rowe.”


“Dom misses the ball because Rooney’s right foot hits the ball away. This is no different than a player avoiding a tackle. By your logic every challenge that misses the ball is a foul when the player with the ball makes a move past the challenge.”


“Why is it that whenever big-named players do this it’s portrayed as “great” but when it’s a lesser name it’s a fluke? He blatantly meant to cross that.”


“Amazing goal from Rooney.”


Are the haters hating or are they justified in their complaints?

New US Youth Soccer brand arrives today!!!

What do you think of the new look – after you check it out, of course?

MAIN PHOTO: Duane Holmes (courtesy of SBI Soccer)

LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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