It’s been a mixed bag of a season for Fabian Johnson, albeit an eventful one. He joined a new club, his playing time has been inconsistent, he’s squabbled with his manager over his position, yet he’s also been part of a very successful team. Since the end of the Bundesliga’s winter break, Fabian’s been seen exclusively on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach. On Saturday he took full advantage of his attacking role, scoring his first goal the season, one that proved to be the game winner in an important 2-0 decision over Paderborn 07 (highlights). His chip into the box also led directly to ‘Gladbach’s second goal. With just over two months to go in the season, the Fohlenelf are in third place on the table, in the driver’s seat for a berth in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, John Brooks’ Hertha BSC got a big 1-0 win over Augsburg with a late goal to emerge from the relegation zone. And Timothy Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt held on for a 2-1 over Hamburg, still just five points out of a UCL position. Julian Green, meanwhile, was still nowhere to be seen in an HSV uniform.
Outside senior team action in Germany, it was a busy weekend for Junior Flores. Saturday he made the bench for Borussia Dortmund II, but didn’t play. The next day he was in the XI for Dortmund’s U19 side and scored a goal in a 3-2 win over the FC Köln U19s. (highlights).
A bit further south off the Autobahn in Austria, Conor O’Brien found the back of the net for Wiener Neustadt. He tucked home a penalty in the 34th minute, which was just enough for a 1-0 win over Austria Wien. Neustadt still has work to do to avoid relegation, but the victory pulled the club level on points on the edge of the red line (highlights).
Lots of Americans on the field in Tijuana, as usual. The first team scored a dramatic 3-2 comeback win Friday over Pachuca. Down 2-0 at the half, the Xolos won it in stoppage time to remain on top of the Liga MX Clausura table. Greg Garza started, but was replaced by fellow Yank Joe Corona late in the first half after suffering a leg injury. It’s still unknown how long Garza may be sidelined. Nonetheless, Tijuana is scorching hot, unbeaten in its last 12 in all competitions.
The news was all good from Tijuana’s U20 side: Americans Fernando Arce, Jr., Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno all scored in a 4-2 win over the Pachuca U20s. Alejandro Guido and John Requejo also both went 90 for the U20 Xolos in a winning effort.
Not to be overlooked back up in Liga MX, California native Jesus Vazquez contributed the game winning assist for Leones Negros in a shocking 1-0 away victory at Club America (highlights). USMNT-hopeful Ventura Alvarado went the distance again across the field for America.
Finally, some good news on the injury front. Aron Jóhannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s squad after a longer than expected absence with a nagging ankle injury. He played 11 minutes off the bench in a 2-0 win over Willem II. And across the North Sea in the English Championship, Tim Ream made a quick return to the field for Bolton Wanderers. He missed just one midweek game before going 90 on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Here’s the full rundown on how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):
AUSTRIAN BUNDESLIGA (Austria – First Division)
Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 34th minute penalty GOAL in Wiener Neustadt’s 1-0 win vs. Austria Wien.
PREMIER LEAGUE (England – First Division)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Stoke City’s 1-0 win vs. Hull City.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes and made 9 saves Saturday in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss at Newcastle United.
Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes and made 3 saves Sunday in Everton’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not on the game day roster Sunday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP (England – Second Division)
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was not on the game day roster Saturday for Huddersfield Town’s 3-0 loss at Charlton Athletic.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 win at Reading.
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not on the game day roster Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 3-0 win vs. Huddersfield Town.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bolton Wanderers 1-0 win vs. Brighton & Hove Albion. He returned to the lineup after missing Bolton’s midweek game due to injury.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win vs. Brentford.
Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Reading’s 3-0 loss at Nottingham Forest.
CONFERENCE PREMIER (England – Fifth Division)
Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started and played the full 90 minutes in Gateshead’s 1-0 loss at Bristol Rovers. It was his first game on a one-month loan from Sunderland.
BUNDESLIGA (Germany – First Division)
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Hertha BSC’s 1-0 win vs. Augsburg.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 win vs. Hamburger SV.
Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not on the game day roster Saturday in Hamburger SV’s 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started on the left wing, played the full 90 minutes, and scored an 18th minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win vs. Paderborn 07.
2.BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Second Division)
Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 87 minutes Saturday in SV Sandhausen’s 2-0 win vs Aalen.
3.LIGA (Germany – Third Division)
Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund II) – Junior made the bench but did not play Saturday in Borussia Dortmund II’s 3-1 loss at Chemitz.
U-19 BUNDESLIGA (Germany – Youth Division)
Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund U19) – Junior started and scored a 43rd minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Dortmund U19s’ 3-2 win vs. FC Köln U19s.
EREDIVISIE (Netherlands – First Division)
Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron came off the bench and played 11 minutes Saturday in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win vs. Willem II. He returned to the squad after missing three weeks with an ankle injury.
Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio started, played the full 90 minutes and had a 55th minute yellow card Sunday in Groningen’s 1-1 draw vs. ADO Den Haag.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio was on the bench but did not play Sunday in FC Utrecht’s 0-0 draw vs. Feyenoord.
LIGA MX (Mexico – First Division)
Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Club America’s 1-0 loss vs. Leones Negros.
Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Querétaro’s 4-1 loss at Puebla.
Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Club Atlas’ 3-0 loss vs. Veracruz.
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe came off the bench and played 50 minutes Friday in Tijuana’s 3-2 win vs. Pachuca.
Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was not in the 18 Friday in Chiapas’ 3-2 loss at Morelia.
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg started and played 40 minutes before leaving with an apparent leg injury Friday in Tijuana’s 3-2 win vs. Pachuca.
Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Puebla’s 4-1 win vs. Querétaro.
Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 4-1 win vs. Querétaro.
Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesus started, played 70 minutes, had a 70th minute yellow card, and assisted on the winning goal in Leones Negros’ 1-0 win at Club America.
ASCENSO MX (Mexico – Second Division)
Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny started and played 78 minutes Friday in Atlante’s 3-3 draw vs. Celaya.
Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Mérida’s 3-0 win vs. Mineros de Zacatecas.
U20 LEAGUE (Mexico – Youth Division)
Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 13th minute GOAL Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 33rd minute GOAL Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.
Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.
Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started, played 69 minutes and scored a 39th minute GOAL Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.
John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Tijuana U20s’ 4-2 win vs. Pachuca U20s.
ALLSVENSKAN (Sweden – First Division)
Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Göteborg’s 6-0 win at Myresjö/Vetlanda FK in Svenska Cupen group play.
Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt started, made X saves and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Helsingborgs’ 4-0 win at Västeras SK in Svenskan Cupen group play.
ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report
Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro has been suffering from a case of the flu this week. He missed FC Nantes’ game Sunday at Lyon (link).
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season.
Cody Cropper (Southampton) – Cody is recovering from a fractured eye socket injury suffered January 12 in a youth match vs. Fulham. He is believed to be nearing a return to game action.
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg suffered an apparent leg injury on February 27 vs. Pachuca, exiting the match after 40 minutes. No official prognosis has been released yet.
Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He will return to his club in early March, and hopes to back to playing early in the new season (link).
Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered on January 24 during a U.S. U-20 World Cup Qualifying match vs. El Salvador. He is expected to miss up to six weeks of action.
Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.
Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak remains sidelined with back and hamstring issues. He started a U21 match January 20 (link), but has not appeared in three U21 matches since. His last senior team appearance was October 25.
Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby suffered a torn MCL on February 20 vs. Darmstadt 98. He was initially expected to be out at least eight weeks, but may return sooner than first feared. The injury will not be treated surgically, and his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected. He could return to training within five weeks if there are no complications (link).