Rubio Rubin has had a pretty great year, all things considered. After signing with the Eredivisie’s FC Utrecht last summer at age 18, he was initially assigned to the club’s reserve side. Not only did he quickly earn a spot with the first team, but he’s started 16 games so far this season. On top of that, his emergence at Utrecht led to senior USMNT call-ups last fall, earning his first cap in September vs. the Czech Republic. Rubin’s hit a bit of a speed bump lately with his club, having been reduced to a substitute role in recent weeks. On Saturday he played his first significant minutes since early February and made the most of it, scoring his third goal of the season in the 87th minute vs. NAC Breda (highlights). Utrecht would lose the game 4-3, but his late tally gave his club a fighting chance in the closing minutes. Rubio’s reward? Another invitation to USMNT camp for this week’s friendlies vs. Denmark and Switzerland.
Fabian Johnson didn’t make the scoresheet this weekend, but his club sure made waves. Fabian got the start and went the distance as Borussia Mönchengladbach pulled off one of the shock upsets in Europe this season, winning 2-0 at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. It was Bayern’s first home loss in the league since April 2014, and just the second time Bayern’s been shut out at home in 56 games. With just 8 games remaining in the season, ‘Gladbach is in third place on the table, a finish that would grant the club direct entry to the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Gladbach’s reserve side also had a notable American performance over the weekend. Mario Rodriguez scored a goal, his third of the season, as Borussia Mönchengladbach II defeated FC Köln II 5-1.
Danny Williams is thrilled to earn his first USMNT call-up in a year, but he’ll be sitting out a game for Reading after he returns from the International Break. Danny received a red card Saturday in the 85th minute of Reading’s 3-2 loss to Charlton Athletic. His dismissal came upon being shown his second yellow card of the day following an altercation with an opponent. Both players were cautioned for their respective offenses.
Emerson Hyndman isn’t on The OT Injury Report for the first time in two months. He’s fully recovered from a broken collarbone, and made his return to the pitch by starting Friday for Fulham’s U21 side. He helped his team to a 2-1 win over Norwich City’s U21s, but like Williams, wasn’t able to stay off the ref’s naughty list. Emerson was shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the 91st minute. Unfortunately for him, it was his second caution of the match, earning him an early trip down the tunnel.
Goalkeeper William Yarbrough of Club León is a player we haven’t talked about in this space before. That’s because despite being a dual national, all prior indications suggested he was headed toward a future with El Tri. After accepting Jürgen Klinsmann’s call-up for the March friendlies, it’s time for us to start trumpeting all his star-spangled achievements. Now typically when a goalkeeper allows 5 goals, it’s not something you want to dwell on much. But on Saturday, William made eight saves, several of the spectacular variety, putting in a standout performance despite a 5-1 loss to Monterrey. Yarbrough has backstopped two Liga MX titles already, so he’s earned his stripes, so to speak, and is well entrenched as the starter. Mr. Klinsmann, cap this man, pronto.
Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):
PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 2-1 loss vs. Crystal Palace.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 5 saves Saturday in Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss vs. Swansea City.
Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in in Everton’s 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was not in the squad Saturday for Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-3 win vs. Leicester City.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 loss at Norwich City.
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 3-2 win vs. Reading.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started, played 85 minutes and drew a 23’ yellow card Saturday in Birmingham City’s 2-0 loss at Cardiff City.
Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started, played 85 minutes, received a 69th minute yellow card and an 85th minute red card (second yellow for an altercation with an opponent) Saturday in Reading’s 3-2 loss at Charlton Athletic.
LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 27 minutes Saturday in Chesterfield’s 1-0 loss at Peterborough.
LEAGUE TWO (Fourth Division)
Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will started and played 90 minutes Saturday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-1 loss vs. Exeter City.
CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)
Lynden Gooch (Gateshead FC) – Lynden started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Gateshead’s 1-0 loss at Dover Athletic.
Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started and played 72 minutes Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 2-1 win vs. Eastleigh.
U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)
Luca De La Torre (Fulham U21) – Luca was on the bench but did not play Friday in Fulham U21s’ 2-1 win vs. Norwich City U21s
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham U21) – Emerson started, played 90+ minutes, and received a 91st minute red card (second yellow) for time-wasting Friday in Fulham U21s’ 2-1 win vs. Norwich City U21s. His first game action in two months since suffering a broken collarbone.
U21 PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Youth Division)
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started and played 89 minutes Saturday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 3-1 win vs. Swansea City U21s.
U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)
Antonee Robinson (Everton U18) – Antonee started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Everton U18s’ 2-0 win at Chelsea U18s.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea U18) – Kyle started and played 45 minutes Saturday in Chelsea U18s’ 2-0 loss vs. Everton U18s.
LIGUE 1 (First Division)
Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro came off the bench and played 14 minutes Saturday in FC Nantes’ 0-0 draw at Rennes.
BUNDESLIGA (First Division)
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Hertha BSC’s 1-0 win at Hamburger SV.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-1 loss at VfB Stuttgart.
Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not in the squad Friday for Hamburger SV’s 1-0 loss at Hertha BSC. He was also not in the squad Satuday for HSV II’s 2-0 loss at BSV Rehden.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win at Bayern Munich.
2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Ingolstadt’s 0-0 draw at Eintracht Braunschweig.
Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 85 minutes Friday in SV Sandhausen’s 1-1 draw at FSV Frankfurt.
3.LIGA (Third Division)
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II) – Jerome started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 41st minute GOAL Sunday in VfB Stuttgart II’s 2-0 win vs. Arminia Bielefeld.
REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)
Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel) – Marc started and played 89 minutes Sunday in Holstein Kiel’s 1-0 win vs. Regensburg.
Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach II) – Mario started, played 77 minutes, and scored a 72nd minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 5-1 win vs. FC Köln II.
Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt started and played 89 minutes Sunday in Saarbrücken’s 1-0 win vs. Nöttingen. He drew a penalty in the 85th minute that led to the winning goal.
LIGA MX (First Division)
Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura came off the bench and played 22 minutes Friday in Club America’s 4-0 loss at Veracruz.
Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Querétaro’s 2-0 win vs. Club Atlas.
Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Club Atlas’s 2-0 loss at Querétaro.
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe started and played 58 minutes Saturday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Cruz Azul.
Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel came off the bench and played 3 minutes Saturday in Chiapas’ 1-0 win at Leones Negros.
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg came off the bench and played 32 minutes Saturday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Cruz Azul
Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc came off the bench and played 20 minutes Sunday in Puebla’s 2-1 loss at Pumas.
Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Puebla’s 2-1 loss at Pumas.
Jesus Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús came off the bench and played 34 minutes Saturday in Leones Negros’ 1-0 loss vs. Chiapas.
William Yarbrough (Club León) – William started in goal, played the full 90 minutes and made 8 saves Saturday in Club León’s 5-1 loss at Monterrey.
ASCENSO MX (Second Division)
Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny started and played 57 minutes Friday in Atlante’s 2-1 loss at Correcaminos.
Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Emanuel started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Mérida’s 0-0 draw at Necaxa.
Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Coras de Tepic’s 1-0 win at Altamira.
Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie came off the bench and played 34 minutes Saturday in Dorados’ 2-1 win vs. Alebrijes.
U20 LIGA (Youth Division)
Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.
Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.
Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.
John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John started Saturday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 2-0 loss at Cruz Azul U20s.
EREDIVISIE (First Division)
Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron started and played 70 minutes Saturday in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-1 win vs. Cambuur.
Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was not in the squad Sunday for Groningen’s 2-2 draw vs. FC Twente. He was released from the club to join up with U.S. U20 camp in London.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio came off the bench, played 26 minutes, and scored an 88th minute GOAL Friday in FC Utrecht’s 4-3 vs. NAC Breda.
ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)
Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Göteborg’s 3-1 win vs. Häcken in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) semifinals.
ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report
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.
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.
Conor O’Brien (Wiener Neustadt) – Conor suffered a broken rib on Saturday vs. Admira. He left the match after 72 minutes following a collision with the opposing goalkeeper. The club hopes he is able to return within three weeks (link).
A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a knee injury in training on March 8, causing ligament damage that will keep him out 6-8 weeks (link).
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).