It takes a very noteworthy moment to take top billing after a weekend filled with this many Americans scoring goals. When a Major League Soccer Homegrown Player makes his Premier League debut, that surely qualifies. DeAndre Yedlin made his first Premier League appearance for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, playing right back after entering in the 79th minute. A plethora of Spurs injuries opened the door for this opportunity, so it remains to be seen how many minutes Yedlin snags the rest of the season. But it sure was a beautiful sight to see him on the field. Teammate Brad Friedel made a rare appearance on the bench for Spurs, but it was fellow Yank Brad Guzan who walked off the field in celebration. He posted a clean sheet as Aston Villa took an enormous 3 points, winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane (highlights).
Aron Jóhannsson may not be known for his skills as a playmaker, but he had a breathtakingly good assist over the weekend. In the first minute of play vs. Heerenveen, Aron threaded the needle with a low cross past several defenders in the box, setting up a goal that gave AZ Alkmaar an early lead. He left the match after 67 minutes with the scored tied 2-2, but the wheels fell off from there, with AZ losing by a 5-2 final (highlights).
Alfredo Morales also notched an assist, setting up Ingolstadt’s only goal in an important 1-0 win over Heidenheim. FCI continues to lead the 2.Bundesliga, increasing the gap to 5 points with six games to play.
How about those goals, you ask? They were all to be found well below the first division, mostly in Germany:
In Regionalliga action, Devann Yao was at it again for TSG Neustrelitz. He scored his 5th of the season, and his 3rd in just over a month, helping his club to a 3-0 win over Berliner AK 07 (highlights). Not to be outdone was Mario Rodriguez, who scored for the second straight game. His 4th goal of the season guided Borussia Mönchengladbach II to a 3-0 win vs. Wiedenbrück.
Borussia Dortmund’s youth sides provided several American goals. Junior Flores was on the scoresheet for the U19s in a 3-0 over the Bonner SC U19s (highlights). Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic bagged two goals for the U17s in a 9-1 pummeling of the Euskirchener TSC U17s (highlights).
Skipping back over to England, Luca De La Torre found the back of the net again for Fulham’s U18s. He followed up his brace from weeks ago with the lone goal in a 1-1 draw vs. the Newcastle United U18s.
And finally, a little closer to home in Mexico, Paul Arriola scored the only goal for Club Tijuana’s U20s on Friday in 1-1 draw vs. the Querétaro U19s.
Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Sunday):
ÖSTERREICHISCHE BUNDESLIGA (First Division)
Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Wiener Neustadt’s 1-0 loss vs. SV Ried. It was his first game action since suffering a broken rib on March 7.
ERSTE LIGA (Second Division)
Shawn Barry (LASK Linz) – Shawn started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in LASK Linz’s 2-0 loss vs. FAC Wien.
SYNOT LIGA (First Division)
Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin was on the bench but did not play Friday in Jablonec’s 4-0 win vs. Hradec Kralove.
SUPERLIGA (First Division)
Ryan Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Esbjerg’s 3-1 loss at Hobro IK.
PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started at right back and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw at West Ham.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad started, played the full 90 minutes, made 3 saves and earned a clean sheet Saturday in Aston Villa’s 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.
Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur) – Brad was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss vs. Aston Villa.
Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 2 saves Saturday in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Swansea City.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre came off the bench and played 11 minutes Saturday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss vs. Aston Villa, making his Premier League debut.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane was not in the squad Saturday for Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest.
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson was not in the squad Friday for Fulham’s 2-2 draw vs. Wigan Athletic.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win vs. Huddersfield Town.
Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Saturday for Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bolton Wanderers’ 2-1 loss vs. Norwich City.
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan came off the bench and played 17 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 2-1 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak came off the bench and played 12 minutes Saturday in Derby County’s 1-1 draw vs. Brentford.
Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny was not in the squad Saturday for Reading’s 0-0 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers.
LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)
Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly started and played 70 minutes Saturday in Chesterfield’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley.
Paul Rachubka (Crewe Alexandra) – Paul started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Crewe Alexandra’s 1-1 draw vs. Leyton Orient.
CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)
Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul came off the bench and played 11 minutes Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 1-0 vs. Wrexham.
U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)
Luca De La Torre (Fulham U18) – Luca started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 19th minute GOAL Saturday in Fulham U18s’ 1-1 draw at Newcastle United U18s.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U18) – Gedion started and played 60 minutes Saturday in Arsenal U18s’ 2-1 loss at Bolton Wanderers U18s.
VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)
Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw at Jaro.
LIGUE 1 (First Division)
Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 68th minute yellow card Sunday in FC Nantes’ 1-0 loss at Saint-Étienne.
BUNDESLIGA (First Division)
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Hertha BSC’s 1-1 draw at Hannover 96.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 3-0 loss at Bayern Munich.
Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not in the squad Saturday for Hamburger SV’s 2-0 loss vs. Wolfsburg.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started and played 70 minutes Saturday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 win vs. Borussia Dortmund.
2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started, played the full 90 minutes and had a 27th minute assist Friday in Ingolstadt’s 1-0 win at Heidenheim.
Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Erzgebirge Aue’s 1-0 loss vs. SV Sandhausen. It was his first time back in the 18 since he tore his MCL on February 20.
Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 89 minutes Sunday in SV Sandhausen’s 1-0 win at Erzgebirge Aue.
3.LIGA (Third Division)
Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel) – Marc started and played 80 minutes Saturday in Holstein Kiel’s 1-0 win vs. Mainz 05 II.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II) – Jerome started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in VfB Stuttgart II’s 2-1 loss vs. Duisburg.
REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)
Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach II) – Mario started, played 85 minutes, scored a 42nd minute GOAL, and drew a 76th minute yellow card Friday in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 3-0 win vs. Wiedenbrück.
Devann Yao (TSG Neustrelitz) – Devann started, played the full 90 minutes and scored a 42nd minute GOAL Sunday in TSG Neustrelitz’s 3-0 win at Berliner AK 07.
A-JUNIOREN BUNDESLIGA (Youth Division)
Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund U19) – Junior started and scored a 41st minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Dortmund U19s’ 3-0 win vs. Bonner SC U19s.
B-JUNIOREN BUNDESLIGA (Youth Division)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund U17) – Christian started and score TWO GOALS (22’ & 80’) Sunday in Borussia Dortmund U17s’ 9-1 win vs. Euskirchener TSC U17s.
LIGA MX (First Division)
Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura came off the bench and played 20 minutes Saturday in Club America’s 1-1 draw at Monterrey.
Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Querétaro 2-1 win vs. Club Tijuana.
Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 72nd minute yellow card Sunday in Club Atlas’s 0-0 draw at Toluca.
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) – Joe started and played 56 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Querétaro.
Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was on the bench but did not play Friday in Chiapas’ 4-3 loss at Santos Laguna.
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Querétaro.
Hérculez Gómez (Puebla F.C.) – Herc started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Puebla’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros.
Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro came of the bench, played 15 minutes, drew an 84th minute yellow card and a 91st minute red card (2nd yellow) Friday in Club Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Querétaro.
Michael Orozco (Puebla F.C.) – Michael started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew an 18th minute yellow card Saturday in Puebla’s 1-1 draw at Leones Negros.
Jesús Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús started and played 53 minutes Saturday in Leones Negros’ 1-1 draw vs. Puebla.
William Yarbrough (Club León) – Williams started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 1 save Sunday in Club León’s 1-0 loss at C.D. Guadalajara.
ASCENSO MX (Second Division)
Enrique Cárdenas (Atlante) – Enrique was not in the squad Friday for Atlante’s 2-0 loss at Lobos BUAP.
Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny was not in the squad Friday for Atlante’s 2-0 loss at Lobos BUAP.
Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Manny started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Mérida’s 1-1 draw vs. Dorados de Sinaloa.
Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio was on the bench but did not play Friday in Coras de Tepic’s 3-0 loss vs. Alebrijes Oaxaca.
Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie started and played 75 minutes Saturday in Dorados’ 1-1 draw at Mérida.
U20 LIGA (Youth Division)
Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 27th minute GOAL Friday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 1-1 at Querétaro U20s.
Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started and played 70 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 1-1 at Querétaro U20s.
John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Club Tijuana U20s’ 1-1 at Querétaro U20s.
EREDIVISIE (First Division)
Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron started, played 67 minutes, and had a 1st minute assist Saturday in AZ Alkmaar’s 5-2 loss at Heerenveen.
Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was not in the squad Sunday for Groningen’s 3-2 win vs. Cambuur.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in FC Utrecht’s 2-0 loss at ADO Den Haag.
EERSTE DIVISIE (Second Division)
Charles Kazlauskas (Helmond Sport) – Charles started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Helmond Sport’s 7-0 loss at Roda.
TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)
Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett came off the bench and played 4 minutes Saturday in Mjøndalen’s 1-1 draw at Stromsgodset.
Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Start’s 2-1 win vs. Sandefjord.
Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Stabæk’s 2-0 loss at Odd.
Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Molde’s 3-1 win at Bodø/Glimt.
Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Bodø/Glimt’s 3-1 loss vs. Molde.
Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin was on the bench but did not play Friday in Sarpsborg’s 1-1 draw vs. Valerenga.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)
Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 1-0 loss vs. Sligo Rovers.
Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played 70 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 1-0 loss vs. Sligo Rovers.
Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan was on the bench but did not play Friday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 0-0 draw vs. Cork City.
K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)
Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin was not in the starting lineup Saturday for FC Anyang’s 2-0 win vs. Woosuk University in the Korea Republic FA Cup 3rd Round.
ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)
Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Göteborg’s 1-0 loss vs. Malmö FF.
Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Helsingborg’s 2-1 win at Halmstad. He returned to the squad after injuring a foot ligament on March 16, but may need to win back the starting goalkeeper job.
DIVISION 1 NORRA (Third Division)
David Abidor (Dalkurd FF) – David was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Dalkurd’s 3-0 win vs. Vasalunds.
DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Third Division)
Andrew Stadler (Landskrona) – Andrew started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Landskrona’s 1-0 loss vs. Oddevold.
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. He has begun running again, but is still a long way from returning to action and his goal is to be back for the 2015-16 preseason (link).
Danny Cruz (Bodø/Glimt) – Danny suffered an undetermined muscle strain injury on March 22 in a friendly vs. Start. In his debut with Bodø/Glimt, he entered the match in the 64th minute, and pulled up lame just 2 minutes later, subbing out in the 69thminute. He was held out of the March 29 friendly at Tromsø and it is not known how soon he may return, though it appears to be short-term (link).
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 is training with his club and hopes to back to playing early in the 2015 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.
Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will suffered a hamstring injury and left the match after 53 minutes on April 6 vs. Stevenage. He has been ruled out of Cheltenham Town’s next 3 matches. His earliest possible return is April 25 (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).
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He resumed training recently but is hopeful he can resume playing by early May (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. He has increased his physical work in rehab and is expected to resume soccer activities in late April, and could return for the Liguilla (if Tigres qualify) or Copa Libertadores knockout rounds (link).
Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny returned from the March International Break with a still-undisclosed injury. He missed Reading’s April 7 match vs. Blackpool, and April 11 vs. Blackburn Rovers (link).