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Americans Abroad 2018-19: Youth Movement

Discussion in 'Breakfast with Gazza (with Sachmoneious Bullcrap)' started by Titans Bastard, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. rguilmar

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    Not really sure what to read into it, but I would guess it’ll be a while before he’s starting again. He’s not on the bench today, which could indicate injury or that he’s been quietly pushing for a move.

    Dortmund have a really strong squad this year and lead the Bundesliga. They’ve been really only playing with four attacking players (both Witsel and Delaney playing more withdrawn roles in front of the back four). Gotze has found his form/ isn’t pissing off the team. Reus is a must-start, no matter what. There are other quality players on the roster who also are on the bench- Alcacer, Kagawa, Dahoud.

    Jadon Sancho has been a beast this season. He’s finishing like we would like Pulisic to be scoring. He looks like he works really well with Reus. Bruun Larsen is looking really good as well, and with Dortmund playing grat with Larsen and Sancho as the wingers and with Gotze and Reus leading the charge, Pulisic is left out. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
     
  2. Titans Bastard

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    Pulisic was out with a calf injury today.

    A few milestones among young players:

    • 20 year old forward Haji Wright made his first start for Schalke after making his first team debut last week. From what I've read, he wasn't very good, and I'm still not optimistic he'll make it at Schalke, but getting a little Bundesliga run could be good for his future career options.
    • 17 year old winger Konrad de la Fuente made his debut for Barcelona B, after starting the year with the U19s.
    • 18 year old CB Chris Richards made the 18 for Bayern Munich II for the first time. We will find out soon whether they will make his loan from FC Dallas permanent or not.
    • 18 year old RB Sergino Dest scored his first goal for Ajax II in the Dutch second division. He has been splitting time between the reserve team, the U19 Dutch league, and the U19 Champions League.
     
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    Werder confirms Sargent's inclusion in the 18 for their Bundesliga match on Friday.

     
  5. DrewDawg

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    Just came on and scored on his first touch!!

    A tap in, but still!!
     
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    Burgstaller goes down for Schalke and in desperation, Weston McKennie is the newest striker in the USMNT pool.
     
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    The kindest thing to say about Striker McKennie so far is that he’s been better than the LB who was his strike partner for a lot of the game.
     
  10. Titans Bastard

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    Ajax signed US U20 right back Sergino Dest to a new deal. Dest's previous contract ran out at the end of the season, which had led to speculation that he might sign elsewhere. I'm glad to see him stay because he seems to be a valued prospect who is progressing. Dest began the year with the U19s, but is now mostly playing in the Dutch second division with Ajax's reserves.




    Portland announced that they will recall CM Eryk Williamson from his loan in Portugal sometime before the start of 2019 preseason. That makes sense, as Williamson has gotten no traction at Santa Clara whatsoever.


    Talk of a winter loan for Timothy Weah is heating up. He needs and is ready for first team minutes somewhere other than PSG.
     
  11. Titans Bastard

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    Steffen is officially heading to Manchester City.



    The wrinkle is that Steffen isn't moving until the summer window. This makes sense for two reasons. First, finding him a decent loan in the middle of the Euro season would be difficult. Staying with Columbus through June will likely afford him the most first team playing time of all his options. Second, by July 9 the Gold Cup will be over, so assuming Steffen starts those games he'll have a stronger case for a work permit, if Man City wants to keep him around as a backup.
     
  12. DrewDawg

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    Pulisic got the start today in UCL and had a late assist.
     
  13. Titans Bastard

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    Christian Pulisic started and helped set up a goal for Dortmund, who won their CL group.



    Ethan Horvath started for Club Brugge, who held Atlético to a 0-0 draw. Brugge finished 3rd ahead of Monaco and will parachute into the Europa League knockout phase. Since winning the starting role back at Club Brugge, Horvath started three CL games (home vs. Atlético, @ Dortmund, @ Monaco) and earned a clean sheet in all three of them. Good work from a guy who looked like a nervy head case not long ago.

    He had a nice save today:



    McKennie didn't get off the bench today, but Schalke didn't have anything to play for.
     
  14. Titans Bastard

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    Haji Wright got another chance this weekend. He played the second half against Augsburg and would have scored the winner if not for being a hair offside. His Bundesliga starting debut was widely panned, but he got better reviews this time.

    Novakovich had a nice assist in Fortuna Sittard's road win(!) over Feyenoord.

     

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