Sunday, September 19, 2021

Weekend Workers

Forgive my slack, after a protracted five-leg flight journey back to the States it seems my computer has decided it's time to have problems. The lady says it's time to give in and buy a new one, so that's probably next. I actually have a couple things in the cooler, so will get one of them up on Monday. That fun aside, the real reason I'm here is to tip a cap to the three Americans that scored abroad this weekend.

We begin in Turkey, where Haji Wright suddenly has four goals in the last three games for loan side Antalyaspor thanks to Saturday's icebreaker against Beşiktaş. It's just too bad the team is poor, as they eventually suffered a 3-2 collapse loss.   


Over in Austria, Brenden Aaronson bagged his first of the league season and third of the campaign overall to cap Red Bull Salzburg's 2-0 victory over Rapid Vienna. The points pushed the champs seven points clear at the top of the table.

Finally, we raise a wee glass to a derby winner in Scotland. Ian Harkes threaded home the loan goal of the match as Dundee United edged visiting Dundee.

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

How's that for a debut?

Just look at what Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok found in his first ever match in the Champions League proper! Five minutes into stoppage time, the US striker capitalized on a woeful Jesse Lingard back pass to bag the 2-1 winner against Manchester United.

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Leagues of Nations - Part Deux

We continue yesterday's count (you can check/review all the parameters here) on slight delay because, as you've probably surmised by now, work intruded. That particular assignment has been completed, so we're back on with the supporting cast of European leagues and, below the double dash, the top five second flights.

Jupiler League (Belgium)

Saief is only technically still active here, as Anderlecht are trying to reach a mutual termination agreement. So far, the attacking midfielder is not going along with this, because he hasn't found a new employer yet. When he finally does, and his departure is sealed, Chris Durkin's two career goals in Belgium will give him the active player lead.

18 Sacha Kljestan
14 Kenny Saief
12 Oguchi Onyewu

Süper Lig (Turkey)

As promised, the second league in which Boyd is the all-time goal king among Americans. He may not end the season as the topper, though, as Wright will likely start gaining on him fast.

13 Tyler Boyd
3 Haji Wright

2 Mix Diskerud
1 Jozy Altidore

Superliga (Denmark)

Wright could conceivably also make a run at the top of this chart if he returns to SönderjyskE next season. However, I'm thinking there's a good chance current loan side Antalyaspor takes up their buy option.

22 Emmanuel Sabbi
21 Aron Jóhannsson
11 Haji Wright

Premiership (Scotland)

Smart money says Ramirez will grab the all-time lead this season. Hell, at this rate, he could be there by Christmas.

9 Maurice Edu
5 Emerson Hyndman
4 DaMarcus Beasley

Active leader - Christian Ramirez 2

Bundesliga (Austria)

It's probably going to be a long time before anyone knocks Boyd off the top of this chart. As for Aaronson, he surely won't be sticking around Salzburg for too terribly long.

28 Terrence Boyd
5 Brenden Aaronson
5 Nate Jaqua

Super League (Switzerland)

Before he's done in Bern, the US striker may have built up an imposing record for others to chase in a league where Americans rarely tread.

15 Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok

Super League (Greece)

No active Americans in Greece means Klopas is safe here for now.

6 Frank Klopas
5 Gboly Ariyibi
5 Eddie Johnson

Eliteserien (Norway)

See directly above, but switch in Mix's name.

15 Mix Diskerud
13 Brian West
8 Josh Gatt

Allsvenskan (Sweden)

Man, Gall looked a sure bet to break this record until he fell out of favor when good ol' Jon Dahl Tomasson took the Malmö  reins in early 2020. Now, he can't seem to find his mojo.

21 Charlie Davies
16 Romain Gall
14 Alejandro Bedoya
12 Aron Jóhannsson

Ligat Ha'al (Israel)

The only active American these days is a keeper (Maccabi Haifa's Josh Cohen), but don't be shocked if Saief makes a return to Israel.

9 Kenny Saief
4 Hamisi Amani-Dove
4 George Fochive
4 Bryan Gerzicich


2. Bundesliga (Germany)

There are only three active Americans in the German second flight, and none of them have rung a bell there just yet.

52 Andrew Wooten
26 David Wagner
24 Bobby Wood
22 Joe-Max Moore
21 Conor Casey
21 Julian Green
18 Thomas Dooley
17 Gregg Berhalter

Championship (England)

Frankly, I'll be very disappointed is Holmes doesn't at least threaten the two guys tied at the top by season's end.

13 Eddie Lewis
13 Danny Williams
9 Daryl Dike
8 Duane Holmes
7 Bobby Convey
7 Jay DeMerit

La Liga 2 (Spain)

Yeah, Tab should be safe here for a while.

10 Tab Ramos
7 Ante Razov
4 Peter Vermes

Active leader - Shaq Moore 1

Serie B (Italy)

Novakovich was being held out due to some transfer talks that clearly did not result in a deal. Frosinone loves him, so I'd expect him to be back in the line-up soon and his already large lead to grow much bigger whether he extends his contract there or not.

16 Andrija Novakovich
1 Danny Szetela

Ligue 2 (France)

Gioacchini came off active status when he joined Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier on loan yesterday. His at least temporary departure leaves the French second flight with any American representation at the moment.

17 Jordan Siebatcheu
7 Jeremiah White
6 Nicholas Gioacchini

- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Leagues of Nations

Last week, I noted that Emmanuel Sabbi became the all-time top American scorer in Superliga play. This note actually alerted me to the fact that, in all the numbers running we do around here, I've never actually posted the career goals leaders by league. This post will start to rectify that oversight.

In this one, I will knock out the all-time AA goal leaders for major European leagues and Mexico. Tomorrow, I will drop the charts for smaller top flights and some select second divisions. Now this is only for goals scored in league play. That means nothing from any sort of cup play or liguilla, but it will include all manner of table placement/European berth/promotion/relegation playoffs now found in so many leagues.

Generally, I went with a top three, but you'll see that was really more a pliable guideline than a strict rule. For fun, I included any interesting names that came pretty close to the "medal stand" and/or those still active in the league where they're listed. If the active player was in that "top three" range, they are in blue italics. If they are not, I just stuck them below the toppers.

And with that intro out of the way, let's dive in quickly because many of these will be changing all season long.

Premier League (England)

The top three here are far and away above the rest of the field, which has a majority population made up of goalkeepers, defenders and deep-lying midfielders. Pulisic will get there one day if he sticks around England, but it won't be for at least a couple years.

57 Clint Dempsey
45 Roy Wegerle
36 Brian McBride

Active leader - Christian Pulisic 14

Bundesliga (Germany)

Like Pulisic, Gio Reyna will soon passing players right and left - including his dad, who he currently stands tied with. Unlike Pulisic, he seems a good bet to one day grab the top spot if he sticks around Germany a while (which may or may not happen).

20 Thomas Dooley
18 Fabian Johnson
13 Timothy Chandler
13 Christian Pulisic
11 John Anthony Brooks
11 Josh Sargent
10 Michael Bradley
10 Bobby Wood
9 Jermaine Jones
9 Eric Wynalda
6 Steve Cherundolo
6 Matthew Hoppe
6 Claudio Reyna

6 Giovanni Reyna

La Liga (Spain)

Yeah, this chart is not so impressive as of yet.

2 Sergiño Dest
1 Jozy Altidore
1 Yunus Musah

Serie A (Italy)

My money says McKennie grabs the top spot here this season (don't go to Spurs, man).

8 Alfonso Negro
6 Armando Frigo
5 Weston McKennie

Ligue 1 (France)

Weah is another guy with a real shot at advancing on the #1 spot this season.

11 Alejandro Bedoya
6 Jordan Siebatcheu
4 Carlos Bocanegra
4 Timothy Weah

Eredivisie (Netherlands)

Had Altidore gone to Ajax instead of Sunderland, he might have threatened Stewart's record. He did not, so it's reasonable to think this one may never be broken.

95 Earnie Stewart
39 Jozy Altidore
29 Aron Jóhannsson
15 Michael Bradley
10 Damarcus Beasley

Active leader - Luca de la Torre 1

Primeira Liga (Portugal)

Spoiler alert: This is the first of two charts where Boyd is the all-time leader. The second comes tomorrow.

5 Tyler Boyd
4 Oguchi Onyewu
2 Freddy Adu

Liga MX (Mexico)

Cool Herc might one day be passed, but it won't be by anyone currently active in Mexico and it won't happen during the next few years.

37 Hérculez Gómez
12 DaMarcus Beasley
7 Edgar Castillo
6 Michael Orozco
6 José Francisco Torres

Active leader - Sebastian Saucedo 2

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Draw 'Em Up

It took a while for quality clips to surface, but the clubs have finally come through and now we have a look at the latest work of two guys threatening to run away with the Americans Abroad "Golden Boot" race.

Let's start in lovely Switzerland, in the cool town of Basel, where Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok (at least I think that's how we're doing it now) bagged the opener in a 1-1 draw with the home side. It wasn't pretty, but they all count the same.

Over in Scotland (which may well be just as lovely, but I've not yet been and thus can't rightfully comment on its loveliness), Christian Ramirez came to Aberdeen's late rescue in a 1-1 draw at Ross County. His never-say-die lunge kept the Dons unbeaten through four rounds.

- Greg Seltzer

Friday, August 27, 2021

Record Playa

Not only did Gio Reyna become the youngest man ever to reach 50 Bundesliga appearances on Friday night, but he also fired the opener in Borussia Dortmund's wild 3-2 win over Hoffenheim.

- Greg Seltzer