Sunday, September 20, 2020

Makin' The Donuts

As I said before, there's no set pattern for unveiling all these Americans Abroad stat updates. This is one of those times when we're just gonna hyperspace to a whole new realm. So far, I've only dealt with goals and assists. I will get back to the offensive categories at some point, but now it's time to switch it up completely and check in with the netminders.

A couple of quick caveats before we dive into our first keepers' count. First, this is as complete a list as I can come up with at the moment, but be aware that there are at least a few old-timey guys that I was unable to find complete stats for - I'm talking dudes from back in the 60's and 70's. So technically, this is not a fully comprehensive list. We'll need to settle for close enough, at least for now. Secondly, I did not forget the backstops who played in Mexico and South America, but will need to double back on them later because I still need to do some digging to finish counting Jonny Walker's clean sheets from his days in Chile. Long story short, it will be either him or William Yarbrough (45 Liga MX shutouts, mind you) that tops that chart. Probably Yarbrough, but we shall eventually see.

As always, those with asterisks are still actively trying to add to their honor division totals. And now, on with our first goalkeeper countdown...

Top Flight League Shutouts

146 Brad Friedel
133 Tim Howard
84   Kasey Keller
32   Steve Clark
30   Brad Guzan
28   Marcus Hahnemann
       Ethan Horvath*
25   Tim Murray*
16   Josh Wicks
11   Troy Perkins
9     Adin Brown
6     Colin Burns
       Craig Hill
       Ciaran Nugent
4     Michael Lansing*
       Juergen Sommer
3     Matt Pyzdrowski
2     David Brcic
       Lance Friesz
       Zack Steffen*
       Quentin Westberg
1     Ian Feuer
       Alex Horwath

- Greg Seltzer

Molto McBene!

To say that Weston McKennie enjoyed a very solid Serie A debut would be an understatement. The US midfielder damn near scored twice and, more importantly, made sure to find the ball throughout his full shift. That's is intensely vital for a Juventus side that came out in a 5-2-3 set, and his contributions were key to their 3-0 victory over Sampdoria. Have a look at his day...

- Greg Seltzer

Sabbi-Toothed Tiger

New Odense BK striker Emmanuel Sabbi grabbed his first goal for the club on Sunday, nodding home the 1-1 leveler against FC Nordsjælland. In just his second match for The Striped, the American came quite close on two other fine attempts at goal to earn Man of the Match from the home fans.

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, September 19, 2020


It's was a busy week, but I'll get back to stat nerdin' tomorrow. For now, let's catch up with a couple more American ex-pat goal scorers from Saturday.

First, up, there Borussia Dortmund phenom Giovanni Reyna, who grabbed his first career Bundesliga goal to open a 3-0 victory over visiting 'Gladbach. If that wasn't enough, he also won the penalty for their second.

Over in Norway, Henry Wingo made it two Americans to open league accounts when he fired home a partially deflected late consolation in 10-man Molde FK's 2-0 defeat at Vålerenga.

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, September 14, 2020

Extended Weekend?

All together now: "Americans simply can't stop scoring."

Yep, Monday saw Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Gio Reyna got a little help from his friend in burying a free kick in the club's 5-0 DfB-Pokal walk through Duisburg. That means that, not including friendly tallies, our boys have bagged a grand total of eight goals since Saturday morning. If this keeps up any longer, I'm gonna need to break out the ol' "Tied w/ 1" category on the Americans Abroad chart much sooner than usual. Or hell, at this rate, maybe "Tied w/ 2" by that point.

- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, September 13, 2020

And the hits just keep on coming...

Well, I suppose it's safe to say the Americans playing abroad are enjoying one helluva of a weekend. You can now add Beşiktaş winger Tyler Boyd to the list of weekend scorers, and he may not be done as the game is only at halftime. Even though he got a slight bit of help from a defender's noggin, I'm going to go ahead and term this Süper Lig opening day icebreaker a golazo.

- Greg Seltzer