Your Weekly USMNT Update — October 1, 2019

Plenty of USMNT highlights to choose from across the globe this week as several of our prospects are finding their way into the seasons.

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Star of the Week

Jeremy Ebobisse (22, Bethesda, MD) - Portland Timbers, MLS

In what is quickly turning into a breakout season, Portland Timbers’ young striker Jeremy Ebobisse scored his first career brace in a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution. We have been following Ebobisse’s progress carefully and once again he showed his incredible aerial strength by nodding home the first goal of the game and then pulling an odd (probably unintentional) scorpion kick goal to extend the lead. Ebobisse’s speed, heading ability, and classic poaching ability make him an underdog in the lineup of USMNT strikers, but his performances this season should have certainly earned him a spot on Berhalter’s roster for the Nations League. Ebobisse played a key role in the second fixture of the week as a winding run led him through on goal, only to be denied a direct goal scoring opportunity after he was dragged down by the last man. His determination on his run led to the PM and ultimately a critical salvaged point by the Timbers, emphasizing his clutchness.

Now with 11 goals on the season, Ebobisse has proved he is a key player for the Timbers, while he is behind a Sargent and Altidore in the pecking order for strikers, his mobility allows him to play across the front 3, so he is surely someone who can add to the depth on the roster. All in all, he deserves to get a chance and provide something a little more dynamic than scuffed Zardes shots.

Check out the highlights from Ebobisse’s performance, he sure loves a diving header:

Other Notable Performances

Josh Sargent (19, O’Fallon, MO) - Werder Bremen, Bundesliga 

Getting the start in this week’s Bundesliga clash vs. title contenders Borussia Dortmund, Josh Sargent put in his fair share of work to secure a 2-2 draw for the underdog. Lining up alongside Milo Rashica, Sargent took on a more traditional striker role in this fixture - something that clearly suited the young American. Quick on the ball and eager to get involved, Sargent frequently dropped into the midfield to collect passes and jumpstart plays, got stuck into tackles, and showed a real willingness to hit the ball on target with a first time strike.

While Sargent didn’t manage to get on the score sheet himself, he did set up the tiebreaker for Werder Bremen in the 56th minute as Sargent was able to redirect a Sahin-corner with an intelligent header to the back post where Marco Friedl was wide open to tuck it home. After a challenging start to the season, it seems as though Sargent has cemented his place in the Werder lineup- perhaps not as a clear starter but at least as a viable option for minutes every week. With Werder’s first string striker, Niclas Fullkrug, likely out for much of the season given an ACL tear, Sargent looks to be in a good place to garner consistent minutes with club and country. 

Zack Steffen (24, Coatesville, PA) - Fortuna Düsseldorf, Bundesliga

You are probably tired of constantly hearing about Zack Steffen from us, but the 24 year old keeper did it again this weekend. In this week’s 1-2 loss to early season surprise side Freiburg who currently sit in third place, Steffen single handedly kept his team in the game by saving a penalty in the 67th minute when the score was level at 1-1. While admittedly not the best struck penalty kick, Steffen was alert, on his post, and ready to make the save. Freiburg only noted nine shots, so Steffen didn’t have the same abilities to stand out with double digit saves as he did in previous games, but we don’t need to debate Steffen’s value for Düsseldorf.

In fact, a recent article in the German press highlighted that Steffen is set to meet Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the not too distant future alongside Fortuna spots director Lutz Pfannenstiel. Per the report, Manchester City has been requesting frequent updates on Steffen as they are undoubtedly following his development closely. Düsseldorf has previously expressed interest in signing Steffen permanently or at least extending the loan past the current season. As such, the fact that Pfannenstiel will accompany Steffen on his travel to Manchester is not entirely surprising…but the outcome remains to be seen. 

Duane Holmes (24, Columbus, GA) - Derby County, Championship 

He’s back and he better be on the USMNT roster for the upcoming games against Cuba and Canada in two weeks. Following an injury plagued summer and a manager change (former Netherlands star Philip Cocu has replaced Frank Lampard after his move to Chelsea), Duane Holmes has worked his way back into the starting XI of Derby County. Not only that, in this week’s 3-2 win vs. Birmingham City, Holmes clinched an all important assist very early on, as he broke through the defensive line on the right hand side and whipped in a perfectly weighted cross to Chris Martin who finished the play skillfully.

We are firmly expecting to see Holmes’ name on the USMNT roster as his aggressive style of play, ball winning abilities, speed, distribution skills, and ability to link up with wingers were all thoroughly missing in the outings vs. Mexico and Uruguay. More than that, Berhalter seemed to be an outspoken fan of Duane Holmes after his time with the team ahead of the Gold Cup. Let’s home Duane can stay healthy for the foreseeable future...

His new Derby manager seems to be taken by the USMNT international already: 

“Duane added something and that is why we put him in this position. He goes behind the defense, he goes wide, he puts in crosses - it was very good to see. He gives us pace, he has got some speed, really good acceleration.” - Philipp Cocu 

Giancula Busio (17, Greensboro, NC) - Sporting Kansas City, MLS

Sporting KC’s teenage sensation has been in super form this past week, smashing the post several times across two matches. Busio still has to improve with some of his decision making for passes - which he is susceptible to rush to keep up the pace of the game. Regardless, his dribbling ability, first touch, and change of pace is tremendous and his performances as of late have solidified a starting spot in the SKC line up. Busio’s awareness of the pitch is beyond his years which is why he can step up and start at the professional level. We would love to see him continue to grow and secure a move abroad where he can continue to grow. Also, Busio should feature in the upcoming U17 World Cup, where he will undoubtedly be a key player on the squad. Busio and Gio Reyna stood head and shoulders above their teammates in the past summers U17 CONCACAF tournament, so he’ll be looking to excel again at an even higher stage (with scouts watching).

Youth Spotlight

Gio Reyna (16, New York, NY) - Borussia Dortmund U19, Bundesliga

Gio Reyna is living the dream at Dortmund, with recent stellar performances with the German giants as he scored vs. Barcelona in the Youth Champions League and scored again vs. Leverkusen in the Youth Bundesliga.

It is impressive how quickly Reyna has assumed a leading role at one of the most talented youth teams in Germany, as he has almost always been in the starting XI for the U19s as an attacking midfielder or a winger. He stands out with his dynamic runs at defenders, technique on the ball, finishing abilities, and has looked increasingly dangerous when linking up with Dortmund’s 14-year old-wonderkid, Youssoufa Moukoko. 

But Reyna’s productivity says it all as Reyna has already netted three goals and four assists in just eight games with Dortmund’s U19.

Oh, and he was officially named to the senior Borussia Dortmund squad for the Champions League group stages a few weeks ago. While we don’t anticipate he’ll see the pitch given Dortmund’s depth in the attack this year, we do think that it is a clear sign of how favorably head coach Luicen Favre already views the young American. Reyna was invited to train with the first team again this week after this superb performances at the Youth level.

Check out his goal vs. Leverkusen’s U19s here: 

OneGoal’s 2022 World Cup Roster as of Today

Goalkeepers:

  • Zack Steffen (24, Coatesville, PA): Played 90 minutes in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 1-2 loss vs. SC Freiburg (Bundesliga).

  • Ethan Horvath (24, Highlands Ranch, CO): Did not play competitive soccer this week - on the bench. 

  • Bill Hamid (28, Annandale, VA): Played 90 minutes in DC United’s 0-0 draw vs. NY Red Bulls (MLS).

Defenders:

  • John Anthony Brooks (26, Chicago, IL): Did not play competitive soccer this week - recovering from injury.

  • DeAndre Yedlin (26, Seattle, WA): Played 16 minutes in Newcastle’s 5-0 loss to Leicster City (Premier League).

  • Antonee Robinson (22, White Plains, NY): Played 90 minutes in Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 loss vs. Fulham FC (Championship).

  • Cameron Carter-Vickers (21, Baton Rouge, LA): Played 26 minutes in Stoke City’s 6-4 penalty loss vs. Crawley Town (EFL Cup) and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 2-3- loss to Nottingham Forest (Championship).

  • Matt Miazga (24, Clifton, NJ): Played 90 minutes in Reading’s 5-3 penalty loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers (EFL Cup).

  • Sergino Dest (18, New York, NY): Played 78 minutes in Ajax’s 5-0 win vs. Fortuna Sittard and played 23 minutes in Ajax’s 2-0 win vs. FC Groningen (Eredivise).

  • Aaron Long (26, Oak Hills, CA): Played 90 minutes in NY Red Bulls’ 0-0 draw to DC United (MLS).

  • Reggie Cannon (21, Chicago, IL): Played 90 minutes in FC Dallas’ 3-0 loss to Colorado Rapids (MLS).

Midfielders:

  • Tyler Adams (20, Wappingers Falls, NY): Did not play competitive soccer this week - recovering from injury.

  • Weston McKennie (21, Little Elm, TX): Played 90 minutes in Schalke’s 1-3 victory vs. RB Leipzig (Bundesliga).

  • Wil Trapp (26, Columbus, OH): Played 90 minutes in Columbus Crew’s 2-0 win vs. Philadelphia Union (MLS).

  • Duane Holmes (24, Columbus, GA): Played 90 minutes and notched an assist in Derby’s 3-2 win vs. Birmingham (Championship).

  • Paxton Pomykal (19, Lewisville, TX): Played 90 minutes in FC Dallas’ 3-0 loss to Colorado Rapids (MLS).

  • Djordje Mihailovic (20, Lemont, IL): Did not play competitive soccer this week - on the bench.

Forwards:

  • Christian Pulisic (20, Hershey, PA): Did not play competitive soccer this week - on the bench. 

  • Paul Arriola (24, Chula Vista, CA): Played 90 minutes in DC United’s 0-0 draw vs. NY Red Bulls (MLS).

  • Tyler Boyd (24, Santa Ynez, CA): Played 45 minutes in Besiktas’ 4-1 loss to Trabzonspor (Turkish Super Lig).

  • Jonathan Amon (20, Summerville, SC): Did not play competitive soccer this week - not in squad.

  • Timothy Weah (19, New York, NY): Did not play competitive soccer this week - recovering from injury.

  • Josh Sargent (19, O’Fallon, MO): Played 88 minutes and notched an assist in Werder Bremen’s 2-2 draw to Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).

On the Rise / In the Hunt

  • Kellyn Acosta (24, Plano, TX), Midfield, Colorado Rapids

  • Corey Baird (23, Escondido, CA), Forward, Real Salt Lake

  • George Bello (17, Douglasville, GA), Defense, Atlanta United 

  • Jeremy Ebobisse (22, Bethesda, MD), Forward, Portland Timbers

  • Romain Gall (24, Herndon, VA), Midfield, Malmo FF

  • Chris Gloster (19, Montclair, NJ), Defense, PSV Eindhoven 

  • Richy Ledezma (18, Phoenix, AZ), Midfield, PSV Eindhoven 

  • Nick Lima (24, Castro Valley, CA), Defense, San Jose Earthquakes

  • Jonathan Lewis (22, Plantation, FL), Forward, Colorado Rapids

  • Andrija Novakovich (22, Muskego, WI), Forward, Frosinone Calcio

  • Erik Palmer-Brown (22, Napoleon, OH), Defense, Austria WIen 

  • Chris Richards (19, Hoover, AL), Defense, Bayern Munich

  • Miles Robinson (22, Arlington, MA), Defense, Atlanta United 

  • Sebastian Soto (19, Los Angeles, CA), Forward, Hannover 96 

  • Haji Wright (21, Los Angeles, CA), Forward, VVV Venlo 

  • Walker Zimmerman (26, Lawrenceville, GA), Defense, LAFC

News / Transfers

Injury Update

  • Tyler Adams (recovering after adductor injury; timeline TBD) 

  • Timothy Weah (out through international break) 

In Case You Missed It

Check out this incredible save by Bill Hamid

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