After a chaotic international window that saw the USMNT qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Americans abroad are now back in action across Europe.
In the Bundesliga, Gio Reyna featured for Borussia Dortmund as Chris Richards made his first start for Hoffenheim since January 22. Elsewhere, Cameron Carter-Vickers managed the winning goal to inspire his Celtic side to a 2-1 triumph over Rangers.
Here's what the American figures abroad are up to...
1. Daryl Dike suffers fresh injury
Daryl Dike is back on the sidelines after suffering a recent issue with the same leg injury he picked up in January. West Brom head coach Steve Bruce confirmed it was tendon pain, which could force another delay in his return to the pitch.
“Big Dike was uncomfortable in training,” Bruce said. “The idea was can we get him through and be a bit part today and then play him in the Under-23s game on Monday at The Hawthorns.
“[But] unfortunately, he was uncomfortable,” Bruce added. “It’s not quite the same injury. It’s a tendon further down I’m led to believe. It’s the same leg as what he injured so we’re not going to gamble on that. We’re going to have to see how he is. It’s a real shame because he’s worked so hard to get back. But something is niggling at him and we have to take every precaution we can.”
The USMNT made his official transfer to West Brom from Orlando City during the offseason, but has only made two appearances since his arrival. The player suffered a leg injury during his first start, keeping him watching from afar.
2. Cameron Carter-Vickers scores
Carter-Vickers is capitalizing on his loan with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic this season. The American defender became one to watch over the weekend after scoring the winning goal for his side to earn a 2-1 triumph over Rangers FC at Ibrox Stadium.
His contributions moved Celtic six points clear at the top of the Premiership table. It also served as Carter-Vickers’ fourth league goal of the season and his first against Rangers.
3. Chris Richards starts for Hoffenheim
Richards is finally back on the pitch after two months on the sidelines with an injury. The player featured in the final 45 minutes of Hoffenheim’s 2-1 loss to Bochum, marking his first club appearance since January 22.
He replaced Kevin Akpoguma at halftime to record two interceptions and complete 81% of his passes.
”We created good opportunities, but we weren’t able to make the most of them,” Richards said. “Unfortunately, we lacked focus in the key moments. The defeat obviously stings, we’ll have to put it to the back of our minds this coming week and do better in Leipzig.”
4. Honorable Mentions
Mark McKenzie was called into Genk’s starting lineup on Sunday for the first time since mid-February, helping the Belgian club pick up three points at home.
Gio Reyna came off the bench for Borussia Dortmund before losing to RB Leipzig.
Ricardo Pepi started in FC Augsburg’s 3-0 win over Wolfsburg.
Joe Scally came on as a substitute and played three minutes in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-1 draw with Mainz on Sunday.