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Young Americans in Europe: More goals

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: February 11, 2020

The goals continued to flow for young American players looking to climb the ladder in Europe’s toughest leagues.

Bayern Munich center back Christopher Richards bagged the game-winner for FC Bayern Munich II in a 3.Liga clash against Viktoria Koln. Tied 2-2 in the 89th minute, Richards headed home what turned out to be the winning tally, with Bayern II tacking on a fourth goal in stoppage time.

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Quincy Butler tallied the fourth goal of the game for TSG Hoffenheim, as the U19s saw out a 4-0 victory.

Fellow U.S.-eligible player that also has the surname of Butler, Justin Butler nabbed the third goal of the game as FC Ingolstadt blitzed Karlsruher with three first half goals in a 3-0 win. American Ian Hoffmann started and played the full minutes on the other side in this one.

Other Americans in U19 Bundesliga action:

Forward Matthew Hoppe played 66 minutes for Schalke, which scored twice in a first half to win by a 2-0 score.

Ulysses Llanez returned to the starting lineup for Wolfsburg, going 79 minutes as his side picked up a 1-0 win over FC Magdeburg. The youngster was added to Wolfsburg's Europe League roster as well.

U.S. U17 camp veteran Nasuhi-Noah Jones entered the fray in the second half as RB Leipzig beat FC Energie Cottbus by a 3-0 score. Youth World Cup veteran Maxi Dietz started and played 90 minutes for SC Freiburg, which beat FC Augsburg 2-0.

Midfielder Pablo Soares earned the nod for Borussia Moenchengladbach, which fell by a 3-0 score against Borussia Dortmund.

Leon Flach wore the captain’s armband for FC St. Pauli’s youth wide, by they fell to Werder Bremen 3-0 on Saturday.

Las the lone Yank in England

Damian Las started and played the duration in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester City – the only American to get into action over the past few days.

De la Fuente comes on in a loss

For the second straight FC Barcelona B game, Konrad de la Fuente entered from the substitute’s bench. He wasn’t unable to provide any heroics this time around, as FC Barcelona B couldn’t turn around a 3-2 deficit against Villarreal B. Fellow American Mukwelle Akale didn’t make it off the bench for Villarreal in this one.

Double defeat for Americans in Holland

A trio of Americans were in action in the Eerste Divisie on Monday, with their two respective teams tasting defeat.

Alex Mendez earned the nod for Jong Ajax, playing on the right wing of a 4-3-3 against Jong FC Utrecht. The U.S. youth midfielder was pulled at the break with his team down 2-0, as Jong Ajax capitulated in the second half to suffer a 7-2 defeat.

Chris Gloster and Richie Ledezma were also tabbed in Jong PSV’s starting lineup against De Graafschap. Just when it looked like PSV would come away with a point, tying the game in the 85th minute, they conceded a stoppage time goal to fall by a 3-2 score line.

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