The FA Cup kicked off this past week for the USMNT players in England. Find out how they fared, as well as some crucial transfer news.
FA Cup action arrived this weekend as the 2020 portion of the season gets underway in England. There were many United States Men’s National Team players involved in the latest round of matches of the oldest competition in world football.
DeAndre Yedlin played all 90 minutes in Newcastle United’s 1-1 draw with Rochdale. Yedlin returned to action quickly after a hand injury sustained against Leicester City mid-week in Premier League action. He will be hoping to earn the starting right-back role under Gregg Berhalter with Reggie Cannon, Sergino Dest and maybe even Tyler Adams all competing.
Indiana Vassilev had a big moment in his career as he entered as a substitute for Aston Villa which marked his first senior team appearance. In the end, Vassilev and Aston Villa would fall to Fulham 2-1 as Luca de la Torre also entered as a second-half substitute in the match for Fulham.
How the rest fared
- Matt Miazga played all 90 minutes for Reading as they drew 2-2 with Blackpool.
- Christian Pulisic did not play in the FA Cup action over the weekend. He did start and play 66 minutes against Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year’s Day.
- Duane Holmes was a second-half substitute for Deby County as they upset Crystal Palace,1-0, in the FA Cup. Holmes played the entire mid-week match against Barnsley as it finished in a 2-1 win for Derby County.
- Lynden Gooch scored a brace for Sunderland as they defeated Lincoln City 3-1 in EFL Leauge One play.
- Antonee Robinson played all 90 minutes as Wigan Athletic defeated Birmingham City 3-2 in a mid-week EFL Championship fixture.
- Matthew Olosunde had one assist for Rotherham as they fell 3-2 to Hull City in the FA Cup. He played all 90 minutes in Rotherham’s 2-1 victory against Blackpool in the mid-week League One fixture.
- Weston McKennie appears to available come February for Schalke. The young USMNT player returned to training this week as Bundesliga clubs remain on winter break.
Transfers and new contracts
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There was some transfer and contract news surrounding USMNT players in Europe this week. Owen Otasowie signed a contract extension with Wolves. The deal will keep Otasowie at the club until the summer of 2022.
Otasowie is slowly being incorporated into Wolves’ first team. He was on the bench this past weekend in their FA Cup fixture against Manchester United and their mid-week match against Watford as well.
Cameron Carter-Vickers is on to a new club and a new loan spell. The Tottenham Hotspur player will reportedly head to Derby County next after spending the first half of the season at Stoke City. He will unite with former D.C. United star Wayne Rooney, who has made a terrific start to life at Derby.
Check back next week for a conclusive round-up of all that happened with USMNT players throughout world football.