Joe Scally Scores for ‘Gladbach; Horvath and Steffen make their EFL Championship club debuts

The first big week of the European football season included a goal from US men’s national team defender Joe Scally, first-team debuts for several players including goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Ethan Horvath, and some first-round wins of the DFB Pokal in Germany.

START ON THE RIGHT FOOT

Starting his second campaign in Germany, Scally scored in the 59th minute of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 9-1 loss to Oberachern in the DFB Pokal first round on Sunday.

With Scally charging down the right flank, Alassane Plea connected with the USA right-back before firing a shot into the top left corner to make it 8-0 in the 59.e minute.

The goal was the 19-year-old’s second for the club and first in the German Cup. Scally and ‘Gladbach will open the Bundesliga season with a home clash against Hoffenheim on Saturday August 6.

CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT

Goalkeepers Ethan Horvath and Zack Steffen both made their debuts for their respective clubs in the opening matches of the Premier League on Saturday.

Horvath, on loan from Nottingham Forest, made three saves to record a clean sheet in his first game for Luton Town, a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City. He fended off a Maxime Colin shot in the 29th minute, denied Przemyslaw Pacheta’s volley in the 43rd minute and saved Pacheta’s direct attempt a minute into the second half to help Luton earn a point.

American defender Auston Trusty, on loan to Birmingham City from Arsenal, also made his debut in English football, playing 90 minutes at the other end for City.

Steffen, on loan from Manchester City, made four saves for Middlesbrough in their 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion. In the first half, the USMNT keeper parried a Jed Wallace shot over the crossbar. After John Swift equalized in the 51st minute, he made two more saves to keep the point. Less than a minute after the goal, he came out of the net to deny Swift and hit a dangerous through ball before stopping another Wallace attempt in the 78e minute.

USMNT teammate Daryl Dike entered 78e minutes to West Brom.

BEHIND

Left-back Sam Vines scored the only goal to help Royal Antwerp to a 1-0 win at home to Zulte-Waregem on Sunday.

In the 68e minute, Vines fired a pass into midfield and broke the left flank. Two touches later, the USMNT left-back received the ball again, broke into the box and crossed for Michelangelo Balkiwisha, who punctuated his effort just inside the box from repair.

DEBUTS IN THE UNITED STATES

Two USMNT players made their debuts for their new MLS clubs last week.

Defender Shaq Moore, who transferred to Nashville SC from Spanish Segunda side Tenerife on July 19, made his first appearance for the club, playing the first 63 minutes of a 1-1 home draw with the Whitecaps from Vancouver on Saturday night.

Nicholas Gioacchini, who joined Orlando City from Caen in the French Ligue 2 on July 20, made his debut for the the Lions on the bench in the club’s 5-1 win over New York Red Bulls in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup semi-final last Wednesday.

Gioacchini took his bow in the league on Sunday, entering the 69e minute of Orlando City’s 2-1 loss to DC United.

A DOZEN PAIR

Sean Johnson recorded his league-best 12th clean sheet in New York City FC’s 0-0 draw against CF Montreal on Saturday. And the sun also rises. He earned his fourth consecutive shutout and was scored in 373 minutes or so since Gustavo Bou solved it in the 77th minute of City’s 4-2 win over the New England Revolution on 9 July.

With 12 games remaining in the regular season, Johnson is closing in on the league record of 16 shutouts in a campaign, held by USMNT legend Tony Meola, who shut out opponents 16 times during the 2000 season for the Wizards. of Kansas City.

Johnson was only called on to make one save, but it was a big save. USMNT striker Djordje Milhailovic recovered a loose ball and fired a shot which Johnson saved with his feet in the 42n/a minute.

GO GAGA

Gaga Slonina isn’t far behind Johnson as he picked up his 10th shutout of the season in the Chicago Fire’s scoreless tie with Atlanta United at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 30. The 18-year-old, who made two saves, has recorded three clean sheets in his last four matches.

COMPLETE SUMMARY

– Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles FC; MLS) – Not in 18, DNP in 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders (July 29)

— Paul Arriola (FC Dallas; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over LA Galaxy (July 30)

— George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld; 2. Bundesliga) – 22 minutes as a substitute in the 7-1 win at Engers in the DFB Pokal (July 31)

— Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) – 26 minutes as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Atlético Mineiro (31 July)

— Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic; Scottish Premiership) – 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Aberdeen (31 July)

— Justin Che (Hoffenheim; Bundesliga) – Not in 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Rödinghausen in DFB Pokal (July 31)

— Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion; Championship) – 12 minutes as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough (30 July)

— Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; MLS) – 86 minutes in a 1-0 win over LA Galaxy (July 30)

— Nicholas Gioacchini (DC United; MLS) – Not in 18, DNP in 2-1 win over Orlando City (July 31)

— Ethan Horvath (Luton Town; Premier League) – 90 mins, SHUTOUT, 0-0 draw v Birmingham City (30 July)

— Sean Johnson (New York City FC; MLS) – 90 minutes, SHUTOUT, 0-0 at CF Montreal (July 30)

— Richy Ledezma (PSV; Belgian Pro League) – 2 minutes as a substitute in Ajax’s 5-3 Dutch Super Cup win (30 July)

— Sebastian Lletget (New England Revolution; MLS) – 83 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Toronto FC (July 30)

— Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 5-1 loss at Orlando City SC in the US Open Cup (July 27)

— Mark McKenzie (Genk; Belgian Pro League) – In 18, DNP won 3-1 against Standard Liège (July 31)

— Djordje Milhailovic (CF Montreal; MLS) – 82 minutes in a 0-0 draw against New York City FC (July 30)

— Shaq Moore (Nashville SC; MLS) – 63 minutes in a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps (July 30)

— Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles FC (July 29)

— Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg; Bundesliga) – 18-year-old DNP in 1-0 win over Carl Zeiss Jena at DFB Pokal (July 30)

— Jordan Pefok (Union Berlin; Bundesliga) – At Chemnitzer at DFB Pokal (Monday, noon ET)

— Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg; Bundesliga) – 14 minutes as a substitute in BW Lohne’s 4-0 win at DFB Pokal (31 July)

– Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; Bundesliga) – Not in 18, DNP in 3-0 win at 1860 Munich at DFB Pokal (July 29)

— Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo; Belgian Pro League) – 7 minutes as a substitute in the 2-0 loss at Oh Leuven (July 30)

— Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles FC (July 29)

— James Sands (Rangers; Scottish Premiership) – 23 minutes as a 2-1 substitute at Livingston (30 July)

— Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach; Bundesliga) – 76 minutes, GOAL, 9-1 victory at Oberachern in the DFB Pokal (July 31)

— Josh Sargent (Norwich City; Premier League) – 72 minutes in a 1-0 loss at Cardiff City (30 July)

— Gaga Slonina (Chicago Fire; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Atlanta United (July 30)

— Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough; Premier League) – 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion (30 July)

— Malik Tillman (Rangers; Scottish Premiership) – 45 minutes as a substitute in the 2-1 win at Livingston (30 July)

— Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp; Belgian Pro League) – 90 minutes, ASSIST, in the 1-0 win over Zulte-Waregem (31 July); 1 minute as a substitute in the 3-2 win at Drita in the Europa Conference League (July 28)

— DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 4-4 draw against FC Cincinnati (July 30)

— Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake (July 30)

— Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; MLS) – Not in 18, DNP in 4-4 draw at Minnesota United (July 30)

— Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; MLS) – 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps (July 30)

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