US Abroad Tracker (25 and younger): Young Texan Keaton Parks debuts for Benfica in cup win

by Paul Kennedy

11 hours ago

In his first season with Monterrey’s first team, 18-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez won the Torneo Apertura’s first phase on Saturday when the Rayados beat city rival Tigres, 2-0, to clinch the
title by a five-point margin.

Monterrey, which only needed a draw to clinch the title, scored on an own goal by Tigres’ Juninho and a goal by Aviles Hurtado four minutes apart at the
start of the second half of the Clasico Regio.

Gonzalez, who hails from Santa Rosa, California, started 14 games and came on as a sub twice in central midfield in the 17-round Torneo
Apertura. Mexico’s La Liga plays split seasons and holds playoffs after each half-season.

Jonathan González in #ClásicoRegio113: 31 touches, 17/25 passes, 3 tackles, 1 clearance, 4/8 duels

won, 4 recoveries, yellow card. Not his best game and should’ve scored, but definitely didn’t look out of place in his 1st #ClásicoRegio. Good experience. #Rayados #ligamxeng #USMNT

— Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA) November 19, 2017

Gonzalez and Leon keeper William Yarbrough will be the only American starters in the Liguilla, as the playoffs are known.
A pair of Americans, Jose Torres and Lalo Fernandez, were on the bench for Tigres on Saturday. Rodrigo Lopez started the first nine games for seventh-place Toluca.

A year ago, Tijuana with six Americans on its first team won the Torneo Apertura but lost in the first round of the playoffs, which are all two-leg series.


Keaton Parks made his debut for Benfica powerhouse, coming on as sub and helping set up the second goal by Croatian Filip Krovinovic in its 2-0 win over Vitoria Setubal in the Taca de

Parks‘ debut comes a decade after Freddy Adu’s short stint at Benfica. The 20-year-old Texan was called up from second division Benfica B after a strong showing in

With tonight’s win, Benfica qualifies to the 5th Round of the Portuguese Cup! Well done!

— SL Benfica EN (@slbenfica_en) November 18, 2017

FRIDAY. Cameron Carter-Vickers, who made his debut for the USA in its
1-1 tie with Portugal on Tuesday, had an assist in Sheffield United’s 3-1 win at Burton Albion.

— Christian Pulisic sat out struggling Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 loss at VfB
Stuttgart with what was described as a muscular problem.

U.S. Abroad Tracker (25 and younger):GOALKEEPERS:


Lalo Fernandez (24, Tigres/MEX), on bench, 0-2 at Monterrey

Jonathan Klinsmann (20, Hertha

Berlin/GER), did not dress, 2-4 vs. Bor. M’GladbachBrady Scott (18, FC Cologne/GER), did not dress, 0-1 at MainzSUNDAY:Ethan Horvath (22, Club Brugge/BEL), vs.


DEFENDERS: FRIDAY:Cameron Carter-Vickers (19, Sheffield United/ENG 2), 90

minutes, 1 assist, 3-1 at Burton Albion

Antonee Robinson (20, Bolton Wanderers/ENG 2), 90 minutes, 0-0 at Preston North End
SATURDAY:John Brooks (24,

Wolfsburg/GER), 90 minutes, 3-1 vs. Freiburg

Caleb Stanko (24, Freiburg/GER), on bench, 1-3 at Wolfsburg

DeAndre Yedlin (24, Newcastle United/ENG), 90 minutes, 1-4 at Man.


Ventura Alvarado (25, Santos Laguna/MEX), vs. Club America

Matt Miazga (22, Vitesse/NED), at Groningen Shaq Moore (20, Levante/ESP), at Las Palmas Shane O’Neill (24, Excelsior/NED), vs. FC Utrecht

Desevio Payne (21, Excelsior/NED), vs. FC Utrecht

MIDFIELDERS: FRIDAY:Christian Pulisic (19, Bor. Dortmund/GER), did not dress, 1-2 at VfB Stuttgart


Luca de la Torre (19, Fulham/ENG2), sub-27 minutes, 1-1 vs. Derby County

Jonathan Gonzalez (18, Monterrey/MEX), 90 minutes, 1 yellow card, 2-0 vs. Tigres

Lyndon Gooch (21, Sunderland/ENG 2), did not dress, 2-2 vs. MillwallEmerson Hyndman (21, Bournemouth/ENG), did not dress, 4-0 vs. Huddersfield TownKyle Scott (19, Chelsea/ENG), did not dress, 4-0 at West BromwichSUNDAY: Alejandro Guido (23, Tijuana/MEX), at Toluca Weston McKennie (19, Schalke 04/GER), vs. Hamburg Jerome Kiesewetter (24, Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER 2), at Ingolstadt Kenny Saief (23, Gent/BEL), at Lokeren Juan Pablo Torres (18, Lokeren/BEL), vs. Gent

Alejandro Zendejas (19, Zacatepec/MEX 2) vs. Alebrijes de Oaxaca

FORWARDS:FRIDAY:McKinze Gaines (19, Darmstadt/GER 2), did not dress, 1-2 vs. SandhausenHaji Wright (19, Sandhausen/GER 2), on bench, 2-1 at Darmstadt

Andrija Novakovich (21, Telstar/NED 2), 57 minutes, 1-4 at RKC

Emmanuel Sabbi (19, Hobro/DEN), 45 minutes, 1-1 vs. FC HelsingorJordan

Siebatcheu (21, Reims/FRA 2), 67 minutes, 1-1 vs. Paris FC

Maki Tall (22, Tours/FRA 2), did not dress, 0-1 at Chateauroux


Julian Green (22, Greuther Fuerth/GER 2), on bench, 1-1 at Bochum

Keaton Parks (20, Benfica/POR), sub-20 minutes, 2-0 vs. Vitoria Setubal (Taca de Portugal)

SUNDAY: Josh Perez (19, Livorno/ITA 3), vs. Olbia Rubio Rubin (21, Stabaek/NOR), vs. Sogndal

Bobby Wood (25, Hamburg/GER), at Schalke 04