Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Balogun, Wright, and more – SBI Soccer


Folarin Balogun’s evening started on a positive note with the American finding the back of the net for the first time in two months. It ended on a painful one though with the 22-year-old watching AS Monaco suffer Coupe De France elimination.

Balogun scored the opening goal for Monaco in Thursday’s trip to Rouen, but also watched his spot kick in the penalty shootout get denied as the visitors suffered a 6-5 shootout loss. The U.S. men’s national team forward stepped up and slotted home from the penalty spot in the 35th minute for AS Monaco, giving him his first goal in all competitions since Dec. 9.

However, after Rouen tied the match before halftime, a penalty shootout was needed to find a winner. Balogun’s fifth-round effort was denied by Leonard Aggoune before Maghnes Akilouche’s effort was also repelled by the Frenchman.

It was a dismal defeat for AS Monaco, who watched the third-tier hosts celebrate on home soil.

Monaco returns to Ligue 1 action on Sunday with a trip to Nice.

In England, Haji Wright scored his ninth goal of the season across all competitions. Matt Turner excelled in Nottingham Forest’s replay win over Bristol City.

Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:


FA Cup

Haji Wright started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 66 minutes in Coventry City’s 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

Matt Turner started, made SIX SAVES, and played 120 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 5-3 penalty shootout win Bristol City on Wednesday. The teams were tied 1-1 after 120 minutes of play.

**Gio Reyna is not eligible for Nottingham Forest due to this match being a replay.



Brenden Aaronson came off the bench and played eight minutes in Union Berlin’s 1-1 draw with Mainz on Wednesday.

DFB Pokal

Joe Scally, Jordan Pefok and Borussia Moenchengladbach’s scheduled match with Saarbrucken was postponed on Wednesday.


Coupe De France

Emmanuel Sabbi came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Le Havre’s 3-1 loss to Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Folarin Balogun started, scored ONE PENALTY KICK GOAL, and played 120 minutes in AS Monaco’s 6-5 penalty shootout loss to Rouen on Thursday. Balogun also missed his spot kick in the shootout.



Justin Che started and played 75 minutes in ADO Den Haag’s 3-0 loss to NEC Nijmegen on Tuesday.

Paxten Aaronson did not dress in Vitesse’s 3-1 loss to Cambuur on Wednesday.



Dante Polvara came off the bench and played 21 minutes in Aberdeen’s 2-1 loss to Rangers on Tuesday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers did not dress in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Hibernian on Wednesday.


Taca De Portugal

Alex Mendez dressed but did not play in Vizela’s 2-1 loss to Benfica on Thursday.


Champions Cup

Cade Cowell started, scored TWO GOALS, registered ONE ASSIST, and played 67 minutes in Chivas’ 3-1 win over Forge FC on Wednesday.


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