Americans Abroad: Looking at How Americans fared in Bundesliga Return

Weston McKennie for Schalke, One of the Americans Abroad
DORTMUND, GERMANY – MAY 16: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund battles for the ball with Weston McKennie and Amine Harit (R) of FC Schalke 04 during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park on May 16, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. The Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga is the first professional league to resume the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All matches until the end of the season will be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Martin Meissner/Pool via Getty Images)

Forget about the leagues for the first half of this show. On the latest Soccer 2 The MAX podcast, Rachael Kriger and Erik Watkins are back to chat about how Americans fared in the Bundesliga last weekend. The league is the first professional soccer league to make its comeback.

There were injuries, almost own goals, and, of course, a big blowout from Borussia Dortmund over Weston McKennie’s Schalke 04. Rachael and Erik discuss players like John Brooks, Gio Reyna and others who are in Europe. Also, the duo suggests some potential moves for current European players like injury-riddled Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood and Timmy Chandler.

Finally, Rachael and Erik chat about Major League Soccer canceling many tournaments and the MLS All-Star Game. The All-Star Game was supposed to be against Liga MX, who recently just called off their season. Also, there is potential talk of a National Women’s Soccer League tournament which will be held in Utah. The duo discusses the idea and if it’s a good idea for the players.

Americans Abroad: Looking at how Americans fared in Bundesliga return

About Soccer 2 The MAX

A podcast about the world’s game with a focus on the United States Men’s and Women’s club and international scenes, with some Concacaf discussion thrown-in as well. Whether it’s breaking down Major League Soccer, NWSL, U.S. Men and Women’s National teams, and even some USL in there too. Starring Rachael Kriger, a current soccer writer for multiple outlets, and former writers Erik Watkins and Sean Garmer, the three come together to make the perfect attacking triangle each week. All three also played soccer growing up and into high school as well. So, these are three Footy lovers that have discussions about the happenings on this side of the pond.

Erik Watkins

While he was never really the best on the field, Erik’s always had a deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game. From discovering it in Maryland thanks to DC United to cheering on Manchester United since the days of Ruud van Nistelrooy. Not to mention, considering donning purple hair to cheer Orlando City SC today. From MLS to USL and NASL (Viva Armada!) to even dreaming of training and playing in the MASL, if it’s soccer, he’s usually on it.

Rachael Kriger

Don’t let height fool you. Before becoming a journalist, Rachael Kriger was a goalkeeper. Yes, all 5-feet-two-inches of her. Now, don’t ask if she was good or not because that answer is up for debate. Rachael covers the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams, the Seattle Sounders and NWSL for Last Word on Soccer as a senior editor. She loves football with an undying passion. Yes, she calls it football, since she hails from Europe (the colder part: aka, Moscow). Rachael’s favorite clubs are Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, Seattle Sounders in MLS, Washington Spirit in the NWSL, and the U.S. and Russian national teams.

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