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MLS Exports: Checking in with players and prospects abroad

The majority of Europe's major leagues are back up and running for the new season, which means it's time again to check on all the Major League Soccer products playing their soccer in foreign lands.

There are several familiar faces to keep track of in new places and some key injury updates, but it's the stunning German debuts of Zack Steffen, Ulysses Llanez and Gio Reyna that stole the spotlight for this month.


DeAndre Yedlin
SEA: 2013-14
A recent setback in his recovery from spring groin surgery means the US right back is not slated to return to training in mid-September. Playing without Yedlin, Newcastle dropped their first two games before posting a big win at Tottenham on Sunday.
Tim Ream
RBNY: 2010-11
After missing out on Fulham's Championship-opening loss at Barnsley, the veteran returned to his usual place in the heart of defense for consecutive wins over Blackburn and Huddersfield Town. On Wednesday night, Ream and the Cottagers made it three in a row, acing a big early test by drubbing local rivals Millwall 4-0. The win streak ended with a 2-1 home loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Geoff Cameron
HOU: 2008-12
Last year's loan midfielder became a summer catch for Queens Park Rangers in July. And he's back as the starting defensive midfielder, as well. In QPR's 2-1 opening day defeat of erstwhile employers Stoke City, Cameron picked up a cheap assist on Eberechi Eze's excellent second-half winner. Following a midweek 3-1 home loss to Swansea City that saw the American pulled at halftime with a muscle injury, the Hoops were 1-2-1 through four rounds. They then posted a 3-1 win over Wigan without him this past weekend.    
Matt Miazga
RBNY: 2013-15
The US center back has returned for another loan stint at Reading, where he has retained the starting place from last season. The Royals dropped their first two games of the new Championship season, but Miazga helped them break into the win column with 13 clearances in a 3-0 defeat of Cardiff City on August 18. On Wednesday, he racked up four tackles in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion. Unfortunately, on Saturday, he left 12 minutes into a 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town with a hamstring complaint. There's been no word from the manager about how long Miazga could go missing. 
Matthew Olosunde
RBNY academy
Following his free July move from Manchester United, the US right back has instantly become an ink starter for third-flight promotion chasers Rotherham. Olosunde has played every minute of the Millers' 2-1 league start and first round EFL Cup victory, a 4-0 rout that saw the 21-year-old help set up their third goal.
Chituru Odunze
Whitecaps academy
The 16-year-old netminder, who moved to Leicester City's Under-18 side early this month, started his English adventure with a 2-0 loss at Brighton Hove & Albion on Saturday.


Weston McKennie
FC Dallas academy
After getting his feet wet for the campaign with a 32-minute outing in Schalke's easy DfB-Pokal first round win at tiny Drochtersen, McKennie put in a sturdy 83-minute shift in their opening day scoreless draw at Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend. He was again solid in the middle as the Miners fell 3-0 to Bayern Munich on Saturday. 

Tyler Adams with RB Leipzig | Reuters

Tyler Adams
RBNY: 2016-18
Fresh off a season-bow 4-0 romp at Union Berlin, RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann stated last Monday that their schedule has the young USMNT ace set to be passed fit and back to full training in early September. Until then, the club has Adams on a specific program to help him get past a nagging groin issue.
Alphonso Davies
VAN: 2016-18
The Bayern Munich wunderkind is back to working his way into a well-staffed wing rotation. Davies made sub appearances in both their German Super Cup loss to Borussia Dortmund and the champs' league opener, a 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin. He also worked a full shift at left back in the reserve side's win at Hallescher last Monday. If the Canada phenom can make strides at this new position, a fresh avenue toward increased first team minutes might present itself.
Zack Steffen
CLB: 2016-19
The US backstop was named Bundesliga Man of the Matchday after ringing up 10 saves in loan side Fortuna Dusseldorf's 3-1 opening day victory at Werder Bremen. Debuts don't get much better than that, but he was then handed a dose of reality with Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Prior to his league bow, Steffen backstopped the Rheinlanders to the second round of the DfB-Pokal with a 3-1 extra time victory.

Khiry Shelton
NYC: 2015-17
SKC: 2018
The Paderborn forward is expected to be a bench weapon for the promoted Bundesliga returnees, but did not get off the bench in their season-opening 3-2 loss at Bayer Leverkusen or the 3-1 defeat to Freiburg from this weekend. On August 11, Shelton worked the first 83 minutes of their DfB-Pokal first round win at mites Roedinghausen, which saw the visitors blow a two-goal lead late before surviving on penalties.
Sebastian Soto
RSL academy
The Hannover 96 striker made a late cameo in their 2. Bundesliga draw with Jahn Regensburg on August 3, but hasn't left the bench since. Bild reported this past weekend that Soto, who can leave the Reds for free next summer, rejected the club's latest extension offer. Given past comments, this development will likely curtail his playing time chances and could even hasten a departure to persistent suitor PSV Eindhoven.  
Kianz Froese
VAN: 2014-17
The Canada attacker is off to a solid start with new club Saarbrucken. Froese is still working to rise up from the Regionalliga, but he's switched divisions from West to Southwest. In his second sub appearance, the 23-year-old set up the capper in a win over Steinbach. He got the start and scored in a 3-0 defeat of FSV Frankfurt last Wednesday, but then watched on as Eric Wynalda's old club continued their perfect 4-0 start at Balingen. He was back in the lineup on Saturday, providing the assist on their capper in a 3-1 defeat of Walldorf.
Chris Richards
FC Dallas academy
Though the US Under-20 defender was moved up to the Bayern Munich's 3. Liga reserve side, he missed their first few games of the season due to time spent training with the first team and an ankle knock. Richards made his Bayern II debut by working a full shift at right back in last Monday's 2-1 win at Hallescher. On Saturday, he held that spot for a 2-2 home draw with Chemnitz.
Taylor Booth
RSL academy
Hampered by injury issues, including a thigh strain during preseason, the Bayern Munich Under-19 midfielder has yet to make his season bow.
Michael Edwards
D.C. United academy
After marshaling the back for Wolfsburg's champion Under-19 team last season, Edwards has been promoted to the reserve side. Still just 18, he's gone the distance in their last three Regionalliga Nord contests, including back-to-back clean sheet victories. The junior Wolves are off to a 5-0-1 start, sitting one point off the top in second.
Ulysses Llanez
LA Galaxy academy
The US Under-20 playmaker has exploded out of the blocks for Wolfsburg's Under-19 side. Llanez bagged two goals and set up another in their 5-1 opening day stroll past St. Pauli (you can check out his personal highlight reel below), and then notched another brace in a 4-2 win at Werder Bremen. He made it three doubles in a row with the opener and then the winner in a 5-2 triumph over Magdeburg last Wednesday, but was finally held off the board in Sunday's 5-0 win at Chemnitz.

Giovanni Reyna
NYCFC academy
Claudio's son wasted no time jumping to the head of the class with Borussia Dortmund's Under-19 team. The summer recruit started their league opener on left wing, scoring the opener and adding two assists in an August 11 demolition of Wuppertal. Reyna and his teammates were brought back down to Earth by consecutive losses to nearby rivals FC Cologne and Borussia Monchengladbach in the span of five days. The youngster showed resiliency on Sunday, setting up his side's first two goals in a 6-2 rout of Arminia Bielefeld.
Marcus Godinho
TFC academy
The Canada wide back made a July move from Hearts to 3. Liga outfit FSV Zwickau. Godinho has started but once during the team's 2-1-2 start, a 3-0 loss at 1860 Munich. Two weeks back, he notched an assist to help cap a 2-0 victory over Carl Zeiss Jena during his third sub outing.  
Gabriel Boakye
TFC academy
The former Canada Under-20 winger is back for his second Regionalliga West campaign with FCCologne II. Boakye has started four of their first five games, including the pair of shutout wins that kicked off the schedule. However, he's still waiting to open his club account after 21 appearances.


Rogelio Funes Mori
FC Dallas academy
Even amid transfer talk that has been swirling around him all summer, the Monterrey forward got off to a hot Apertura start. Funes Mori had three goals in the first three games, including a double in a 3-2 comeback victory over Leon on August 4 that started their current three-game win streak. Three days earlier, he netted the late winner in a Copa MX group stage match against second flight Leones Negros. However, his current goal drought reached three games in Saturday's 2-1 loss at first place Santos Laguna.
Rafael Baca
SJ: 2011-14
Playing time has become lean for the veteran defensive midfielder early in the Apertura. Baca has managed just 10 minutes on the field over Cruz Azul's first six league games (2-2-2), and remained in the dugout for both of their Leagues Cup wins.
Tony Alfaro
SEA: 2016-18
The center back moved on loan to second-tier Zacatepec during the preseason. Alfaro made himself comfy right away, playing every minute of their 2-1 league start and a Copa MX group loss at Pachuca before departing just past the hour of this past weekend's 3-1 win at Universidad Guadalajara. The result has Los Caneros sharing the early league lead.  
Lalo Fernandez
RSL: 2012-17
Like last season, the Tigres netminder has alternated as the backup to Nahuel Guzman this term. The club have begun the season on a 3-1-2 roll to stand four points off the summit. 


Timothy Weah
RBNY academy
The Lille summer splash made his Ligue 1 debut in a 2-1 opening day win over Nantes. Running off a big striker, he worked a decent if unspectacular 68 minutes. A week ago Saturday, Weah came off the bench late in a 1-0 loss at Amiens.


Haji Wright
LA Galaxy academy
After plucking him from Schalke this summer, Eredivisie battlers VVV Venlo put fast faith in the 21-year-old. Wright, who started their first two games on right wing, setting up the late rally winner against RKC Waalwijk on opening day. He then came off the bench for 19 minutes in a loss to Ajax before staying glued to the bench for Sunday's win at FC Utrecht.
Richie Ledezma
RSL academy
Last week, the PSV Eindhoven II midfielder came on at the break as the 10-man hosts settled for a 2-2 draw with derby rivals Den Bosch on opening day in the Dutch second flight. On August 16, Ledezma worked the final half hour in a 3-2 defeat at Almere City.
Chris Gloster
RBNY academy
Unlike his US Under-20 and now PSV teammate, the teen left back is still settling in after last week's move from Hannover 96. Gloster's climb to the Eredivisie will also start with the Farmers' second side.
Alex Mendez
LA Galaxy academy
The US Under-20 midfielder kicked off his Ajax odyssey last Monday night with nine minutes at the end of a 3-3 second-flight draw against NEC Nijmegen.


Andy Najar
DC: 2010-12
The injury bug has bitten again for the Anderlecht right-sider. Honduras stalwart Najar suffered a meniscus injury in a Gold Cup tune-up friendly against Paraguay in July, requiring surgery that should keep him out until March. Meanwhile, the Mauves are shockingly five games into the new season without a win. 
Cyle Larin
ORL: 2015-17
The Canada striker has yet to score for loan side Zulte-Waregem, but is finding other ways to contribute and gorging on playing time so often lacking with parent club Besiktas. He has played every minute thus far and the team is coming together after dropping the first two games of the season. On August 10, Larin assisted on the late insurance tally in a stunning 2-0 win away to Genk. As an encore, he set up goals on either side of the break to spark a 3-1 win over Charleroi the following week. On Saturday, Larin & Co. ran their unbeaten streak to three games with a scoreless draw at Sint-Truiden.


Dever Orgill
Whitecaps academy
The Jamaica forward charged out of the gate after arriving at Ankaragücü last winter and returns for a new campaign with his starting role intact. Orgill played every minute as the visitors battled to a 0-0 opening draw at Konyaspor on opening day, and then nodded home the opener in Saturday's 1-1 late collapse draw at Kayserispor.


Christian Cappis
FC Dallas academy
The 20-year-old traffic director is currently enjoying a breakthrough with top flight Hobro. Cappis made brief cameos in their first two matches of the season, setting up the last-minute equalizer a tEsbjerg on July 21. Since then, he has made the lineup in five straight for a side that has been tough to beat during a 1-1-5 run to open the season. The midfielder has drawn good early reviews for his metronome passing.
Brandon Onkony
TOR/MTL academy
The 21-year-old summer arrival is starting to crack the Hobro center back rotation. Onkony has made late appearances in two of their last four Superliga games.
Chris Cortez
CHV: 2011
The veteran forward recently got out of his deal with Thai side Chonburi before signing with Danish third flighters Helsingor. As he's only been on campus a couple of weeks, Cortez has not yet dressed in his new colors.    
Zico Bailey
LA Galaxy academy
The teen right back is also new with Helsingor, but has yet to appear for the first team, who are off to a table-topping 4-0-1 start.


Erik Palmer-Brown
SKC: 2013-17
The Manchester City back line prospect was loaned out to 24-time league champs Austria Vienna a few weeks back, but endured quite the wait for his work permit paperwork to clear. Palmer-Brown finally made his debut on Sunday, and it did not end well. The US defender started, but was sent off for a grab in the area with the Violets up 2-1 at Hartberg with 15 minutes left. The hosts would squander the resulting spot kick, but still grabbed the equalizer moments later to knock Austria Vienna and their 1-2-2 start to the campaign into the table's lower half.


Anatole Abang
RBNY: 2015-16
When available, the young Cameroon forward has been consistently dangerous for second flight survivalists Nantong Zhiyun. Since banging home his sixth goal in a 12-game span on July 14, Abang has only been fit enough to work two of their last 11 league games. The club will hope he's back to 100 percent soon, as they hang over the trap door on goal differential with seven games to go.

Costa Rica

Denis Castillo
COL: 2016
The Perez Zeledon right back went all 90 in four of the season's first five rounds, but only played a single minute during a taxing Friday/Monday pair of games two weekends back. Castillo was back in the lineup on Sunday, going the full route in a 1-0 home win against La Universidad that pulled the team up to break even through eight rounds.


Aaron Schoenfeld
CLB: 2012-15
The Maccabi Tel Aviv striker got the start in their Israeli Super Cup duel with cup winners Bnei Yehudaon July 20, and responded by netting the lone goal on 67 minutes as the league holders wasted little time adding new silverware. Schoenfeld only dressed for the first leg of the team's Champions League qualifying defeat against reigning Romanian kings Cluj before suffering a foot injury that kept him out both ends of the ensuing Europa League qualifying ouster to Lithunaian side Suduva. Without him, the Yellow Ones began their Ligat Ha'al title defense with Saturday's 2-0 win at promoted Ness Ziona.

George Fochive
POR: 2014-15
The 27-year-old remains a key man in the middle for Hapoel Hadera, which opened the new season with a 1-1 home draw against Ashdod on Saturday. Fochive took his standard place in midfield, picking up a late yellow card.
Emery Welshman
TOR: 2013
A couple weeks back, the Guyana forward cut short his loan stay with Canadian Premier League side Forge FC in order to complete a free transfer from FC Cincinnati to Hapoel Haifa. Welshman is still waiting for a top flight debut following the Sharks' 1-0 opening day win away to Hapoel Kfar Saba on Sunday.


Sam Adekugbe
VAN: 2013-17
Since returning from injury in June, it's been business as usual for the Valerenga left back. Adekugbe has gone the distance in six straight, and is up to three assists in 13 league games for a sixth place side with modest hopes of achieving a Europa League berth.
Oyvind Alseth
TOR: 2017
Coming off a pleasantly surprising 2018-19 season, things have been much tougher for Ranheim and its hometown right back. Alseth started 14 of their first 16 matches this season, but has found himself on the bench the past three games. As for the club, they're sitting in the survival playoff spot in the table as the Eliteserien heads toward the home stretch.


Matt Polster
CHI: 2015-18
Still firmly stuck behind Rangers ace James Tavernier, the right back has been limited to two appearances on the young campaign and has yet to dress for a league contest. Polster went the distance and notched an assist as the Light Blues closed out a Europa League first qualifying round rout of Gibraltar mites St. Joseph's on July 18, but was then replaced on the tournament roster in August. Last week, he got the call for a 3-0 win away to League Cup round-of-16 hosts East Fife. Potentially making his playing time plight more nervous are recent reports that 'Gers are in for highly-rated Lanus right back Leonel Di Placido.
Ian Harkes
DC: 2017-18
The 24-year-old midfielder is in a real fight for minutes at Dundee United. Harkes managed to make the lineup in just one of four appearances through the promotion hopefuls' first six Championship and League Cup games of the term. He made his first league start of the season on Saturday, helping the Tangerines run their perfect record to 3-0 with 2-0 victory at Dunfermline.


Gall (left) in action for Malmo | Reuters/Action Images

Romain Gall
CLB: 2014-15
Between a formation change from last year and the return of Jo Inge Berget from NYCFC, Gall has seen a major bite taken out of his Malmo minutes this season. From the start of June until mid-August, the winger appeared in just one of seven league contests, going 58 minutes as an injury replacement. He did make a start in their Europa League first qualifying round closer at Northern Island's Ballymena United, grabbing a goal and two assists to spark a 4-0 rout. The weekend before last, the Paris-born US international returned to the lineup in league play for the first time since April, and again notched a goal with two helpers as the Light Blues rolled to a 5-0 win over Falkenberg. On Sunday, Gall played the last 21 minutes at Allsvenskan leaders Djurgarden, but was unable to spur any offense in a 1-0 loss that dipped Malmo down to third place. 
Bubacarr Jobe
TOR academy
The Gambia attacker will certainly not match the 16 goals he bagged during Mjallby's promotion drive last year, but he's started to heat up late in his first Superettan season. Jobe has four goals (bringing him to six on the season) and two helpers during a seven-game unbeaten run that has lifted the club to the top of the table. He was again central to their success as the league leaders gave a cruel demonstration of their form in Sunday's 3-2 rally win over Dalkurd. With his side looking like it was headed for defeat, Jobe put them on the board with a fine individual effort two minutes from time and the hosts then pulled the points completely out of the fire with a pair of stoppage time strikes.
Ben McKendry
VAN: 2016-17
The Canada defensive midfielder was off to a good start with third-flight Nykoping when he suffered a shoulder injury early in a May 26 loss at Umea. McKendry underwent surgery soon thereafter, and was sent to the shelf until at least November. In July, he was allowed out of his contract, making him a free agent.
Ian Garrett
Chicago Fire academy
After seeing regular field time throughout spring, the Nykoping winger has managed only one league appearance in each of June, July and August. He did make a late appearance in Thursday's tough 1-0 Svenska Cupen second round loss to top flight guests Orebro.


Tim Murray
NE: 2010-12
It has been a roller coaster season for Honka and its goalkeeper, but they still stand just six points out of first entering the home stretch. Ink starter Murray posted his sixth shutout of the league season, and first in nearly a month, in a scoreless draw against SJK Seinäjoki on August 10. Last week was tough for the club, as they suffered matching defeats to nearby rivals FC Lahti and rivals HJK Helsinki in the span of five days.
Jonas Hakkinen
Whitecaps academy
Even though employers VPS sit at the bottom of the Veikkausliiga table through 21 rounds, the Finland Under-21 international has actually been solid while splitting time between central defense and defensive midfield. Hakkinen is starting nearly every week and also helped the club make a stirring run to the Suomen Cup semis in the spring. Last Monday, his strong center back outing helped the cellar dwellers post their first league win of the season with a 2-1 decision over IFK Mariehamn. 

Czech Republic

Luis Gil
RSL: 2010-15 ORL: 2017 COL: 2017 HOU: 2018
Six months after his contract was allowed to expire at Queretaro, the midfielder latched on with Czech second flight Viktoria Zizkov. Gil has made himself at home quickly, starting their first five games of the season as the No. 10 playmaker. He opened his club account in last weekend's 3-0 victory at Chrudim, and then helped the team stay within two points of the summit in Sunday's identical win over Varnsdorf.


Richie Ennin
TOR academy
The 20-year-old Canadian was having fun with title dark horse Spartaks Jurmala until late June, already up to five goals and as many assists in 14 appearances. After that, however, he watched from the bench five times out of seven. On Sunday, Ennin returned to the lineup in a 4-2 home loss to league leaders Riga that dropped the Red-Whites out of the last Europa League slot down to fourth place on goal differential.


Nicolas Samayoa
HOU: 2018
In early August, the Comunicaciones center back started both ends of their 3-2 aggregate victory over Honduran side Marathon in the Concacaf League qualifying round. Two weekends back, Samayoa went the distance in his league debut, a 1-1 draw at Santa Lucia. He then came off the bench late to help secure Friday night's 2-1 round-of-16 opening leg win over league rivals Guastatoya.      


Victor Mansaray
SEA: 2015
The striker is fitting in well following a midseason move from Binh Duong to nearby rivals Ho Chi Minh City. A week ago Saturday, Mansaray opened and closed the scoring in a 3-1 win over Than Quang Ninh. He followed that showing by striking for the late first half equalizer in a 2-1 rally win at Song Lam Nghe An that sliced their title deficit to two points with three rounds to play. The former US Under-20 international has five goals in his last six league games, and a career-high 10 across all competitions on the campaign.